New York, NY, May 14, 2014
OpenPlans announced today that former Chicago DOT and District of Columbia DOT commissioner Gabe Klein has been appointed to its board of directors.
“This is a great time for Gabe to be joining the OpenPlans board,” said Mark Gorton, who chairs the board of directors. “In the last two years, we’ve made major advances in building open source tools that expand the reach and effectiveness of public engagement for the types of projects that Gabe has championed as the leader of two major municipal departments of transportation. On the Streetsmedia side, we are planning a significant expansion, and Gabe’s guidance will certainly increase the impact that Streetsblog and Streetfilms are able to make.”
As the immediate former commissioner of the Chicago DOT, and a director of District of Columbia DOT, Klein launched bike share programs in those cities, oversaw bike and pedestrian safety improvements, and led innovative approaches to street design and public transit. He also served as Treasurer of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, and currently sits on its strategic advisory board.
“I have been a big fan and supporter of OpenPlans, Streetsblog and Streetfilms since their inception,” said Klein. “As a DOT Chief in DC and Chicago I came to further appreciate their well rounded, intelligent approach to issue-based education, advocacy, and professional technical tools to support our efforts, and many others, in creating safer streets. Changing the public conversation around what makes a city great is integral to making the change. I am excited to join the board and help take them to the next level.”
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OpenPlans is a 501(c)3 that develops open source software for planning and transportation projects. Its media division, including Streetfilms and Streetsblog, is a daily news source connecting people to information about sustainable transportation and livable communities. OpenPlans previously incubated and launched Boundless (formerly OpenGeo) and Chalkbeat (formerly GothamSchools). Its other open source software work has included substantial contributions to projects like Bus Time, OpenTripPlanner and OpenTripPlanner Analyst, and more.