Global Conference 2013
Vice President and Development Director, AECOM Capital
Samara Barend is vice president and director of public-private partnership (PPP) for North America as well as development director in AECOM Capital. She leads AECOM's PPP work across all business lines, including energy, water, transportation, and buildings and facilities. Barend also provides considerable assistance to states in the development of PPP policy frameworks, potential projects and legislation. She recently served as deputy project manager for a PPP study commissioned by the Washington State Joint Transportation Committee. Prior to joining AECOM, Barend was executive director of the New York State Commission on Asset Maximization and vice president and government affairs director for STV Inc. In 2004, she ran for Congress in New York's 29th District and held her opponent to 50.8 percent of the vote. She also worked as the statewide neighborhood program director for Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate campaign and as upstate director for the New York Democratic State Committee.