Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, has joined Meridiam as a senior advisor. Meridiam is a global investor and asset manager specializing in public and community infrastructure.

LaHood has over three decades of experience dealing with major national transportation and infrastructure policy issues. From January 2009 to July 2013, he served in the Obama Administration as the 16th Secretary of Transportation.

“We are honored Secretary LaHood has decided to join Meridiam. His broad experience in transportation and infrastructure in the United States will be a valuable asset to the company,” said Meridiam’s CEO and founding partner Thierry Deau.

Prior to heading the Department of Transportation, Secretary LaHood served from 1995 to 2009 in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 18th District of Illinois. LaHood also served on various House committees, including the House Appropriations Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. From 1982 to 1994, he served as the Chief of Staff to U.S. House Minority Leader Robert Michel. Before arriving in Washington, D.C., he was director of the Rock Island County Youth Services Bureau from 1972 to 1974, chief planner of the Bi-States Metropolitan Planning Commission from 1974 to 1977, and district administrative assistant for U.S. Congressman Tom Railsback from 1977 to 1982.