Polly Trottenberg was sworn in as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation on January 27, 2014. Responsible for one of the largest portfolios of any municipal agency, DOT provides for the safe, efficient, and sustainable movement of people and goods throughout the five boroughs.
Her 22 years of government experience include more than four years at the U.S, Department of Transportation, most recently as the under secretary of transportation for policy, where she developed key initiatives for the Obama Administration, including the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grant program.
In 2008, Trottenberg was named as the first executive director of Building America’s Future, a non-profit organization that advocates for increased investment in infrastructure and major transportation policy reform.
During her 12 years on Capitol Hill, Trottenberg served with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Barbara Boxer. Prior to her work in Congress, she also served at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Trottenberg holds a B.A. in history from Barnard College and a MPP from the Kennedy School of Government and lives in Brooklyn.