Mark Dowd

Director, Zero Emission Vehicle Fleets
White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

As a member President Biden’s Sustainability Team at CEQ, Mark leads the transition of the world’s largest fleet to 100% acquisition of ZEVs by 2027 (light-duty) and 2035 (medium- and heavy-duty). An example of his work is the U.S. Postal Service’s commitment to 100% acquisition of electric delivery vehicles by 2026.

Prior to his work at CEQ, Mark served as the first Chief Innovation Officer at New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). He also worked at USDOT in the Obama Administration where he was the architect of the Smart City Challenge. In 2017, Mark founded the Smart Cities Lab that was comprised of a cohort of leading U.S. cities (including Austin). The Smart Cities Lab and the Smart City Challenge centered on the premise that mobility could be a solution to many urban challenges.

Mark was a senior member of President Obama’s Auto Task Force, where he worked on the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler. He held a number of positions in the Obama White House at CEQ and Office of Management and Budget. Mark received the Environmental Protection Agency’s highest award, and awards from DOJ and U.S. Attorney’s Office for Southern District of New York, for his work on the bankruptcies. Mark also received DOT’s second highest award for his work on the Smart City Challenge.