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Executive Director and Chief Safety Officer

Jack Van Steenburg

Jack Van Steenburg - Executive Director & Chief Safety Officer

Jack Van Steenburg serves as Executive Director and Chief Safety Officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  He is the first person to hold the title of Executive Director at the Agency. 

An expansion of his former role as Assistant Administrator and Chief Safety Officer, a position he has held since 2011, Van Steenburg provides direct oversight to the Agency’s newly aligned Office of Compliance/Safety (encompassing formerly separate enforcement, compliance, safety programs and field operations divisions), a modernized Office of Research, Technology, Analysis and Registration, as well as overseeing the critical activities of the Office of Policy, the Office of Administration, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.

Van Steenburg is responsible for strengthening FMCSA’s vital strategic partnerships with federal, state, and local governments, members of the highway safety community, industry stakeholders and the motoring public. 

As the Agency’s highest-ranking career employee, he leads the Agency’s Congressionally mandated mission to save lives by reducing the severity and the number crashes involving large trucks and buses.

He is responsible for ensuring FMCSA remains a science, data-driven organization, fully transparent and fully accountable.


Previously, Van Steenburg served as FMCSA’s Director of Enforcement and Compliance. Before joining FMCSA in 2008, he served in the New York State Police for 25 years and rose through the ranks of Trooper to Staff Inspector. He also served as the elected President of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and participated on their executive committee for a decade.


He holds an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Last updated: Friday, April 1, 2022