ROBERTA E. WEISBROD, Ph.D.
Principal, Sustainable Ports
Port Authority-certified woman-owned business
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Over thirty years in the public policy sector, with expertise in port and waterborne transport. Leader in successful project initiation and implementation with state and local government; for private businesses; and for the not-for-profit and civic sectors.
Principal, Sustainable Ports, (1998-present) Selected projects:
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Basin Multimodal Corridor Study: National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) 35. For the Transportation Research Board, a branch of the National Academy of Science, analyzing the performance of the freight transportation system, to recommend improvements, with CPCS (2010-present).
Coney Island Ferry Feasibility Study: Sub-consultant on study sponsored by New York City Economic Development Corporation, with Moffat Nichols (2010-present).
Understanding Urban Goods Movements: NCFRP 15. Case studies on food logistics and on central business districts, with WSA (2009-2011).
Mohawk-Erie Multimodal Transportation Corridor Study. For NYSDOT, project is designed to improve corridor freight transport and tourism; leading investigation into maritime transport of freight. With WSA. (2010-present).
Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area Urban Freight Study. Analysis of opportunities for development of ports, waterways & marine highway use as well freight villages for MetroLinx with HDR/iTrans. (2010)
I-70 Corridor of the Future, Truck-only Lanes (TOL), Ohio through Missouri. Investigated port and waterborne intermodal links, and marine highway potential, with WSA. (2009-2010).
Niagara Frontier Urban Area Freight Transportation Study. Led the investigation into maritime intermodal freight opportunities as well as agriculture/food transport as part of a larger freight economic development study under contract to the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (MPO), with WSA. (2007-2010).
International Ferry Safety Project. For Interferry, coordinated the International Maritime Organization joint project in Bangladesh with all of all components of the ferry sector in Dhaka (2004- present). Honored by Interferry in 2010 for achievements. Coordinating the expansion of the ferry safety program to all ferry safety nations with an ongoing information exchange forum.
Hunts Point Produce Market Logistic Enhancement Study. Led effort to evaluate the feasibility of using intermodal waterborne transport (trailers, containers and rail cars) as well as improving the cold chain for North America's largest produce market. Study was sponsored by NYSDOT & NYSERDA, with KLD (2004-2006).
Gowanus Canal waterfront redevelopment. Developed conceptual plan for waterfront & neighborhood revitalization with diverse stakeholders on: sediment & water quality, dredging/dredged material disposal, shoreline erosion, brownfields, & maritime transport; conducted research, planning, documentation, outreach & negotiations with elected/agency public officials for Com. Dev. Corp. (2000-2004)
Lower Manhattan Freight ferries. Identified optimal operations and financial feasibility for time sensitive air cargo between Newark airport and Manhattan. Client: C & K, a NYC-based real estate firm; worked closely with client’s tenant, FedEx (2001). Made public presentations on project.
Union County NJ Freight Village study. Evaluated the applicability and feasibility of high quality intermodal freight transportation facilities, freight villages, to serve the Port of NY/NJ. Developed conceptual plan and implementation strategy (2001). Published papers on project.
Metro New York Freight Ferry System Planning. Evaluated public benefits of new ferry services, with a strong focus on freight ferries, for metropolitan NYC for civic organization, Municipal Art Society-Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (1998-2001). Published papers on project.
Downstate New York Regional Freight Plan. Prepared solid waste component of the Regional Freight Plan for the NY Metropolitan Transportation Council, region's MPO (2000-2001).
Metro New York Deepwater Port. Assisted in developing a proposal for a client seeking to create a near shore deepwater port in New York City, at Sunset Park Brooklyn (1999).
Metro New York Dredged Material Disposal Strategy. Assisted Brooklyn Navy Yard environmental manager in developing dredging strategy (1998).
Other Professional Experience:
Director, Sustainable Transportation Program, Inform, Inc. (1998-1999).
Researched, published papers, and advocated about the technology, economics, policy, and environmental impact of alternative fuel/ alternative modes of transportation for environmental NGO. Established the metropolitan Fuel Cell group. Published several reports on alternative transportation fuel use, in NYS, NJ, and China.
Director, Port and Intermodal Planning, NYC Economic Dev. Corp. (1997-1998)
· Developed RFP for the Strategic Plan for the Redevelopment of the Port of New York. Incorporated planning for public open space, alternative fuel use, and enhanced intermodal delivery into RFP; project incorporating elements being implemented.
· Developed RFP for the Cross Harbor Freight Movement Major Investment Study to enhance rail floats and analyze rail freight tunnel to improve freight access for NYC.
· Undertook outreach to community, businesses & officials in metropolitan region.
Special Assistant to the Commissioner, New York Harbor Port maritime environmental issues, NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation (1985-1996): As coordinator for port environmental issues: developed/implemented special projects to prevent and respond to critical oil spills and floatable marine debris wash-ups. Lead in used oil reuse; shoreline cleanups; dredging, & dredged material disposal.
· Prepared/presented Federal, state local legislative testimony on port/maritime issues.
· Member Long Island Sound and New York Harbor Legislative Commissions.
· Led the Bi-State Oil Spill Prevention Conference (oil industry leaders, federal, state & local agency officials & NGOs). Result: the industry undertook verifiable audits.
Environmental Consultant (1981-1984):
Researched, via literature/interviews, the effect of anthropogenic activities on seacoasts for book author. Also wrote issue papers for environmental NGOs.
· Chair, Ferry Transport Committee, Transport. Research Board (TRB) (2008-present).
· Chair, TRB Marine Highway Subcomm. (2008–present).
· Review Panel, for NCFRP-17, Marine Highway (May 2008-present).
· Secretary, Ferry Transport Committee, TRB (2005-2008).
· Steering Committee, US Coast Guard Harbor Operations Comm. (2000-present).
· Member of the Board, Nation’s Port (2001- 2006).
· Co-chair Economic Development, Waterfront, Brooklyn Chamber (2001-2004).
· Associate Member, Society of Naval Architects (1999-present).
· U.S. representative to the Environ. Comm. of the Intl. Navigat. Assoc. (1998-1999).
· Co-chair, Dredging Conference ’96, '97, '98, '99. Maritime Assoc. the Port of NY/NJ.
· Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Urban Technology (1995-present).
· Chair, Environmental Sciences, New York Acad. of Science (1987-89; 1991-1995).
Civic Organizational Activities:
· Chair of the Board, Working Harbor Committee (2006-present).
· Co-chair, Save the Graving Dock Committee (2005-2007).
· Chair of Board, Neighborhood Open Space Coal./Friends of Gateway (2000-2006).
· Member of Board, Friends of High School for Environmental Studies (1997-2004).
· Trustee, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1983-1996); Chair, Science committee.
· Initiator and Chair, New York Chapter of the American Littoral Society (1972-1978).
Lecturer, Columbia University, (1975-1978; 1980-1981). Biology
Assistant professor, Yeshiva Univ., (1978-1980). Biochemistry, Biology & Chemistry
· Post-doctoral research, Rockefeller Univ., Cell biology of marine algae (1972-1975).
· Post-graduate summer program, Marine Biol. Lab, Woods Hole (1972).
· Post-doctoral research, New York Blood Center, Molecular biology (1971-1972).
· Ph.D. Cornell Medical College. Biochemistry (1971).
· B.S. Brooklyn College, Chemistry. (1964).
Publications and Presentations