Michael leads the ITDP US program, including offices in Boston and Los Angeles, assuring global best practices inform sustainable transport and urban development in the North American context. In the next decade, he wants to break the virtuous cycle of car use in US society. This will require redesigning city streets around non-auto uses, minimizing the supply of parking for private vehicles to make space for other needs, expanding the quality of transit service in communities and giving a nation of captive drivers more options for how to get around.
He first joined ITDP as a researcher in 2008 at the office in Hamburg, Germany and was involved for many years on cross-cutting strategic global initiatives in collaboration with ITDP regional offices worldwide on shaping the built environment to improve economic and social conditions for people in cities. Michael has worked on a plethora of topics from cycling infrastructure to freight policy to parking initiatives and BRT. Known for his deep knowledge of transport systems and best practices, Michael brings together programs that span diverse teams, stakeholders, geographic areas, and time zones. His work on sustainable transport with ITDP has taken him to Kyiv, Mexico City, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Los Angeles, Paris, Guangzhou, Yichang, Jakarta, Dar es Salaam, Ulaanbaatar, Ahmedabad, Kunming and many other cities.
He is the creator of the MOBILIZE program—a mobility leadership platform that convenes innovative doers and thinkers from across the globe—and former Chair of the Sustainable Transport Award committee. Expanding on ITDP’s programmatic efforts in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet countries, he led an international consortium in a USAID technical assistance project in Ukraine and engaged in sustainable mobility efforts in Central Asia. Additionally, Michael led the Our Cities Ourselves urban visioning program on transit-oriented development and active transport in India, Brazil, and Mexico.
Over the course of his tenure at ITDP, Michael has worked with multiple levels of government in dozens of cities and countries, partnering with local and international NGOs, research centers, foundations and development banks to accelerate the implementation of sustainable transport.
Michael holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from New York University and a Bachelor’s in English and Social Inequality from Cornell University.