Mark Dowd has extensive policy experience in transportation, technology, climate, and environmental matters. He currently serves as the Director of Zero Emission Vehicles and a senior member of the President Biden’s Sustainability Team at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Mark is leading the effort to transition the largest fleet in the world to 100% zero emission vehicle acquisitions by 2027 (light-duty) and 2035 (medium- and heavy-duty). He recently led an effort to transition the Postal Service to 100% electric delivery vehicles by 2026. Prior to joining the President’s climate team, he was the first Chief Innovation Officer at New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where he drove data initiatives and cutting-edge technologies across six MTA agencies. Mark left the Obama Administration January 2017 to start the Smart Cities Lab, a nonprofit focused on carrying forward the work he did at USDOT where he was the architect of the Smart City Challenge. Both the Lab and the Challenge were committed to helping cities and communities use mobility as a solution to some of their most stubborn urban problems. Before joining USDOT, Mark was a senior member of President Obama’s Auto Task Force where he worked at the Treasury Department on the historic restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler. Mark also worked in the Obama White House at both the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget. Mark received numerous awards for his work in the first and second terms of the Administration, including the USEPA’s Gold Medal (EPA’s highest award), awards from both DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District) for his work on the General Motors and Chrysler bankruptcies, and USDOT’s second highest award for the Smart City Challenge.
ITS Senior Fellow
Institute of Transportation Studies