Jim Kolb brings nearly 25 years of advocacy, policy development and implementation experience to Summit Strategies Government Affairs LLC, having served in senior positions in both the public and private sectors. He is expert at working with House leadership, members of Congress, congressional staff and transportation organizations and associations. Mr. Kolb is recognized as a leading expert in transportation policy, funding and financing issues. He has a deep understanding of issues and processes surrounding the Federal budget, budget scoring, appropriations, finance, and tax policy.
Before joining Summit Strategies, Mr. Kolb served on the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2014. He began his service with the subcommittee as Staff Director from 2007 to 2011, and served as Democratic Staff Director from 2011 to 2014. During his tenure in the House, Kolb played a key role in developing and negotiating our nation’s current federal surface transportation authorization law, called “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP21), as well as the surface transportation components of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007,” and the “Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007.” He also played a key role with the Committee’s special panels on Freight and Public¬Private Partnerships.
Mr. Kolb has held several high¬level positions, including: Senior Vice President for Xenophon Strategies, Vice President of Congressional Relations for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), and Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Congressional Affairs. Mr. Kolb was also a legislative representative with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) from 1992 to 1998.
While at ARTBA, Mr. Kolb served as the organization’s primary liaison to the U.S. Congress. He played a key role in ARTBA’s efforts to advocate and communicate the transportation construction industries’ policies and concerns before the U.S. Department of Transportation, and led the organization’s legislative efforts during the development of the 2005 legislation reauthorizing of the nation’s surface transportation programs. Mr. Kolb also served as program manager for the ARTBA Railroad and Public Transportation Advisory Council, and led a successful effort to rewrite the organization’s rail and transit policy.
During Mr. Kolb’s tenure as the Director of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Congressional Affairs, he served on U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater’s staff. He was a member of the Department’s senior leadership team, advising the Secretary and Departmental leadership on legislative and congressional developments. He was responsible for coordinating legislative activities related to the Department’s budget, and played an active and integral role in the Administration’s efforts to secure passage of the major transportation legislation.
With over two decades of spearheading policy initiatives, his strategic involvement in the passing of major national transportation legislation, and his direct influence leading political strategies and programs to effect change, Mr. Kolb is a popular speaker on transportation issues.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Mr. Kolb graduated from the University of Buffalo with a B.A. in Political Science, and received a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University.