Ms. Sherry Little is a Partner in Spartan Solutions, a new transportation infrastructure consulting company based in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, which she is co-founding with former Federal Transit Administrator James Simpson and internationally renowned Project Manager / Engineer, Mysore Nagaraja.
Immediately prior, Ms. Little served as Deputy Administrator, then Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration from February 2007 until January 2009. She led a staff of more than 500 in Washington, D.C., and 10 regional offices around the United States, and managed an annual budget of approximately $10 billion.
During her tenure, Ms. Little directed and implemented the agency's regulatory and legislative agenda. She acted to develop and promote public-private partnerships throughout the country, ensuring that the private sector takes an active role in financing and developing the nation's public transportation infrastructure. And she has overseen efforts to improve key accountability measures in public transportation, such as ridership forecasts. Ms. Little has made the development of international and strategic relationships a priority, leading missions to India, Africa, and France. Ms. Little received the Secretary of Transportation's Gold Medal award for her efforts to streamline federal requirements and deliver resources to aid in Minnesota's recovery from the collapse of the I-35W bridge in August, 2007.
Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Ms. Little served as a Senior Professional Staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. As the Chairman's primary advisor on public transportation, she authored the Senate's version of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which authorized the nation's $53 billion public transportation program that was signed into law in 2005.