Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Norman Y. Mineta, President and CEO of Mineta and Associates, LLC, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and former Member of Congress is well know for his work in the areas of transportation – including aviation, surface transportation, and infrastructure – and national security. He is recognized for his accomplishments in economic development, science and technology policy, foreign and domestic trade, budgetary issues and civil rights.
In 1942, when he was 10 years old, Mineta and his family were among the 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry forced from their homes and into interment camps by the U.S. Government following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan, for the duration of World War II.
Recognized for his leadership, Mineta has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor in the United States— as well as the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights’ Hubert Humphrey Award. He is a recipient of the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, which is awarded for significant public service of enduring value to the field of aviation. George Washington University recognized Mineta with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Medal for outstanding contributions to the field of civil rights. In spring of 2016, Mineta was designated as the Yale Chubb Fellow.