Christopher M. Puchalsky

Christopher M. Puchalsky is the Director of Policy & Strategic Initiatives for the City of Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS). 

He is a nationally recognized transportation expert with a passion for livable cities. He has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University, as well as a Ph.D. in Urban Transportation Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

His professional experience includes three years designing engines for the Ford Motor Company, working as a transportation consultant both in the United States and abroad, teaching and advising as an adjunct at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Waterloo, and, most recently, serving the greater Philadelphia region as Director of Transportation Planning at Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC).

Chris sits on advisory panels for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), and National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and he has produced numerous conference presentations and papers. While not at work, he spends his free time traveling, making furniture, and building transformative communities.

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