State of the Nation's Infrastructure
CSG Transportation Policy Task Force
Transportation Bill Doesn't Look Far Down the Road
December 1, 2012
The new federal surface transportation authorization bill includes many provisions welcomed by state governments. But the two-year bill, known as MAP-21, did not address long-term transportation revenue needs. Attendees learned how states are implementing MAP-21 and exploring potential new transportation revenue sources and got an update on the state of the nation’s infrastructure. Speakers included representatives from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Texas Department of Transportation, and Texas A&M University’s Texas Transportation Institute.
Presentation by Brian Pallasch, Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers
Brian T. Pallasch, CAE, is currently managing director of government relations and infrastructure initiatives at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in Washington, D.C. He has been responsible for managing the ASCE’s government relations department including federal and state legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, grassroots and policy development, since joining the staff in 1999. Since 2008, Pallasch has been responsible for managing ASCE’s strategic initiatives regarding infrastructure including development of the Report for America’s Infrastructure. Additionally, Pallasch serves at the co-chair of the Water Resources Coalition.
Prior to joining the staff of ASCE, Pallasch served as director of government relations for the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) in Alexandria, Va. for three years where he was responsible for all federal and state relations.
Pallasch served as president of the American League of Lobbyists in 2007-2008, after serving on the Board of Directors from 2004-2006. In 2001-2002, Pallasch served as chair of the Government Relations Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives. He served as chairman of the Procurement Committee of the Small Business Legislative Council from 1997-99.
Prior to joining ASA, Pallasch served as the director of government relations for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for 5 years. Previously, Pallasch was the project coordinator of the Citizenship Education and Peace Project at the Council for the Advancement of Citizenship (CAC) in Washington, D.C. Founded by Sen. Jennings Randolph (D-WV), CAC’s goal is to promote the importance of civic education at all levels of the educational system.
Pallasch holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the American University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and International Affairs from the University of Southern California.
In 2009, Pallasch was named one of the top association lobbyists by CEO Update.
Pallasch resides in Alexandria, Va. with his wife and two children.