Mark Dowd


USDOT Smart City Challenge

Mark K. Dowd is currently a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley where he is working with cities to find innovative ways to accelerate the adoption of new mobility technologies. He served as a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget until January 20th of this year. Prior to joining the White House, Mark was a Senior Advisor to Secretary Foxx and a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology where he worked on issues related to technology and innovation. Mark is the architect of the Smart City Challenge that fundamentally changed the way American cities approach mobility. For more information on the Smart City Challenge, please see:

Before joining the White House, Mark was a senior member of President Obama’s Auto Task Force where he worked on the historic restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler from 2009 to 2011. He received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gold Medal as well as awards from the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District) for his work on the bankruptcies.

More recently, Mark served as a Senior Advisor to both the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 2012 and the Hurricane Sandy Task Force in 2013, and a director and assistant general counsel at the Association of Global Automakers from June 2013 to June 2015 where he worked on policy development for advanced vehicle technologies. Mark practiced law for thirteen years in New York City at the law firm of Schulte Roth &Zabel, specializing in transactions, restructuring, litigation, and regulatory matters as they relate to environmental and energy issues. Mark attended Rutgers College and Seton Hall University School of Law.