Obama to nominate Trottenberg for DOT post

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President Obama on Thursday, May 28, announced his intent to nominate Polly Trottenberg as Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Trottenberg serves as executive director of Building America’s Future, a national bipartisan coalition that supports U.S. infrastructure investment and a more accountable, sustainable and performance-driven national transportation policy. Building America’s Future is chaired by Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and has a membership of elected officials from across the United States.

Prior to joining Building America’s Future, Trottenberg served in the U.S. Senate for 12 years, most recently as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and worked extensively on transportation policy. She also served as legislative director for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and as legislative assistant for transportation, public works and environment for the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Trottenberg previously worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Massachusetts Port Authority on aviation and transportation finance issues, and on the Joint Commerce and Labor Committee of the Massachusetts State Senate.