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Director and Deputy Directors

Executive Director Carlos Braceras and Deputy Directors Ben Huot and Lisa Wilson guide the Department in efforts to follow UDOT’s vision to Keep Utah Moving. To accomplish this vision 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
Ben Huot
Deputy Director of Planning & Investment

Marlene Galindo
Executive Assistant
Lisa Wilson
Deputy Director of Engineering & Operations

Becky Lewis
Executive Assistant
Gwen Avila

Jennifer Kirkham

Tessie Lords

Directors' Office Event Participation Request

Carlos Braceras, Ben Huot and/or Lisa Wilson speak at a variety of events about UDOT and the transportation industry. To request their participation at your event please email djosie@utah.gov, mgalindo1@utah.gov and blewis@utah.gov with information about the event including:
  • Brief description
  • Who will be in attendance
  • Date and time
  • Location
  • Agenda

Tools & Resources

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.

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

Ben Huot, P.E, Deputy Director of Planning and Investment

Ben became the Deputy Director of Planning and Investment in July 2023. He began his career at UDOT as an Engineering Intern and has held a diverse range of roles. Some highlights include his time as a Project Manager in UDOT’s Region Two; he also worked on the design and delivery of the Mountain View Corridor project. Prior to becoming Deputy Director Ben led Program Development, served as a Design Squad Leader, Innovative Contracting Engineer, and leader of the Preconstruction division.

Ben earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Utah State University.

Lisa Wilson, P.E, Deputy Director of Engineering and Operations

In December of 2020, Lisa was appointed UDOT Deputy Director of Engineering and Operations. Lisa graduated from Utah State University and she has been with the Department since 1996. Prior to her current position she served as Region Director in UDOT Regions One and Two. She is also the Co-Vice Chair of the AASHTO Committee on Transportation System Operations and Utah’s member on the AASHTO Council on Highways and Streets.