2013 Symposium Participants

Updated Sept. 16, 2013
The following individuals will participate in the 2013 WTS Transportation Policy Symposium:*

Norma Krayem, Senior Policy Advisor, Patton Boggs
Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, US Department of Transportation
Shelley M. Rubino, Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Airlines for America
Neil Planzer, Vice President, Air Traffic Management, Flight Services, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Paul J. Wiedefeld, A.E.E., CEO, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Jim Tymon, Staff Director, Highways and Transit Subcommittee of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Senior Advisor to Chairman Bill Shuster
John Robert Smith, Co-Chair, Transportation for America, Senior Policy Advisor, Smart Growth America
Jennifer Aument, General Manager, North America, Transurban
Beverley Swaim-Staley, President and CEO, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation
Anthony Foxx, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
Gregory D. Winfree, Acting Administrator, Research and Innovative Technology Administration
Patrick McGowan, President, Transportation North America, Schneider Electric
Leo McCloskey, Senior Vice President for Technical Programs
Karen Hedlund, Deputy Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration
Joan McDonald, Commissioner, NY Department of Transportation
Tracy Rosser, Senior Vice President, Transportation, Walmart US
Bob LaCroix, Chief Corridor Development, Amtrak


norma_nkrayem_web_(2)Norma Krayem, Senior Policy Advisor, Patton Boggs

As Co-Chair of the firm’s Homeland Security, Defense, and Technology Transfer Practice Group, Norma Krayem provides strategic advice on key issues in a range of areas, including homeland security, transportation, defense, international trade, environmental, and a host of appropriations issues for all aspects of critical infrastructure. She applies her extensive experience with key national issues in the policy-making arena based on 20 years’ working in and with state, local, and federal governments to help clients evaluate strategies to build and maintain a competitive edge. Ms. Krayem was elected to the Partnership in 2007.

During her distinguished career in Washington, Ms. Krayem has held executive-level positions in the U.S. Departments of Transportation, State, and Commerce, as well as in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She has provided key insight and guidance to major officials at the White House, in Congress, and at state and local levels around the country. Ms. Krayem has worked closely on the passage of key legislation such as TEA-21, SAFETEA-LU, NAFTA, GATT, China MFN, and the creation of new Departments including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among others. During her tenure at these agencies, she worked on nearly 100 bilateral trade and aviation-related negotiations.

Susan_KSusan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, US Department of Transportation

As part of the Secretary of Transportation’s senior team, Kurland directs and implements economic and competition policy affecting the air transport industry as well as coordinates the Department’s international activities.  Her responsibilities include directing the Department’s participation in international aviation negotiations throughout the world. She also serves as the Department decision maker in proceedings involving the allocation of international aviation route authority, licensing of air carriers, providing air services to rural communities, and grants of antitrust immunity for international aviation alliance activities.



ShelleyShelley M. Rubino, Vice President, Global Government Affairs

With extensive policy, legislative and management experience, Shelley Rubino joined Airlines for America (A4A) as Vice President, Global Government Affairs in April 2012. Before joining A4A, Ms. Rubino spent four years on Capitol Hill, where she served as Chief of Staff to Rep. John Larson (D-CT), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus and as a liaison between Rep. Larson and House Leadership, Members of Congress and the administration. Previously, Rubino served as Director of Government Law and Strategies at Brown, Rudnick, Berlack, Israels, LLP of Hartford, Conn. She also served as a top aide to Connecticut House Speaker Thomas Ritter.


NeilNeil Planzer, Vice President, Air Traffic Management
Flight Services, Commercial Aviation Services
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Neil Planzer is the vice president of Air Traffic Management (ATM) for Boeing Flight Services. Planzer leads the development and implementation of the company’s ATM strategy and business pursuits. In partnership with airline customers and Air Navigation Service Providers, the Boeing ATM team develops and tests advanced air traffic management concepts and technologies with the ultimate goal to improve the safety, reliability, capacity and efficiency of the U.S. domestic and global air transportation systems.

Before joining The Boeing Company in April 2003, Planzer worked for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he had served since 1998 as executive director of the DoD Policy Board on Federal Aviation and as associate director, Civil Aviation, U.S. Air Force. Before joining the Defense Department, Planzer spent more than 25 years with the Federal Aviation Administration in progressively more responsible positions, including terms as director of both the Office of Air Traffic Program Management and its Air Traffic Systems Requirements Service. Throughout his career, Planzer has worked with regulatory agencies and served as advisor to international groups concerned with developing air traffic control policies and systems.

