Date: 12th - 13th June 2019 | Location: Grand Hyatt, New York

Date: 12th - 13th June 2019
Location: Grand Hyatt, New York



David Spector

David Spector is the Director of the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE), a government-owned business and division of the Colorado Department of Transportation. HPTE uses public private partnerships (P3), tolled express lanes, and other innovative methods to finance and improve Colorado’s surface transportation infrastructure.

David's career has been focused on high-profile public-private infrastructure projects and politically sensitive issues of public importance. Prior to HPTE, he served as legal counsel to Colorado Gov. John W. Hickenlooper, where he advised on a variety of substantive matters (including state budget & finance issues) as a member of the Governor’s executive leadership team. Previously, David was a lawyer and member of the partnership at Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, where he practiced in the areas of land use, transportation, energy, and municipal law, with an emphasis on P3, project development and finance. He has a background in public finance and broad experience working with local communities and nonprofit organizations. David is active in his community, and currently serves on the Komen Colorado Board and the Rocky Mountain CitySummit Steering Committee.

David earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his juris doctor from the University of California, Hasting College of the Law.

Duane Callender

Duane Callender manages the Credit Programs Office within the Build America Bureau which houses the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) credit program and the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) credit program. He directs a staff responsible for all aspects of underwriting, portfolio monitoring and risk management. Mr. Callender oversees a portfolio that encompasses over billion in Federal credit assistance to intermodal, highway, transit and rail projects totaling more than billion of infrastructure investment in the U.S. Prior to his current position he held positions in DOT’s Office of Budget and Programs; where he was responsible for oversight of the Maritime Administration budget; in DOT’s Inspector General’s Office and the Budget Office of the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department.

A New York native, Mr. Callender holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Connecticut College (1994) and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from American University (1998).

Greg Ciambrone
Vice President, THE WALSH GROUP

Mr. Ciambrone is responsible for coordinating, implementing, and managing all of the public/private business activities of The Walsh Group and its affiliated companies. He has extensive project finance experience that brings a broad prospective and focused development and financial strategies to public/private business opportunities and real estate investment activities. Mr. Ciambrone is currently serving as Walsh’s representative on the Board of Directors of both WVB East End Crossing, LLC (the company that successfully developed the Ohio River Bridges East End Crossing project with the Indiana Finance Authority) and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, LLC, (the company that is developing the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation).

Colin Peppard
Innovation Manager for Outreach and Strategic Relationships, LA METRO

Colin Peppard is Manager for Outreach and Strategic Relationships with the Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI) at LA Metro. Colin manages the agency’s Unsolicited Proposal Process, a tool used to develop public-private partnerships around Metro’s individual project plans, and explore how emerging technologies could improve and expand Metro’s service.

Previously, Mr. Peppard served as a policy advisor and senior legislative aide for U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper, of Delaware, where he oversaw policy development and legislative strategy. He helped to negotiate two federal transportation bills, and took a lead role in drafting several provisions to facilitate capital financing of public infrastructure.

Before he began with Senator Carper, Colin was the Deputy Director of Federal Transportation Policy with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where he focused on advancing policies and projects with mutual mobility and environmental benefits. Has run transportation policy programs for several other national NGOs, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Jane Garvey
North American Chairman, MERIDIAM

Jane Garvey is North America Chairman of Meridiam Infrastructure. Ms. Garvey has held a number of senior positions across the public and private infrastructure sector in the United States, most recently serving on the Transition Team for President Barack Obama with a focus on transportation policies and related challenges facing the new Administration. Prior to that, Ms. Garvey headed the U.S. Public/Private Partnerships advisory group at JPMorgan, where she advised states on financing strategies to facilitate much-needed project delivery for state governments. From 1997 to 2002, she served as the 14th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), having been nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in August 1997. She was the first FAA administrator to serve a five- year term and was responsible for navigating the industry through the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Prior to becoming FAA Administrator, Ms. Garvey served as Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Among her accomplishments at FHWA, she conceived and developed the Innovative Financing Initiative, enabling states to use federal highway funds more effectively. Most of the funds-management methods tested by more than 30 states under this initiative were later enacted into law. Before joining the FHWA, Ms. Garvey was director of Boston’s Logan International Airport. From 1988 to 1991, she was Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works.

Ms. Garvey has received numerous awards and public recognition, including the National Air Transportation Association’s Distinguished Service Award, the National Council of PublicPrivate Partnerships Leadership Award, the National Award of Excellence for Public Leaders, and the Woman of the Year Award from Women in Transportation and Women in Politics. In 2002, the Association of Road and Transportation Builders Association presented her with their highest honor, as she joined the list of "The Hundred Leaders in Transportation in the 20th Century". She currently serves on several corporate boards and commissions, including United Airlines and the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Transportation Policy Project.

Michael Bonini

Michael Bonini is the Director of the Office of Public-Private Transportation Partnerships for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). In this role, Bonini is responsible for the evaluation, structuring and implementation of partnership delivery solutions that are consistent with PennDOT’s transportation goals.  Of note, Bonini is leading the PennDOT team to manage and implement the Rapid Bridge Replacement project.  Bonini has been with PennDOT for over 15 years, and until this appointment to the P3 Office, he served as the Research and State Transportation Innovation Council manager.



DJ Gribbin
Former Special Assistant to the President of Infrastructure, National Economic Council

Biography to follow.

Gail Lewis
Director, Office of P3 Initiatives and International Affair, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Gail Lewis is the Director of P3 Initiatives and International Affairs for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). In this position, Gail heads up the agency’s public private partnerships unit, identifying, analyzing and managing P3 projects. Successful projects have included P3s for rest areas, highways and ADOT assets such as real estate. Gail also leads ADOT’s work with Mexico, guiding the Department’s intergovernmental work in Arizona’s border communities and with the US and Mexican federal governments.

Prior to joining ADOT, Gail headed the Government Relations Office for ADOT, worked for the Office of the Governor as a Policy Advisor for trade, transportation and economic development, began the Office of Economic Development for Arizona State University, and worked for two Phoenix mayors. Gail has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and International Relations from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. She is active in many professional and civic organizations and is the mother of two great sons.

Kirk Steudle

Kirk T. Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, oversees MDOT’s over four billion dollar budget, and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges at a department with 2,500 employees.  He also oversees administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects.

Steudle is a national leader in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies, and was the 2014-2015 Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) Board of Directors.  He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Steudle is a Past President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Chairs the Standing Committee on Highways. He was a 2014 member of the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science and the 2014 Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee. He also chaired the second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee (SHRP 2) for TRB. As well as a member of numerous NCHRP panels and committees on asset and performance management.

Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering, serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2012.

Pete Rahn
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 4.9bn annual budget (FY 2016) and leads 10,064 employees. 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.