The 2009 David R. Goode National Transportation Policy Conference: Participant Biographies
Norman Y. Mineta
Secretary Norman Y. Mineta served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. In that role, he guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, an agency with more than 65,000 employees and the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II. He was appointed Secretary of Commerce under President William J. Clinton, and prior to that, he was vice president of Lockheed Martin, where he oversaw the first successful implementation of the EZ-Pass system in New York State. Secretary Mineta was a member of Congress representing San Jose, California, from 1975 to 1995 and a former Chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation. Presently, he is the Vice Chairman of Hill & Knowlton, where he provides counsel and strategic advice to clients on a wide range of business and political issues, including transportation and national security.
Samuel K. Skinner
Secretary Samuel K. Skinner served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1991. As Secretary, Mr. Skinner was credited with numerous successes, including the development of the President's National Transportation Policy and the development and passage of landmark aviation and surface transportation legislation. He also was the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of USF Corporation, a former President of Commonwealth Edison Company and its holding company Unicom Corporation, and former Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority of northeastern Illinois. Secretary Skinner also served as President George H.W. Bush's Chief of Staff. Presently, he is Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he consults with clients in areas that include state and federal regulatory matters, governmental matters, transportation issues, and corporate governance.
Jeffrey N. Shane
Jeffrey N. Shane previously held posts in the U.S. Department of Transportation as Under Secretary for Policy and Assistant Secretary of Policy and International Affairs. He was also Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Transportation Affairs. He has been recognized for his role in forging an Open Skies aviation policy for the United States and focusing government attention on effective means for financing transportation infrastructure, as well as raising the visibility of intermodal freight movements and logistics on the national policy agenda, and devoting significant efforts to addressing the implications of climate change for the transport sector. At Hogan Lovells, he specializes in domestic and international transportation issues.
Gerald L. Baliles
Governor Gerald L. Baliles is Director of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, a leading public policy institution at the University of Virginia. Founded in 1975, the Miller Center is a nonpartisan public policy institution devoted to studying, examining, and sharing information about American government and the Presidency, and promoting discourse and bipartisan consensus on issues of national and international policy. Governor Baliles previously served as a Virginia legislator, Attorney General and Governor (1986-1990). During his tenure as Governor, he served as Chairman of the National Governors Association and was widely recognized for placing a premium on improving transportation in Virginia. As a partner at the law firm of Hunton and Williams, he chaired the section on international law, and practiced aviation law, as well as chaired such national and regional entities as the Presidentially appointed Commission on Airline Competitiveness, the Southern States Energy Board, the Chesapeake Bay Blue Ribbon Panel, the Education Quality Committee of the Southern Regional Education Board, the AGB Commission on Academic Presidency, and the AGB Commission on the State of the Presidency in Higher Education. He serves on the Boards of Altria and Norfolk Southern, served as Chairman of PBS for multiple terms, and has served on other civic and corporate Boards, including Newport News Shipbuilding, the Nature Conservancy in Virginia, and the Virginia Historical Society. He holds honorary degrees from eleven institutions of higher education.
Heather Mullins Crislip
Heather Mullins Crislip is the Staff Director of the David R. Goode National Transportation Conference at the Miller Center. She previously served as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor at the University of Hawai'i, where she oversaw all external and government relations and stewarded the university through several large institutional reorganizations. Ms. Crislip also worked on a major reform of the financing of the K-12 system as staff to the Chair of the Senate Education Committee in the Hawai'i State Legislature. Before moving to Hawai'i, she was a Policy Assistant to the Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, and Director of the regional Welfare to Work center during the implementation of welfare reform and the Workforce Investment Act.
Gary Allen is the Chief of Technology, Research & Innovation for the Virginia Department of Transportation. In that role, he oversees the Virginia Transportation Research Council, a nationally recognized engineering and scientific transportation research organization and a partnership of the Virginia Department of Transportation and the University of Virginia, as well as VDOT's Information Technology and Knowledge Management divisions.
Robert Atkinson is Chair of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission and Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, DC-based technology policy think tank. He is also author of the State New Economy Index series and The Past and Future Of America's Economy: Long Waves Of Innovation That Power Cycles Of Growth. Mr. Atkinson previously served as Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute and Director of its Technology & New Economy Project and former Project Director at the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.
Lillian Borrone serves as chairman of the Eno Transportation Foundation and, on the Board of Directors of STV, Inc. an engineering/architectural firm, and on the Boards of Horizon Healthcare Holding Company and Horizon Enterprise Group of Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey. She served as one of 16 Commissioners on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and previously served as Assistant Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where she advised on various policy issues including international trade development; real estate acquisition and disposition for maritime, aviation, and mixed-use development projects; and transportation capital project management priorities. At the Port Authority, Ms. Borrone also served as Director of the Port Commerce Department overseeing the Port Authority's vast marine terminals, waterfront development, and international relations responsibilities.
