James J. "J.J." Eden is the executive director of the N.C. Turnpike Authority.
Eden has more than 40 years’ experience in the tolling industry, previously serving as vice president and director of the National Tolling & Managed Lanes Division at AECOM. He also serves as president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Alliance for Toll Interoperability.
At the very center of his career has been his involvement in the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association. He has been a member of IBTTA for over 40 years and was named an honorary member in 2018. He has served on the board of directors since December 2019 and served in other leadership roles including the Finance Committee, the Council of Platinum Sponsors, the Classification Committee, Innovation Committee and other planning groups.
Eden has stood with IBTTA in front of the U.S. House of Representatives' Oversight Committee to advocate for the creation of a single account for each customer, establishing reciprocity among all states.
Eden served as the N.C. Turnpike Authority’s chief operating officer from 2006 to 2010. He was a founder of the Interagency Group, better known for the E-ZPass system, which has become the toll collecting industry standard for bridges, tunnels and turnpikes throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Alaska and Hawaii.
In his early career, Eden was assistant chief engineer at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority, where he designed multiple award-winning facilities as well as construction and maintenance procedures and co-authored the industry’s first Management Online Maintenance System practice system.