Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gabe Klein was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in May 2011.
Under Klein, CDOT is a customer-focused agency that is a national leader in technology, multi-modal innovation and sustainable design that consistently makes a positive impact on quality of life for Chicago’s 2.6 million residents.
Klein has previously worked in a number of leadership roles in transportation, technology, consumer services and consulting. Prior to Mayor Emanuel’s administration, he was Director of the Washington D.C. Department of Transportation.
He also co-founded On The Fly, an electric vehicle vending company that was one of the first multi-unit and multi-channel street vending companies in the U.S. As Regional Vice President for Zipcar, Klein oversaw the carsharing system in the D.C. region.
Klein also held Director-level roles at ProfessionaLink, a national technology-consultancy, where he led marketing and business development efforts into Fortune 1000 Companies. At the bicycle retailer Bikes USA, he was responsible for daily operations in all locations, spanning seven states.
Klein grew up in the cycling industry, and avidly rode and worked in cycling-related ventures since childhood. He holds a degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech.