Rogoff brings a wealth of congressional experience to his job. He's been at the helm of the $10 billion, 500-employee transit agency since the beginning of the Obama administration, responsible for directing dollars and other resources to the public-transportation infrastructure, including commuter and light rail, buses, and ferries. Under his tenure, the FTA received $8.4 billion in stimulus money to dole out to various transit projects; it streamlined its project review and approval process, spurring a record number of investments. Rogoff, 53, says he wants to focus the agency even more on improving the availability and quality of public transit nationwide—to help prepare the entire system to accommodate 100 million more people by 2050. Born in Queens, N.Y., he ventured to Massachusetts for college, earning his bachelor's degree from Amherst in 1983. He added an M.B.A. from Georgetown in 2001. Rogoff is a well-known figure on Capitol Hill. He spent 22 years on the Senate Appropriations Committee staff, including 14 years as the Democratic staff director of the Transportation Subcommittee, where he developed his expertise in infrastructure budgeting and finance. He also served on the 2008 Obama's campaign's transportation advisory committee. If his love for policy isn't apparent enough in his professional life, it's also manifest in his family. Rogoff is married to Dena Morris, legislative director for Senate Democratic Majority Whip Dick Durbin. They have two children.
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