About DOT

Emily Gallo, Chief of Staff

Emily Gallo

Emily Gallo is Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Transportation. As a member of the senior leadership team, Emily supports the Commissioner’s role in advancing key agency priorities, including Vision Zero, NYC’s traffic safety initiative to reduce roadway fatalities and injuries to zero, preparing for the closure of the L train tunnel, improvements to bus performance on city streets, expanding the bicycle network and bike share, and maintaining our transportation assets in a state of good repair. Emily also assists the Commissioner in her appointment to the MTA Board and facilitates work on cross-cutting transportation initiatives with our sister agencies.

Emily has worked to assemble and promote a talented and diverse team at NYCDOT. In 2017, she launched the DOT Future Leaders Program, a highly competitive program to foster the next generation of leaders at DOT. The year-long program provides 30 early to mid-career professionals from across every part of the agency the opportunity to develop networking, communication, and presentation skills and connect their work to the big picture.

Previously Emily served as Chief of Staff at the NYC Taxi of Limousine Commission, where she spearheaded the boro taxi program to bring legal taxi service to 6 million New Yorkers living outside the Manhattan Central Business District. Prior to joining the TLC, Emily worked as a transportation policy analyst in the NYC Mayor’s Office on PlaNYC, a long-term sustainability plan. Emily has a Masters in City Planning from UPENN and a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. She lives in Washington Heights in Manhattan with her husband and two young daughters and regularly bikes to work.