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.

Latest by 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

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 6 Report

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 6

The High Desert Corridor would promote low-density land use and single-occupant vehicle trips, running counter to the state’s climate and sustainable communities goals.

Kevin DeGood

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 5 Report
Motor vehicles are seen on Interstate Highway 10 near Benson, Arizona, March 2019. (Getty/Paul Harris)

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 5

Interstate 11 would lead to more low-density, auto-dependent development, produce significant environmental harms, and fail to address metropolitan area congestion in Phoenix and Tucson.

Kevin DeGood

Building Progressive Infrastructure Report

Building Progressive Infrastructure

Congress should pass a comprehensive infrastructure package to create jobs and raise wages, tackle the climate crisis, and improve access to opportunity and social equity.

Kevin DeGood, Alison Cassady, Karla Walter, 1 More Rejane Frederick

Understanding the Difference Between Safety and Access Report
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06:  Pedestrians walk along a Manhattan street on March 6, 2018 in New York City. A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association estimates the number of pedestrian deaths last year was 6,000 nationwide, a 33-year high. The report highlights a number of factors for the continued increase including distracted drivers using mobile devices and a larger number of cars on the road due to an improved economy. Despite an accident yesterday that took the lives of two small children in Brooklyn, New York City has been seeing a steady decline of pedestrian deaths since Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Understanding the Difference Between Safety and Access

The autonomous vehicle revolution offers planners an opportunity to redesign the surface transportation system to be more accessible and sustainable by prioritizing the needs of pedestrians and other nonautomotive users.

Kevin DeGood

The Importance of NEPA Review for Infrastructure Projects Report

The Importance of NEPA Review for Infrastructure Projects

NEPA provides the public with information about the potential impacts of infrastructure projects and helps coordinate federal agency review and enforcement of numerous environmental, civil rights, and historic preservation statutes.

Kevin DeGood

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