Patrick Harder, Chair of Nossaman’s Infrastructure Practice Group, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP), an internationally regarded academic center dedicated to advancing infrastructure through teaching, research and outreach.

Mr. Harder, a veteran infrastructure attorney who focuses on advising public agencies in high profile, complex deals, was one of 10 new board members named at the CPIP annual fall meeting in late October. He joined a field that includes CEOs and other infrastructure leaders from companies and universities in the US and internationally.

Widely known for his leadership in the field of public-private partnerships (P3s) and other innovative delivery methods, Mr. Harder assists clients in delivering projects through cutting-edge approaches, including working with the State of Florida and its advisors to help create a model for the use of availability payment P3s that laid the groundwork for such transactions across the United States.

He has served as lead outside counsel on numerous precedent-setting projects including the Florida Department of Transportation’s I-595 and I-4 Ultimate projects, the country’s first and largest P3 availability payment deals, respectively. Mr. Harder also led the legal team advising the University of California Board of Regents on the UC Merced 2020 Campus Expansion Project, the first university campus expansion in the US to be undertaken using the P3 availability payment model.

Before joining Nossaman, Mr. Harder served as general counsel for two of the world’s largest construction and engineering firms, both based in Japan. He also worked as legal and business advisor on dozens of public and private construction and infrastructure projects around the world including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – two of the world’s tallest buildings.

Mr. Harder and the other new members of the 26-member CPIP advisory board join as the organization seeks to expand the reach of its core research and teaching mission. CPIP plans to develop new strategic alliances with other leading academic centers, including the Global Projects Center at Stanford University, to conduct focused study and research on infrastructure issues.

In a statement, CPIP Advisory Board Chair Anthony Ferrari, CEO of Crimson Infrastructure, an infrastructure-focused investment and advisory firm, said the new and existing board members’ “remarkable experience, relationships, and global reach” across the infrastructure sector “positions CPIP to be one of the leading academic centers of infrastructure not only in the US, but on a world stage.”

The new board members, in addition to Mr. Harder, include:

  • Enrique Diaz-Rato – CEO, Cintra (Madrid)
  • Nuria Haltiwanger – CEO, ACS Infrastructure Development (Miami)
  • Javier Fortea Perez – CEO, Globalvia Infrastructure (Madrid)
  • Peter Nicol – President, CH2M Global Water Business Group (Denver)
  • Karl Reichelt – Senior Vice President and Global P3 Leader, AECOM Capital (Washington, DC and New York)
  • Keith Hennessey – Principal Vice President and Head of PPPs, Bechtel (Washington, DC)
  • Ruth McMurrow – Executive Vice President and Head of PPPs, Parsons Enterprises (New York)
  • Jim Reynolds, Jr. – Chairman, CEO and Founder, Loop Capital (Chicago)
  • Thomas Denis O’Rourke – Cornell Professor (Ithaca, NY) and Chair of the International Advisory Group at Cambridge University Centre for Smart Infrastructure

For more information on CPIP, please see: Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy