Expert Guide | Transportation

Laura Kliewer | Senior Policy Analyst | CSG Midwest
kliewarLaura Kliewer joined CSG in 1988. In her current role, she serves as the director of the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, an 11-state compact commission of state legislators, governors and their designees working to preserve and expand passenger rail throughout the Midwest.
Established in 2000, the compact commission promotes, coordinates and supports regional improvements to passenger rail service. Kliewer has worked with compact commissioners and allies to ensure the federal government develops a partnership with the states for passenger rail development similar to other modes of transportation, and that Midwestern states have the support they need to move forward with passenger rail improvement plans.
In addition to her work with MIPRC, Kliewer plans the business program for the Midwestern Legislative Conference and is the leader of the MLC Annual Meeting team. She also has a two-year grant from the Minnesota Community Foundation to work in conjunction with foundation staff to plan intensive legislative institutes in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota on the science of early childhood brain development.
Kliewer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of California-Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in communications from Wheaton College.
Areas of expertise
  1. Passenger rail


Contact information | 630-925-1922 |




Sean Slone | Senior Transportation Policy Analyst
sloneSean Slone has been with The Council of State Governments since 2006. In his current position, he is responsible for providing staff support to CSG’s Transportation Policy Task Force, a panel of state legislators, state department of transportation officials and private sector members. He provides guidance for CSG’s transportation policy development and analysis efforts, helps to identify trends affecting transportation policy, and develops publications and meeting agendas on transportation issues.
Slone is the author of numerous articles for CSG publications. His work also has appeared in The Lane Report, a Kentucky statewide business magazine. Slone has been interviewed on transportation issues by reporters from the Baltimore Business Journal, Stateline and USA Today.
Before moving to transportation, Slone worked with the health policy group.
A journalist by training, Slone is a former producer for C-SPAN in Washington, D.C., and worked for Kentucky Educational Television as an anchor/reporter/producer.
Slone has a bachelor’s degree in television production from Emerson College in Boston and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, Ill.
Areas of expertise
  1. Transportation financing
  2. Highway spending in the Recovery Act
  3. Transportation reauthorization
  4. U.S. infrastructure
  5. High-speed rail
  6. Impact of transportation on the environment
  7. Smart Growth
  8. Highway safety


Contact information | 859-244-8234 |