Madeleine Ehrlich McDonnell is Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Transportation. NYCDOT is one of the nation's largest and most diverse municipal transportation agencies. Mrs. McDonnell 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, expanding the bicycle lane network and bike share programs, improving bus performance on city streets, and working to maintain our transportation assets in a state of good repair. Mrs. McDonnell also provides strategic direction on a broad portfolio of high profile projects spanning multiple divisions and city agencies such as the multibillion-dollar BQE reconstruction project.
Mrs. McDonnell served previously as a Director and Senior Director in the COO's office, which oversees the agency's operating divisions responsible for the City's bridges, roads and highways, sidewalks and pedestrian ramps, street lights and signals, street safety projects, the Staten Island Ferry, and NYCDOT's fleet of vehicles and equipment. There, she led major operational projects including a major expansion of the City's pedestrian ramp construction and upgrade program, and the launch of New York City's first municipal public parking mobile app. Mrs. McDonnell also managed NYCDOT's employee town hall initiative – a series of town hall-style events for agency divisions and cross cutting employee groups, such as "Women in the Field," hosted by Commissioner Trottenberg.
Prior to these roles Mrs. McDonnell served as Deputy Chief of Staff at NYCDOT, as well as Director of Special Projects in the agency’s Bridges Division. She previously worked at the Roosevelt Institute, an NYC-based economic policy think tank. Mrs. McDonnell has a Masters in Public Administration from the NYU Wagner School, and a BA from Cornell University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband.