Elliott Black has been actively engaged in the planning, financing and development of transportation infrastructure for more than 30 years, with more than half of that time with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
He began his career in the private sector, with a construction management firm specializing in airport facilities. He then worked for five years at Boston Logan as part of the management team overseeing a billion-dollar infrastructure development program, and then at Chicago O’Hare leading the airline negotiations and implementation of the $3 billion first phase of the O’Hare Modernization Program. He also worked with two other private-sector consulting firms focused on major financial programs.
In 2004 he joined DOT, initially in the Great Lakes Regional Office as the Manager of Airport Planning and Programming, overseeing multiple technical planning, environmental, and financial assistance programs. In 2010 he moved to Washington as the Deputy Director of Airport Planning and Programming, and in 2014 became the Director.
For nearly 10 years, he supervised major financial programs involving more than $6 billion annually, including more than $3.2 billion in grants and another $3.6 billion in non-Federal capital financing resources. He played a key role in the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and in the CARES Act economic relief program enacted in 2020, involving more than $10 billion in emergency financial assistance.
Mr. Black normally serves as Director of Airport Policy, but has been on detail to the Office of the Secretary for nearly two years, initially working on Federal credit assistance programs. In March 2021, he was selected to lead the implementation of the AMJP on a highly expedited basis.