Russ Brooks is the Director of Smart Cities for Transportation for America. In 2016, Russ launched the Smart Cities Collaborative – a peer to peer learning network that brings together leading-edge cities to explore how technology can improve urban mobility and tackle the challenges related to advancing smart mobility policies and projects. Participant cities in the Collaborative receive direct technical assistance, develop policies, launch pilot projects and share their experiences with the rest of the Collaborative to drive best practices.
Before launching the Collaborative, Russ was T4America’s Deputy Director and founded the Urbanful project, a startup launched to support small-batch manufacturers and local businesses with profits going to support Smart Growth America’s work. Prior to joining T4America, Russ served as the National Director for CABT, an organization focused on freight and highway safety, and was responsible for strategizing, planning and implementing their state and federal policy agenda as well as managing the organization’s field staff.