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Building America's Future Educational Fund (BAF Ed Fund) is a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation's prosperity and quality of life.

Founded by former Governor Edward Rendell of Pennsylvania, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, BAF Ed Fund boasts a politically diverse membership of state and local elected officials from across the nation. Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is now one of BAF Ed Fund’s Co-Chairs.

BAF Ed Fund seeks to advance a new national vision for infrastructure investment that strengthens our cities and rural communities, focuses on economic growth and global competitiveness, job creation, and environmental sustainability.

In addition, we embrace a wide definition of infrastructure - from roads and bridges to water and sewer systems, energy systems, broadband, buses, trains, ports, airports, levees and dams. 

BAF Ed Fund's Goals

Mobilize a coalition of elected officials and like-minded organizations to understand the benefits of increasing our nation's infrastructure investments and reforming national infrastructure policy.

Educate the public and elected officials on infrastructure policy that is focused on shared prosperity that reaches all Americans, revitalizes our metropolitan centers, and boosts our nation's economic competitiveness.

Educate the public and elected officials about the benefits of strategic planning, economic analysis, accountability and rigorous performance standards for U.S. infrastructure investment.

Highlight infrastructure policy that is forward-thinking and comprehensive in scope, yet grounded in the need for environmental sustainability, lower carbon emissions, and reduced U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Building America's Future Educational Fund works closely with associations that represent the nation's top officials, including the National Governors Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, the National Association of County Officials, the National Conference of State Legislators, and the Council of State Governments and with other non-profit groups such as the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Center, Regional Plan Association, OneRail, Transportation 4 America, US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Co-Chairs

Ray LaHood

Former US Secretary of Transportation
Illinois

Edward G. Rendell

Former Governor
Pennsylvania

Founding Chair

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Founder

Former Governer
California

Michael R. Bloomberg

Former Mayor, New York City
New York

Board

Joan DeBoer, Director

Former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Transportation

Sean O'Shea, Treasurer

Partner, Alexander, Borovicka & O'Shea

Peter Peyser, Director

Principal, Peyser Associates LLC

John Feinblatt, Director

Former Chief Advisor to Mayor Bloomberg for Policy and Strategic Planning

Donna Cooper, Director

Former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Planning and Policy

Marcia L. Hale, Chair

Chair, Building America’s Future Educational Fund

Kerry E. O’Hare, Director

Principal, O'Hare Infrastructure Strategies LLC