Biagi will bring her leadership and decades of experience in Chicago to energize SUMC’s mission to replace car-centric transportation with people-focused shared mobility systems.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 28, 2023
Megan Perrero, Partnerships & Engagement Specialist
(Chicago) – The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) announces Gia Biagi, principal for urbanism at Studio Gang, is joining its board of directors. Biagi is the immediate past commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).
Biagi will bring her leadership and decades of experience in Chicago to energize SUMC’s mission to replace car-centric transportation with people-focused shared mobility systems. Her own values align with SUMC’s goals to fight climate change, promote equity, and strengthen community.
“I am excited to help SUMC move shared mobility forward in its home city and around the world,” Biagi said. “If we put what we know how to do in service of people with the most at stake, we can move our cities toward being more humane, equitable, and prosperous for everyone.”
Biagi led CDOT through the COVID-19 pandemic and racial unrest, embedding equity into the city’s new Strategic Plan for Transportation and championing and operationalizing the Chicago’s Mobility and Economic Hardship Index. The index is now a primary criterion to prioritize infrastructure investments in America’s third largest city.
During her tenure at CDOT, she added e-bikes to Divvy and added service to every Chicago neighborhood, making it the largest bike share service by area in North America, all while expanding the bike network by more than 100 miles to support it. She understands the social and economic infrastructure to reinforce a thriving mobility system, advancing 30 miles of new streetscapes, creating a permanent outdoor dining program, launching Chicago Alfresco, launching Open Boulevards, and planting more than 15,000 trees.
She also served on the board of the National Association of City Transportation Officials. She previously served the city as chief of staff of the Chicago Parks District.
Biagi attended the University of Michigan for her Bachelor of Arts Degree and has a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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ABOUT THE SHARED-USE MOBILITY CENTER (SUMC)
SUMC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public interest organization and international thought leader working to replace car-centric transportation with people-focused shared mobility to fight climate change, promote equity, and strengthen community. Learn more at www.sharedusemobilitycenter.org.