Christine J. Vineis is a consultant with The Livingston Group with 30 years of public affairs experience in Washington, New York and Columbus. She is an expert in state and federal processes, leveraging creative and practical strategies designed to maximize client goals.
Ms. Vineis has successfully assisted in obtaining more than $1.6 billion in public infrastructure funding for her clients. Her legislative education began in Congress as a transportation staffer for the ranking Republican on the House Commerce Committee. Later, she represented one of the nation’s top railroads before Congress and the executive branch. She also founded the international, 50-plus chapter Women’s Transportation Seminar. She is known throughout the industry as the go-to consultant when public entities are chasing limited federal/state dollars.
Ms. Vineis has experiences representing transit providers, transit industry vendors, commuter rail agencies, Class I railroads, short lines, cities and national transportation architecture and engineering firms. She was a key advisor on the only short line railroad project to win TIGER I funding and, most recently, her client won a Sustainable Communities grant. She served on a team helping clients secured more than $180 million in Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) dollars since the RRIF program’s passage in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). She has also written innovative financing plans for both leading transportation providers and the City of Seattle, Washington.
Ms. Vineis was a strategic advisor to the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Corridors and Transportation Matters, and has represented some of the nation’s leading freight projects – The Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle and the multi-state Heartland Corridor – which were both successfully listed as Projects of National and Regional Significance in the 2005 SAFETEA-LU bill.
Ms. Vineis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Wheaton College in Norton, MA and a Masters in Public Affairs at the George Washington University. She is the founder and Past President of Ohio Women in Government, organized in 1997 to promote women to leadership positions in state’s government. Ms. Vineis is the Past President of the Board of CHOICES, an organization helping victims of domestic abuse.