Linda Bailey is the Executive Director of NACTO. Prior to this position, she was the federal policy advisor for New York City Department of Transportation for six years, where she was also a key advisor for NACTO. She has been working in U.S. transportation policy for 16 years, with a career that has spanned research, advocacy, and implementation, always focusing on sustainability within the transportation sector.
In her role at NACTO, she oversees all of NACTO’s programs, with special focus on policy initiatives to amplify member cities’ voices at the national and federal levels. In particular, she has engaged in the discussion surrounding autonomous vehicles and how they can support city goals. She has also overseen the publication of NACTO’s design guides, which have covered bicycle facilities, urban streets domestically and globally, transit-first streets, and better stormwater management. These publications have enabled cities to hone and publish best practices for building city streets that further each community’s vision for its future. Today, she coordinates the activities of this national network of city transportation leaders and oversees NACTO staff working directly with professionals from around the country and the world.
Before working for the City of New York, she worked for six years on national research projects regarding the intersection of the environment, health and transportation. Her publications include Aging Americans: Stranded without Options; The Broader Connection between Public Transportation, Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Reduction; and Improving Metropolitan Decision Making in Transportation: Greater Funding and Devolution for Greater Accountability. She also contributed to Mean Streets; Measuring the Health Effects of Sprawl; Clearing the Air; and Driven to Spend.
Ms. Bailey has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.