Chao to appoint infra advisor

19 April 2017 US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is to appoint a senior advisor on infrastructure from a major advisory firm as part of a reshuffle at the Department of Transportation (DOT).

The DOT has confirmed to P3 Bulletin that Chao intends to appoint P3 expert James Ray to be a senior adviser on infrastructure.

Ray is a principal at KPMG’s infrastructure consulting practice in Washington, DC. He previously served in various roles at the White House Office of Management and Budget and the DOT, where he was deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and also served as general counsel.

Chao is also to appoint projects lawyer Matthew Kopko as counselor to the deputy secretary. Formerly with Foley Hoag, and previously Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Kopko was a Republican candidate in the 2015 New Jersey Assembly elections and campaigned for the use of P3 to improve infrastructure. 

Meanwhile, DOT chief of staff Michael Britt is to be senior advisor for the modernization of the Federal Aviation Administration, and Geoff Burr, a former construction industry lobbyist, is to be appointed acting chief of staff.

Burr was previously with the US Department of Labor when Chao was secretary of labor.

This page was last updated on:
13 December 2017.

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