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Shoshana-Lew

Shoshana Lew

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program

Shoshana Lew currently serves as the chief operating officer of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, where she oversees capital planning and project management, as well as financial management and efforts related to transportation innovation and autonomous vehicles.  Previously, she served for eight years in the Obama Administration, concluding her service as the chief financial officer and assistant secretary for budget and programs at the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). In that capacity, she managed teams responsible for: development and execution of Department’s $76 billion budget, financial and risk management activities including oversight of annual audit, and implementation of performance review requirements.  Prior to being confirmed as CFO, Lew was a deputy assistant secretary at USDOT.  During her time at USDOT, she also served as Vice Chair of USDOT “Council on Credit and Finance”, drove establishment of new “Build America Bureau” to advance infrastructure projects and streamline credit programs, and oversaw the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulatory program.

Lew also served in the Obama administration as a senior adviser at the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and as a policy adviser at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she focused on energy policy, and at the Office of Management and Budget, where her portfolio focused on implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Lew began her policy career as a policy analyst at the Brookings Metropolitan policy program.  She received her AB in history from Harvard University and her MA in American history from Northwestern University.

Shoshana Lew currently serves as the chief operating officer of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, where she oversees capital planning and project management, as well as financial management and efforts related to transportation innovation and autonomous vehicles.  Previously, she served for eight years in the Obama Administration, concluding her service as the chief financial officer and assistant secretary for budget and programs at the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). In that capacity, she managed teams responsible for: development and execution of Department’s $76 billion budget, financial and risk management activities including oversight of annual audit, and implementation of performance review requirements.  Prior to being confirmed as CFO, Lew was a deputy assistant secretary at USDOT.  During her time at USDOT, she also served as Vice Chair of USDOT “Council on Credit and Finance”, drove establishment of new “Build America Bureau” to advance infrastructure projects and streamline credit programs, and oversaw the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulatory program.

Lew also served in the Obama administration as a senior adviser at the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and as a policy adviser at the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she focused on energy policy, and at the Office of Management and Budget, where her portfolio focused on implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Lew began her policy career as a policy analyst at the Brookings Metropolitan policy program.  She received her AB in history from Harvard University and her MA in American history from Northwestern University.

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