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Hello! I'm Daniel

 

I believe that transportation is one of the most important, and too often overlooked, aspects of urban life. I am convinced that effective and thoughtful transportation policies can improve socioeconomic equality by enabling better access to the vast array of resources available in an urban context.

I currently work as an Associate Transportation Policy Analyst at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and I recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School. There, I obtained an MPP with a concentration in Social and Urban Policy, focusing my studies on how cities allocate urban streets and curb-space, as well as the regulatory and policy implications of current and pending developments in transportation technology.

In my spare time, I sing, listen to far too many podcasts, and try to find opportunities to combine my hobbies of travel, photography, and riding new public transit systems.

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Daniel Comeaux

Transportation Policy
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
Email:

daniel@danielcomeaux.com

EXPERIENCE
 
2020 - Present

Associate Transportation Policy Analyst

CHICAGO METROPOLITAN AGENCY FOR PLANNING

2019

Summer Fellowship

MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

  • Project managed the implementation of the largest bus network changes at the MBTA in 10+ years, including organizing public outreach, coordinating across MBTA departments, and monitoring operational readiness to ensure a successful launch

  • Developed recommendations and analysis for senior MBTA and MassDOT officials to inform their decisions about near- and medium-term improvements to the commuter rail system, including through GIS, municipal benchmarking, and data analysis

2018-2020

Research Assistant

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES POLITY INITIATIVE, TAUBMAN CENTER FOR STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT, HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL

  • Monitor ongoing developments in autonomous vehicles technology and policy

  • Prepare briefing materials for city officials on issues of interest

  • Develop content for and maintain AVPI communications channels

2014-2018

Associate

Analyst

CIVIC CONSULTING ALLIANCE

  • Managed projects and significant workstreams, including by coordinating day-to-day relationships between CCA, clients, and pro bono partner firms to ensure project success

  • Developed cost models for potential government actions and prepare other quantitative analysis reports (e.g., on regional demographic trends and travel patterns), enabling more informed decision-making and identifying potential benefits and savings

  • Researched and developed policy initiatives, with a particular focus on transportation policy issues and practices

EDUCATION
 
2018 - 2020

Master in Public Policy

JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Academics

  • Concentration in Social and Urban Policy

  • Coursework in Operations Management, Infrastructure Finance, Land Use and Transportation Planning, and Public Transit Data Analytics

Honors and Awards

  • John F. Kennedy Fellowship Recipient

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Recipient

  • Prize for Outstanding Policy Analysis Exercise

  • Taubman Center Urban Prize

2010-2014

Bachelor's Degree

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Academics

  • Bachelor of Arts with General Honors in Political Science (with Honors) and Mathematics

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa

  • University of Chicago Student Marshal

PROJECTS AND PUBLICATIONS
 

Curb Space and Its Discontents

In this project, which I completed as the capstone thesis of my Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, I developed recommendations for reallocations of street and curb space infrastructure for the New York City Department of Transportation. I identified and executed analyses of travel patterns, Census data, and shapefiles of existing infrastructure using R and ArcGIS. I also leveraged interviews with 20+ municipal transportation officials and reviews of industry best practices.

 

The Kennedy School awarded this project the "Prize for Outstanding Policy Analysis Exercise," an honor given to only one project per year. The project also received the HKS Taubman Center's "Urban Prize," which is awarded to exceptional projects focusing on issues of urban policy. Both the executive summary and the full report are available for download at the links provided.

Movement Matters | Kennedy School Review

I researched and wrote an article for the 2018-2019 Kennedy School Review, entitled Movement Matters: Why We Should Commit to Universal Basic Mobility. In the article, I explore the background of the nascent movement toward UBM and make the case for why it is a policy principle fitting of the 21st century city.

Connecting Cook County

I wrote, edited, and researched substantial sections of Connecting Cook County, the first Long Range Transportation Plan for Cook County in more than 75 years. Subsequently, I managed the development of its implementation plan for the Cook County Department of Transportation & Highways.

Working Families Task Force

I led the analysis for the Chicago Mayor’s Working Families Task Force, including estimating the potential cost of proposed initiatives. The City of Chicago subsequently passed legislation consistent with the Task Force’s recommendations to guarantee access to paid sick leave for all workers in Chicago.

Civic Committee Transportation Initiative

I helped to manage the development of a transportation agenda for the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, including by supporting the work of its Transportation Task Force and Vice President for Transportation & Infrastructure. The agenda includes a focus on connecting systems, investing sustainably, embracing innovation, and developing effective models of funding and governance.

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CONTACT ME

Daniel Comeaux

Transportation Policy

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University

Email:

daniel@danielcomeaux.com

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