Joshua L. Schank

Joshua L. Schank

Joshua L. Schank is the first-ever Chief Innovation Officer for the Los Angeles County Metro and former President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation a non-profit foundation with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Dr. Schank, who is an urban planner, has worked on federal and state transportation policy over a decade.

Dr. Schank was Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton during the development of the last six year transportation authorization bill (SAFETEA-LU). He has also worked as a Consultant with PB Consult and Senior Associate at ICF International in Washington, D.C., as well as the Office of the Inspector General’s in the U.S. Department of Transportation, and with the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.

Dr. Schank’s extensive work in transportation policy and planning is well documented in his publications, including “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos and published by CQ Press in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lindsey and his sons, Max and Jonah.

Media Mentions & Commentary

WAMU 88.5 |
September 01,2015

With Crisis After Crisis, Who Would Even Want To Be Metro’s New GM?

“Anybody who is an expert in transit — who has run a transit system — knows if they are heading to Metro they are putting themselves in a situation that puts their career at risk, because you are taking on a challenge that seems insurmountable,” Schank said. “So it's a very difficult storm to walk into and someone from the transit industry is going to be reluctant to stake their career on it.”
The Hill |
August 17,2015

‘Flypocalypse’ sparks worries about new air traffic control system

A highly touted piece of air traffic control equipment that is part of the Federal Aviation Administration's move to a satellite-based airplane navigation system failed on Saturday, resulting in thousands of flights in the Washington, D.C. area being delayed or canceled.
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