Biographies

District Six Secretary & Directors

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Gus F. Pego, P.E.

District Six Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation

Gustavo "Gus" Felix Pego, P.E., was appointed District Six Secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation on May 8th 2008. He is responsible for the overall planning, design, construction, maintenance and operations of the State Highway System in Miami Dade and Monroe Counties. He is the steward of a budget exceeding $3 billion in the five year work program with a streamlined staff of 503. He is leading a team that is transforming South Florida roadways by enhancing safety, reducing congestion, improving mobility and enhancing travel choices on the State Highway System; while fostering economic prosperity. Currently he is spearheading projects such as the Miami Intermodal Center, the SR 826/836 Interchange, and the Port of Miami Tunnel as well as the district's Intelligent Transportation System and the 95 Express Managed Lanes.

A graduate of the University of Florida (BSCE 1978) and a seasoned civil servant of 32 years with the Department of Transportation, Mr. Pego has served the community working through the ranks in positions of increasing levels of engineering and leadership responsibilities within the district's systems development and operations divisions. Gus has lead all recovery efforts in both counties and has always played a key role in restoring our community throughout the devastations sustained by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Andrew.

As District Secretary, Mr. Pego serves on the Department's Executive Board, as a Board Member of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority SFRTA). He also serves on the Engineering Advisory Boards of the Florida International University and the University of Miami. Mr. Pego actively plays a leading role in the Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign serving on numerous occasions as Co-Chair and Chair with the United Way of Miami-Dade.

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Debora M. Rivera, P.E.


FDOT District Six Director of Transportation Operations

On November 14, 2008, Debora M. Rivera was appointed to the position of Director of Transportation Operations for the Florida Department of Transportation District Six. In this capacity Ms. Rivera is responsible for all Construction, Traffic Operations and Maintenance activities in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

Ms. Rivera’s career with the department began over 20 years ago in Maintenance where she was quickly recognized for her willingness to take on difficult challenges and try new approaches to doing business. After a series of promotions into engineering management positions within Maintenance, Traffic Operations, and Planning, Ms. Rivera was appointed to the position of District Right of Way Manager where she was responsible for the acquisition of property for some of the District’s most important projects including the Miami Intermodal Center, the S.R. 826/836 Interchange, and the Port of Miami Tunnel. During her time in Right of Way, the district successfully negotiated many complex and high value parcels, and was a state-wide leader in innovative practices.

In 2006, Ms. Rivera was named the District Traffic Operations Engineer where she was responsible for the implementation of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, administration of the Community Traffic Safety Program, development of the District’s Intelligent Transportation System, and operation of the Traffic Management Center. In addition, Ms. Rivera was the Project Leader for 95 Express – the first variably-priced, congestion management project in Florida.

Ms. Rivera received both her Bachelor of Science in Engineering and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. She is a registered professional engineer, a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of Miami-Dade County’s Community Image Advisory Board, and a member of the University of Florida’s Center for Multimodal Solutions for Congestion Mitigation External Advisory Board. Ms. Rivera is a recipient of the department’s Dorothy M. Ryan Award, and was recently honored by the Transportation Research Board with their Outstanding Achievement in Project Management Award.

Born and raised in Miami, Ms. Rivera is married and has two sons.

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Harold Desdunes, P.E.

FDOT District Six Director of Transportation Development

Harold Desdunes was appointed District Six Director of Transportation Development for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on October 29, 2010. He is responsible for all production aspects of the District including all Planning, Public Involvement, Public Transportation, Environmental Management, Design and Right of Way activities

Mr. Desdunes began his professional career with the Department in District Six in 1986 as a Professional Engineer Trainee. Over the past 24 years, he has held positions of increasing responsibility including Roadway Design Engineer, Traffic Design Engineer, Project Manager, Chief Design Engineer, Assistant District Design Engineer and District Design Engineer.

As District Design Engineer since 2003, Mr. Desdunes has been responsible for the coordination and management of staff and consultants on project designs for state roadways and bridges in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. In addition, Mr. Desdunes is the chairperson for the district consultant staff hour negotiations committee and member of the supplement agreement committee. Mr. Desdunes is the past recipient of several awards including the Leader of the Year Award (2007), Distinguished Manager Award, Davis Productivity Award and the Special Achievement Award.

Mr. Desdunes is married with two children. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. In his spare time, Mr. Desdunes enjoys spending time with his family, reading history books and playing soccer with friends.

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