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Paul Bea

Posted @ Friday, July 24, 2015    By Zach Israel
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Paul Bea brings a wealth of knowledge to TFG as a government relations and policy advisor specializing in maritime transportation. In 2006, Paul formed PHB Public Affairs and located within the offices of TFG after serving for over 25 years as the Washington Representative of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Paul participates in the TFG transportation and water policy practice groups and contributes to the firm’s publications and client services.

Throughout his work for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Paul managed its multimodal agenda that included the maritime, surface transportation, aviation, and other transportation and environmental related matters. His experience includes substantial work on US Army Corps of Engineers projects and policy and on Capitol Hill, ranging from the landmark WRDA 1986 that created the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to the authorization and funding of the largest seaport dredging project in modern American history. In the latter years with the public agency, he gave increasing attention to freight transportation system capacity policy, marine highway policy, the promotion of federal navigation services, and homeland security. 

Paul’s strong record of advocacy in policy-oriented coalitions and organizations is unmatched. In 2004, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta appointed Paul to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council. He has served on the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Legislative Advisors group and the Board of Advisors of the Eno Transportation Foundation, now the Eno Center for Transportation. 

Paul Bea continues to serve as chairman of the Coastwise Coalition, an organization to advance the use of coastal shipping to expand the domestic transportation system capacity in the United States. He has been a leading figure in the marine highway policy discussions and serves as a resource to others with an interest in this area. In 1985, he founded the Washington Port Reps group that continues to meet regularly on federal issues of importance to ports and port authorities. He is often called upon to serve as a speaker on port related policy and legislation in Washington. 

Prior to directing the Washington Office for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Paul served on the staff of the Governor Brendan T. Byrne of New Jersey and Congressman Edward J. Patten. Paul earned his B.S. in Political Science in 1971 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition to contributing to TFG publications, Paul has co-authored articles on intermodal transportation, created the MTS Matters blog (, and tweets on transportation policy news at

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