Gabe Klein

Washington, DC

Senior Executive, Private and Public Sector

Cross-Functional and Industry Expertise


Visionary, collaborative and entrepreneurial executive with 20 years of experience leading operations, marketing, business development efforts for transportation and technology oriented companies and government.  A proven performer instrumental in short-term turnaround situations, as well as long range strategic planning and execution to achieve market growth and dominance in highly competitive environments.  Successful at building and developing world class management teams quickly, and building consensus with disparate stakeholder groups, particularly elected officials, community groups and investment partners.

Key Strengths include:

  • Marketing Strategy and Execution
  • Grassroots Promotion Strategy and Execution
  • Social Media/Apps/Web 3.0
  • Strategic Alliances and Partnerships
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Regional Management of Remote Locations
  • Real Estate Negotiation, Planning
  • Public Relations & Communications Strategy
  • P&L Management
  • Strategic and Market Planning
  • Team Assembly, Leadership, Collaboration
  • Staff
  • Development and Motivation
  • Operations Management and Engineering
  • Productivity Enhancement
  • Profitability Improvement
  • Turnarounds

 Industries Include:

  • Transportation
  • Technology (wireless, web based)
  • Management Consulting
  • Local and Federal Government
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications



Urban Land Institute                                                                                                        Washington D.C.

Senior Visiting Fellow (6 Months)                                                             January 2014 – August 2014                        

·   Traveled the United States speaking and working with ULI local leadership councils to connect land-use and transportation policy, economics and livability in cities.

·   Spread the gospel of true public-private-partnership

·   Worked extensively in Charleston SC on a mobility plan for the Peninsula                                        

Chicago Department of Transportation,                                                                        Chicago, Illinois

Commissioner                                                                                            May 2011  –  Dec 2013

·   Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to run the transportation department in the 3rd largest city in the U.S.

·   Responsible for $800m to $1 billion in FY budget (capital and operating)

·   Please see Action Agenda

o  The Basics:

o    Went from 64 year paving life-cycle on arterial streets before Mayor Emanuel started to 15 year standard

o   Set record for overall paving volume in the last decade (over 250 miles/yr)

o   Pothole open CSR’s fell 80% since Mayor Emanuel took office

o   Street Lights out fell over 90% from May 2011

o  Crack-seal program launched on local streets and arterials to extend lifecycle

o  Divvy Bikeshare program launched, 2nd largest in U.S.

o  Chicago 2020 Bike Plan launched with input from all corners of Chicago, calling for 645 mi of facilities

o  70 miles of advanced bike facilities installed since Mayor Emanuel took office (goal of 100 by 2015)

o  $99m TIFIA loan secured for Mayor’s signature Riverwalk project in record 8 months

o  2 year Chicago Forward Agenda launched and Update in 11/13

o  Complete Streets Guidelines, Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Guidelines launched

o  Pedestrian Plan launched and Pedestrian Safety campaign put in place

o  50% increase in revenue generated by agency forecasted for 2014 over 2011

o  Vision Zero adopted calling for Zero traffic fatalities within 10 years

o  Safety Zone program built for gradual rollout around 1800 schools and parks

o  Nations largest and most data-centric speed enforcement program built and implemented

o   Automated Red Light Enforcement contract rebid at 50% savings to city

o  3 concurrent major CTA station builds and expansions undertaken

o  Wacker Drive mega-project (reconstruction) completed on-time and on-budget

o   Bus Rapid Transit program implemented in partnership with CTA

 o Downtown Central Loop BRT designed

 o $2m secured from Rockefeller and Chicago Community Trust for outreach and community engagement

 o System planning kicked off

 o Agency collaboration with CTA on 16 mi Ashland corridor study, NEPA process

 o  Secured $50m in federal transportation funding for Bloomingdale Trail, longest elevated trail in the world

 o  Finished conceptual design for trail

 o Kicked off construction (to be finished in 12 months)


District Department of Transportation, DC Government,                                   Washington D.C.

