DENVER – As part of Governor Polis’s focus on expanding multimodal transportation options for Colorado travelers, the Colorado Department of Transportation has established a new Office of Innovative Mobility. The office will elevate the role of the existing Division of Transit and Rail, integrating its functions with other means of expanding mobility options, including through ridesharing, electrification, and emerging technologies. The new office, which reports directly to the Executive Director, will also serve as the lead within CDOT for the Governor’s transportation electrification workgroup, which CDOT co-chairs.
Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Shoshana Lew is pleased to announce the appointment of Sophie Shulman to lead this new office, as Chief of Innovative Mobility. Shulman most recently led partnerships and business development at Electrify America, an electric vehicle charging company, and has extensive experience in innovative transportation technologies, including at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology. During her time at USDOT, Shulman worked extensively on the $40 million Smart City Challenge grant, which included engagement with many Denver and Colorado stakeholders. Shulman also served at the White House, including as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Domestic Policy Council, and at the U.S. Department of Energy.
“We are thrilled to have Sophie join the leadership team at CDOT, to spearhead efforts to expand multi-modal transportation and provide a more sustainable, efficient and equitable network,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “These issues are critical to improving travel options and quality of life for Colorodans, by reducing both congestion on the roads and congestion in the air.”
CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and airports, and administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.