On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the Chief Infrastructure Officer and the Senior Advisor of the new Michigan Infrastructure Office.
The Michigan Infrastructure Office was established by Governor Whitmer to make sure resources sent to the state under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, or the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, are used effectively and efficiently to repair Michigan roads and bridges, replace lead pipes, expand high-speed internet and build up electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Officials say the Michigan Infrastructure Office will be responsible for, “organizing and executing Governor Whitmer’s vision for infrastructure, coordinating across state government, marshalling resources, and partnering with local official, federal partners and outside stakeholders.”
Zachary Kolodin will serve as the Chief Infrastructure Office and Director of the Michigan Infrastructure Office.
Presently, Kolodin is Governor Whitmer’s Public Policy Counsel.
Before he joined the executive office, Kolodin was an associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Kolodin has also served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman, has worked in the Office of Grants Policy and Operations at Americorps and was a program administrator at the Roosevelt Institute in New York.
Kolodin is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law.
Tiffany Brown will serve as Senior Advisor at the Michigan Infrastructure Office.
Currently, Brown is Governor Whitmer’s Communications Director, and has been with the administration since day one.
Before she joined Governor Whitmer’s office, Brown served as Public Information Officer for the Dept. of Environmental Quality and the Michigan State Police. She has also served as Deputy Press Secretary under former Governor Jennifer Granholm.
Brown is a graduate of the University of Michigan – Flint and Michigan State University.
“Since day one, I have been focused on putting Michiganders first and fixing the damn roads. I am proud of the progress we’ve made over the last three years, and the Michigan Infrastructure Office will help us continue investing in our roads, bridges, lead pipes, electric vehicle chargers, high-speed internet, and so much more,” said Governor Whitmer. “Both Zachary and Tiffany have been key members of my executive office for years, and we will continue collaborating as they step into their new roles at the Michigan Infrastructure Office. I look forward to the year ahead and will work with anyone to make commutes faster and safer, protect safe drinking water, expand high-speed internet, electrify our roads, and create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.”