Denver — As part of Governor Polis’s focus on expanding multimodal transportation options for Colorado travelers, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) established a new Office of Innovative Mobility.  The office will elevate the role of the existing Division of Transit and Rail, integrating its functions with other means of expanding mobility options, including through ridesharing, electrification, and emerging technologies. The new office, which reports directly to the Executive Director, will also serve as the lead within CDOT for the Governor’s transportation electrification workgroup, which CDOT co-chairs.

CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew announced the appointment of Sophie Shulman to lead this new office as Chief of Innovative Mobility. Shulman most recently led partnerships and business development at Electrify America, an electric vehicle charging company, and has extensive experience in innovative transportation technologies, including at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology. During her time at USDOT, Shulman worked extensively on the $40 million Smart City Challenge grant, which included engagement with many Denver and Colorado stakeholders. Shulman also served at the White House, including as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Domestic Policy Council, and at the U.S. Department of Energy.

“We are thrilled to have Sophie join the leadership team at CDOT, to spearhead efforts to expand multi-modal transportation and  provide a more sustainable, efficient and equitable network,” said Lew. “These issues are critical to improving travel options and quality of life for Colorodans, by reducing both congestion on the roads and congestion in the air.”