Former NYC transportation commissioner Polly Trottenberg has
been named deputy secretary of transportation by President-elect Joe Biden.
Trottenberg is one of five women Biden named today (Monday)
as deputy secretaries.
Other administration posts announced today include Elizabeth Klein, Deputy Secretary of the Interior; Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Andrea Palm, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services; Cindy Marten, Deputy Secretary of Education; Rohit Chopra, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB); and Gary Gensler, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
President-elect Joe Biden said, “Our administration will hit
the ground running to deliver immediate, urgent relief to Americans; confront
the overlapping crises of COVID-19, the historic economic downturn, systemic
racism and inequality, and the climate crisis; and get this government working
for the people it serves. These tireless public servants will be a key part of
our agenda to build back better — and I am confident they will help make
meaningful change and move our country forward.”
Trottenberg is a nationally recognized transportation leader
with federal, state, and city experience. She previously served in the
Obama-Biden administration as the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy
and Under Secretary for Policy at USDOT.
For the last seven years, she has served as New York City’s
Transportation Commissioner, running a 5,800-person agency that operates New
York City’s transportation network of roadways, bridges, traffic and parking
systems, the Staten Island Ferry, and extensive bicycle, pedestrian and public
Trottenberg helped implement the nation’s first Vision Zero
program and was focused on improving transportation equity and access,
including implementation of the 14th St. Busway. She led NYCDOT’s COVID-19
response and recovery, transforming city streets to promote sustainable
transportation and economic recovery, including one of the largest outdoor
restaurant programs in the country.
Trottenberg has extensive legislative experience, serving
three U.S. senators – Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer, and Daniel Patrick
Moynihan. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from Barnard College
and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the New York Building Congress, said he was thrilled by Trottenberg’s appointment.
“Having worked alongside her for years, we know the
expertise and leadership she brings to this position at a time when
infrastructure must be a top priority for our country; especially, as we face
the long road to recovery,” said Scissura. “We look forward to continuing our
relationship with her in Washington, D.C. in support of critical projects and
initiatives, from congestion pricing to the BQE and finally moving the Gateway
Tunnel forward. Congratulations Polly.”
Biden’s Secretary of the Interior pick, Elizabeth Klein was
Deputy Director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU
School of Law, which supports state attorneys general in defending our nation’s
She served at the Department of the Interior during both the
Clinton and Obama-Biden administrations, advancing high-priority initiatives
such as Interior’s renewable energy program and climate change adaptation
She was previously an attorney at Latham & Watkins
specializing in energy and environmental law issues and served as Director of
Communications and Government Relations for the National Park Foundation prior
to becoming an attorney.
Klein graduated with a degree in economics from the George
Washington University and received her JD from American University’s Washington
College of Law.
Daughter of a former Navy Commander, Klein has roots in
Delaware and Massachusetts, among other places, and now calls Virginia home
where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
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