Transportation Programs Division Director
Charon Williams serves as director of Transportation Programs.
She oversees day-to-day operations related to project and portfolio management, local government projects, and transportation programs operations and reporting in support of project and program delivery. This is done by establishing efficient business practices, consistent standards, and procedures, and developing technological solutions to achieve outstanding safety, planning, design, construction, and maintenance performance.
Her career with TxDOT began in 2006 as a utility coordinator in the Right of Way Division. In 2010, she rotated to the Design Division's Plan Development section. After her engineering rotation, Williams transitioned back to the Right of Way Division, serving as an engineering specialist. In 2014, she moved to the Local Government Projects Office as a local government projects coordinator.
In 2016, Williams transitioned to what is now known as the TxDOTCONNECT project team as business operations project manager. That same year, she was named Utility Portfolio Section (UPS) Director, bringing her back to the Right of Way Division, where she and the UPS team worked tirelessly to turn the Utility Accommodations Program around.
Prior to her current role, Williams served as the deputy director of the Right of Way Division, where she was responsible for managing all aspects of the portfolio of right-of-way projects.
Williams has played a strong role in implementing transformational improvements, having participated in many of TxDOT's program improvement initiatives in diverse areas like partnering, agency modernization, program management, transportation research, and software development - earning her two Journey Towards Excellence awards in transportation and the Raymond E. Stotzer, Jr. Award.
She also contributes to the transportation and engineering industries at the national level. She participated as a contributing member of the Standard Guideline for Investigating and Documenting Existing Utilities Committee of the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - which published the new ASCE/UESI/CI 38-22 Standards.
Williams earned her bachelor's degree from Texas Southern University and her master's degree from St. Edward's University. She’s also a graduate of the AASHTO Leadership and Graduate Leadership programs and the WTS International Signature Leadership Program.