Keynote Speakers

Anthony Foxx, United States Secretary of Transportation

Anthony Foxx became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation on July 2, 2013. 

In nominating him, President Obama said, "I know Anthony’s experience will make him an outstanding Transportation Secretary. He’s got the respect of his peers, mayors, and governors all across the country. And as a consequence, I think that he’s going to be extraordinarily effective." 

As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation. His primary goal is to ensure that the American maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. 

Foxx joined the U.S. Department of Transportation after serving as the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 2009 to 2013. During that time, he made efficient and innovative transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte's job creation and economic recovery efforts. These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, the largest capital project ever undertaken by the city, which will build new roads, bridges, transit as well as bicycle and pedestrian facilities; expanding Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest in the world; working with North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to accelerate the I-485 outer belt loop using a creative design-build-finance approach, the first major project of its kind in North Carolina; and starting the Charlotte Streetcar project. 

Prior to being elected mayor, Foxx served two terms on the Charlotte City Council as an At-Large Representative. As a Council Member, Foxx chaired the Transportation Committee, where he helped shepherd the largest transportation bond package in the city’s history, enabling Charlotte to take advantage of record low interest rates and favorable construction pricing to stretch city dollars beyond initial projections. Foxx also chaired the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization. 

Foxx is an attorney and has spent much of his career in private practice. He also worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and staff counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. 

Foxx received a law degree from New York University’s School of Law as a Root-Tilden Scholar, the University’s prestigious public service scholarship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College. 

Foxx and his wife, Samara, have two children, Hillary and Zachary. 

Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, New York City Department of Transportation

Polly Trottenberg was sworn in as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation on January 27, 2014. Responsible for one of the largest portfolios of any municipal agency, NYCDOT provides for the safe, efficient and sustainable movement of people and goods throughout the five boroughs. The agency is also responsible for upholding and enhancing the transportation infrastructure critical to the city’s economic vitality and quality of life.

With an annual operating budget of $900 million and a five-year $6.3 billion capital program, DOT’s assets cover more than 25% of New York City’s land area. Trottenberg oversees 4,500 employees who maintain a state of good repair on 6,000 miles of the world’s busiest streets and highways, one million street signs, 315,000 street lights, and 12,700 signalized intersections. Her team operates the Staten Island Ferry and manages 789 bridges, including the iconic East River Bridges.

Trottenberg’s 22 years of government experience include over four years at USDOT, most recently as the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy from January 2013 to December 2013, where she developed key initiatives for the Obama Administration, including the groundbreaking TIGER discretionary grant program. In 2008, Trottenberg was named as the first Executive Director of Building America’s Future, a non-profit organization that advocates for increased investment in infrastructure and major transportation policy reform. During her 12 years on Capitol Hill, Trottenberg served with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Barbara Boxer. Prior to her work in Congress, Trottenberg also served at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Commissioner Trottenberg also serves as a member of the MTA Board. She graduated from Barnard College and received her Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government.

Gabe Klein, Chief Operating Officer, Bridj 

Gabe Klein has always viewed his work as a canvas to create a contribution, and is inspired by ventures that have a triple bottom line benefit, vs. strictly profit focused. For this reason Gabe only works on projects that invoke his passion, and that offer a product or service that is providing something positive for the future. He has worked in leadership roles in Transportation, Technology, Consumer Services and Consulting.

In 2014, Gabe had a 6 month Fellowship at The Urban Land Institute traveling around the U.S., speaking about entrepreneurial public leadership and positioning transportation as a transformative public investment.  He also has been advising numerous technology and transportation start-ups in 2014 including RideScout which was recently acquired by Daimler.  Most recently he signed on with Bridj, a next-gen flexible mass-transit company to help build and execute the business model.

Gabe joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago on May 16, 2011 to run the Chicago Department of Transportation.  He views his appointment as an opportunity to make Chicago an example nationally for innovation in transportation and public space, and most importantly, to positively impact quality of life for the 2.6 million residents of Chicago.  While at CDOT, Gabe and his management team transformed the agency into a national model for innovation in transportation and tech.  From publishing six groundbreaking plans for Chicago, to not just talking about Complete Streets, but putting it into practice, baking sustainability and livability into every project that CDOT undertakes.  The soon to be largest bikeshare program in the United States, Divvy, has already revolutionized how Chicagoans navigate their neighborhoods

Gabe was Director of The District Department of Transportation, appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in December, 2008 and serving until the end of Fenty’s term Dec 31st of 2010.  Gabe was appointed as a next-generation game changer for DDOT.  Mayor Fenty desired a forward-thinking executive with private sector experience to innovate, operate, and streamline the agency, while dramatically cutting the operating budget for a $1 billion agency. Gabe  attacked on all fronts, and built a customer focused agency that is being hailed as a leader nationally in technology, customer interface, and multi-modal innovation, as well as innovative finance. DDOT is setting the standard for everything from parking technology, to the Nations 1st, and largest bikesharing program, Capital Bikeshare. The DDOT budget was balanced for FY-10 to +$67 with a $16 million overrun from the blizzards of 2010, and the independent structure of the agency allowed the flexibility to achieve this, and throw off $38m in profit to the general fund.  Gabe and team left a road-map for the next team to come in and build upon their success.

Gabe was a Co-Founder of On The Fly, an innovative, boutique food-service company with 4 different businesses under one roof, personified by the next-generation electric “smartkarts” that he and his team designed over a 6 month period and launched in 2007. On The Fly’s smartkarts complement smart growth, and literally bring high quality natural foods to residents, workers and visitors in densely trafficked areas, typically near transit.

At the end of 2002, Gabe was brought in by Robin Chase, the Founder of Zipcar in Boston, to take a new concept in the U.S, “carsharing,” and build a viable business in Washington D.C. and help prove the carsharing model. As Regional Vice President, Gabe took the challenge seriously and took an unheard of concept and brand, and within 4 years had grown membership by over 1000%, had 500 vehicles in the D.C. region, and achieved profitable operating results along with the highest consumer quality scores in the company. Gabe was the first to develop strong public-private partnerships with local governments, regional transportation agencies, as well as all major universities in a market, very instrumental in Zipcar’s growth. At the end of Gabe’s tenure at Zipcar, Washington D.C. was the nation’s largest carsharing city by membership and vehicles, had purchased Flexcar, and modeled for international expansion.

Prior to Zipcar, Gabe had Director-level roles at ProfessionaLink, a national technology-consulting start-up based in Washington D.C. where he led marketing and business development efforts into Fortune 1000 Companies, regularly meeting with C-level executives about their consulting needs, and at Bikes USA, at the time the nation’s largest bicycle retailer with a mission to make cycling accessible to everyone. Gabe spearheaded Bikes USA’s launch into South Florida, before taking over responsibility for daily operations in all locations, spanning 7 states including the Washington Metro area. Gabe also grew up in the cycling industry, and avidly rode and worked in cycling related ventures since childhood.

Gabe and his work have been featured in many major news outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Bloomberg and many more. Gabe holds a degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech, and was a 14 year resident of The District, now residing in Chicago’s South Loop, and now… back in DC!