Christopher O. Ward has joined the Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI) consulting team.
During his years in the private sector, Christopher was the executive vice president and chief executive of a $17.4 billion infrastructure and support services firm in New York City where his areas of responsibility included transportation, water and wastewater, environment, power, and buildings and places.
Christopher also served as executive vice president for both major projects and business development for two national companies.
His more than 30 years of infrastructure and government experience include a successful tenure as executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. There, he led the World Trade Center rebuilding effort to deliver on a commitment to open the 9/11 Memorial by the 10th anniversary of the tragic events at that site.
Earlier in his career, Christopher served as the commissioner of the Department of Environment Protection in New York City where he directed an agency of 6,500 people and a combined capital and operating budget of more than $2 billion. He also was managing director of a general contractors association and chief executive officer of a stevedoring and port services company.
Christopher’s roots in public service extend to positions with the city of New York as senior vice president for transportation and commerce of its Economic Development Corporation, assistant commissioner of the Department of Telecommunications and Energy, and director of research at the Department of Consumer Affairs.
He will be a great asset to the team as the company is quickly moving into additional states such as New York.