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Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Mayor of Charlotte, and Business Leader

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From the Cabinet to the Boardroom

An accomplished leader, Anthony Foxx understands how to bring the public and private sectors together and has spent his career bridging divides while building a better world for everyone.


From business lawyer to mayor of Charlotte to U.S. Secretary of Transportation to business leader, Anthony Foxx has dedicated his entire life’s work to getting things done and creating better opportunities for all.

As Charlotte’s second African American and youngest mayor, Foxx led efforts to stabilize the city’s economy during the Great Recession. He restored positive job growth by attracting new industries and expanding the city’s support of small businesses and entrepreneurs, and pushed forward the largest capital program in the history of Charlotte, investing in transportation and neighborhood improvement projects.

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In 2013, President Barack Obama tapped Foxx to serve as the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Foxx was confirmed by a rare 100-0 confirmation vote of the U.S. Senate, becoming only the third African-American Secretary of Transportation and joining the ranks of only 23 African-American secretaries in the history of the country while developing a reputation as a leader who effectively worked across partisan divisions. Here he championed smart cities, implemented historic improvements in fuel efficiency, successfully advocated for a bipartisan infrastructure bill, and led the charge to safely integrate autonomous vehicles on American roadways.

As a business leader at Lyft, he integrated modern political strategies into a traditional public affairs role by blending social impact and public opinion to help shape policy proposals and business decision-making. Lyft became the first ride-share company to commit to 100% EVs by 2030, supported innovative efforts to provide a minimum wage equivalent and benefits for drivers and launched the LyftUp program which helps underserved communities get access to work and healthy foods through free rides.

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Talks at Google: Beyond Traffic (Anthony Foxx + Eric Schmidt)

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