Sustainable transportation visionary Jeff Tumlin confirmed as Oakland’s Interim Director of Transportation!
Last night, Oakland City Council voted unanimously to confirm Jeff Tumlin, Principal at Nelson\Nygaard, to take the reins of OakDOT starting this July. In Jeff’s first months on the job, he will work on the new department’s Strategic Plan and organizational planning. Staff have already been working with support from Janette Sadik-Khan and her colleagues at Bloomberg Associates on the department’s first Strategic Plan. Jeff is looking forward to working with the high caliber staff that will be staffing the new DOT, noting that “one of its most powerful advantages is just how dedicated to Oakland every single staff person I’ve met is.”
Council has approved a contract with Nelson\Nygaard associates to “lend” Jeff to OakDOT for eight months. The arrangement will also give the new department access to the wide range of transportation practice areas of Nelson\Nygaard to provide as-needed support.
This is great follow through on the vision for a new vertically-integrated department that Mayor Schaaf unveiled last year. Congratulations, Jeff and Congratulations Oakland! Read Mayor Schaaf’s press release.