The Smarter, Cleaner, Faster Infrastructure Task Force advocates for the modernization of American infrastructure to support a vibrant, globally competitive economy that creates jobs and achieves net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
In the race to grow the economy, create jobs, and confront climate change, our most limited resource is time. Building smarter, cleaner infrastructure will require moving significantly faster than we have in recent decades. Without a modernized regulatory system, we will not reap the desperately needed near-term economic benefits or deploy new technology in time to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
The task force will highlight the economic and environmental benefits of accelerating clean infrastructure for hardworking Americans and develop bipartisan proposals to help guide the administration and Congress as they make investments to improve the country’s infrastructure.
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Julián Castro served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014-2017.
Before that, he was Mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas — the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city at the time. In 2012, he gave a rousing keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, during which he described the American Dream as a relay to be passed from generation to generation.
In October 2018, Little, Brown published Castro’s memoir, An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream. Secretary Castro launched People First Future in May to help elect bold, progressive candidates whose campaigns are focused on improving the lives of all people they hope to represent.
Former U.S. Representative from Maryland
John Delaney is an entrepreneur, business leader and public servant.
Delaney served six years in Congress and earned praise for his bi-partisan approach to economic, trade, foreign and environmental policy. In 2019, John stepped down from Congress to pursue an unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
By the age of 40, John had founded and led two New York Stock Exchange listed companies and at one time was the youngest ever CEO on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1993, John founded HealthCare Financial Partners Inc., which provided loans to small to mid sized healthcare service companies. In 2000, he founded CapitalSource Inc., which at the time was the most highly capitalized start-up in history. CapitalSource provided loans to a wide range of mid-sized businesses and John served as Chairman and CEO until his decision to pursue public office. All told, Delaney’s companies created thousands of jobs and made over $30 Billion of loans to over 5,000 companies.
In addition to Citizens’ Climate Education, Delaney is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is a past member of the Board of Georgetown University, the Potomac School, and St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School. Delaney is a member of YPO, was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, received the Bank Enterprise Award from the Obama Administration for lending to disadvantaged communities, and in 2017 was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine.
Former Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Colette D. Honorable is a highly regarded policymaker in domestic and international energy policy, and recently served as a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She was nominated to that role by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in December 2014 for a term that expired in June 2017.
At FERC, Honorable focused on the reliability of the bulk power system; cyber and physical security; wholesale markets; transmission planning and cost allocation in regional transmission organizations; gas-electric coordination; renewables integration; energy-storage integration and valuation; and enforcement, ratemaking, and infrastructure development. Honorable joined the FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission, where she served from 2007 to 2015, and was chairman from 2011 to 2015.
Honorable is past president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
Former Governor of Louisiana
Bobby Jindal has a well-earned reputation as one of America’s most successful public sector executives and one of the boldest innovators in the health care and education sectors.
Louisiana, under his administration, attracted world-scale energy, technology, corporate, and manufacturing projects that created over 91,000 jobs in the state.
Jindal’s used his two terms as Governor of Louisiana to rebuild and diversify the state’s economy and financial footing in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
In the private sector, Jindal advised senior management of Fortune 500 firms as an associate at McKinsey & Co. Jindal analyzed potential acquisition targets, assisted with product launches, and evaluated manufacturing processes versus best practices. Jindal managed teams of clients and consultants and aided health care payer, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and information technology clients. In recent years, Jindal has served as a consultant to Morgan Stanley and on the boards of WellCare and Cotton Holdings. He is currently an Operating Adviser for Ares Management, and serves on the board of Granicus. Jindal writes op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, and appears regularly on Fox Business Network.
Former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania
Rick Santorum served as a United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007, and was the Senate’s third-ranking Republican. In 2012 and 2016, Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. His grassroots approach to campaigning—including visiting every one of Iowa’s 99 counties and his victory in the Iowa caucuses—catapulted him to frontrunner status where he ultimately won 11 states and nearly 4 million votes during the 2012 Republican primary process.
In 2012, Santorum and his wife, Karen, also co-founded Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans dedicated to finding ways to restore the American Dream for hardworking families. Santorum served in the House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, where he was known as a successful government reformer. He was a member of the “Gang of Seven” that exposed the House banking and Congressional Post Office scandals in the early 1990s. He was also an author and floor manager of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 and was the author of legislation that outlawed the procedure known as partial birth abortion, as well as the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” and the “Combating Autism Act.”
Chairperson, Charlotte County Commission
Bill Truex is the current chair of the Charlotte County (Florida) Commission and a long-time resident of Englewood, Florida, has had an extensive career in public service. In 1991, Truex began working for the Charlotte County community as a member of the Englewood Area Planning Advisory Board.
He is serving his second term as 2nd Vice President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC). Truex has served on various local and national task forces and committees, including the FAC Public Safety Committee and Water Committee. In addition to the FAC, he has served on various committees for the National Association of Counties (NACo), including the Immigration Reform Task Force, International Economic Development Task Force, Programs and Services Standing Committee, and Veterans and Military Services Committee.
Aside from his public service career, Truex was President of the Florida Home Builders Association in 2019 and continues serving as President and owner of Truex Preferred Construction (TPC) since 2005. A family owned Englewood construction business, TPC has shaped the Englewood community through construction and community service, most recently during last year’s Habitat for Humanity “Builder’s Blitz”.