Richard Peltz ’78 joined Avant IMC as a senior management consultant. Avant IMC is a joint venture between Dering Consulting Group, a strategy, management consulting, and training development firm, and Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm.
With more than thirty years of experience, Peltz brings an array of experience in government management and operations, having worked at both federal and state levels of government in creating opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and an improved quality of life for citizens. He has worked extensively with the private sector, as well as with officials at all levels of government, on projects ranging from telecommunications to freight and high-speed rail.
Based in the firm’s Harrisburg headquarters, Peltz is responsible for project leadership related to public transit, passenger and freight rail, transportation, and infrastructure facilities. His duties include project oversight and coordination and quality assessment and control.
Prior to joining Avant IMC, Peltz was appointed by former President George W. Bush as the alternate federal cochair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. In this position, he served for six years working on job creation, skills training, health care, infrastructure, energy development, and transportation issues. He also served as deputy secretary for Local and Area Transportation at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation from 1995 through 2002. Prior to joining PennDOT, Peltz managed U.S. Rep. Bill Clinger’s congressional district, where he was instrumental in bringing more than $1 billion worth of public and private economic development activities into the area.
Peltz holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from IUP. He is also a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government program for senior executives in state and local government.