About the Commission

Congress established the Route 66 Centennial Commission to study and recommend fitting and proper activities to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Mother Road of the United States, U.S. Route 66, in 2026. Including members from each of the eight states along Historic Route 66, the Commission is using a set of seven strategic principles to identify activities including:

  • Celebrate & Honor
  • Preserve, Protect & Enhance
  • Generate Tourism Demand
  • Tourism Development
  • Economic
  • National Collaboration
  • Research & Education

Members

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Trait Thompson

Executive Director

Oklahoma Historical Society

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Rod Reid (Chair)

Co-Owner

Shepherd Hills Factory Outlets

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Jen Paul Schroer

Cabinet Secretary Designate

New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Dept

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Caroline Beteta

President & CEO

Visit California

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Danielle Blackshear

Transportation Specialist

Federal Highway Administration

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Mark Falzone

President & CEO

Scenic America

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Tim Gatz

Secretary of Transportation

Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation

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Debbie Johnson

Sr. Vice President

Miles Partnership

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Dale Oglesby

Member

Kansas Route 66 Association

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Joan Sestak

Director of Community & Government Relations

University of Illinois - Springfield

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Hon. Juliana Stratton

Lieutenant Governor

State of Illinois

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William Thomas

Road Ahead Chair

Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership

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Michael Wallis

Co-founder, Route 66 Alliance

Route 66 Alliance

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Richard Ware

Chairman

Amarillo National Bank