Mark Dowd

Job title: 
ITS Senior Fellow
Institute of Transportation Studies
The Smart Cities Lab

Mark Dowd is currently the Executive Director of The Smart Cities Lab, a creation of the team behind the USDOT Smart City Challenge which is  committed to helping  cities and communities realize the promise of new mobility as a solution to some of our most stubborn urban problems and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley where he is helping cities accelerate to tomorrow's solutions, applying technology to stubborn urban problems. opening doors to innovation, and using data to show the path forward in the new mobility. Previously, Dowd served as the Chief Innovation Officer at New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and as U.S. Department of Transportation’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology and served as the senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. Mark has extensive policy experience in transportation, technology, energy and environmental matters, and has led a number of innovative initiatives including the Department’s Smart City Challenge. Before joining the Department of Transportation, Dowd was a senior member of President Obama’s Auto Task Force where he worked on the historic restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler from 2009 to 2011. He received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gold Medal as well as awards from the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District) for his work on the bankruptcies. More recently, Dowd served as a senior advisor to both the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 2012 and the Hurricane Sandy Task Force in 2013. Prior to joining the Department, he was a director and assistant general counsel at the Association of Global Automakers from June 2013 to June 2015. Dowd practiced law for 13 years in New York City at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel, specializing in transactions, restructuring, litigation, and regulatory matters as they relate to environmental and energy issues.