In 2010, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) awarded Planzer the 2010 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award. This award, the organization's highest honor, recognizes the outstanding, long-term achievement of an individual in the field of aviation. Planzer is a member of the CANSO (Civil Air Navigation Services Organization) Executive Committee, ATCA Board of Directors and the European Institute’s Board of Directors.

paul_wiedefeldPaul J. Wiedefeld, A.E.E., CEO, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Paul Wiedefeld has 30 years of public and private sector transportation management experience. He currently serves as CEO of BWI Airport, where he is responsible for the planning, operation, and management of BWI, which served a record 22.7 million passengers in 2012. Wiedefeld previously served as BWI’s CEO from 2002 until 2005, when he managed the largest expansion in the airport’s history. Duringthis period, he managed the design and construction of a 26-gate terminal for Southwest airlines, an 8,400-spaceparking garage, and a modern consolidated rental carfacility. Mr. Wiedefeld also transformed the Airport’s food, beverage and retail offerings to the highly successful AIR MALL concession program.

Priorto returning to BWI, Wiedefeld served as Administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration, the 10th largest transit system in the United States. In the private sector, he has 10 years of business and project management experience with the international transportation engineering firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB). While with PB, he served as Director of the firm’s aviation consulting practice, which provides comprehensive airport planning, finance, environmental, design and construction management services across thecountry.

J_TysonJim Tymon, Staff Director, Highways and Transit Subcommittee of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Senior Advisor to Chairman Bill Shuster

Jim Tymon joined the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in 2002 and oversees the Subcommittee responsible for writing and authorizing legislation for the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 

Tymon was the Committee’s lead staffer for the development of MAP-21 -- the surface transportation bill signed into law this summer.  He was also the primary staff person responsible for the Highway and Highway Safety titles in SAFETEA LU--the surface transportation bill signed into law in 2005. Tymon’s responsibilities also include pipeline safety issues and he was the Committee’s point person for negotiating the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011 and the Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety Act of 2006.

Prior to joining the Committee, Mr. Tymon spent three years with the Office of Management and Budget where he worked as the Program Examiner responsible for overseeing the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


j_robertsmithJohn Robert Smith, Co-Chair, Transportation for America, Senior Policy Advisor, Smart Growth America

John Robert Smith is co-chair of Transportation for America and senior policy advisor for Smart Growth America, and he just completed a term of more than three years as president and CEO of Reconnecting America. In all of those roles he has brought extensive experience working with small and rural communities across the country on transit, affordable housing and economic development issues. As a former four-term mayor of Meridian, Mississippi, he is one of the strongest ambassadors to local leaders and communities across America to promote better transportation connectivity and affordable housing in the country’s smaller cities and rural areas. As mayor, he redeveloped Union Station, the first multi-modal transportation facility in the South, which turned the city’s investment of just over $1 million in the project into a $135 million public-private investment in Meridian’s historic downtown. Under his leadership, the city also secured and implemented the country’s last Hope VI project. At Reconnecting America, Transportation for America, and Smart Growth America, he is a national leader in advising communities, developing research and innovative public policy and building partnerships to promote transit and economic development programs. He speaks across the country, making the case for strategies and policies that support multi-modal transportation and affordable housing to develop our nation’s communities.


jenniferaumentJennifer Aument, Group General Manager, North America, Transurban

Jennifer joined Transurban in 2006 and now leads the Group’s North American business. She played a key role in the development of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, and in her previous role as vice president of public affairs managed all government relations, communications and marketing activities in the US market. Jennifer came to Transurban from Bechtel Infrastructure, and has had a successful career advancing legislative and commercial interests for multi-national corporations in the transportation, energy and financial services sectors. She holds a number of leadership positions in the community, including as commissioner for the Virginia Port Authority, which oversees one of the largest shipping enterprises in the US.


