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Joshua Schank, Ph.D.


Los Angeles, California


Dr. Joshua Schank is a Partner at InfraStrategies, a transportation and financial advisory ​firm, where he leads a practice focused on innovation, strategic planning, and ​technology. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Transportation Studies at the ​University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Research Associate at the Mineta ​Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

Prior to joining InfraStrategies and UCLA, Dr. Schank was the first-ever Chief Innovation ​Officer (CIO) of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). ​Dr. Schank joined Metro in 2015 to establish the agency’s Office of Extraordinary ​Innovation (OEI), which is responsible for fostering innovations that improve mobility, ​equity and environmental outcomes across LA County. Dr. Schank led an office that ​shapes Metro’s high-level strategic vision, serving as a liaison to the academic ​community, designing, piloting and implementing innovative programs and policies, and ​engaging entrepreneurs and businesses to develop public-private-partnerships. Dr. ​Schank helped create and lead numerous transformative Metro projects including the ​Vision 2028 Strategic Plan, Metro Micro, Mobility on Demand, Metro’s Traffic Reduction ​Study, Better Bus, two Pre-Development Agreements for the Sepulveda Transit ​Corridor, a Public-Private-Partnership for the West Santa Ana Branch, and an aerial tram ​from Union Station to Dodger Stadium.

Dr. Schank previously served as President and CEO of the Eno Center for ​Transportation, a leading national transportation policy think-tank based in Washington, ​D.C. Prior to that he led the National Transportation Policy Project at the Bipartisan ​Policy Center and has worked as a consultant for Parsons Brinkerhoff (now WSP) and ICF ​International. Dr. Schank served as Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary ​Clinton (D-NY) during the authorization of SAFETEA-LU and is the co-author of All ​Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding. Dr. Schank ​holds a Ph.D in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Master of City Planning ​from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his career working on behalf ​of the riders of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City and has ​never lost that spirit. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.