Andy Wiley-Schwartz has nearly 20 years of experience working with cities and communities to envision and redevelop transportation infrastructure into public spaces, and helping transportation agencies change through new policies, programs and plans. Since 2014, Andy has been a consultant at Bloomberg Associates where he works with city governments on transportation and public space issues. He has helped cities such as Athens, Detroit, Los Angeles, Bogota, Oakland and Mexico City to redesign iconic thoroughfares, create new public spaces, implement major road safety programs, and facilitate transportation strategic plans.
Previously, Andy worked as an assistant commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) under Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. At NYCDOT, Andy led a seven-year effort to reposition the city’s streets as public spaces. He created and launched the NYC Plaza Program where he oversaw the development of 60 plazas, creating over 26 acres of new public space. He managed the redesign of Times Square and negotiated the country’s first public-private partnerships for on-street public space, a model now being replicated around the world. At NYCDOT Andy also created the CityBench, Weekend Walks, and Street Seats programs, and was the co-author of the first New York City Street Design Manual,
Prior to NYCDOT, Andy worked at Project for Public Spaces, where he led community-based planning and development projects around the country and wrote extensively on public spaces. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Hampshire College.