Beverley_Swaim_StaleyBeverley Swaim-Staley, President and CEO, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation

Beverley Swaim-Staley serves as the new Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) President and Chief Executive Officer.  As President her primary task is to uphold the USRC mission statement including management of the leased operations of the multimodal transportation and retail center and oversight of the redevelopment of the station complex including Amtrak and Burnham Place. She was the first woman to serve as Maryland Transportation Secretary, from 2009 to 2012, with 10,000 employees and a $3.6 billion annual budget.  As Secretary, Ms. Swaim-Staley oversaw the only state department of transportation with direct supervision over all aspects of transportation including: the State’s highway, transit and rail networks; motor vehicles; Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and the Port of Baltimore.

With nearly 14 years of experience as Secretary, Deputy Transportation Secretary and Chief Financial Officer for MDOT, Ms. Swaim-Staley has a deep knowledge of transportation management and finance. She oversaw negotiations to execute one of the largest public-private partnership agreements in the nation resulting in the construction of a new 50-foot berth at the Port of Baltimore. From 2001-2002, while serving as Deputy Secretary, she also served as Executive Director of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, a period which encompassed the terrorist strike on 9/11 and the subsequent revolution in airport security. She has also worked for the state legislation in Maryland and for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA). Currently she serves as a Board Member of the Mineta Transportation Institute.

anthony_foxxAnthony Foxx, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation.  His primary goal is to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world.

Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013.  During that time, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts.  These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, the largest capital project ever undertaken by the city, which will build new roads, bridges, transit as well as bicycle and pedestrian facilities; expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest in the world; working with North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to accelerate the I-485 outer belt loop using a creative design-build-finance approach, the first major project of its kind in North Carolina; and starting the Charlotte Streetcar project. 

Prior to being elected mayor, Foxx served two terms on the Charlotte City Council as an At-Large Representative.  As a Council Member, Foxx chaired the Transportation Committee, where he helped shepherd the largest transportation bond package in the city’s history, enabling Charlotte to take advantage of record low interest rates and favorable construction pricing to stretch city dollars beyond initial projections.  Foxx also chaired the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization.


winfreeGregory D. Winfree, Acting Administrator, Research and Innovative Technology Administration

Greg Winfree came to RITA on March 15, 2010, as its third Chief Counsel, but in June 2011, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood promoted him to Deputy Administrator of RITA and he was sworn in on July 15, 2011.  During his tenure, Greg has also previously served as the agency's Acting Administrator, and as chairman of the Department of Transportation's Innovation Council.

Prior to his RITA appointment, Winfree served as Chief Litigation Counsel for Freeport-McMoRan Corporation, one of the world's leading mining and natural resources producers.  He also previously served as Union Carbide Corporation's Senior Litigation Counsel and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals' Director of Litigation, respectively.  Before embarking on an in-house career pathway, Winfree served as a trial attorney in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, which he joined after starting his career as an associate at the Venable law firm in Washington, D.C. Throughout his corporate career Greg has been aligned with organizations with a strong focus in the STEM disciplines.  Moreover, as an innovator with design and utility patents to his credit and as an experienced Intellectual Property litigator, Greg has an especial affinity for the diverse mission under the RITA banner. 

McGowen_Patrick_WEB_(2)Patrick McGowan, P.E., President, Schneider Electric Transportation North America

Patrick McGowan brings more than two decades experience in all aspects of Intelligent Transportation Systems to the industry. He is responsible for creating and consolidating the necessary structure of Schneider Electric (formerly Telvent) transportation solutions, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), tolling, transit and Smart Cities to achieve significant growth and ensure Schneider Electric’s position as a market leader.

Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Mr. McGowan was the Chief Engineer for Lockheed Martin and prior to that, the Traffic Management Engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation. Mr. McGowan serves on many international, national, and local boards including ITS America, World Congress Intelligent Transport, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.


Leo_McCloskey_Headshot_(2)Leo McCloskey, Senior Vice President for Technical Programs                                                                                         

As Senior Vice President for Technical Programs, Leo McCloskey leads ITS America’s research, standards, and other technology-driven initiatives. Prior to joining ITS America, Leo was Vice President of Marketing for Airbiquity, a leader in connected vehicle service delivery for major automakers like Ford Motor Company, Nissan and General Motors. While at Airbiquity, Leo directed the organization’s work in areas such as driver distraction and ecosystem development.

