ITS Alum Ryan Russo Leads NACTO as Executive Director

June 28, 2024

Ryan RussoFormer Oakland DOT leader and NYC DOT Deputy Commissioner is nationally respected for innovative, equity-based transportation programs

Russo succeeds Corinne Kisner, who led NACTO’s growth into one of the nation’s most influential transportation policy and practice organizations

The Board of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) today announced the appointment of Ryan Russo as its next Executive Director, bringing visionary leadership, transformative policy experience, and innovative design excellence to one of the country’s most influential organizations that reimagines transportation in cities. Russo is a highly regarded city and transportation planner with 25 years of experience, including as a former director of the Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) and as a deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT). In Oakland, Ryan made the city a national model for incorporating equity into transportation planning. In New York City, he designed and implemented some of the country’s most prominent safety, pedestrian, cycling, and transit projects, from the pedestrianization of Times Square to the nation’s first Vision Zero program. 

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