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Senior Vice President, North America PPP Development Director, AECOM Capital
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AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global ne... more.
Vice President and Government Affairs Director
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,Geography Market Sector Leader
Governor Paterson's Commission on State Asset Maximization
The Performance Based Building Coalition
The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
Sustaining and Sponsor Member
Women Builders Council
Executive Board Member
Editorial Writer Board Member
Vestal High School
Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University of Pennsylvania
PBBC FOUNDER: Samara Barend - SVP and P3 Development Director, AECOM Capital
Strategic Development Director for Public-Private Partnerships and Alternative Delivery for AECOM Samara Barend is the Strategic Development Director for Public-Private Partnerships and Alternative Delivery for AECOM. Prior to her position at AECOM, Samara Barend served as Executive Director of Governor Paterson's Commission on State Asset Maximization. The SAM Commission, created from a gubernatorial Executive Order in 2008, was charged with exploring public-private opportunities in New York State. The Commission released a preliminary report in 2008 and a final report in June 2009 which identified 26 specific public-private opportunities and proposed a transparent process for undertaking those ventures through the creation of a State Asset Maximization Board. Read More Ms. Barend has served as Vice President and Government Affairs Director for STV, and was responsible for overseeing, and often leading, industry-wide policy initiatives. In 2004, she ran as the Democratic candidate in New York's 29th U.S. Congressional district race, holding her opponent to 50.8% of the vote and becoming one of the youngest women to run for federal office. She has also worked as the Statewide Neighborhood Program Director for Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate campaign and as Upstate Director for the New York Democratic State Committee. Further, from 1996-2000 Ms. Barend spearheaded the successful effort to convert New York State's Route 17 into Interstate 86. This interstate campaign resulted in the passage of the Interstate 86 Act, a bill which she drafted for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan that was included in the 1998 Federal Transportation Reauthorization. Ms. Barend graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Master's Degree in Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Samara Barend Vice President and Director for Public-Private Partnerships North America, AECOM
Samara Barend, a P3 specialist for AECOM, advised the board to identify and minimize the risks before publishing the solicitation.
Professionals at the seminar like Samara Barend of AECOM Capital urged more private investment in public infrastructure, calling it "the funding game-changer New York needs."