Tom Skancke was recently selected to serve as the new CEO and president of the newly formed Regional Development Authority.
Prior to joining the RDA, Tom was the CEO and president of The Skancke Company for 22 years. Tom has been the lead advisor on hundreds of transportation infrastructure projects throughout the west and nationally. He is widely recognized as one of the top transportation strategists in the U.S., whose vision is transforming the way surface transportation is perceived and marketed throughout the country.
In 2005, United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed Tom to the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study commission, which made landmark recommendations to Congress on policy, funding and infrastructure that will serve the nation for the next 50 years.
He has played a key role in the past three transportation reauthorization bills – ISTEA, TEA-21, SAFETEA-LU and MAP-21. His comments have appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room, Fox News Sunday and in the Washington-based policy publication The Hill. He is a highly sought public speaker relating to transportation infrastructure and global economic sustainability. He has presented to dozens of professional groups, chambers of commerce, state commissions, and conferences. He has also testified before several U.S. Senate and House Committees.
In addition to his transportation work, Tom has been involved with the deregulation of the telecommunications industry, worked on regional flood control project throughout the west as well as K-12 and high education funding. Additionally, he has worked on several growth and development issues throughout the United States.
Tom is a member of the Board of Advisors for the North American Center for Transborder Studies located at Arizona State University. Tom is also the executive director of the Western High Speed Rail Alliance and serves as an advisor to many public and private sector companies and organizations.