Thomas H. Cochran, Senior Fellow

Public Finance Policy

Tom Cochran has 45 years’ experience as a public finance policy analyst, investment banker and financial advisor focused on mobilizing capital for essential public purposes in the US and emerging markets around the world. He has advised the US Department of Energy’s Office of Loan Programs on renewable energy project transactions and program designs and has also advised USAID, USDTDA and multi-lateral financial institution clients including the World Bank, IFC, and the Global Green Growth Fund, among others. From 1997 – 2005, he led MBIA’s surveillance, remediation, and successful restructuring of high profile PPP infrastructure bond and bank debt transactions in Asia, Latin America, and the US. Prior to joining MBIA, Mr. Cochran advised on emerging market infrastructure and general sub-sovereign finance as Executive Vice President of the Resources Development Foundation where he led the International Public Finance Program. 

Previously, he had managed the North Atlantic region for Lehman Brothers Public Finance investment banking department; and was as an education and healthcare finance policy advisor to New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne and a New York City Urban Fellow in Mayor John Lindsay’s office and the New York City Board of Education.  Mr. Cochran served the Northeast-Midwest Institute as its founding Executive Director from 1977 – 1982 and as Board Chairman in the 2000’s. 

He received his B.A. from Beloit College and his Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.