VDOT Leadership

John W. Lawson

Chief Financial Officer


John W. Lawson has served as chief financial officer of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) since October 2010. 

He oversees the agency’s $5 billion annual budget and is responsible for the leadership and execution of the agency’s financial planning, capital investment, fiscal management and tolling programs.

Lawson holds an associate degree of science and arts from Rappahannock Community College, a bachelor’s in accounting from Christopher Newport University and is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute.

He began his career as an accountant with Engineering Incorporated, an engineering and manufacturing firm in Hampton, before joining VDOT in 1987.

He has served in several financial positions with VDOT in the fiscal division and as the director of financial planning. 

As VDOT’s chief financial officer, he was instrumental in establishing the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank and Virginia’s Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles program, also known as GARVEE. 

Lawson has been involved in the financing of several Public-Private Partnership (P3) projects as well as development and implementation of legislative transportation funding initiatives. 

He has served in a senior advisor role to several administrations and has provided strategic financial oversight to VDOT’s senior management for three decades.

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