Obama Names Transportation Team

The Obama-Biden transition team today unveiled its "Agency Review Teams" — the people charged with "a thorough review of key departments, agencies and commissions of the
United States government, as well as the White House, to provide the
President-elect, Vice President-elect, and key advisors with
information needed to make strategic policy, budgetary, and personnel
decisions prior to the inauguration."

We skipped right to the transportation team, of course, and here are the names we found, with biographical info pulled directly from the change.gov website. We’d love to get your intel in the comments.

  • Seth Harris
    is a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Project’s Agency Review
    Working Group responsible for overseeing review of the transportation
    agencies.
  • Mortimer Downey is a self-employed transportation
    consultant who served for eight years as the
    Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President Clinton, and was an
    Assistant Secretary of Transportation during the Carter Administration.
    He has also been the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of
    the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and
    held various planning positions at the Port Authority of New York and
    New Jersey.
  • Jane Garvey is the Head of the U.S. Public/Private
    Partnerships at JPMorgan. In this role Garvey advises states on
    financing strategies to accelerate project delivery for governments.
    Garvey was the 14th Administrator of the Federal Aviation
    Administration, nominated by President Clinton. Prior to becoming FAA Administrator, Garvey
    was Acting Administrator and previously Deputy Administrator of the
    Federal Highway Administration.
  • Michael Huerta is Group President of ACS
    Transportation Solutions, a company that provides technology solutions
    for collecting revenue, enhancing safety and promoting security for the
    transportation industry. From 1993 to 1998, Huerta served in senior
    positions at the Department of Transportation. Previously, Huerta served
    as the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco and Commissioner
    of the City of New York Department of Ports, International Trade and
    Commerce.
  • Federal Maritime Commission Review Team Lead John Cullather has worked for the House of
    Representatives for over 31 years, specializing in Coast Guard and
    maritime transportation policy.
  • NTSB Review Team Lead Carol Carmody currently works as a consultant in
    international aviation and aviation safety. In 2000 she was appointed
    by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to a five-year term on
    the National Transportation Safety Board.
  • Seth Harris
    Director of Labor & Employment
    Law Programs at New York Law School.
    United Cerebral Palsy Association
    National Advisory Commission on Workplace Flexibility.
    Clinton Administration, Counselor to the Secretary of Labor cting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy,
    Before
    law clerk to Judge William Canby of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    Judge Gene Carter of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.
    He was Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Law & Social Change at the New York University School of Law

    Mortimer Downey
    self-employed transportation consultant
    Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President Clinton,
    Assistant Secretary of Transportation, Carter Administration.
    Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the NYMTA
    various planning positions at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    Jane Garvey
    Head of the U.S. Public/Private Partnerships at JPMorgan.
    Garvey was the 14th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, nominated by President Clinton.
    Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

    Michael Huerta
    Group President of ACS Transportation Solutions,
    Huerta served as the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco Commissioner of the City of New York Dept of Ports, Int’l Trade & Commerce.

    John Cullather
    Worked for House of Representatives for over 31 years, specializing in Coast Guard and maritime transportation policy

    Carol Carmody
    consultant in international aviation and aviation safety.
    appointed by President Clinton to National Transportation Safety Board.

    WHERE’S AMTRAK? WHERE ARE THE RAILROADERS?

    What am I missing here?

    BOB

  • Are these people another group of pseudo-populist, car loving, big party Democrats?

    It sure looks like that to me.

    I’m so sad now.:(

  • i’m with brayj on this one.

    more bailouts for US auto companies that make an inferior product!

  • Copies of this message with photos and links are posted at:
    http://www.bobbysturgell.com

    A news update regarding FAA, “Bobby” Sturgell, and the NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign, follows:

    1. Bobby Sturgell Ejected. While Team Obama deliberates on the choice of new USDOT and FAA heads:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/05/AR2008120503320.html
    failed FAA Acting Administrator Robert Allan (“Bobby”) Sturgell is thankfully already reported to have given a “Farewell Speech”, according to resources like ABC News, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, and Flightglobal. As the NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign was “Bobby” Sturgell’s pet-elver project, and as “Bobby” Sturgell is accountable for 3,500-and-climbing aviation fatalities occurring on his abominable FAA watch – see, e.g.,:
    http://indictsturgell.blogspot.com/2008/10/failed-faa-pilot-bobby-sturgell-racks.html

    at Quiet Rockland, we say to “Bobby” Sturgell:

    Auf Wiedersehen, Aal!

    2. Quiet Rockland Petitions Obama. Quiet Rockland recently wrote and posted President-Elect Barack Obama a letter:
    http://removesturgell.blogspot.com/2008/11/quiet-rocklands-appeal-to-president.html
    In this letter, we have asked our next President to please scrap the NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign, treat Air Traffic Controllers properly, infuse an Oberstar-ian “Culture of Safety” in American aviation, repopulate FAA with responsible ingenuous officials, and select a new FAA Administrator who delivers those objectives.

    In this regard, Quiet Rockland asks that you please review our letter, and then write President-Elect Obama and his colleagues a letter of your own to same effect.

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