Michael Patella

Senior Policy Advisor, Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Michael Patella is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Water infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (WIRFC) in the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  His responsibilities include leading EPA’s efforts with public-private partnerships (P3) in the drinking, waste and clean water sectors and helping to stand up the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan office.  For the past year, he has been detailed to the White House as a Senior Advisor on Infrastructure to the Council on Environmental Quality. 

Immediately before joining EPA, Michael was a representative to the Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC) for the USDOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA).   At FTA he also evaluated the financial viability and operating risks of proposed transit projects for New Starts funding considerations since 2010. Prior to that, Michael worked as an investment banker arranging P3 transactions in the water, transportation and energy sectors both internationally and domestically.