Edward Rendell

Edward G. Rendell

Special Counsel

Former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell devotes his practice to public-private partnerships (P3) and housing, with an emphasis on infrastructure. Gov. Rendell advises on new ways of building infrastructure and on the development of a national infrastructure reinvestment bank.

Gov. Rendell was a Ballard Spahr partner from 2000 to 2003. He left the firm upon being elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he served two terms. As Governor, he was chief executive of the nation's sixth-most-populous state and oversaw a $28 billion budget. Gov. Rendell's administration energized the state's economy through strategic investments, enacted Pennsylvania's first comprehensive measure to substantially reform the local tax system, and spearheaded initiatives encouraging the use of alternative and renewable energy, including wind farms and solar panels.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Gov. Rendell has become a champion for progress in the area of alternative energy, and now serves as a consultant or board member for several green and alternative energy firms, including Own Energy, The Efficiency Network, and VNG.co. He has also remained heavily involved in the campaign for government efficiency and strategic cost cutting through his work with entities such as Government Sourcing Solutions and Public Financial Management.

Brookings Fellow

University of Pennsylvania, teaches government and politics courses

Recognition & Accomplishments

Recipient, the March of Dimes' 2012 Shining Star Lifetime Achievement Award, for his work to protect the health of newborn babies and raise public awareness of screening to detect and treat early-childhood disorders

Board Memberships & Community Service

Building America's Future, Co-Chair

National Constitution Center


Author, "A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great," Turner Publishing Company, 2012



Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1968)

University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1965)