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Polly Trottenberg

Under Secretary for Policy

Ms. Trottenberg was nominated by President Obama to serve as the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy in June 2012, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in January 2013.

In this role, she serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary while providing leadership in the development of policies for the Department, generating proposals and providing advice regarding legislative and regulatory initiatives across all modes of transportation. Her office oversees the Office of Transportation Policy and the Office of Aviation and International Affairs.

Prior to her appointment as Under Secretary, Ms. Trottenberg served as Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy for three years. During this time, she focused on surface transportation reauthorization, livability, high-speed rail, the TIGER program and freight policy development.

She was previously the Executive Director of Building America’s Future, a non-profit organization created by former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, to promote infrastructure investment.

Ms. Trottenberg also worked in the United States Senate for 12 years, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for California Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.  Ms. Trottenberg also served as Legislative Director for New York Senator Charles Schumer and as Legislative Assistant to New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.  She has worked extensively on transportation, public works, energy and environmental issues during her congressional career.

Before starting her career on Capitol Hill, Ms. Trottenberg worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Massachusetts State Senate, and the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Ms. Trottenberg received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government.

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013
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