Opening Remarks: Citi, Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs
Moderator: Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, Atlantic Media
Gabe Klein, Commissioner of Transportation, Chicago
Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of Transportation, New York City
Pam O'Connor, Mayor, Santa Monica, CA
Break: 2:30 - 2:45 pm EDT
Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gabe Klein was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in May 2011.
Under Klein, CDOT is a customer-focused agency that is a national leader in technology, multi-modal innovation and sustainable design that consistently makes a positive impact on quality of life for Chicago’s 2.6 million residents.
Klein has previously worked in a number of leadership roles in transportation, technology, consumer services and consulting. Prior to Mayor Emanuel’s administration, he was Director of the Washington D.C. Department of Transportation.
He also co-founded On The Fly, an electric vehicle vending company that was one of the first multi-unit and multi-channel street vending companies in the U.S. As Regional Vice President for Zipcar, Klein oversaw the carsharing system in the D.C. region.
Klein also held Director-level roles at ProfessionaLink, a national technology-consultancy, where he led marketing and business development efforts into Fortune 1000 Companies. At the bicycle retailer Bikes USA, he was responsible for daily operations in all locations, spanning seven states.
Klein grew up in the cycling industry, and avidly rode and worked in cycling-related ventures since childhood. He holds a degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech.
Pam O’Connor was first elected to Santa Monica City Council in 1994, and is currently in her fourth term as Mayor. Throughout nearly two decades of continuous service, Mayor O’Connor has championed policies and partnerships that enhance community livability. She is particularly interested in issues that advance mobility, transportation and sustainability.
Janette Sadik-Khan served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) from 2007-2013, where she implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability, and ensure a state of good repair on the city’s roads, bridges and ferries. At Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities with innovative projects that can be developed quickly and inexpensively.