Dennis C. Vierra is chairman and CEO of Vierra Associates, which was established in 1983. His specific area of expertise lies in the field of transportation.
Before establishing the firm, Mr. Vierra spent ten years advancing in the field of transportation, beginning as a planner with the Tulsa metropolitan planning organization, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. In 1981 he was nominated by Transportation Secretary Drew Lewis to become a Congressional Fellow in the prestigious program sponsored by the American Political Science Association. As a Fellow, Mr. Vierra served as a Special Advisor to Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato whose positions on the Banking subcommittee with oversight for mass transit programs as well as on the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee placed the Senator in a leadership role in transportation.
In addition to Mr. Vierra's legislative background, the firm's clients have drawn upon Mr. Vierra's expertise in the areas of grantsmanship, the evaluation methodology required of major transportation capital investments (including the Alternatives Analysis/Environmental Impact Statement process), and the interpretation of policy and program initiatives and requirements of the various modal agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Mr. Vierra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Center for Urban Transportation Studies at the University of Iowa.