Anthony Foxx

U.S. Secretary of Transportation

As the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Foxx has embraced technology, modernizing how the agency operates and how we travel. He fast-tracked approval of electronic devices on planes, making him an instant hero to road warriors everywhere. The former Charlotte mayor (and its youngest, elected at 38) also invited techies to use the agency's data to create a host of new consumer apps to improve how we get around.

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Part of seeding ideas in government and creating a culture of innovation is giving every-body the rope to be creative and come back with different answers.