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Polly Trottenberg
Assistant Secretary for Policy
Federal Department of Transportation

in June of 2009, President Obama nominated Polly Trottenberg to become the Assistant Secretary for United States Transportation Policy. Prior to the nomination, Ms. Trottenberg was the Executive Director of Building America’s Future, a bipartisan non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation’s prosperity and quality of life. BAF was created by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and boasts a growing membership of state and local elected officials.

Ms. Trottenberg worked in the United States Senate for 12 years. She has served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for California Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Legislative Director for New York Senator Charles Schumer, and 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.

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