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KEY PERSONNEL

Alice Cheng
Owner and Principal

Alice Cheng gained insight into intermodal transportation and its development challenges at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, before establishing her firm. There, Alice led freight and industrial development policy, planning and developing numerous rail freight facilities including at Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx, the world’s largest food distribution center, along with terminals and railroads on the Brooklyn waterfront and in Staten Island to serve container and breakbulk ports. Alice was the lead program manager on behalf of the City and the Port Authority for the reactivation of the bi-state Staten Island Railroad. Earlier in her career, Alice was an economist for The Louis Berger Group analyzing highways, ports, transit systems, water treatment facilities and airports infrastructure. She was appointed to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC) by the USDOT Secretary and served on the Ports Subcommittee. Alice is a licensed professional planner with a Master of Science in Energy and Environmental Management and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Bryn Mawr College.

Michael Fusillo, Ph.D.
Principal Economist

Dr. Mike Fusillo is a transportation economist with over 25 years of experience assessing transportation assets and their revenue and economic impacts. He has deep expertise in forecasting and has assisted many clients with the economic analysis needed to weigh project viability. Prior to joining Cheng Solutions, Mike was a principal economist with The Louis Berger Group and has also served as Director of Maritime Research for PIERS. In addition to consulting, he is an adjunct professor of economics at Tufts University teaching macroeconomics and international trade. Mike holds degrees in economics, applied economics and applied econometrics from Boston University, NYU and CUNY Graduate Center. He started his career as an anti-trust economist for the law firm Skadden Arps, Slate, Meager and Flom.

Cristina Price
Economist

Cristina Price is an economist with over fifteen years of experience in real estate and transportation economics and market research. Prior to joining Cheng Solutions, Cristina was a real estate analyst for Deutsche Bank examining potential commercial acquisitions and an economist for PIERS analyzing macroeconomic conditions among international trade partners. Cristina holds a BA in economics from Claremont McKenna College and Master's degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and New York University.

Nicole Convery
Intermodal Analyst

Nicole Convery is an intermodal analyst with ten years of experience in financial analysis, demand forecasting, economic cost-benefit analysis and infrastructure due diligence assessments. Before joining Cheng Solutions, Nicole was a strategic consultant at other firms including Parsons Brinckerhoff, where she worked on the team developing a long-term market forecast to support the Panama Canal expansion plan. Nicole graduated with a Master of International Relations from Johns Hopkins and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.