Ms. Jane F. Garvey
Board Member Since 2004
Ms. Jane Garvey serves as North America chairman of Meridiam Infrastructure, which enables public authorities to procure and manage the infrastructure essential to the development of their local communities.
Ms. Garvey is the former executive director of JP Morgan Securities' Infrastructure Advisory Group. In this capacity, she advised transportation sector clients on how traditional infrastructure financing methods can be improved to facilitate project delivery for governments.
She also formerly served as executive vice president and chairman of APCO Worldwide's transportation practice, providing strategic counsel to APCO clients globally, covering topics from government relations to policy to communications advice. She also led the transportation practice, working with clients on issues and opportunities affecting the changing transportation industry.
Ms. Garvey served as the first five-year term administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), leading the nation's aviation system into the 21st century. Under her leadership, the FAA successfully navigated the year 2000 transition, established a risk management approach across the entire aviation community to improve aviation safety, and achieved aggressive strides to expand the capacity and capabilities of the air traffic control system.
Prior to becoming FAA Administrator in 1997, Ms. Garvey was acting administrator and previously deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Among her accomplishments at FHWA, Ms. Garvey conceived and developed the Innovative Financing Initiative, enabling the states to use federal highway funds more effectively. Most of the funds-management methods tested by more than 30 states under this initiative were later enacted into law. One particularly successful innovation enables a state to pledge future federal highway revenues to repay a special debt instrument, designated a GARVEE (Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle) by the U.S. public finance market.
Before joining FHWA in 1993, Ms. Garvey was director of Boston's Logan International Airport, and from 1988 to 1991, she was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works.
Ms. Garvey was named one of the "Top Public Officials of the 20th Century" by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. As FAA Administrator and in her previous leadership positions, Ms. Garvey has received numerous awards and public recognition, including the National Air Transportation Association's Distinguished Service Award, the National Council of Public-Private Partnerships Leadership Award, the National Award of Excellence from the National Association of State Aviation Officials, the Leadership Award from the American Association of Airport Executives, and the Woman of the Year award from both Women in Transportation Seminar and Women in Politics. She served on President-elect Obama's transition team in late 2008 to early 2009.
Ms. Garvey holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Saint Mary College and a master's degree from Mount Holyoke College. She participated in the Fellowship Program for Public Leaders at Harvard, and she holds honorary degrees from several universities.