Communications & Marketing Director
Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transit Administration
Ryan Nawrocki has covered a lot of ground in the 11 years since college.
He is in his second year as communications and marketing director for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), a state agency which operates a range of transit services, including commuter buses and rail links that connect Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and their suburbs and exurbs as far as Martinsburg, W.Va.
At St. Mary’s College of Maryland — where he studied economics, political science, sociology and public policy – Nawrocki was the first person to graduate with four majors.
He directed communications for LifeBridge Health, which operates Sinai Hospital and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center in Baltimore, Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Carroll Hospital in Westminster and LifeBridge Health and Fitness club in Pikesville.
In 2012, Nawrocki managed U.S. Rep. Scott Perry’s successful bid for the 4th District seat in Pennsylvania. Nawrocki followed Perry to Capitol Hill and served as the congressman’s spokesman for three years before joining the administration of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan at MTA.
There, Nawrocki began WTTZ-FM 93.5, the first major market radio station operated by a transit agency. The station broadcasts transit, traffic and weather reports for listeners in the MTA service area, including messages in Spanish.
Nawrocki says he believes a “we’re all in this together” approach accomplishes far more than “barking orders.”
“Because I’m in the public sector, I get to think with my heart, not just about what affects the bottom line,” he said.