Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in January 2014 with the direction to continue the critical work of making sure Chicago has a strong, vibrant, accessible transportation network.
Scheinfeld was previously the Chief Planning Officer and a Senior Vice President at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), where she handled the CTA’s strategic planning for major capital projects and new transit service.
Scheinfeld has led efforts to plan for the reconstruction of the Red Line – including 95th Street Station, reconstruction of the north section of the Red Line, and the southern extension – and for potential Bus Rapid Transit corridors.
She also oversaw service planning and scheduling for the bus and rail system, as well as the agency’s federal, state and local capital grants program.
Scheinfeld is an attorney, having worked previously at Mayer Brown, representing public and private sector clients on major infrastructure and transportation projects.
She also worked for East Lake Management & Development Corp. as a Senior Development Manager of mixed-income housing and for the New York City Parks Department as Director of Government Relations and Operations Coordinator.
Scheinfeld has a BA in Urban Studies from Brown University and both her JD and MBA from Northwestern University.