Anne Canby is President of the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership (STPP), a national advocacy coalition for transportation reform. Recognized nationally as a progressive leader in the transportation field for transforming a traditional highway agency into a multimodal mobility provider and as an advocate for integrating land-use and transportation planning. Ms. Canby was Delaware's transportation secretary from 1993 to 2001. She previously lead a consulting practice focusing on institutional and management issues with particular emphasis on implementation of legislation in ISTEA. She also has served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Treasurer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Department of Transportation.
Bill DeWitt is Associate Dean of the Loeb-Sullivan School of the School of International Business & Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy. Formerly, he was a Professor of the Practice, Logistics, Transportation & Supply Chain Management at Robert H. Smith School of Business with the University of Maryland. Prior to that position, he worked for more than twenty years at Burlington Northern Railroad in operations, strategic planning, marketing, and finally, as vice president of marketing and sales for the $501 million forest products business unit.
Mort Downey is Senior Advisor to Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc, where he provides strategic advice to the company and its clients on transportation issues. During the recent Obama Presidential Transition he was team leader for the Transportation Department Review team. Formerly, he was Deputy Secretary of Transportation in the U.S. Department of Transportation under President Bill Clinton. In that role, he was responsible for developing the agency's strategic and performance plans and had program responsibilities for operations, regulations and investments in land, sea, air and space transportation. He also managed the department's highly-regarded strategic planning process and doubled infrastructure funding over eight years while reducing departmental overhead staff. He previously served as Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, the nation's largest independent public transportation authority.
Tyler Duvall is a Senior Advisor in the travel, infrastructure and logistics practice at McKinsey & Company. He previously served as Acting Under Secretary for Policy and Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S Department of Transportation, where he focused on a broad array of transportation policy issues and provided policy advice and strategic direction on such issues as transportation congestion and other surface transportation initiatives to the Secretary of Transportation. Mr. Duvall also has served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and as an Associate in the Business and Finance Group at Hogan and Hartson, LLP.
Douglas Foy is the President and founder of Serrafix, a consulting firm working to transform America's energy profile. Serrafix works with dozens of cities, ranging from New York and Milwaukee to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Charleston, South Carolina, in the development and implementation of large-scale energy efficiency and retrofit programs. It is also working with non-profit owners of national affordable housing portfolios to implement comprehensive energy efficiency improvements in their properties. Prior to found Serrafix, he served as the first Secretary of Commonwealth Development under Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, where he oversaw the agencies of Transportation, Housing, Environment, and Energy. Under his leadership, those agencies developed the Commonwealth's first comprehensive transportation plan emphasizing transit; the nation's most comprehensive climate action plan; and numerous programs, policies, and investments to promote sustainable development and smart growth. Prior to his time in government, Mr. Foy was the President of the Conservation Law Foundation.
Emil Frankel is Director of Transportation Policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center and an independent consultant on transportation policy and public management issues. From 2002 to 2005, he was Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy of the United States Department of Transportation. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Mr. Frankel played a key role in the coordination and development of the Administration's proposal to reauthorize the Federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs. Prior to that appointment, he was Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation and Of Counsel to Day, Berry & Howard in the law firm's Stamford, Connecticut, office.
Mark Gerchick is a Principal and Co-Founder of Gerchick-Murphy Associates, the Washington D.C. aviation consulting firm. With recognized expertise in aviation policy and regulation, the firm has worked with major U.S. airlines and airports, and a range of other aviation interests, since 1998. Previously, Mr. Gerchick served as a senior government aviation official in the Clinton Administration — first as Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration (1993-95), then as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation and Acting Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs (1995-1998). Prior to his government service, Mr. Gerchick was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the national law firm of Paul Hastings, where his practice focused on antitrust and administrative law, and government-related litigation and counseling. Since his government service, Mr. Gerchick has served as Conference Chair of The American Bar Association Annual Forum on Air and Space Law, Senior Fellow of the Center for National Policy, Member of the Advisory Board of the International Aviation Law Institute, and Senior Vice President for Aviation Services at APCO Associates, and was invited to work with George Washington University's School of Business to develop an Aviation Management Certificate Program in 2004.
