Jennifer DeBruhl, AICP, PMP, was appointed the Director for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation in June 2022 by Governor Youngkin. She also serves as a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board, chair of the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority board, and as a board member for several transit organizations around the Commonwealth.
Ms. DeBruhl joined DRPT as the Chief of Public Transportation in 2016 following over 20 years of distinguished public service to the transportation community, at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). At DRPT, Ms. DeBruhl played a significant role in the development and implementation of Virginia’s Making Efficient + Responsible Investments in Transit (MERIT) program increasing accountability in public transportation funding, launching the Virginia Breeze intercity bus service, and spearheading the new Transit Ridership Incentive Program to expand regional connectivity and reduce barriers to transit use.
Ms. DeBruhl has an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies, a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Certificate in Public Management, all from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Leadership APTA Class of 2018, Chair of the APTA State Affairs Committee and member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chair of the AASHTO Multi-state Transit Technical Assistance Program Steering Committee, and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Chief Financial Officer
Tanyea Darrisaw serves as the Chief Financial Officer for DRPT and oversees the agency's annual budget, six-year improvement program, activities, and initiatives in financial programming, budget, general accounting, reporting, and audit.
Ms. Darrisaw joined DRPT in 2021, bringing extensive financial experience. Prior to DRPT, she was the Budget Director at the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). Before her 16 years at DMAS, she worked at VDOT and in the private sector for various U.S. Department of Defense contractors.
Ms. Darrisaw holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Richmond, a master's degree in Accounting from Strayer University, and a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University, and she’s a graduate of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, A Center of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, HIGHER Ground Women's Leadership Development Program. She is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and is a Certified Virginia Contracting Associate.
Acting Chief of Public Transportation
Grant Sparks, AICP, serves as the Acting Chief of Public Transportation for DRPT, providing leadership in the evaluation, development, and execution of a $4.2 billion portfolio of public transportation, commuter assistance, and congestion management programs throughout the Commonwealth.
Mr. Sparks joined DRPT in 2019 and has more than 10 years of experience in grant management, federal compliance, transit service planning, and transit capital planning. He served as a Project Manager for the International City/County Management Association in Washington, D.C., where he managed a multi-million dollar U.S. EPA contract aimed at educating local governments on redeveloping blighted and potentially contaminated properties. He also served as the Manager of Transit Planning for the Greenville Transit Authority in Greenville, South Carolina, and the Director of Transit Planning for the Chatham Area Transit Authority in Savannah, Georgia.
Mr. Sparks received his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from James Madison University and his Master of City and Regional Planning from Clemson University.
Chief of Administration
Jennifer Mayton joined DRPT in 2021 to lead the agency’s newly reorganized administrative division. She oversees human resources, information technology, procurement, legal, facilities, and emergency management functions for the agency as well as administrative support for the agency and the Director’s Office.
Ms. Mayton previously served as the Agency Interim Director for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), a position she was appointed to in 2021. Ms. Mayton was SBSD’s Deputy Director and Chief of Staff from 2016 to 2021, where she provided executive-level leadership to agency personnel and managed the development of the agency’s strategic plan and performance goals. Prior, Ms. Mayton served as Operations Director for Community Health Services for the Virginia Department of Health and as Director of Administration for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
Ms. Mayton holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in finance, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the recipient of the Governor’s SWaM (Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business) Champion Award and is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute and of Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2020. She holds Virginia Contracting Officer and Government Financial Manager Certifications and is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and Commonwealth Management Association.
Chief of Rail Transportation
Emily Stock, AICP, serves as the Chief of Rail Transportation, providing leadership for freight and passenger rail planning and policy development as well as DRPT’s freight rail grant programs and initiatives. She collaborates with partner agencies, railroads, and neighboring states to develop programs with maximum benefit and a realistic implementation strategy. Ms. Stock serves as the Commonwealth’s representative on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Council on Rail Transportation and on the Technical Committee of the Southeast Rail Corridor Commission.
Ms. Stock has over 15 years with the Commonwealth between her previous role as DRPT’s Manager of Rail Planning and Business Development Manager for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, where she matched growing industries with the best locations in Virginia for manufacturing and logistics, including rail-served sites.
Ms. Stock has a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from James Madison University.
Director of Policy, Communications, and Legislative Affairs
Andrew Wright serves as the Director of Policy, Communications, and Legislative Affairs. Mr. Wright has been with DRPT since 2016. Mr. Wright’s responsibilities include overseeing the agency’s communication efforts, including internal and external communications, media outreach, and marketing for the Virginia Breeze and public transportation programs. He also manages the agency’s legislative agenda and serves as DRPT’s legislative liaison to the General Assembly and federal representatives.
Mr. Wright has nearly 20 years of experience working in legislative affairs and communications. Prior to his time at DPRT, he served as the chief of staff for former state senator R. Edward Houck from 2004 to 2011, and he was a hearing officer and legislative analyst for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles between 2012 and 2016.
Mr. Wright received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg and his Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.