Leo brings significant expertise in connected services, software, technology and advanced networking.  He has held senior leadership positions at IntelliTax, Nexagent, Ebone, Terabeam, and EDS, Inc. where he defined a novel method for connecting customers to a distributed global service delivery infrastructure. He holds a B.A. in Russian studies and language from Dickinson College.


karen_hedlundKaren Hedlund, Deputy Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration

Karen Hedlund was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration in December 2011. Prior to her appointment, she served as FRA Chief Counsel, providing legal oversight and advice for the agency’s safety and passenger rail programs, with a focus on implementation of the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program. She led successful negotiations with several Class I host railroads to secure Service Outcome Agreements, supporting the timely obligation of nearly $8 billion in grants to thirty two states and the District of Columbia. Hedlund also participated in the development of an historic multi-state procurement for Next Generation rail equipment in California, Washington State and the Midwest.

With more than 35 years of experience in the legal profession, Hedlund's knowledge and expertise of major infrastructure projects and public finance continue to be an invaluable asset to FRA in her capacity as Deputy Administrator. Prior to joining FRA, Hedlund was appointed as Chief Counsel for the Federal Highway Administration in June 2009. Before coming to the U.S. Department of Transportation, she was a partner at Nossaman LLP, from 1995 to 2009, leading the national firm’s East Coast Infrastructure Practice where she advised state DOTs, regional transportation authorities and other entities about the use of innovative financing for large infrastructure projects including highways, transit and rail systems.


Joan_McDonaldJoan McDonald, Commissioner, NY Department of Transportation

Joan McDonald was nominated by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on January 14, 2011 to serve as the 11th Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, and was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate on March 8, 2011.  Commissioner McDonald leads a department of 8,500 employees with a combined annual capital and operating budget of approximately $9 billion. Commissioner McDonald’s vision for NYSDOT focuses on two core components:  (1) operating and maintaining New York’s transportation system safely and efficiently; and (2) delivering a world-class capital program on time and on budget.  In 2011, Commissioner McDonald launched the Department’s new Capital Asset Management-Capital Investment (CAM-CI) program.  This innovative program focuses on preservation, looking at New York’s transportation system in a sustainable way.  The program has been recognized as a national model, receiving the 2012 AASHTO (American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials) President’s award for Administration.  

During her tenure as Commissioner, Ms. McDonald has led the Department in storm recovery efforts resulting from Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Super Storm Sandy; served on the Executive Leadership team for the Tappan Zee Bridge which resulted in a Record of Decision in eleven months, and the Blue Ribbon Panel which selected the design/build team for the project; negotiated a landmark agreement between the State of New York, Amtrak and the Federal Railway Administration for operations of the Hudson Line; and launched DOT’s New York Works program. 

Commissioner McDonald serves as Chair of the Northeast Corridor Commission; Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Program Review Board; Co-Chair of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council and on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

TracyTracy Rosser, Senior Vice President, Transportation, Walmart US

Tracy Rosser has the responsibility for all domestic transportation, the private fleet, and global transportation for Walmart US.  He was promoted to this position in 2012. Rosser’s previous role was divisional senior vice president, Mississippi River Delta Division, Central Business Unit, where he was responsible for store operations in this division.

Additionally, since joining Walmart in 1997, Rosser has served as vice president of corporate traffic, director of corporate traffic, general manager of the Laurens, S.C. fashion distribution center, regional transportation manager with the private fleet over the western US, manager of backhaul administration, and general transportation manager of the Sutherland, Va. transportation office. 

Prior to joining Walmart, Rosser spent nine years in the truckload transportation industry holding positions in sales, marketing, and operations.

Bob_LaCroix_(2)Bob LaCroix, Chief Corridor Development, Amtrak

Bob LaCroix is currently Chief Corridor Development in the NEC Infrastructure and Investment Development Business Line at Amtrak.  In that role, Bob is responsible forpursuing the business relationships and contractual arrangements with both public and private stakeholders across the NEC required to deliver Amtrak’s Integrated Vision and Plan for the future of the NEC and next generation high speed rail (the “Plan”).  Bob and his Corridor Development team generate awareness of, and advocacy and support for, the Plan among key stakeholders, negotiate and administer access and service agreements with ten NEC commuter operators, create new commercial opportunities to drive top line revenues and bottom line profits, coordinate complex multi-party master plans for major station complexes, develop and deliver financing mechanisms to advance the Plan while minimizing the cost of capital and maximizing net asset return and operating dividend, and develop cost sharing principles, practices, systems, processes and models to enact PRIIA Section 212.



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