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Mike Schneider


Irvine, California


Michael Schneider is a founding Partner of InfraStrategies. He has a four-decade record ​of project management, technical innovation and thought leadership in the ​infrastructure field, and is a frequent speaker and participant and in a variety of ​professional and management areas. Formerly Senior Vice President of HDR Inc., an ​international engineering and architectural firm of over 9000 professionals, Mr. ​Schneider served as director of the firm’s global strategic consulting practice and as ​director of professional services. In this capacity, he led HDR’s consulting group in the ​transportation and infrastructure sector and served as project director or lead technical ​advisor for a variety of transit, rail, highway, aviation, energy, and maritime ​engagements.

Prior to his tenure with HDR, Mike co-founded and served as CEO of InfraConsult LLC, a ​firm specialized in project development, program management and public-private ​partnerships. Previously, he enjoyed a 30-year tenure with industry leader Parsons ​Brinckerhoff (now WSP), where he led the transportation business group, chaired the ​strategic advisory practice, and served on the Board of Directors. Mike began his career ​in the public sector with the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

Mike is a member of the Board of Directors and past chair of the Committee on Public-​Private Partnerships of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). He has ​been an active participant and leader in numerous professional organizations, including ​serving two terms on the international board of WTS, focused on advancing women in ​transportation. Mike is a recognized expert in the development and implementation of ​public-private partnerships and has directed numerous partnership programs since the ​1980s as an owner, developer and advisor. He was recently recognized for his ​leadership and innovation in furthering the utilization of public-private partnerships in ​transportation by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

Among Mike’s recent engagements, he directed the evaluation of project delivery ​methods for the $8.5+ billion East Side Access Project in New York City; managed high ​speed rail integration programs for the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California ​region; served as advisor to teams developing business plans for both the Northeast ​Corridor and California High Speed Rail programs; evaluated alternative delivery ​methods for the $1.8 billion Mid-Coast Corridor LRT Project in San Diego; managed the ​assessment of prospective new toll crossings of the Mississippi River between Missouri ​and Illinois; and served as senior advisor to the Colorado High Performance ​Transportation Enterprise and the Arizona Department of Transportation for the states’ ​P3 Programs.

Mike conceived and directed the development of the first privately funded/financed ​tollroad in the Western United States, SR 125/South Bay Expressway in San Diego and ​advised the privately-financed E-470 Highway program in Colorado. He provided early ​guidance to the Dulles Greenway P3 project in Virginia and led the team responsible for ​development of a comprehensive public-private partnership approach for development ​of the multi-billion dollar toll highway program in Orange County, California, for the ​Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA). In Utah, Mike was program manager the nation’s ​first highway-transit program led by a joint Federal Highway Administration/Federal ​Transit Administration joint review team, leading to the first rail transit line in Salt Lake ​and improvements to Interstate 15 through the Salt Lake Valley.

In addition to his work on private financing of public works, Mr. Schneider has directed ​public transport development programs in Israel, India, and Mexico. He has worked in ​more than 20 countries and has authored over 100 papers and juried publications in the ​fields of infrastructure finance, project delivery and management practices.

Earlier in his career, Mike led numerous projects for states, regions and the federal ​government on improving access and public transportation options to and within the ​National Park System. Among his endeavors, Mike led master planning efforts for ​Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks and developed innovative transportation ​plans for ski areas including Aspen, Vail, Mammoth and Park City, and provided advisory ​services for the Lake Placid (1980) and Salt Lake City (2002) Winter Olympics.

Mr. Schneider is a frequent speaker at industry meetings and international conferences ​and has been a guest lecturer at Stanford, UCLA, Yale, USC, the University of Texas, ​and at George Mason University, where he serves on the Board of Industry Advisors for ​the Graduate Transportation Program. He has provided background papers for policy ​development to various Congressional Committees and for the White House. In 2009, ​Mike received lifetime achievement recognition from the American Road and ​Transportation Builders Association for his contributions to furthering the practice and ​utilization of public-private partnerships in delivery of transportation infrastructure.