Director                                                                                                        December 2008 – January 2011

Please see Report:

·   Appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to run one of The District of Columbia’s largest agencies

·   Responsible for almost $1 billion in FY budget including Metro subsidy

·   Managing over $1 billion of active construction projects, including ARRA funding

o        Highest on-time, on-budget score in history of agency

o        Oversaw 1st design-build, largest project in DDOT history (11th Street Bridges)

o        Fracture critical bridges cut in ½

o        PPP’s assessed for all mega-projects

o        Streetcar Project

o        Elevated to mega-project status with Chief Rail Engineer

o        $1.5 billion system plan finished

o        Two initial line segments under construction

o         Built vision plan, and set agreed-upon, tangible goals for the agency within 1 year

o        Annual Report

o        2 year Action Agenda

o        Sustainability Plan

o        Safety #1 goal for agency, Ped, Bike, Auto, Bus

o        Built new “GUI Interface” for DDOT within 1 year:

o       communications, web, social media

o        New Website with video, chat

o        Agency Performance Dashboard: accountability and transparency to public

o        Project Portal built for all major projects

o        Online Permitting System built and launched

o        Early Gov agency to embrace social media: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, Scribd

o        Revamped customer service, direct contact with blogs, community press

o        Enhanced Agency Operations

o     Cut over 15% of positions within 1 year, raised customer service score to 96%

o        Instituted “DDOT University” portal and office for continuing education within agency (Fed funding)

o        Six Sigma Lean Black Belt training for executive team

o        Curriculum for all job descriptions

o        GED, OJT, and degree programs

o        Revamped parking program soup-to-nuts citywide

o        6 different parking pilot programs

o        Replacing meter stock citywide, also employing virtual parking systems

o        Designed real-time, dynamic pricing system for parking

o        “DC is leading the country, and maybe the world in implementing new parking technologies” – Donald Shoup, Washington Post, Summer 2010

o        Integrating all systems into new ITS architecture, demanding open-source

o       Largest Bikeshare program in United States launched in less than 1 year

o       Circulator bus system expanded, turnkey contract put in place saving 40%

o       Signed lease for new LEED Certified facility for DDOT, built new facility in 18 months for front-line staff

o       DDOT assumed responsibility for all snow operations after 2010 “snowmageddeon” (until Mayor Fenty left)



 Home Slice LLC / On The Fly,                                                                                 Washington D.C.

Founder, CEO                                                                                             December 2006 – Present

·   Built business plan for next generation, boutique natural food-service company

·   Designed electric mobile café (smartkart), built prototype

·   Raised $1.2 million in equity and debt including $300k SBA loan

·   Worked with DCRA, City Council to change vending regulations in Washington D.C.

·   Worked with DDOT, DCRA, Downtown BID to place smartkarts in demonstration projects

·   In 1 year launched 8 smartkarts, 3 smartkafe’s, a catering division, and wholesale business

·   Closed partnerships with GWU, Smithsonian, National Zoo, Restaurant Associates etc.

·   Reached $1 million in revenues in November 2008

·   Featured in all local newspaper and television venues, as well as Bloomberg nationally


Zipcar,                                                                                                                          Washington, DC

Regional Vice President                                                                                     Dec 2002 – Nov 2006

·   Built one of the largest car-sharing markets in the United States

·   Increased revenue over 1000% in 4 years, grew fleet by 15 times, with no advertising budget

·   Built and managed high quality team recognized by senior management as top company-wide

·   Highest quality assurance scores in company, built operations model for 25 market rollout

·   Established critical partnerships with DC Government (DDOT), Arlington County, WMATA

  • Spearheaded national partnership with XM Radio, radios installed in all Zipcar’s
  • Set stage for purchase of Flexcar, creating largest carsharing company in the world

·   Generated National PR opportunities.  Interviewed and featured in NY Times, Washington Post, NBC, BBC, Newsweek, USA Today, Air America, and t.v./radio worldwide



AASHTO Executive Committee

NASTO President (North Eastern State Transportation Officials)

Union Station Redevelopment Corporation Board

Tri-State Oversight Executive Committee for Metro Safety

NACTO Board Member

ITS America Board Member

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