Benjamin de la Peña is the CEO of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a public-interest organization dedicated to achieving equitable, affordable, and environmentally sound mobility across the US. He also chairs the Global Partnership for Informal Transportation and serves on the US Advisory Group of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. He is a senior fellow for the Canadian Urban Institute and he also founded the boutique consulting firm Agile City Partners.
Benjie writes and curates Makeshift Mobility, a fortnightly newsletter on innovations in informal transportation. He wrote Catalyzing the New Mobility in Cities: A Primer on Innovative Business and Service Models (in informal transportation).
Benjie served as Chief of Strategy and Innovation for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) where he led the development of ground-breaking and nationally recognized technology and mobility strategies such as Seattle’s New Mobility Playbook and the draft Transportation Information Infrastructure Plan. He initiated lean transformation and also introduced agile methodologies at SDOT. He spent nearly a decade in philanthropy working on urban and transportation issues in the US and across the Global South.