Obama Transportation Secretary Joins Lyft
Anthony Foxx, the former Transportation Secretary under President Barack Obama, has joined Lyft as its Chief Policy Officer. He will also advise the company's President and CEO. The 47-year-old former lawyer is expected to focus on developing more partnerships with governments and reshaping mass transit systems in cities. "[Lyft] remains at the forefront of meeting our nation's comprehensive mobility needs, but works hard to do so in partnership with key stakeholders," Foxx said. "They recognize the extent to which the Lyft platform can bring people together while connecting us to the places we go.” While serving in the Obama administration, the 1993 Davidson College graduate who completed NYU Law School in 1996, helped create a committee on vehicle automation in 2017. The focus was on helping bring self-driving vehicles to market safely and smoothly. Prior to joining Lyft, Foxx was consulting and speaking across the globe. Before serving as Transportation Secretary, he served as Charlotte, NC’s youngest Mayor and the city’s second African American Mayor. He is the second prominent Obama official to join Lyft. Longtime Beat DC readers will recall that former Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett was named to the company's board last year. Lyft, which is still significantly smaller than Uber, reached the one-billion-ride milestone in September, and has expanded into offering bikes and scooters -- another area Foxx will focus on. He will be based in DC. More here.