With more than 20 years of transportation experience, Robert Mariner most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also served as the Program Manager for the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program ([now known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program). In 2009, Robert directed the development of the TIGER discretionary grant program that is responsible for the implementation, administration, and delivery of 462 multi-modal projects totaling $5.6 billion in discretionary grants across the country. Robert first partnered with TFG in July after leaving DOT. He had established a strong working relationship with TFG staff over the past ten years and wanted to continue our work together.
Robert also served as the senior advisor to the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy and the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy on project finance policy issues to include being an active member of the Credit Council Working Group for matters dealing with Private Activity Bonds, Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Loans, Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Loans, and the Title XI ship building grant program. He served as a Congressional liaison for DOT and FEMA during the Superstorm Sandy response in New York. Robert also drafted and negotiated surface transportation reauthorization provisions to include in the three transportation reauthorization bills. Some of those provisions led to the formation of the TIGER discretionary grant program, the FASTLANE discretionary grant program, and the creation of the National Freight Advisory Committee.
In 2011, Robert was selected by then DOT Secretary Ray LaHood to serve as the Urban Transport Advisor to the Transportation Counselor at the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He led an international team of land use planners and engineering professionals from the United States, Afghanistan, Japan, and Turkey, in the development and deployment of the $300 million Kabul City Initiative in Kabul, Afghanistan. This initiative resulted in the improvement of how critical transportation infrastructure and planning practices are provided within the City of Kabul.
Prior to joining DOT, Robert spent six years as an Airport Environmental Planner and Program Manager where he was responsible for the delivery of environmental documents for airports across the nation with project budgets that ranged from $100,000 to more than $5 million. He also served as an Environmental Engineer for the delivery of multiple environmental compliance documents for the United States Air Force and the United States Navy.