Emil H. Frankel served as a visiting scholar and director of transportation policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). In June 2009, BPC’s transportation project, under Frankel’s leadership, issued its report and recommendations, Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy.
Frankel was Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy of the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2002 to 2005. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Frankel played a key role in the coordination and development of the administration’s proposal to reauthorize the Federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs. He also provided policy leadership in such areas as intermodal freight transportation, reform of the nation’s intercity passenger rail system, transportation project financing, and the application of information technologies to transportation systems operations.
Frankel was commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation from 1991 to 1995. From 1995 to 2001 he was of counsel to Day, Berry & Howard (now, Day Pitney) in the law firm’s Stamford, Connecticut, office, and he was a principal consultant of Parsons Brinckerhoff, the international engineering and consulting firm, from 2005 to 2007.
From 1995 to 2001, and again in 2008 and 2009, Frankel was a visiting lecturer at both the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he taught on issues of transportation, energy, and environmental policy, and public management. In 1995 he was a joint fellow of the Center for Business and Government and of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
During the 1970s and 1980s, he was a senior executive of The Palmieri Company, a national firm engaged in business and real estate reorganizations. Previously, Frankel served as special assistant to the under secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Jacob K. Javits of New York.
Frankel served as a founding vice chair of the I-95 Corridor Coalition and as a director of the Regional Plan Association of New York He currently serves on the board of directors of Cambridge Systematics, Inc., and on the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California, Davis. He chaired the Transportation Research Board’s Committee for a Study of Potential Energy Savings and Greenhouse Gas Reductions from Transportation that reported in 2011. Frankel was a selectman of the town of Weston, Connecticut, from 1999 to 2001.
Frankel received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Manchester University in the United Kingdom. From 1981 to 1984 and from 1985 to 1997 he was a trustee of Wesleyan University, where he is now a trustee emeritus.