WASHTO 2021 Keynote Speakers
Polly Trottenberg currently serves as the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Deputy Secretary, where she provides leadership and strategic vision for USDOT. She has an extensive 25+ year public sector career in all levels of government. She most recently served as New York City’s Transportation commissioner where she was responsible for the safe, efficient, and equitable operations of New York City’s transportation network. Trottenberg served in the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary
and Under Secretary for Policy at the USDOT. During her previous five years at the Department, she developed and implemented transportation policies to address the needs of state and local transportation agencies on every type of project from roads and bridges, to transit and rail, to airports, ports, and pipelines. Her additional policy and managerial experience include her time in the U.S. Senate, where she served Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Majority Leader Charles Schumer, and Senator Barbara Boxer.Trottenberg graduated from Barnard College and received her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg
Natalie Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and as director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. She served in the administrations of three Utah governors – Bangerter, Leavitt and Walker – a nd was a p olitical appointee in the George W. Bush administration. She authors regular columns in Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News and co-hosts the weekly radio program Both
Sides of the Aisle on KCPW. Natalie was appointed to the Transportation Commission in August 2019. She represents Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele Counties (UDOT Region Two). Her current term ends in April 2025.
Louis Alloro is social entrepreneur creating and facilitating evidence-based learning experiences helping entire teams and communities dig deeper and reach higher to be the change we wish to see in the world. Since 2008, when he became one of the first one hundred people in the world to earn a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology from University of Pennsylvania, he has trained and certified thousands of practitioners and communities in applied
positive psychology and wellbeing science. His passion is in helping counties, cities, companies, and campuses build Wellbeing Coalitions that align and integrate a shared vision and collective actions that change conversations and behaviors at scale. Louis is a senior fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing at George Mason University andis currently pursuing his PhD in the School of Leadership and Change at Antioch University. In 2021, he became a first-time father and is enjoying time with little Luca in his life.
Governor Mike Leavitt
Governor Mike Leavitt is the founder and general partner of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care. His professional life has been divided into three
distinct chapters. His early career included nearly twenty years building businesses in the risk management sector. Then, sixteen years in public service. Governor Leavitt served as Governor of Utah for three terms (1993 to 2003) before
occupying two roles in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush: Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (2003 to 2005) and Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (2005 to 2009). Currently, he is focused on the advancement of value-based health care through Leavitt Partners, a family of businesses that provides investment support, data and analytics, member-based alliances, and direct services to clients to support decision making strategies in the value economy.
Tom Warne is a registered professional engineer holding both a bachelors and masters degree in civil engineering. He began his professional career as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers, then moved to the Arizona Department of Transportation beginning as a Resident Engineer and leaving as the Deputy Director of the agency. In 1995 Tom was appointed by then, Governor Michael O. Leavitt, as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Transportation where he served for six years. While at UDOT he led the $1.2 billion design-build I-15 Reconstruction Project and helped prepare the
state’s transportation system for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. In 2001 Tom founded Tom Warne and Associates and in the ensuing years provided management consulting services on some of the nation’s largest and most complex transportation projects. Since 2013, Tom and his wife Renae, have spent much of their time serving as volunteers for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with assignments here in Utah and in Chile, Spain and England. Tom and Renae are the parents of six children and have 22 grandchildren.