Hometown: Petersburg, IL (2005 – present)
Undergraduate Institution and Major: Augustana College, Rock Island – Public Administration
Graduate Institution and Major: University of Springfield (aka Sangamon State University) – Public Administration
Bio: Ann Schneider currently is President of Ann L. Schneider and Associates LLC. Ann Schneider has 32 years of professional experience in public finance, public policy and solutions development. The last 9 years of Ann’s 27-year career with the State of Illinois was focused on transportation financing, funding and multimodal transportation and freight planning. As Secretary of Transportation for Illinois, Ann directed the emphasis on freight planning, multimodal transportation planning and solutions, and increased system safety. She led efforts to bring commercial navigation back to the IDOT recognizing its importance in efficient, effective and critical movement of cargo within, to, from and through the State. Ann also served as the initial chair of the National Freight Advisory Committee at the USDOT (2013-14), working with public and private freight stakeholders from across the nation to develop recommendations for the National Freight Strategic Plan.
Since 2014, Mrs. Schneider has worked as a transportation and freight planning consultant helping public and private sector clients plan, fund and implement key transportation initiatives. She has helped clients in obtaining over $114 million in competitive grant funding.
Relevant Professional Experience: Revenue analyst and unit chief at the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission (1989 – 1994), Assistant Director for Fiscal Policy, Illinois Board of Higher Education (1994), Fiscal Advisor to the Democratic Leaders, Illinois General Assembly (1994 – 1999), Assistant State Comptroller for Fiscal Policy (1999-2003), Budget Operations Director, Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (2003 – 2004), Director of Administration, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (2004 – 2005), Director of Finance and Administration, Illinois Department of Transportation (2005 – 2010), Chief Operating Officer, Illinois Department of Transportation (2010 – 2011), Secretary of Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation (2011 – 2014)
Research Interests: State budgeting, transportation policy, transportation funding, public finance
Honors and Awards: 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award at IDOT, Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) Greater Chicago Chapter Woman of the Year in 2012, Distinction in Leadership, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2012, Groundbreakers Award, Federation of Women Contractors 2012, United Township High School Hall of Fame Inductee, 2012 and the 2014 ICAT Heartland Sustainability Award. She was also recognized for exemplary service by the National Freight Advisory Committee in 2014.