John Thomas is the new Chief Performance Officer for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and is managing the offices responsible for performance management; customer service; community engagement; information technology; and fleet, facilities, and warehouse services. Thomas has more than 12 years of experience managing operations and programs within the agency.
Since 2005, Thomas was the Associate Director for DDOT's Urban Forestry Division, which manages approximately 150,000 street trees citywide, 11 miles of bike trails, low-impact development sites and all streetscape reviews. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of plant science. He has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University. He is also an ISA-certified Arborist and has worked at the U.S. Botanic Garden, U.S. National Arboretum, Wave Hill, the Monrovia Nursery Company in Oregon and other public horticulture institutions.