Gabe Klein is a renowned thought leader in urban mobility and brings a distinguished public service background to Fontinalis. Most recently, Gabe served in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago running the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), where he transformed the agency into a national model for innovation in transportation technology and launched the city’s bike sharing program, Divvy. Prior to CDOT, Gabe was Director of The District Department of Transportation in Washington D.C. under Mayor Adrian Fenty and was instrumental in implementing a variety of innovative initiatives while balancing the budget. Gabe has also served as a Regional Vice President of Zipcar, the largest car sharing company in the U.S., and helped grow the Washington D.C. market into the nation’s largest car sharing city by membership and vehicles.
In 2015, Gabe published Start-Up City with David Vega-Barachowitz on Island Press, a manifesto on revamping how (and how fast) we innovate in cities and rethinking public-private partnerships with a triple-bottom line approach as technology shapes a dramatically different future. Gabe sits on the boards of Streetsblog, Carma, and advisory boards of NACTO, Sensity Systems, Zendrive, and advises next-gen start-ups including Phone2Action and Transit Screen. Gabe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from Virginia Tech University.