DR RICHARD EZIKE

Dr. Ezike is a Policy Associate at the Urban Institute, where he focuses on policy analysis centered on transportation equity and digital equity. He was the project manager of the Accelerating Innovation for Inclusion Initiative, a $1.5 million research program sponsored by the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth which focused on raising visibility and filling knowledge gaps on what the digital transition means for American cities and fostering opportunities to promote economic upward mobility. 

Before the Urban Institute, he worked as the Mobility and Equity Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he conducted research and engaged community groups on the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles on equitable transportation and the environment; and as the inaugural Transportation Equity Fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), where he researched impacts of infrastructure and transportation on African-American communities.

Dr. Ezike has served on a number of transportation advisory groups, including the Riders Advisory Council of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Access for All (AFA) and Air and Climate Public Advisory (ACPAC) Committees of the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. He has advised on transportation issues for federal agencies such as the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency; and for organizations such as the Transportation Research Board, Smart Growth America, the Greenlining Institute, Securing America’s Future Energy, and the State Innovation Exchange. He has keynoted at NC State University, the University of Michigan, and at the 2019 Sustainable Cleveland Summit, and has been quoted by the Washington Post, Greater Greater Washington, Washington Informer, and Digital Trends. 

He is also passionate about supporting the current and next generations of Black engineers and scientists through his involvement with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Within NSBE, he currently serves as the Professionals Chair for Region 2, which oversees 15 chapters in 7 states in the Mid-Atlantic region. He previously served as the President of the Washington DC Professionals Chapter. Dr. Ezike holds memberships with the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, the Young Professionals in Transportation, and the National Urban League Young Professionals Network. 

Dr. Ezike holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.