FTA Region 8 Administrator
Linda Gehrke serves as the Regional Administrator for FTA in the Region 8 Denver Office. Region 8 is responsible for the administration of federal funds for public transportation purposes in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
Previously, Ms. Gehrke was the Deputy Regional Administrator for Region 10 in Seattle, WA for 14 years and a community planner for two years. Her responsibilities included the development and delivery of FTA’s capital, operating, planning and tribal programs; grants management; environmental analysis; technical assistance to external and internal customers; and overseeing administrative functions.
Before joining the FTA, Ms. Gehrke worked at the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, as a community planner for 10 years. She assisted governments and organizations in developing and implementing economic development programs in areas of high unemployment and low per capita income, responding to disasters, addressing defense downsizing, and completing the federal environmental process.
Ms. Gehrke served as an aeronautical cartographer with the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she created aeronautical charts for low flying aircraft. In addition, she was a community planner with Hillsborough County, Florida and Klickitat County, Washington.
Ms. Gehrke holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Geography from Western Washington University and a Master’s of Public Administration from Seattle University. Ms. Gehrke also attended urban and regional planning programs at the University of Virginia and Florida State University with a concentration in regional planning, resource management and environmental planning.