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Director & Deputy Directors

Executive Director Carlos Braceras and Deputy Directors Jason Davis and Teri Newell guide the Department in efforts to follow UDOT’s mission to Keep Utah Moving. To accomplish this mission they focus on three strategic goals of zero crashes, injuries and fatalities; preserving infrastructure; and optimizing mobility. Through their leadership UDOT works to implement innovative and efficient solutions to help solve the transportation problems Utah faces.

Contact Information


4501 South 2700 West
P.O. Box 141265
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1265

Executive Leadership & Assistants Contact Information

Carlos Braceras

Executive Director

Diane Josie

Executive Assistant

Jason Davis

Deputy Director of Engineering & Operations

Eileen McCown

Executive Assistant

Teri Newell

Deputy Director of Planning & Investment

Becky Lewis

Executive Assistant

Gwen Avila


Tessie Lords


Silvia Vigil


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Biographical Information

Carlos Braceras, P.E, Executive Director

Utah Governor Gary Herbert appointed Carlos Braceras to serve as Utah Department of Transportation executive director on May 6, 2013. Former UDOT Executive Director John Njord appointed Braceras to deputy director in May 2001. At the time, he was the director of UDOT’s Region 3.

Braceras also worked on the Legacy Parkway/I-15 North Project, where he was responsible for development of the environmental documents, design–build contracts, and construction of both facilities. In 1998, he was named “State of Utah Governor’s Manager of the Year” and received the “UDOT Leader of the Year” award.

Braceras received a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah.

He currently serves as chair of the AASHTO Design Subcommittee, chair of the Center for Environmental Excellence Advisory Board, chair of the TRB Executive Committee, member of the board of directors and past president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, member of the board of directors and past president of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, past chair of ITS America, and past chair of RUC West.

Twitter: @CarlosUDOT
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/CarlosUDOT

Jason Davis, P.E, Deputy Director of Engineering and Operations

In December of 2018, Jason was appointed UDOT Deputy Director of Engineering and Operations. A native of Price, he graduated from Utah State University in 1994 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer. Jason joined UDOT in August 1994, and has served since as Traffic and Safety Design Engineer, Region Two Project Manager, Project Management Engineer, Director of Engineering Services, Region Three Operations Engineer, Region Two Deputy Director, Region One Director, Region Two Director and Operations Director.

Teri Newell, P.E, Deputy Director of Planning and Investment

Teri was named Deputy Director in April 2018 to help guide the department as it moves to address issues relating to Utah’s growing population, advances in technology and the evolution of the transportation industry. 

Prior to her role as deputy director Teri served as UDOT’s Region Three director for five years and was responsible for the construction and maintenance of state roads in Utah, Juab, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties. Before heading up Region Three Teri spent 10 years taking Mountain View Corridor from a concept, through the environmental process, to completion of the initial phases.

Prior to joining UDOT, Teri was the Operations Director for Salt Lake County and held other positions in the private sector. She is a native of Iowa, and received her Civil Engineering Degree from Iowa State University.

Instagram: @udotpathways_teri