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Stephen J. Silveira
Senior Vice President
Steve is a Senior Vice President at ML Strategies, where he assists a variety of clients in their interactions with state and local governments.
He is a recognized leader in Massachusetts on planning and transportation issues. Steve was appointed first by Governor Romney in 2004, and then by Governor Patrick in 2006, to chair the Commonwealth's 13-member Transportation Finance Commission (TFC). The Commission was established to make recommendations on how the Commonwealth can best finance, maintain, and expand its transportation system. After establishing that a $15-19 billion shortfall exists in maintaining the state's existing transportation network, the TFC formulated a series of 28 cost-cutting and revenue-enhancing recommendations. The Commission's findings framed the discussions in Massachusetts and their recommendations served as the cornerstone of the historic transportation reform proposal signed into law in 2009.
Before joining ML Strategies, Steve worked at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for almost nine years. As the Deputy Director of Real Estate, he oversaw the sale and development of the MBTA's surplus real estate assets. He led the MBTA's joint effort with Amtrak to expand the Route 128 Station, a critical link in Amtrak's high-speed rail corridor and the site of several previously failed expansion efforts. The MBTA utilized a design/build procurement process to develop this 2,700-car garage, the first MBTA parking facility to allow payment through FAST LANE transponder technology. Earlier, Steve served as the MBTA's Assistant Director of Planning, where he managed efforts to achieve cost savings through "competitive bidding" with private-sector firms to deliver a variety of necessary goods and services.
Throughout the past 25 years, Steve has worked on a full- and part-time basis on a number of statewide political campaigns. Most notably, in the watershed 1990 election, he served as the Political Director for the Massachusetts Republican Party and, in 2002, he developed and managed the "Get Out the Vote" effort for Governor Romney's election.
Steve also worked for a time in the Massachusetts State Senate as a Legislative Aide.
He is currently a gubernatorial appointee to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the planning agency for the Boston MPO, where he was elected to serve on the Executive Committee.
B.A. in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University
Quoted in Pols & Politics: Curt Schilling-Liz Warren Senate race likely would impact gov’s re-election bid, The Boston Herald (08.21.2016)
Quoted in A long way to go for MBTA board, The Boston Globe (07.19.2016)
Quoted in T contracting process for Green Line isn’t a sure bet, The Boston Globe (05.24.2016)
Quoted in On rail and highway mega-projects, practice makes perfect, The Boston Globe (01.07.2016)
Quoted in The MBTA's Long, Winding, Infuriating Road to Failure, Boston Globe (02.15.2015)
Taken for a Ride: Will Taxpayers Have to Pony up to Fix the MBTA?, Fox25 News (02.19.2015)
Quoted in Lawmakers Plan to Question MBTA Task Force Members, State House News (04.14.2015)
Quoted in Pollack Finds Self on Other Side in Green Line Extension Debate, Boston Globe (08.31.2015)