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Michelle Boehm has 25 years of experience in infrastructure and transportation planning and program delivery in both the public and private sectors. An executive with a strong background in policy, strategic planning, innovation, and funding, her expertise in developing regional partnerships and collaborative approaches across both public and private sectors has contributed to the advancement of some of the nations largest infrastructure programs. She has worked frequently and successfully with transportation agencies, cities, counties, and other municipalities, and private businesses to develop and advance regional goals and objectives that contribute to the adaption and/or adoption of land use, transportation and passenger and freight rail policies, goals, and objectives. As the Director of Transportation for the Office of Mayor Garcetti she is focused on transforming regional transportation ahead of the 2028 Olympics and on achieving critical access, equity, safety, and emissions reductions goals. She previously served under two administrations as an executive with the California High Speed Rail Authority where for over six years she directed strategy and project development for 300+ miles of the all electric railroad from Bakersfield to San Diego. Her prior work in transportation and infrastructure in the private sector culminated in her role as Vice President for the Southern California Transportation Practice of an internationally recognized A/E/C firm, where her responsibilities included regional management, strategic planning and executive oversight of client services and project delivery. Boehm was part of the coalition that founded Mobility 21 to pursue solutions to transportation issues in Southern California, and is a former advisory board member, as well as a former Ex-Officio member of the LOSSAN Board of Directors. She currently serves as a Director-at-Large for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar.
Scott Brinkman serves as the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet in Governor Bevin’s administration. In this capacity, he oversees the various Cabinets and is responsible for implementing the Governor’s policies and programs. In his capacity as the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet, Secretary Brinkman also serves as the Chairman of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority, which is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of KentuckyWired, the statewide middle-mile broadband project currently being constructed throughout the Commonwealth.
Secretary Brinkman represented the 32nd legislative district in eastern Jefferson County in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 2001 to 2010, where he served on the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, the Health and Welfare and the Local Government Committees.
Before his appointment as the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet, Secretary Brinkman practiced law in Louisville for 35 years, most recently with the law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden. He specialized in corporate, real estate and public finance law during his legal career.
Scott Brinkman has also been involved in a number of civic and charitable activities including having served as the Chair of the Kentucky Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. He currently serves on the Applied Behavior Analyst Licensure Board as well as on the Board of the Waterfront Development Corporation.
Secretary Brinkman is a 1977 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1980 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He and his wife Donna reside in Louisville. They have three children.
Anthony Buckley is the Director of Innovative Partnerships for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). During Buckley's tenure as a public servant he has managed a host of State financing and funding programs. For the State of Oregon, Buckley played a leading role in managing financial components of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects for both the transportation and energy sectors. As the Chief Financial Officer for the Oregon Department of Energy he was responsible for one of the Nation's largest energy tax credit programs (USD 2bn) as well as the nation's oldest energy lending programs (35-years). Prior to his assignment with the Department of Energy Buckley served as the debt and investment manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation where he oversaw a USD 3.5bn transportation finance portfolio. Prior to his career as a public servant, Buckley gained 20 years of private sector experience having worked for various corporations in both finance and marketing roles.
Dan DeBono is the Chief Infrastructure Funding Officer at the United States Department of Transportation, responsible for oversight of lending and grant programs.
Previously, Dan spent 20 years in private sector finance and investing, first as an investment banker advising some of the world’s largest media and telecommunications companies, and then as an institutional investor where he invested capital on behalf of public pension funds, university endowments, and other institutions. Dan specialized in multi-strategy credit, and invested across industry, including media, telecommunications, energy, materials, and infrastructure. Most recently, he ran a small investment and advisory business in New York.
Dan is a 1990 graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He majored in mathematics. A personal connection to the military events in Panama in December 1989 inspired Dan to volunteer for the US Navy SEALs. Dan completed one overseas tour during the Bosnian War, where he conducted joint training operations with NATO allies, among other things. He also specialized in special warfare submarine operations.
Upon his return to civilian life, and inspired by its great free market and philosophical thinkers, Dan attended the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with High Honors, concentration in finance.
Dan is a native New Yorker.
Dr. Morteza Farajian was recently appointed as executive director of the Build America Bureau at USDOT (the Bureau). He is responsible for credit programs and loan guarantees to support development of large-scale and multimodal transportation infrastructure. The Bureau also promotes innovative project financing solutions and helps state and local governments develop and finance P3 transactions for transportation facilities.
Prior to this position, Dr. Farajian was serving as acting Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Director of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Office in Virginia. Over a period of 7 years, he led procurement, financing and contract negotiation of multiple multi-modal transportation projects totaling $10 billion in value. Under his leadership, the P3 program in Virginia was reformed to promote competition, engage stakeholders and increases accountability. He established the first strategic program to manage a portfolio of P3 contracts post-procurement totaling $14 billion in project value.
