Astrid has been a transportation leader and policy maker for more than a decade. From 2007 to 2009 she served as Commissioner at the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) with charge of a workforce of over 9500 employees, some $1.7 billion in new construction projects begun annually, and a range of multimodal programs receiving state and federal support.While in NY she created the first state standards for sustainable road and bridge designs and for highway construction and maintenance practices. She implemented new criteria for project selection and encouraged the development of projects that included transit and offered more than traditional highway solutions.While serving with NYSDOT Astrid chaired the Standing Committee on Rail Transportation at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and was active with both AASHTO’s Committee on Climate Change and its Task Force on Federal Reauthorization.
Before going to New York Astrid was Deputy Secretary at the Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development, a state innovation that combined oversight of Transportation, Environment, and Housing. Her work at Commonwealth Development was built upon her many years at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation (now Mass DOT). Her experience there included leading the Office of Transportation Planning (which produced the state’s first multimodal long range plan), managing the capital plan (which balanced a range of state and federal funding streams to support the state wide capital program), developing multimodal programs (rail, transit centers, and ferries), and providing state oversight and support for regional transit authorities and paratransit providers across Massachusetts.
As an attorney, she practiced in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, representing shipping companies and their underwriters. She also helped develop the state and local regulatory frameworks that govern waterfront projects in Massachusetts. She is a member of the Transportation Research Board, the Boston Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). She also serves on theW TS Advisory Board for the Boston Chapter.
BA, Bennington College, JD Albany Law School