President & CEO Anne Ferro Announces Plan to Retire

By: AAMVA Staff

Anne Ferro, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), announced she will retire at the end of August upon completion of her current contract. Expressing the Board of Director’s appreciation for Ferro’s service to the organization, AAMVA Chair Kristina Boardman (WI) said the Board will conduct the search for Ferro’s successor with sufficient time for an overlap for the executives. She added, "while it’s difficult to imagine AAMVA without Anne’s infectious energy, we respect her decision to retire and are confident in achieving a smooth leadership transition this year."

Ferro’s unrelenting focus on the Association’s mission to support members in fulfilling their mandates in driver and vehicle credentialing, highway safety, and identity protection is matched by her passion for a great workforce, effective Board governance and positive member engagement. These qualities have helped build AAMVA’s reputation for valued member service and as a reliable partner to national and international stakeholders. During Ferro’s tenure, AAMVA grew member participation in the development and exchange of best practices and expanded technology applications and networks to help members meet federal mandates. AAMVA is strategically positioned to excel in the next decade of innovation.

"It’s an honor of a lifetime to serve AAMVA during this period of growth and relevance for the Association’s role in supporting members’ missions of safety, service, and identity protection," said Ferro. She added, "The AAMVA community is unique in its commitment to collaborate, innovate, and share solutions that continuously improve public service to residents of jurisdictions across North America."

Prior to joining AAMVA in 2014, Ferro served as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's administrator during the Obama Administration. Preceding her federal service, Ferro led the Maryland Motor Truck Association and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration where she was the first woman in their respective histories to lead the organizations.

Founded in 1933, AAMVA serves North American motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies to accomplish their missions. The association’s vision of Safe Drivers, Safe Vehicles, Secure Identities, Saving Lives! guides AAMVA’s activities, resources, and programs in driver licensing, vehicle titling/registration, motor carrier services, identity management, and technology solutions.