Cityfi Partner Gabe Klein to Lead Biden Administration’s Drive to an EV Future

Once again, a Cityfi Partner has been tapped for a senior leadership position in the Biden Administration. Gabe Klein will serve as the first-ever Executive Director of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. This new office, created through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is between the U.S. Departments of Energy and Transportation and will transition our country to an electric vehicle (EV) future.

Gabe joins former Cityfi partner and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, who serves as Special Representative for Broadband at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Likewise, Cityfi’s national thought leadership is reflected in our firm’s attraction of senior officials such as Karina Ricks, former Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration, and Innovation, who recently joined our team. Karina, Gabe, and Andy each showcase Cityfi’s leadership in transformations of both physical and digital infrastructure.

While we’ll miss his energy (pun intended) and antics, the full Cityfi team is thrilled for Gabe’s selection for this critical role. The Joint Office has an important mandate and serves as an influential catalyst, linking programs across agencies and deploying $7.5 billion in funding toward developing a national EV charging infrastructure and zero-emission transportation system. Cityfi’s deep bench of talented partners, principals, and staff are eager to carry on this work developing transportation electrification strategies and pilots, building public-private partnerships, and preparing city curbs and mobility hubs for an electrified future.

Cityfi has grown substantially in 2022, and 2023 will see more growth still. We’ve deepened our executive team with new leaders whose experiences range from serving in the Biden Administration and leading city government agencies to building transformational startups and innovation hubs. While Cityfi’s roots are in cities and the firm continues to be an industry leader in transportation and mobility, urban planning, and sustainability, we’ve also become a launchpad for clients looking to drive change for the common good across local, state, federal, and global levels. We pride ourselves on being a flywheel that connects, convenes, and produces outcomes for key stakeholders and clients.

Whether it’s partnering with the Knight Foundation to spearhead pilots on a community-first approach to autonomous vehicles, collaborating with the White House and U.S. Department of Commerce on The Opportunity Project to prototype solutions for access to infrastructure grants, enhancing business growth for startups through a hybrid of go-to-market strategies and creative policy solutions, or serving as key advisors on the creation of mobility innovation districts and programs for cities across the globe, Cityfi takes a human-centric and results-driven approach and leverages a global network to maximize success.

We work with governments, companies, institutions, investors, and strategic partners to find creative policy solutions to their biggest challenges. Entrepreneurs can build their startups faster, create brand affinity, and navigate highly regulated sectors more effectively. The public sector advances its primary objectives, and we facilitate the growth of an important global ecosystem, always in service of the greater good.

We wish Gabe the very best of luck in his new role and look forward to working alongside him and other bold, visionary leaders to design a more equitable, sustainable, profitable, and electrified future.



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