Mark Polston is Director of the Procurement Solutions team in WSP’s Alternative Delivery Advisory Services. From WSP’s Lexington office, he advises clients nationwide in the procurement, financing, and implementation of complex infrastructure projects, with an emphasis on alternative delivery methods, including public-private partnerships (P3s). He supports clients throughout the project implementation process, from early strategic goal-setting and delivery method selection to drafting procurement documents and negotiating project agreements. Throughout the process Mark advises clients on risk assessment, mitigation, and allocation to best meet the needs of each client and project.
Mark is the former deputy director of Build America Bureau Credit Programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, DC. In this role, he was involved in several billion dollars of financing of dozens of transportation infrastructure projects collectively valued at more than $60 billion. Mark was instrumental in the set-up of the Bureau, a one-stop shop for Federal transportation financing. Prior being asked to take the deputy director role, he was the first in-house legal counsel to the successful TIFIA transportation financing program, which financed projects such as Louisville’s Downtown and East End Bridges.
Prior to his time at USDOT, Mark was a corporate and finance attorney in private practice in Washington, DC, having starting his legal career at Frost Brown Todd in Louisville.
Mark received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the College of Charleston.
A native of Paducah, Mark lives in Lexington with his wife Susan and their three teenage children. He is active in federal and state transportation policy issues, high school soccer boosters, his local church, and assisting the homeless community. Whenever he can, he takes time to enjoy the amazing Kentucky outdoors whether it be running on a trail, biking a rural route, swimming in a lake, or just setting up his laptop on his back porch on a workday.