Gabe Klein

Co-Founder; Author of "Start-Up City" • CityFi

Gabe Klein is the former commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, DC Departments of Transportation. He has worked in variety of leadership roles in transportation and technology.

Gabe served in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago as Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner. While at CDOT, Gabe and his management team transformed the agency into a national model for innovation in transportation and tech. Prior to his service at CDOT, Gabe was the director of the District Department of Transportation, where he was appointed by former Mayor Adrian Fenty to bring his private sector experience to innovate, operate, and streamline the agency, while dramatically cutting DDOT’s $1 billion operating budget.

In both cities, he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S. and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare that could help each city’s mobility goals.

Before his experience in public service, Gabe honed his creativity and leadership skills working in business, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President for four years. He was also the national Director of Stores at Bikes USA, and co-founded On The Fly, an innovative, boutique food-service company that serves workers and visitors in densely trafficked areas from smartkarts. Gabe joined Fontinalis Partners in 2015 as a Special Venture Partner on their new fund. Fontinalis is the leading venture capital firm intelligently focused on technology investments in next-generation mobility. Also in 2015, Gabe published Start-Up City with David Vega-Barachowitz on Island Press, a manifesto on revamping how (and how fast) we innovate in cities.

In 2016, Gabe co-founded CityFi to help city leaders, CEOs, and varied stakeholders understand the complexity of 21st century challenges, facilitate people-centric solutions, and utilize new models for delivery, with a focus on harnessing technology-based tools to deliver triple-bottom line results. Clients range from foreign governments to cities, states, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies.

Twitter – @gabe_klein | @teamcityfi

Book – https://www.amazon.com/Start-Up-City-Inspiring-Entrepreneurship-Projects/dp/1610916905

Past Appearances

Launch Pad: June 27, 2018

Hosts Karl Ulrich and Rob Coneybeer are joined by Ari Walker (CEO • Integrated Beverage Group), Gabe Klein (Co-Founder; Author of “Start-Up City” • CityFi), Mark DeSantis (CEO • RoadBotics), and Sachin Rekhi (Founder, CEO • Notejoy) on the Wednesday, June 27, 2018 edition of Launch Pad.Read More

Air Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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Gabe Klein is the former commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, DC Departments of Transportation. He has worked in variety of leadership roles in transportation and technology. Gabe served in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago as Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner. While at CDOT, Gabe and his management teamRead More

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