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 HIGH SPEED RAIL CONFERENCE - LOS ANGELES 2013

 
 
CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

 
 
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U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez represents California's 47th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Fullerton in Orange County. She began her congressional career in January 1997 and is currently serving her 9th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Sanchez is a strong supporter of high speed rail for California and across America. She was appointed by Leader Pelosi to serve on the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), a bipartisan, bicameral committee that continually monitors matters relating to the US economy, including unemployment, foreclosures, and interest rates. A recognized leader on military issues and national security issues, Rep. Sanchez is the 3rd highest ranking Democrat and the most senior female member on the Armed Services Committee.

Karen Hedlund, Deputy Administrator - FRA

Karen Hedlund was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration in December 2011. Prior to her appointment, she served as FRA Chief Counsel, providing legal oversight and advice for the agency’s safety and passenger rail programs, with a focus on implementation of the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program. She led successful negotiations with several Class I host railroads to secure Service Outcome Agreements, supporting the timely obligation of nearly $8 billion in grants to thirty two states and the District of Columbia. Hedlund also participated in the development of an historic multi-state procurement for Next Generation rail equipment in California, Washington State and the Midwest.
 
With more than 35 years of experience in the legal profession, Hedlund's knowledge and expertise of major infrastructure projects and public finance continue to be an invaluable asset to FRA in her capacity as Deputy Administrator.

Jeff Morales, CEO - California HSR Authority 

Jeff Morales has a distinguished record of experience managing large and complex transportation issues and projects. As the former Director of the California Department of Transportation, Morales managed a $10 billion program and more than 23,000 employees working to build, maintain and operate the largest state transportation system in the U.S.

Morales is the past executive vice president of the Chicago Transit Authority where he spearheaded major reforms at the nation’s second-largest transit agency. His experience at the federal level includes serving as a member of President-Elect Obama’s transition team focusing on transportation, Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review, the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, the United States Department of Transportation and as U.S. Senate staff.

He most recently was Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff, where he worked with transportation agencies across the United States and internationally to develop and implement major capital programs.

Arthur Leahy, CEO - LA MTA

Arthur T. Leahy will give an update and overview of the transportation picture in the Los Angeles region including the growing metro system, as well as preparations for HSR coming to LA. Mr. Leahy became MTA's CEO in April 2009. LA MTA serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country's largest, most populous counties. Mr. Leahy's prior position was the CEO of Orange County Transportation Authority, a county-wide transportation agency, where he oversaw planning, financing and coordination for Orange County's freeway, street and rail development, bus service, commuter rail service, and paratransit services. Prior to this, he was general manager of the transit agency in Minneapolis-St. Paul between 1997 and 2001.

Nazih Haddad - Louis Berger Group 

Nazih Haddad, P.E. served for over fifteen years as the Executive Director of the Florida High Speed Rail Authority where he led efforts to develop plans and secure $2.3 billion in federal funding for the Orlando-Tampa HSR project. 
  
He went on to serve as Chief Program Officer at Qatar Rail and later joined the Louis Berger Group as Senior Program Director in Abu Dahbi.
 
He now works at LBG offices in New York City
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Malcolm Dougherty, Director - California DOT 

Mr. Dougherty leads the $11 billion organization and the Department's 20,000 employees who build, maintain, and operate the 50,000 lane miles of California's world-class transportation system. He is also a member of California's Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, which provides project oversight on the seismic retrofit of the state's toll bridges, including the iconic $6.46 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
 
During his 20 years with Caltrans, Dougherty has served in several high-profile management positions. Before being  appointed Director, he served as Chief Deputy Director, where he advised and assisted the Director with all aspects  of Caltrans' policies and operations. He also served as District Director in the Fresno area. Before he came to Caltrans, Dougherty worked for a consultant with a focus on land development and municipal engineering. Dougherty is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.

Rod Diridon, Executive Director - Mineta Transportation Institute

Rod Diridon, Sr., has served as executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) created by Congress in 1991. Mr. Diridon has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. He frequently provides legislative testimony on sustainable transportation issues and is regarded by many as the "father" of modern transit service in Silicon Valley. He was appointed by Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger, in 2001 and 2006, respectively, to the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board, of which he is chair emeritus. After many years of public service in various capacities in California, Santa Clara County renamed its main train station "San Jose Diridon Station" in his honor.

Anthony Perl, Ph.D. 

