Noah Rifkin is a consultant on policy issues and programs related to transportation, emergency response and communication systems, and homeland security. Prior to General Dynamics Corporation's acquisition of Veridian Corporation, he served as director of legislative affairs for Veridian's engineering division.
In his first term of office, President Clinton appointed Rifkin director of technology deployment in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). There he served as Secretary Federico Pena's senior advisor on research and technology issues, and helped formulate and implement the Intelligent Transportation Systems program. Within the Clinton administration, Rifkin was responsible for coordinating civilian transportation research and technology issues and served as executive secretary of the President's National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Transportation Research and Development. He developed the vision for the research section of the Transportation Efficiency Act of 1997, which was incorporated into the Transportation Reauthorization (TEA 21) bill signed into law in 1998.
Rifkin received his bachelor's degree in political studies from Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges, and his master's degree in intergovernmental management from the University of Southern California. A former participant in the Presidential Management Internship Program, he has held positions at the Department of the Navy, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA's Office of Commercial Space Programs, and the NASA Space Station Program's Policy Office. Rifkin has also provided consulting services relating to business, financial, and strategic planning issues in the commercial space industry.