​[Webcast] Private Sector Investment Opportunities in U.S. Public Infrastructure – Post COVID

​[Webcast] Private Sector Investment Opportunities in U.S. Public Infrastructure – Post COVID

Speakers

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Andy J. Dillon

Andy Dillon is an Executive Director leading Conway MacKenzie’s Government and Municipal Advisory Practice. Mr. Dillon has a proven track record of success in municipal and corporate finance with more than 30 years of experience. Notably, Mr. Dillon led engagements for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to provide liquidity analysis and the development of a 5-year forecasted fiscal plan for the Federal Oversight Board under PROMESA. Mr. Dillon is currently monitoring government policy initiatives affecting the US Automotive Industry and advising American Public Infrastructure Partners on Asset-in-kind transfers of public assets to public pension plans to address underfunded pensions, increase infrastructure investment and provide a source of liquidity for state and local governments.

Prior to joining Conway MacKenzie, Mr. Dillon served as Treasurer for the state of Michigan where he oversaw 13 financial emergencies of cities and school districts including the City of Detroit. He led two state reviews of the City of Detroit, negotiated a Consent Agreement with City officials, created a Financial Review Board to oversee City operations and hired the professionals to led Detroit’s restructuring and Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing.

As Treasurer, Mr. Dillon managed 1,450 employees, was responsible for collecting more than $50 billion in annual revenues, tax administration, collections, bond finance, school loan programs, local government oversight and served as the sole fiduciary of $60 billion in pension, 401K, state trust and cash assets.

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Tim Romer

Tim Romer is currently the CEO of Fundamental Infrastructure Opportunities (“FIO”) - a private credit / private equity asset manager that invests in infrastructure projects in the U.S. FIO is part of FCO Advisors LP, a $1.3 billion alternative asset manager focused on infrastructure and municipal credit markets. He offers 30+ years of experience in the U.S. infrastructure, municipal and project financing completing over $75 billion in government related infrastructure projects in the transportation, water, power, social & sustainable infrastructure sectors. He also has been active in public private partnerships and government privatizations including the first US water and the largest U,S. transit P3 and first-time federal privatizations.  Tim has executed a variety of debt and equity products as well providing M&A advisory services for infrastructure assets. Recently, Tim spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs’ and served as head of the Western Region Public Sector & Infrastructure Group and on its national Operating Committee.  Prior to that, Tim worked at Merrill Lynch & Co for 15 years, including serving as co-head of the Western Region Public Finance Group and also was CFO of a private software company for 3 years. Tim received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


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Jeanne Shen, CFA

Ms. Shen is Chief Investment Officer of Gavi Alliance, an international organization that has immunized more than 760 million children in the world’s poorest countries since inception in 2000. Jeanne is responsible for the strategic and operational planning of Gavi’s $1 billion+ investment portfolios. Since joining Gavi’s Washington DC office, Jeanne has worked with her Investment Committee to diversify the investment portfolios, implemented robust risk management practices, and guided the development of Gavi’s Sustainable Investment Policy. She also has oversight of the retirement plans of the Washington, DC and Geneva offices. Jeanne enjoys giving back to the local community and organizes collection drives for homeless and animal shelters. 

Prior to joining Gavi, Jeanne was a finance manager at a telecommunications start-up that spun off from Lockheed Martin. Jeanne has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She earned her CFA designation in 2001. 


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Kurt Summers

Kurt Summers is an experienced Leader and Investor with a demonstrated history of significant impact in both public and private sectors. Senior Advisor & Thought Leader in areas of Asset Management, Pensions, ESG, Public/Private Partnerships, Infrastructure, Insurance and Alternative Investments. Elected as 70th Treasurer of the City of Chicago. Earned BS from Washington University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  Summers began his career at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He was later appointed Chief of Staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and as the appointed trustee for the county's $9 billion pension fund. In that capacity, Summers led changes to provide performance management in every department, which Preckwinkle claimed in 2014 had saved the city $400 million annually In his role as Chief of Staff for President Preckwinkle, Summers also steered the closure of a $487 million budget deficit while keeping the administration's promise to roll back the county sales tax, saving taxpayers more than $400 million a year. Additionally, Summers aided in reforming the county's procurement rules and helped pave the way for a more sustainable health and hospital system.  In 2008, Summers was appointed as chief of staff for "Chicago 2016", the city's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  He was a senior vice president at Grosvenor Capital Management, and a member of the Office of the Chairman. In that role, he led the Emerging and Diverse Manager business, which invested over $2 billion with minority- and women-owned firms. When he was City Treasurer, Summers managed the city's $7 billion dollar investment portfolio and is responsible for maintaining records and accounts of the city's finances while ensuring transparency and accountability for all transactions. Summers sat on five local pension boards with nearly $25 billion under management. Summers's first act in office was the proposal of a 90-day-plan called "Invest in Our Chicago”, which aimed to increase investment in the city. Summers also launched a listening tour, visiting Chicago's 77 communities in 77 days.

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