Robert J. Nardi is a principal associate with Louis Berger’s U.S. division. He has been instrumental in the division’s growth from fewer than 50 U.S. employees when he joined the company in 1980 to over 1,000 today. Throughout his career at Louis Berger, Mr. Nardi has been involved in projects throughout the U.S. as well as Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He also oversees scholarships and fellowships with Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and other institutions of higher learning. This includes employing, since 2010, over 35 graduate students as summer interns on Louis Berger projects in Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Nardi received a Bachelor of Arts degree in community development/planning from Rutgers University (with honors) and a master's degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University. In 2015, he was the recipient of the inaugural Dean’s Medal of Merit from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University. He is a New Jersey-licensed professional planner and a member of the American Planning Association.
Robert J. Nardi | Director, President and Executive Director
Andrew V. Bailey | Director
Andrew V. Bailey serves as the chief executive officer for SH-130 Concession Co. in Texas, a concession partnership with Louis Berger. In this role, Mr. Bailey is responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day management to achieve the tollway’s short and long-term goals. He previously led Louis Berger's operations and maintenance (O&M) services division serving government and commercial institutions in the United States and internationally. Before joining Louis Berger’s senior leadership team, he served in a variety of management roles, including serving as the company’s in-country manager for the U.S. government’s Iraq Reconstruction Program. Mr. Bailey began his career at the Virginia Department of Transportation, where he spent 25 years before retiring from the department’s highest career position of deputy commissioner in 2002. Mr. Bailey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Sofia Berger | Director
Sofia Berger is senior vice president for U.S. transportation at Louis Berger, focused on growing the company’s largest and highest growth market, supporting both public and private sector client development goals. Previously, she served as the managing director for the company’s Latin American and the Caribbean operations, responsible for the strategic direction, client management, project delivery and business development performance for the region. Prior to moving to Latin America, she managed the development of the company's private sector activities in Africa. Ms. Berger has nearly 15 years of infrastructure experience spanning from project management of construction projects in the field for Perini Corporation (now Tutor-Perini) to management consulting for governmental transportation agencies around the world while working at McKinsey & Co. She has degrees in civil engineering and economics-operations research from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Ms. Berger is a third-generation executive of the company, following in the footsteps of her father Fred Berger and grandfather Dr. Louis Berger.
Nick Ivanoff, PE | Director
Nick Ivanoff, PE, is the president of Louis Berger's U.S. Transportation market segment, where he is responsible for expanding the company’s multi-modal transportation portfolio supporting public and private sector clients. He also chairs the company’s government relations committee. Mr. Ivanoff previously served as president and chief executive officer of Ammann & Whitney, a 69-year-old engineering and architecture firm, which merged with Louis Berger in 2016. He is the immediate past chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and currently serves as executive committee member on the ARTBA Board of Directors and as chairman of its International Affairs Advisory Council. He has also served in a variety of other leadership roles at ARTBA and other professional organizations. Mr. Ivanoff also serves on the Civil Engineering Curriculum Advisory Council at his alma mater, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in 21 states and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning, both from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering).
Thomas G. Lewis, PE, JD | Director
Thomas G. Lewis, PE, JD, is the president of Louis Berger's U.S. division serving U.S. clients domestically and worldwide. With more than 30 years of professional experience, Mr. Lewis provides strategic direction for operations, client delivery and company growth. Mr. Lewis previously served as Louis Berger's U.S. segment group vice president. Prior to that, he led Louis Berger's environmental and disaster management/recovery practice. Mr. Lewis has also served as president and board chair for Louis Berger's New York professional corporation as well as board member for BergerABAM, a Louis Berger technology development partner, Vanguard Emergency Management and other joint venture entities involving Louis Berger, and a county community college advisory board in Newark, New Jersey. He is active in numerous industry organizations, including 12 years of service as a national committee member for the Transportation Research Board under the National Academy of Sciences, and over 10 years with ACEC, SAME and ASCE local/regional programs. Mr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a master's degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Connecticut, as well as a Juris Doctorate specializing in environmental and administrative law from Rutgers University. He is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states.
Manuel Pérez | Director
Manuel Pérez serves as senior vice president and managing director of Louis Berger's International Design Center and Latin America and the Caribbean operations. With more than 27 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, Mr. Pérez provides strategic direction for regional business development, prepares and implements comprehensive business plans, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the International Design Center and the Latin America and the Caribbean region. He previously served as civil infrastructure director for Louis Berger’s international operations in the transportation, water, power and energy sectors. Before joining Louis Berger, he served as global strategy and development director for APIA XXI, acquired by Louis Berger in 2013. Mr. Pérez brings his expertise and experience in the engineering industry to a variety of educational endeavors, serving as collaborator and lecturer in master´s programs and conferences at prestigious universities worldwide. These include Harvard University in the U.S. and the University of Cantabria in Spain, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
Heather Unger, LEED AP, ENV SP | Vice President
Heather Unger, LEED AP, ENV SP, is a senior planner and manager of corporate sustainability at Louis Berger. As chair of the Louis Berger Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, she is responsible for incorporating sustainability into Louis Berger projects and operations and managing Louis Berger’s philanthropic activities. Ms. Unger has over 10 years of environmental and planning experience. She is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), and is currently leading the implementation of the Envision rating system for sustainable infrastructure within Louis Berger. Ms. Unger serves on the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) technical advisory committee, the Harvard University Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure advisory board, and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) sustainability committee. She has degrees in environmental resource management from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Liberal Arts in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University Extension School.
Meg Lassarat, CPA | Secretary/Treasurer
Meg Lassarat, CPA, is chief financial officer (CFO) and executive vice president at Louis Berger, responsible for corporate-wide financial performance and overseeing the finance and accounting, IT, communications and human resources teams in support of corporate strategic goals. Ms. Lassarat brings more than 30 years of financial management experience to Louis Berger, including more than 15 years of experience serving as the CFO for a range of publicly-traded, privately-held and private equity-backed professional services firms. Prior to joining Louis Berger, she served as the CFO and director at Kentz Engineering & Constructors, a $1.5 billion FTSE 150 London-listed engineering firm. Ms. Lassarat earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Texas A&M University. She has served as vice chair and member of the advisory board for the Engineering and Construction Conference and Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum, as well as serving on the boards of several charitable foundations, such as ARC of Katy (Texas), Texas A&M University facility councils, and her church and neighborhood associations.
Jeff D'Agosta, Esq. | Counsel
Jeff D’Agosta, Esq., serves as general counsel and executive vice president at Louis Berger. In this role, Mr. D’Agosta is responsible for managing the legal aspects of a wide range of business activities across the corporation, including governance, labor law, intellectual property, crisis management, compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Louis Berger, Mr. D’Agosta served as general counsel at MWH, a multinational engineering firm. Among other activities at MWH, he served on its charitable foundation board. Mr. D’Agosta earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska.