In special recognition and appreciation of distinguished service, earlier this month the Eno Center for Transportation’s Board of Directors appointed Secretary Norman Y. Mineta to the position of Board Member Emeritus.
For more than 20 years, Secretary Mineta devoted his time, expertise, and energy to Eno, the last nine of which through serving as a member of the Board of Directors. He also chaired Eno’s Finance Working Group.
In addition to his transportation legacy, Secretary Mineta is widely recognized for his accomplishments in science and technology policy, foreign and domestic trade, the environment, budgetary issues, and civil rights. Secretary Mineta served in Congress for over two decades and in the Cabinets of both Republican and Democratic presidents. For almost thirty years, he represented San Jose, California, first on the City Council, then as Mayor, and then as a Member of Congress from 1975 to 1995.
Secretary Mineta was appointed the United States Secretary of Transportation by President George W. Bush in 2001, where he guided the nation through the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and helped lead the creation of the Transportation Security Administration. He also served briefly as Secretary of Commerce at the tail end of the Clinton Administration.
Among his numerous accomplishments, Secretary Mineta received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in this country, and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, awarded for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States. While in Congress, he was the co-founder of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and Chair of the National Civil Aviation Review Commission in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Secretary Mineta’s impact and influence on Eno is difficult to overstate and we are thrilled he will remain affiliated with this organization.