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This commission was created by the legislature as part of Transportation Reform in 2009 and is responsible for reviewing and recommending public-private partnership opportunities for transportation infrastructure projects. Public Private Partnerships have been used across the world as an alternative way of procuring and financing projects that would otherwise require taxpayer funding.

Public Private Partnerships can be a powerful tool for the Commonwealth to work with the private sector to meet our transportation needs,” said Transportation Secretary Richard Davey. “We look forward to working with this distinguished group of experts to develop a strategy for unlocking the potential of private transportation financing while ensuring that the public receives the maximum possible benefit from these collaborative endeavors.”

Chaired by veteran transportation expert Alan Macdonald, the panel also includes former Congressman John Olver, Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists President Joseph Dorant, Radcliffe Institute senior project advisor David Luberoff, Valmo Ventures Chair & CEO Valerie Mosley, David Salteil, Senior Counsel to Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP and former Boston Transportation Commissioner John Vitagliano.


Four members are appointed by the Governor and one each by the Senate President, House Speaker and State Treasurer.

The four members appointed by Governor Patrick to the Commission for a two-year period include:

  • Congressman John W. Olver, Amherst- U.S. House of Representatives, 1991-January 2013; Ranking Member, House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; recognized leader in advocating for innovative transportation infrastructure projects, including the John W. Olver Transit Center, Greenfield.
  • Joseph P. Dorant, Saugus- President, Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists, professional employee union that represents 3,400 technical, engineering and scientific employees of 39 agencies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Alan G. Macdonald, Winchester- current member, Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors; executive director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable for 23 years, chairman of the Transportation Advisory Committee, and member of the 2007 Transportation Finance Commission.
  • Valerie Mosley, Weston- Chairwoman and CEO, Valmo Ventures; retired Partner, Senior Vice President and Investment Strategist at Wellington Management Company, LLP, global money management firm.

The three members appointed by Senate President Murray, House Speaker DeLeo and Treasurer Grossman include:

  • David Luberoff (appointed by Senate President)- senior project advisor to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Boston Area Research Initiative; Executive Director of Harvard’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, 2004-2012.
  • John Vitagliano (appointed by House Speaker)- Winthrop, Principal, Seagull Consulting; former Massport Board Member; former City of Boston Transportation Commissioner.
  • David Saltiel (appointed by State Treasurer) - Senior Counsel to Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP - over 50 years of experience as a business lawyer with a concentration in business counseling and commercial real estate leasing, development and financing, franchising, project finance and privatization of governmental services.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Massachusetts Public-Private Partnership Oversight Commission is to facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships for transportation projects and services within the Commonwealth, where appropriate, and to raise the awareness of government and business stakeholders of the means by which their cooperation can cost effectively provide the public with much-needed transportation services and facilities. This includes working with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in the development, facilitation and promotion of the use of innovative financing, design-build, and other public-private partnership tools, to encourage the broadest acceptance of the use of PPPs.
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