Mr. Cumber is Executive Vice President for Corporate Development for Florida East Coast Industries, LLC (FECI). He has responsibility for guiding capital projects, including All Aboard Florida which is the first privately owned, operated and maintained intercity passenger rail system in the U.S.
Prior to joining FECI, Mr. Cumber was Executive Vice President for Corporate Development for Florida East Coast Railway, L.L.C. (FEC), an affiliate company of FECI. Mr. Cumber had responsibility for structuring and managing several major capital projects, including reconnecting the FEC to the Port of Miami, the construction of new intermodal container transfer facilities, and working with public agencies to introduce commuter rail service in the FEC corridor.
Previously, Mr. Cumber was President of H.A. Cumber & Company, a transportation consulting firm that specialized in rail, transit and highway issues. The firm provided business development and government relations support throughout the country.
Mr. Cumber served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation and prior to that was the Assistant to the Secretary for Policy. Mr. Cumber assisted in the daily operations of a federal agency with approximately 60,000 people and a $70 billion budget. He provided policy direction for highways, motor carriers, pipelines, railroads (including Amtrak), transit, and domestic security issues. Mr. Cumber was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 20, 2008 to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board. His nomination was terminated after the November 2008 election.
Prior to his appointment at U.S. DOT, Mr. Cumber led the public affairs efforts for Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI), a NYSE-traded company that then included the assets of what is today FEC and FECI. In this role, Mr. Cumber was credited for securing over $50 million in public funds to build additional freight capacity in the FEC Railway corridor. Mr. Cumber also coordinated crisis communications for the Company and served as the corporate spokesperson.
Mr. Cumber is a Board Member of JEA, the eighth largest community-owned electric utility company in the United States and largest in Florida, and Florida State College Foundation. He is a current member of the Gator Bowl Sports Committee and on the Board of Directors for the Florida Chamber. Mr. Cumber is the past President of the Florida Railroad Association and past Board Member of the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors. Mr. Cumber has previously served on the Boards of the North Broward YMCA, the Florida Telecommunications Industry Association and the Strategic Intermodal Transportation Advisory Committee. Mr. Cumber was a founding member of the Florida Intermodal Transportation Association and is a graduate of Leadership Florida.
Mr. Cumber is a graduate of Duke University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in U.S. National Security. He, his wife (LeAnna), son (Jake) and daughter (Penelope) currently reside in Jacksonville, Florida.