Chief Operating Officer
Clayton Lane, AICP is Chief Operating Officer of EMBARQ, the WRI Center for Sustainable Transport. Mr. Lane also co-leads WRI’s global initiative for sustainable cities, leading a five-year effort in China, India, and Brazil focused on energy, water, and transport.
Mr. Lane recently served as EMBARQ’s Acting Director, through which he led development of EMBARQ’s new five-year strategy, and established a strong culture of trust. Under Clayton’s leadership, EMBARQ doubled its scale and impact in six countries, launched new practice areas in urban development and public health, embarked on its new China program, established a global master brand, and laid the foundation for scaling up in years to come.
Prior to joining EMBARQ, Mr. Lane co-founded and directed PhillyCarShare, the non-profit organization that provides environmentally friendly “cars by the hour” from hundreds of neighborhood locations in Philadelphia. Under his leadership, PhillyCarShare helped remove about 20,000 cars, reduce driving by 50 million miles, and save about 4 million gallons of gas. The regional initiative also became the largest of its kind in the world, serving over 50,000 local members.
Mr. Lane previously served as Professional Associate and Lead Planner for Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global planning firm where he became a recognized expert in transit planning and federal New Starts projects. Mr. Lane led long-range planning efforts; designed bus rapid transit and rail systems; assessed regional land use impacts; developed capital and operating cost models; projected ridership; and taught “best practices” regarding the same.
Mr. Lane earned his master in city planning and his master of science in transportation from M.I.T., and holds a bachelor degree in civil engineering systems from the University of Pennsylvania.