Alexander Laska

Washington D.C. – The Board of Directors of the Eno Center for Transportation is pleased to announce that it has appointed Robert J. Puentes as its thirteenth President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Puentes, who is succeeding Dr. Joshua Schank, will assume his new role on April 11, 2016. He currently directs the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. The initiative was established to address pressing transportation and infrastructure challenges facing metropolitan regions in America and internationally.

While with the Brookings Institution, Mr. Puentes’ work focused on a variety of topics concerning metropolitan growth and development. Specifically, he led projects relating to sustainable transportation, infrastructure finance, access to opportunity, and urban planning. Mr. Puentes began his tenure with Brookings as a Senior Research Manager in 2000 and now holds the position of Senior Fellow and Director of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. He will remain affiliated with Brookings as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow.

Mr. Puentes also held positions with the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS) in Washington D.C. from 1996 to 2000 where he began as a Senior Planner and subsequently became Director of their Infrastructure Programs.

Mr. Puentes’ work in transportation has been very well documented in his publications, essays, op-eds and media mentions. He has served on a variety of advisory boards and commissions including, most recently, the District of Columbia Infrastructure Task Force, the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, the New York State 2100 Infrastructure Commission, and the Technical Advisory Committee of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority.

“The Eno Center for Transportation is fortunate to have been able to recruit Mr. Puentes to serve as its President and CEO.” Lillian Borrone, Chairman of the Eno Board of Directors, said. “We believe that his experience in research and policy will further build our reputation as an impartial thought leader and a source of education and development for professionals throughout the transportation industry. For many years he has been one of the leading and most influential voices on transportation issues – leadership which he will now bring to Eno.”

Ms. Borrone added, “We are very grateful to Interim President and CEO, Emil Frankel for leading the Eno Center through this transition period. His guidance and expertise allowed the Center to continue its work unimpeded. He was invaluable to us throughout this process. We are pleased that he will remain with the Center as Senior Fellow.”

”I am thrilled and honored to be joining Eno and look forward to working with the Board and its talented staff” said Mr. Puentes. “With transportation issues so important to our nation’s economy, environment, and people, the work Eno does is as important now as in any time in its long and prestigious history and I am eager to be a part of it.”

“This year Eno celebrates its 95th anniversary. The addition of Mr. Puentes is yet another important milestone for the Eno Center and we are very excited about his addition to the Eno family” said Ms. Borrone.


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