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Renee Y. Banks

Board Advisor

President & Chief Communications Officer, G. W. Peoples Contracting Co., Inc. (GWP)
Location: Washington, DC
Ms. Banks is a rail transportation expert and is President & Chief Communications Officer for G. W. Peoples Contracting Co., Inc. (GWP), the only African-American-owned railroad construction firm in the country. She coordinates GWP’s marketing and communications, as well as federal, state and local government relations, including federal, state and local DBE/MBE/SBE certifications, business licenses, annual reports, contractors’ licenses and tax filings.

Ms. Banks was Manager of Government and Public Affairs for AMTRAK where she served as a legislative advocate for intercity passenger rail transportation. This provided extensive railroad management experience, sales, crisis management and communication skills, as well as familiarity with the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, and publicly-funded transportation programs.

Ms. Banks graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University and attended the University of Pittsburgh and before joining Amtrak, was Assistant Press Secretary for the late U.S. Senator John Heinz (R-PA) in Washington, DC, after working for Salomon Brothers in NYC and Consolidation Coal in Pittsburgh.
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