Keynote Spotlight: Secretary Stephanie Pollack

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“The transportation sector is an essential component in our energy and environmental future. We are thrilled to have Secretary Pollack as our Keynote speaker for the NEWIEE Awards Gala this year, as she is ideally positioned to speak to regional impacts of transportation.” – Mary Ellen Paravalos, President of NEWIEE and Vice President at Eversource Energy

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is an integrated, multi-modal transportation agency composed of Highway, Rail and Transit, and Aeronautics Divisions, as well as a Registry of Motor Vehicles.  The Department of Transportation is led by Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, who also sits on the Board of the Massachusetts Port Authority.  Pollack has been Secretary of Transportation and CEO of MassDOT since 2015.

As Secretary, Pollack has led efforts to establish project selection criteria and set investment priorities for a $13 billion, five-year capital plan that focuses on improving reliability for the traveling public by modernizing Massachusetts’ transportation assets.  She has focused MassDOT on better serving its customers, with initiatives such as All-Electronic Tolling and reducing wait-times at Registry of Motor Vehicles.  Since July 2015, the leadership of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) has also reported to Secretary Pollack, giving her a critical role in steering the ongoing turnaround of greater Boston’s transit system.

Before being named Secretary, Pollack worked on transportation policy, finance, and equity as Associate Director for Research at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, where she has also served as an adjunct professor.  Her academic work followed a distinguished legal career at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston.  Pollack also spent over a decade providing strategic guidance as a consultant on transportation, equity, and environmental issues to the public, private, and non-profit sectors, both nationally and locally.

Pollack received both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

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