Louisiana with the Louisiana Homeland Defense Education Team. Mr. Knox is a Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Domestic Preparedness, WMD instructor and serves as a consultant to DOJ and SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation).
Justin Augustine is the chief executive officer of the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) as well as a vice president of Veolia Transportation. Mr. Augustine is a professional in management and finance with more than 28 years of experience in the fields of transportation management and finance and accounting. The Veolia Transportation team is responsible for all aspects of the public transportation system in New Orleans. The city of New Orleans and the RTA Board of Commissioners has worked with Veolia Transportation to be the first city in the United States to implement a “delegated management” modeled contract under which Veolia Transportation assumed the numerous responsibilities that are associated with running an urban public transit system. As a transit executive, he has managed numerous multimodal transit agencies including Capital Metro in Austin, Texas; the Africa Transportation Company in Johannesburg, South Africa; and Regional Transit Authority and Transit Management of Southeastern Louisiana, Inc., in New Orleans, Louisiana; and many transit agencies in California, including San Diego, Santa Clarita, San Francisco, Oakland, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Jose, Redding, Chico, Victor Valley, Antelope Valley, and Yolo County. Mr. Augustine received his undergraduate degree from Xavier University, where he studied accounting.
John M. Barry
John Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won more than 20 awards. In 2005 the National Academies named The Great Influenza, a study of the 1918 pandemic, the year’s outstanding book on science or medicine. In 2006 the National Academies also invited Mr. Barry to give its annual Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture; he is the only nonscientist ever to give that lecture. In 1998, Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America won the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians for the year’s best book of American history. After Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana congressional delegation asked Mr. Barry to chair a bipartisan working group on flood control. In 2007 a Democratic governor appointed him to both the Southeast Louisiana Flood Control Authority East, which oversees levee districts in the metropolitan New Orleans area, and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, which develops and implements the hurricane protection plan for the state. In 2009 a Republican governor reappointed him to both positions. In addition to serving on advisory boards at Johns Hopkins and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is on