Jane Garvey serves as a member of BPC’s Executive Council on Infrastructure. She is North America chairman of Meridiam Infrastructure, having joined Meridiam in 2009.
Garvey has held a number of senior positions across the public and private sector. In 2008 she served on the transition team for President Barack Obama helping to advise the new administration on transportation policies and related challenges. Prior to that, Garvey headed the US Public/Private Partnerships at JPMorgan. In this role she advised states on financing strategies to facilitate much needed project delivery for state governments.
Garvey was the 14th administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As the first FAA administrator to serve a five-year term, Garvey was responsible for navigating the industry through the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and into the 21st century. Her legacy as administrator includes leading the FAA through one of the toughest chapters in all of our history, restoring America’s confidence in air travel and strengthening airline safety.
During Administrator Garvey’s term, the FAA successfully navigated the Y2K 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, Garvey was acting administrator and previously deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Among her accomplishments at FHWA, 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 highway revenues to repay a special debt instrument, designated a GARVEE (Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle) by the U.S. public finance market.
Before joining the FHWA, Garvey was director of Boston’s Logan International Airport. From 1988 to 1991, she was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works.
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 for Public leaders, the Woman of the Year award from Women in Transportation and Women in Politics. In 2002, the Association of Road and Transportation Builders presented Garvey with their highest award when she joined the distinguished list of The Hundred Leaders in Transportation in the 20th century. She currently serves on several corporate boards and commissions, including United Airlines and BPC.