Director of Freight and Surface Transportation Policy
AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities)
John joined AAPA on June 2, 2014. While his primarily responsibilities are covering freight and surface transportation policy issues, he also covers port security and the Department of Commerce’s supply chain initiative. As a legislative director in the U.S. Congress for two members on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he worked on and advocated for numerous transportation issues ranging from the reauthorization of SAFETEA-LU and MAP-21, to aviation, Coast Guard, port security and water policy issues.
As Legislative Director for Congresswoman Doris O. Matsui (D), John was responsible for identifying legislative initiatives and opportunities in the areas of flood protection, water resources and transportation infrastructure investment. As Legislative Director and Senior Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Juanita Millender McDonald (D), John prepared and advised the Congresswoman’s participation on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on her three subcommittees (Transit and Highway, Aviation & Coast Guard and Maritime). While leading Congresswoman McDonald’s legislative agenda, John created and staffed the House Goods Movement Caucus as well as coordinated projects and policy initiatives for the reauthorization of the surface transportation bill.
Prior to joining AAPA, John had his own advocacy firm in Washington, D.C., and prior to that he was a senior associate with another D.C. firm where his practice focused on transportation, economic development and environmental issues.
John earned a degree in English from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.