Dr. Farajian is also an entrepreneur who has co-founded a crowd-financing platform that provides local and small investors the opportunity to invest in infrastructure projects as equity or subordinate debt.
Dr. Farajian has received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Project Management from University of Maryland. He also has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He currently serves as a board member on ARTBA’s P3 Division and TRB’s Revenue and Finance committee.
Nuria Haltiwanger is the CEO for ACS Infrastructure Development and ACS Infrastructure Canada, the North American equity investment, financing and operations and maintenance subsidiaries of the ACS Group, focused on developing and operating infrastructure projects in North America via alternative procurement methods, such as public-private partnership (PPP) and design-build-finance (DBF).
Under her leadership, ACS Infrastructure has solidified its position as a market leader in PPP/DBF projects in North America, with a current portfolio of 14 projects totaling approximately USD 20bn, including Angels Flight in California, the SH 288 Toll Lanes Project in Texas, the Portsmouth Bypass Project in Ohio, and Florida's I-595 Project, which was the first availability payment-based PPP project in the U.S. and which has been successfully operating for three years.
Pete Rahn was appointed Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) by Governor Larry Hogan on January 21, 2015. Rahn is the first person to have led transportation departments in three states. As Transportation Secretary, Rahn oversees a USD 5.1bn annual budget (FY 2018) and leads more than 10,000 employees. MDOT has direct supervision of all aspects of transportation, including the state’s highway, transit and rail networks; toll facilities; motor vehicles; Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.
Prior to his appointment, Rahn was chairman of the New Mexico State Transportation Commission from 2011 to 2015. Rahn served as Director of the Missouri Department of Transportation from 2004 to 2010, when he joined the Kansas City, Mo.-based HNTB construction engineering firm. Rahn was Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department from 1995 to 2002. As a transportation leader in New Mexico and Missouri, Rahn managed billions of dollars in multi-modal transportation investments -- from highways and transit to airports and freight rail -- to create jobs and expand economic development, while focusing on innovation, teamwork, accountability and enhanced communication.
At the national level, Rahn was President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) from 2007 to 2008. In 2017, Rahn was appointed to a two-year term as Chair of AASHTO’s Committee on Funding and Finance. He also has served as a member of AASHTO’s Board of Directors, Chairman of its Standing Committee on Performance Management and Chairman of its Standing Committee on Highway Traffic Safety. From 2006 to 2010, Rahn served on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board. Since 2015, Rahn has been vice president of the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials (NASTO).
Quynh Tran is Executive Director and Co-Head of North American Infrastructure Finance at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (“SMBC”), with over 16 years of project finance experience in the infrastructure sector. SMBC’s North American infrastructure platform serves the debt financing needs of sponsors with investments in the transport, telecommunications, water/wastewater, social infrastructure and core-plus sectors. With increasing activity in the digital infrastructure space, Quynh has been very active in building out SMBC’s coverage of that sub-sector. In addition to traditional bank lending in project finance/acquisition finance/holdcos, SMBC, through its SMBC Nikko affiliate, also provides investment banking services, financial advisory, project bond underwriting, municipal bond underwriting and private placements to sponsors.
Prior to SMBC, Quynh was an investment banking associate at Robertson Stephens where she specialized in M&A and corporate finance in the retail and “e-tail” sectors.
Quynh earned a BA from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Quynh holds Series 79 (Investment Banking Representative), Series 63 (State Securities) and Series 52 (Municipal Securities Representative) licenses.
Shawn Wilson was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) by Governor John Bel Edwards on January 11, 2016 after more than 10 years of executive service at DOTD.
Since his appointment, Wilson has been a tireless advocate for new revenue, maximizing Federal dollars available to Louisiana, advancing a balanced and comprehensive transportation policy for Louisiana, and ensuring the Department is more collaborative in its work at every level.
Under his leadership, DOTD was successful at securing and obligating nearly USD 150m additional Federal dollars for I-10 widening from I-49 to New Orleans, for the Baton Rouge I-10 bottleneck, and for the shortest Design Build procurement in the state’s history is underway to widen I-10 from Highland Road to LA 73. In addition, under his leadership, DOTD has been able to assist communities with alternative fueled transit assets, focus efforts on advancing passenger rail, and helping launch bike share in Baton Rouge, LA.
The DOTD has turned its focus to procuring USD 650m in GARVEE Bonds for two Design Build Projects, a major Urban Interstate Reconstruction and the state’s first Public Private Partnership.