Anthony Foxx

U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Anthony Foxx
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Anthony Foxx

For (finally!) modernizing how we get from here to there.

Anthony Foxx ­persuaded the FAA to ditch electronic-device restrictions and ushered through DOT approval of collision-preventing vehicle-to-vehicle communication. He streamlined the environmental-impact review process to reduce approval time on infrastructure projects. And in February, he launched a public call for new apps and solutions based on the agency’s data. “Part of seeding ideas in government and creating a culture of innovation,” he says, “is giving everybody the rope to be creative and come back with different answers.”

About the author

Chuck Salter is a senior editor at Fast Company and a longtime award-winning feature writer for the magazine. In addition to his print, online and video stories, he performs live reported narratives at various conferences, and he edited the Fast Company anthologies Breakthrough Leadership, Hacking Hollywood, and #Unplug.