Meera Joshi has joined Sam Schwartz as Principal and New York General Manager.
“A global transportation leader with wide-ranging experience navigating technological and regulatory change, particularly in the taxi and for-hire-vehicle industry, Joshi is uniquely poised to help lead the firm amidst a shifting mobility landscape,” the company said in a statement.
As Chair and CEO of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), Joshi spearheaded novel regulations, resolving challenges brought on by the rapid growth of rideshare services while simultaneously enhancing passengers’ safe access to a wide range of new mobility.
Under her tenure, New York became the first city in the nation to mandate the reporting of granular trip data from large app operators like Uber and Lyft. Much of this information is now publicly available and an invaluable asset for transportation planners.
In a global first, she led the development of a regulatory framework protecting the wages of the city’s 80,000+ app drivers. This now serves as a model for other jurisdictions. She also led the nation’s largest accessibility initiative, providing passengers who use wheelchairs reliable travel options in taxi and app services.
Most recently, Joshi has been a visiting scholar at NYU’s Rudin Center and a policy advisor to Remix. Before being appointed Commissioner, she served as TLC’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, and as an executive manager at NYC’s Civilian Complaint Review Board and Department of Investigation.
”We are delighted that Meera is joining our team,” said CEO Sam Schwartz. “She is at the cutting edge of new mobility which is transforming transportation in cities, suburbs, and towns around the world. She is also a proven leader. The combination of the two will strengthen our offerings to clients that want to improve the livability of their communities.”
“In this time of rapid change in the transportation and infrastructure fields,” Joshi added, “I am excited to lead one of the region’s most talented group of planners and engineers as we provide solutions that increase mobility, safety, and sustainability for all.”
Sam Schwartz is a leading engineering, planning, and consulting firm. Cities across the country rely on Sam Schwartz to provide innovative transportation, engineering, and consulting services. Sam Schwartz has over 150 employees with offices in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, Washington, DC and California, said a press release.