Robert most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). He has more than 20 years of experience working with state and local governments, tribal governments, transit agencies, institutions of higher education, port authorities, railroad owners and operators, and private sector entities in his former role as Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $5.6 billion Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Discretionary Grant Program (formerly TIGER) and the $4.5 billion Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Discretionary Grant Program. In 2009, Robert created the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program following its authorization as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). TIGER has delivered 462 multi-model projects across the nation.
As the senior advisor to the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy and the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy on project finance policy issues, Robert served as an active member of the Credit Council Working Group for matters related to Private Activity Bonds, Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Loans, Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Loans, and the Title XI ship building grant program. He served as a Congressional liaison for DOT and FEMA during the Superstorm Sandy response in New York. Robert also drafted and negotiated surface transportation reauthorization provisions for three transportation reauthorization bills with some of those provisions resulting in the creation of the TIGER discretionary grant program, the FASTLANE discretionary grant program, and the National Freight Advisory Committee.
Robert currently operates his own transportation management consulting firm with the goal of assisting project sponsors with identifying transportation infrastructure needs, prioritizing those transportation infrastructure needs, and then identifying and securing federal, state, and private funding to support the delivery of those critical infrastructure needs. He has worked with Ron Hamm for more than nine years on various client public transportation projects and now serves as a senior transportation advisor to Hamm Consulting Group.
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