Theodore W. Bristol

Principal - Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting

Ted Bristol leads Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting's public sector team — and he leads it by example. In his practice, he helps organizations define, navigate and achieve their service goals in partnership with the federal government through multiple avenues, including communities and local government, economic development, energy and environment, higher education, nonprofit, sports, and transportation.

Ted has created and directed legislative strategies that have secured millions of dollars in federal funds for dozens of community initiatives and infrastructure projects nationwide. Working closely with mayors, executives and community leaders since joining the firm in 1991, he has helped clients realize their goals while building lasting relationships and respect with key legislators and their staffs.

States' First Environmental Council Director

Ted served as the first executive director of the Environmental Council of the States — the association for state environmental directors — and worked closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state environmental directors to expand and shape the organization and focus on key issues affecting the state/federal relationship in environmental protection. In addition, Ted developed FaegreBD Consulting's practice working with host communities and amateur sports organizations on funding and regulatory issues associated with world championships and international multi-sport competitions, including the Women's World Cup Soccer, Goodwill Games and U.S. Paralympics.

Transportation Authorization Bills' Project Funding

Ted brought a solid Capitol Hill background to FaegreBD Consulting after spending 10 years as legislative director to a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee where he was responsible for water resource development, transportation, community and economic development, and public safety project funding. On the Hill and at FaegreBD Consulting, Ted helped secure significant project funding in three key transportation authorization bills — ISTEA, TEA-21 and SAFETEA-LU.

During the development of ISTEA, Ted worked closely with the Washington State Department of Transportation to incorporate new programs for state ferries, commuter rail between Seattle and Tacoma, and construction of the Seattle bus tunnel to enable future development of light rail. As part of SAFETEA-LU, he developed and implemented the strategy resulting in more than $50 million for road improvements and a transit center in Indianapolis.

Ted is a consulting professional within Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, and does not act as a lawyer for clients. Learn more about the Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting practice.

Hill Experience

  • U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA)
  • U.S. Rep. Don Bonker (D-WA)
  • U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Representative Community Development Projects

  • Helped secure funding toward building a storm water detention basin and improving the stream walls in Medford, Oregon, preventing flooding of nearby homes and improving the water quality of Bear Creek
  • Helped the Seattle Organizing Committee for the 1990 Goodwill Games create the largest exchange program ever between the United States and former Soviet Union (more than 3,000 participants), secure more than $26 million in federal assistance and support a trade program that generated more than $32 million in exports
  • Helped the City of Newark, New Jersey, develop and execute a federal plan to develop parks, prisoner re-entry programs and revitalized neighborhoods to reduce crime, create investment in neighborhoods and attract new homeowners

Representative Water and Environmental Projects

  • Helped the City of Indianapolis secure more than $60 million in federal funds for the reclamation of a waterfront from three sources — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Economic Development Administration (EDA) — to redevelop the White River and construct the Lower Canal, stimulating more than a billion dollars in downtown investment by public and private sectors through more than 1,500 units of housing and more than 700,000 square feet of commercial space, including the relocation of the NCAA headquarters to downtown Indianapolis
  • Worked on the conversion of an abandoned World War II prisoner of war camp and illegal trash disposal site into a water management and treatment site in Fort Wayne, Indiana, creating park-like wetlands out of what was once ill-used land to provide temporary wetlands storage for storm water collected from nearby residential areas before it was reused by the neighboring municipal golf course to water the fairways and greens
  • Helped secure funding for a local economic development group in St. Louis to develop a 600-mile interconnected web of greenways, bike lines, and bike and pedestrian trails throughout an urban community, advancing an urban neighborhood trail connecting local residents with a center of employment on the Mississippi River

Representative Transportation Projects

  • Continue to provide strategic guidance on the Minneapolis streetcar initiative and develop avenues to accelerate the project timeline through engagement with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Minnesota congressional delegation as well as provide advice and assistance on adapting the city's transit plans to the project streamlining provisions of MAP-21 — the most recent federal surface transportation law
  • Providing strategic advice and implementation assistant on the effort to establish a national nonprofit coalition of leading public and private sector members seeking to advance the state of mileage-based user fees as an alternative for future funding and improved performance of the U.S. transportation system.

Civic Activities

  • Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin — Trustee


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