Prior to joining the Office of the Administrator as a Senior Advisor in 2001, Mr. Welbes worked in FTA's Office of Budget & Policy. His work there included development of agency policies, legislation, budgets to Congress, investment studies, and performance measures for public transportation benchmarking. During 2007-8 he served as FTA's Acting Associate Administrator for Research, Technology & Innovation and in 2001-2 as the Acting Director of FTA's Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Office. He began his federal career as a Presidential Management Fellow in 1992, working in the Office of Management and Budget, Office of the Secretary of Transportation, and the FTA.
He has a M.P.A. from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. In 2000 he received a German Marshall Fund fellowship to study transportation, environmental, and land use policies in Europe.
He lives with his wife Lora and their daughter in Arlington, Virginia.