Anthony Perl, Ph.D. is Director of the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia; he has previously worked at the City University of New York, the University of Calgary, and Université Lumière in Lyon, France. He has authored or co-authored four books, most recently Transport Revolutions: Moving People and Freight Without Oil (2008).  Anthony's research crosses disciplinary and national boundaries to explore the policy decisions that affect transportation, cities and the environment. He has published in scholarly journals such as Energy Policy, Transportation Research, Transportation Quarterly, World Transport Policy and Practice, and Scientific American.


Anthony's work been awarded prizes for outstanding papers presented at the World Conference on Transport Research and the Canadian Transportation Research Forum. He has advised governments in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, and the United States on transportation and environmental research and policy development, and currently chairs the Intercity Passenger Rail committee of the U.S. Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Research Council.


New speakers are being added each week

 
PREVIOUS CONFERENCE ATTENDEES INCLUDE EXECUTIVES OF:

CA High Speed Rail Authority
Mineta Transportation Inst.
MTA Los Angeles
XpressWest
CA DOT
Caltrans
Balfour Beatty
AECOM
Parsons Brinckerhoff
KCI Technologies
Bechtel
Flour
Louis Berger Group
GE Transportation
Samsung
U.S.-Japan High Speed Rail
Central Japan Railway
East Japan Railway
Japan Int'l Transport Institute
CRCC (China)
TSDI (China)
CSR (China)
NDF (China)
Korail
TUC Rail
Alstom
Siemens
Talgo
CAF USA
Bombardier
Hyundai Rotem
Kawasaki Rail Car
Renfe
Virgin Rail
Transmetrics
GEODATA
GKK Works
INC Group
Ginprosa
Freeport McMoRan
IRWA
Skanska
Kelar Pacific
Caltrop Corporation
RBF Consulting
Sukut Construction
Riverside Co. Transport Comm.
So. CA Assn. of Gov'ts.
Julien, Inc.
Law Office of Sima Salek
Biggs Cardosa Associates
ENGEO Incorporated
PECG
V&A, Inc.
Aetypic
Ninyo & Moore
TY Lin International
Nova Consulting
Sener 

Foster + Partners Architects
HOK Architects
SOM Architects
Gensler
Dover Kohl
Urban Land Institute
Forest City
John Buck Company
Akridge
Stonebridge
Autodesk
Bentley Systems
Terracon
Hatch Mott MacDonald
HNTB
Arup
Honeywell
City of Anaheim
CH2M Hill
Kustom Seating
Systra
Ardanuy
UIC
ARTBA
SMI International
First Southwest Investment Bank
Hill & Knowlton
Global-5 Communications
InfraWest
Arcadis
TransitWorks
Sunbelt Rentals
Cordoba Corp.
Shaw Group
Faithful+Gould
CA. HSR Authority
CA DOT
APTA
GPO, Inc.
GPO A&E
Athalye Eng.
A Squared Ventures
Century Diversified
Twining, Inc
HDR
L.K. Comstock
Maintenance Design Group
Huffman-Broadway Group
MAJ Consulting
David Evans & Associates
PECG
Univ. of Illinois
Kimley-Horn and Associates
PQM, Inc.
Anil Verma Associates
Jack McKinnon Consulting
KOA Corporation
Voestalpine Nortrak
Gannett Fleming 

Amtrak
DLA Piper
Holland & Knight
Manatt
Quarles and Brady
Parker Poe
Lockheed Martin
Raytheon
Northrop Grumman
Alion Science & Tech.
BAE Systems
Xpress West
Invensys Rail
Sumitomo
Finley Engineering
Mc Dean
Archer Western
Pandrol
Liebherr
NKT Cables
Southwire
Fooke
USPIRG
Gov't. of Quebec
Wilbur Smith
APT
Cal State U
New Age Industries
Twining, Inc.
Athalye Consulting Eng
Hahn Air
KPMG
ABA Global
Harrison & Bonini
Wilson, Ihrig
AIPRO
Sharon Greene
David Evans and Associates
Overland, Pacific & Cutler
RailPros, Inc.
Nossaman LLP
EVRAZ-Ricky Mountain Steel
Diaz Yourman
Legion America
W2 Design, Inc.
ASM Affiliates
EDC
Consulate General of Japan
Korean Consulate
UK Trade & Investment
Herbert Smith Freehills 

 
 

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