Shirley Ybarra



Shirley YbarraShirley Ybarra is a senior transportation policy analyst at Rea-son Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Ms. Ybarra served as Secretary of Transporta-tion for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1998 to 2002, over-seeing a budget of $3.2 billion and a staff of 13,000 people. Be-tween 1994 and 1998, Ybarra was Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Transportation.


Ybarra also served as senior policy advisor and special assistant for policy for U.S. Sec-retary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole from 1983 to 1987. In that role, Ybarra man-aged the transfer and privatization of Dulles and National Airports to the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority.


Ybarra authored Virginia's Public-Private Transportation Act of 1995, considered the model PPP legislation in the United States. In 2001, Ybarra received the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's "Public-Private Ventures Entrepreneur of the Year Award" for her leadership in designing innovative infrastructure financing. She holds a Master's degree in Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Business Admini-stration from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.