Director, Infrastructure Policy


Kevin DeGood

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Kevin DeGood is the director of Infrastructure Policy at American Progress. His work focuses on how highway, transit, aviation, and maritime policy affect America’s global competitiveness, access to opportunity for diverse communities, and environmental sustainability.

Prior to joining American Progress, DeGood was the deputy policy director at Transportation for America, where he conducted research, provided legislative analysis, and advanced T4 campaign priorities with congressional leaders. In addition, DeGood served as the director of legislative affairs for Simon and Company, Inc., a federal affairs firm specializing in the representation of municipal governments and transit authorities.

DeGood holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Thinking Outside the Farebox: Creative Approaches to Financing Transit Projects.

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A Call to Action on Combating Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Pollution Report
The Minnesota River Basin, once a healthy, balanced ecosystem, now functions like an overloaded and unstable drainage ditch for farms and a toilet for rural Minnesota. (Minnesota River Basin)

A Call to Action on Combating Nonpoint Source and Stormwater Pollution

The United States will never achieve its goal of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of its waters without implementing a comprehensive, aggressive program to reduce nonpoint source water pollution and polluted urban runoff.

Kevin DeGood

A Reform Agenda for the U.S. Department of Transportation Report

A Reform Agenda for the U.S. Department of Transportation

The severe economic downturn caused by the coronavirus has created an urgent need to boost federal infrastructure spending and reform programs and policies to ensure they achieve the greatest social, economic, and environmental return on investment.

Kevin DeGood

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 7 Report

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 7

The Portsmouth Bypass represents a broken and deeply cost-ineffective theory of economic development that assumes reducing vehicle travel time—rather than investing in people and places facing economic distress—will unlock economic development.

Kevin DeGood

Climate Change and Municipal Finance Report
Single-family homes on islands and condo buildings on oceanfront property are seen in the city of Miami Beach, June 2014. (Getty/Joe Raedle)

Climate Change and Municipal Finance

To address the fact that economic shocks caused by climate change will reduce state and local tax collections and increase infrastructure costs—creating additional risks for municipal bond investors—state and local issuers should adopt new climate risk disclosure standards to ensure accurate risk assessment and bond pricing.

Kevin DeGood

Infrastructure Investment Decisions Are Political, Not Technical Report
A train passes during the opening of the Expo Line extension between Culver City, California, and Santa Monica, California, on May 20, 2016. (Getty/Frederic J. Brown)

Infrastructure Investment Decisions Are Political, Not Technical

Building infrastructure is an inherently political act of creation, and society must engage in deliberative planning processes with deep public engagement to determine what needs to be built and the type of future that infrastructure dollars should help achieve.

Kevin DeGood

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