Dick Gephardt was elected to serve as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003. From 1977 to 2005, he represented Missouri's 3rd District in the House of Representatives. Congressman Gephardt was appointed to the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees in his first year in office, and during the course of his political career, he became a national leader on health care, trade, and tax fairness. In 2006, he served as the representative from Goldman Sachs in the Transportation Transformation, a coalition of regional and state government, finance, academic and private industry leaders striving to transform the nation's transportation system in 2009 utilizing a combination of public and private-sector solutions. At present, he is a Strategic Advisor in the Government Affairs practice group at the law firm of DLA Piper LLC and President and CEO of Gephardt Group, where he provides strategic advice to clients on issues before the House, Senate and Executive Branch in the federal government.
Slade Gorton represented Washington in the United States Senate from 1981 to 1987 and 1989 to 2001. There he served on the Committees on the Budget, Appropriations, Commerce, Science & Transportation, and Energy & Natural Resources. He was Washington's Attorney General from 1969 to 1981, and served as a state representative from 1958 to 1969. After leaving the Senate, Mr. Gorton joined Preston Gates Ellis LLP, where he is of counsel to the firm now known as K&L Gates. He has served on several commissions, including the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), the Markle Foundation's Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, and the Miller Center's National Commission on Federal Election Reform and National War Powers Commission.
JayEtta Hecker is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, an Adjunct Fellow at the Rand Corporation, and an independent consultant working to advance public policies to improve the economic performance of U.S. transportation networks. From 1982 to 2008, she served in the U.S. Government Accountability Office as a senior executive, including Director of International Relations and Trade and Director of the Physical Infrastructure Team from 2000 to 2008. As head of the Physical Infrastructure Team, she was responsible for directing GAO work related to all transportation modes including federal highways, transit, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and maritime issues. She testified frequently before Congress and regularly spoke to professional associations and the media. Before joining GAO, she served as an economist in multiple executive branch agencies, including the Regulatory Council of the Carter White House from 1979 to 1981.
Steve Heminger is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Metro Transportation Commission, the financing agency that allocates more than $1 billion per year to finance bridge, highway, and transit construction projects in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Heminger also served as a member of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, convened to chart the future course for the federal transportation program.
Pierce Homer has served as Virginia's Secretary of Transportation under Governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. As Secretary, Mr. Homer oversees management and budgeting for the Departments of Transportation, Motor Vehicles, Aviation, and Rail and Public Transportation as well as for the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board and the Virginia Port Authority. He is Chairman of the Commonwealth Transportation Board and has served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation with functional oversight of the Virginia Department of Transportation, private partnership programs, and technology investments. He previously spent 15 years with the Prince William County government in several senior management positions, including Deputy County Executive with direct oversight of county agencies.
Dan Keen is Assistant Vice President—Policy Analysis with the Association of American Railroads. Among other duties, he is responsible for producing and disseminating position papers, background papers, and testimony on a wide variety of railroad economic and policy issues. Mr. Keen is also heavily involved in the compilation and distribution of statistical data on railroad financial and operational matters. He has been with the AAR since 1993. Previously, he was an economist with the National Machine Tool Builders Association and an analyst at the National Academy of Sciences.
Quintin Kendall serves as the Resident Vice President of State Government Affairs for CSX Transportation, Inc. Previously, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for coordinating the Department's President's Management Agenda initiatives. He also served as USDOT's White House Liason. In that role, he advised the Secretary on personnel matters and administered the employment process for presidential appointees. Mr. Kendall has also served as an aide to Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore, III and House Commerce Committee Chairman Thomas J. Bliley, Jr.
Craig Lentzsch serves on the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission. He is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of Coach America Holdings, Inc. and Greyhound Lines, Inc. At Greyhound, his responsibilities included Greyhound Canada and Laidlaw Public Transit with combined revenues reaching $1.2 billion with 16,000 employees. Mr. Lentzsch was Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President of Greyhound from 1987 to 1989 and the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Motor Coach Industries International, Inc., the largest manufacturer of intercity coaches and transit buses in North America, from 1992 to 1994. He is also a co-founder of BusLease, Inc., a founding director of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver, and a board member of Dynamex, Inc.
Steve Lockwood is a Principal Consultant at PB with special expertise in transportation-related institutional development and emerging asset and systems management issues for state governments and associations. He is the senior PB member of the study team for the Future of the Interstate System being developed for AASHTO and a parallel effort for the I-95 Corridor Coalition. Prior to joining PB, he was a senior Federal Highway Administration policy officer. Mr. Lockwood also spent two years as Director of the Transportation 2020 Coalition and over 15 years as a principal-in-charge or project manager for highway and transit planning and project development projects for a major international consulting firm. Mr. Lockwood was instrumental in the development of ISTEA and currently leads a Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) project on the relationship between state DOT "institutional architecture" and the effectiveness of their systems operations and management activities.
