Obama Names Transpo Transition 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.

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