Michael Genest is the co-founder of Capitol Matrix Consulting where he provides consultation on regarding national and state transportation matters. Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Genest served for four years as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chief financial policy advisor in his role as Director of the California Department of Finance. Mr. Genest served on Governor Schwarzenegger’s transition team and was sworn in as Chief Deputy Director for Budget in the Department of Finance on the first day of the Administration, in November 2003. He also served for six months as Undersecretary of the Health and Human Services Agency and as Chief of Administration at the inception of California’s Corrections and Rehabilitation Agency. Mr. Genest received his master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Graduate School of Public Policy in 1980 and his Baccalaureate in Political Science from San Jose State University in 1978.