Dr. Shawn Wilson was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) by Governor John Bel Edwards on January 11, 2016 after more than 10 years of executive service at DOTD.
Dr. Wilson, a New Orleans native, earned a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Louisiana where he served as Student Government Association president and student member of the University of Louisiana System Board. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Southern University.
Wilson is the former executive director of the Louisiana Serve Commission and former deputy legislative director in the Blanco Administration with transportation policy responsibilities.
Shawn and his wife, Rocki, reside in Lafayette, Louisiana. They have two children, Shawn Wilson- Arceneaux (Mike) and Joshua, and they recently welcomed their first granddaughter Lailah Rose. The Wilsons are members of Progressive Baptist Church.