Paul Nissenbaum, Associate Administrator for Railroad Policy & Development
Paul Nissenbaum has served as Associate Administrator for Railroad Policy and Development (RPD) since January 2012. In that role, he leads an office of 90-plus professionals responsible for FRA’s research and development (R&D), planning, policy analysis and rail investment programs. He also directs technical assistance and oversight to advance rail projects through planning, engineering, environmental analysis, financial planning and implementation. Mr. Nissenbaum's office oversees Amtrak funding and policy work, and he serves as senior advisor to the Secretary of Transportation’s representative on the Amtrak Board of Directors.
From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Nissenbaum served as Director of RPD’s Office of Passenger and Freight Programs (now known as the Office of Infrastructure Investment). In that role, he oversaw FRA’s implementation of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) and development of the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program—including building new partnerships with state DOTs, railroads, and other stakeholders, and expanding FRA’s capacity to carry out its new responsibilities.
Prior to FRA, Mr. Nissenbaum worked at Amtrak for nine years and was lead author of Amtrak's 2005 blueprint for change, the Strategic Reform Initiatives. He also served four years in congressional offices on Capitol Hill, and nine years directing a surface transportation and environmental consulting practice. Mr. Nissenbaum holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.