Tim Lynch is Senior Vice President of Federation Relations and Strategic Planning for the American Trucking Association. Previously, Mr. Lynch was President and CEO of the Motor Freight Carriers Association. He is a veteran trucking industry legislative and policy expert, and a member of the advisory panel to the Harvard Center For Risk Analysis, the Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Trucking Industry Program, and the Transportation Research Board's Ad Hoc Task Force on Truck Transportation Research.
Robert Martinez is the Vice President of Business Development at Norfolk Southern Corporation. During the first Bush Administration, he served at the U.S. Department of Transportation as Deputy Administrator for the Maritime Administration and was promoted by President George H. W. Bush to Associate Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Director of the Office of Intermodalism. He began working for Norfolk Southern in 1993 but left in 1994 to become Virginia's Secretary of Transportation under Governor George Allen. In that role, he had oversight over the Virginia Department of Transportation (highways), the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Virginia Department of Aviation, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and Virginia Port Authority.
Adrian Moore is Vice President of Research at Reason Foundation, a think tank advancing free market principles. In that role, he oversees all policy research and conducts his own research on topics such as privatization, government and regulatory reform, air quality, transportation and urban growth. He also served as a member of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission (NSTIFC) from 2007 to 2009, and is currently serving on the California Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission. Mr. Moore is the co-author of Mobility First: A New Vision for Transportation in a Globally Competitive 21st Century and Curb Rights: A Foundation for Free Enterprise in Urban Transit.
Greg Principato is the President of Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA). Mr. Principato's involvement in aviation and transportation infrastructure spans more than twenty-five years and has included work on a wide variety of issues such as negotiation of a new air service agreement between the United States and Japan, the development of a new global standard for aircraft noise, the negotiation of an agreement between (then) US Air and its pilots, and the negotiation of an international airline alliance. In 1993, he served as Executive Director of the National Commission to Ensure a Strong Competitive Airline Industry, chaired by former Gov. Gerald Baliles, and prior to that, he worked on transportation infrastructure issues.
Robert Puentes is a Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, where he is an expert on transportation and infrastructure, urban planning, growth management, suburban issues and housing. He has written a number of pieces that advocate integrated planning, as well as increased accountability, performance measurement and funding for transportation from the federal level. Prior to joining Brookings, he was the Director of Infrastructure Programs at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, a leading advocate for technologies that improve the safety, security and efficiency of the nation's surface transportation system.
Kathy Ruffalo is President of Ruffalo and Associates, LLC, a government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Ms. Ruffalo has 20 years of experience in the public policy arena at both federal and state levels of government. From 1989 to 1999, Ms. Ruffalo served as a senior advisor to the United States Environment and Public Works Committee and former Chairman Senator Max Baucus, with the primary responsibility for developing, drafting and negotiating federal transportation policy—including ISTEA and TEA-21. She also served for six years as a senior policy advisor to Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne, and in 2005, she returned to Capitol Hill as a key drafter and negotiator of SAFETEA-LU. She is a member of the National Surface Transportation Infrastrucutre Financing Commission.
Pete Ruane is the President and CEO of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. He is also Vice Chairman of the U.S. Chamber-led Americans for Transportation Mobility, a broad-based coalition focused on major national transportation legislation, and a Co-Chair of the Transportation Construction Coalition, a permanent thirty member market-oriented construction trade association and labor coalition working on industry legislative and regulatory issues. Prior to joining ARTBA, he was President and CEO of the National Moving and Storage Association. Dr. Ruane also has served as Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Adjustment, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the President's Economic Adjustment Committee. In December 2000, he was appointed to serve on the Bush-Cheney Transportation Transition Team.
Jack Schenendorf is Of Counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, where his practice concentrates on transportation and legislation with a particular focus on legislative strategy, legislative procedure, and the federal budget process. He was appointed to the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission and serves as Vice-Chairman. For nearly 25 years, Mr. Schenendorf served on the staff of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was Chief of Staff from 1995 to 2001. He previously served on the Bush-Cheney Transition as Chief of the Transition Policy Team for the U.S. Department of Transportation and was responsible for reviewing all transportation policies and issues for the incoming Administration.
Ron Sims was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in May 2009. As the second most senior official at HUD, he is responsible for managing the Department's day-to-day operations, a nearly $40 billion annual operating budget, and the agency's 8,500 employees. He previously served as the Executive for the King County, Washington, the 13th largest county in the nation in a metropolitan area of 1.8 million residents and 39 cities including the cities of Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond. While serving three terms, Mr. Sims was nationally recognized for his work on transportation, homelessness, climate change, health care reform, urban development and affordable housing.