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Project Finance and Debt Management Director

Benjamin H. Asher has served as director of the Project Finance and Debt Management Division since June 2012.

 In this role, among his responsibilities, Asher oversees the management of TxDOT’s various debt programs, the State Infrastructure Bank, toll equity, pass-through financings and the financial aspects of TxDOT's Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDAs). Asher brings broad experience in general governmental and project financing, transportation, tax increment financing, investments, debt affordability, capital planning and lease financing to his position with TxDOT.

Prior to joining the TxDOT team, he worked for over 20 years at Public Resources Advisory Group (PRAG), a financial and investment advisory firm, most recently as a partner and senior managing director in New York. Before joining PRAG, he worked in investment banking. He has a broad range of financing experience, including fixed and variable rate issues, taxable and tax-exempt financings, derivatives, private placements and notes.

Asher received his B.A. in history from Columbia College and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.

He and his wife, Liza, have four sons.

Contact Asher by phone at (512) 463-8611 or by email.