Aaron Snyder

Chief, Regional Planning & Environment Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)


Mr. Aaron Snyder is the lead of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Infrastructure funding and financing team and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and Public Private Partnership (P3) Program Development team. These teams oversee all aspects of the WIFIA and P3 program for USACE and are currently focused on program development and implementation. Mr. Snyder led the P3 team for implementation of the Fargo-Moorhead project, worked to develop an implementation strategy within existing authorities, and led coordination and P3 development with local sponsors. Mr. Snyder has been actively working on P3 and related items since 2014.

Mr. Snyder has served as the Chief of Regional Planning & Environment Division North (PREDN) at the St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The RPEDN provides planning and environmental services to the St. Paul, Rock Island, and St. Louis Districts. Projects and studies include flood risk management, navigation, watershed planning, ecosystem restoration, and recreation. He also served as a member of the USACE planning modernization team.

Mr. Snyder’s planning and management experience includes over 15 years as a program manager, project manager, project planner, and regional technical specialist in the Corps civil works program. He has worked on regional water resource planning and implementation for flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, inland navigation, and recreation in the St. Paul District. He also supported emergency operations as a representative of public affairs and management for emergencies, recovery efforts, and disaster planning. Emergency response support includes duty in Puerto Rico, New Orleans, and for the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Snyder has provided Integrated Watershed Resource Management and watershed planning support to the Governments of Korea and Vietnam.

Mr. Snyder led the development of the Red River of the North Basin Wide Feasibility Study, which included international coordination. This study included basin wide modeling, data collection, and development of tools and information for local use. Mr. Snyder also led the Fargo-Moorhead Metro Feasibility Study to completion. This $22.5 million study was completed in 36 months and resulted in a $1.8 billion diversion channel for the communities of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota. The feasibility study is recognized within the Corps as a model study and the team received the USACE Planning Team of the Year Award for 2011. He supported the Corps national team on implementation of alternative financing and worked as an advisor to other districts interested in implementation of alternative financing.

Mr. Snyder received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Economics from the College of St. Scholastica and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Snyder is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute. In 2007 Mr. Snyder was the recipient of the Corps of Engineers Ronald J. Ruffennach Communicator of the Year Award and in 2012 received the Civil Servant of the Year Award.