Rohit (“Rit”) T. Aggarwala, PhD
Rohit T. (Rit) Aggarwala is an experienced executive and thought leader in sustainability, environmental, and urban issues. A member of the team building Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation firm founded by Dan Doctoroff and Google, he is also the co-chair of the Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan for the New York metropolitan area and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Dr. Aggarwala was Senior Advisor on environmental matters to former Mayor Bloomberg, Special Advisor to the Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and co-leads environmental programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies. He was also Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the City of New York, serving as Mayor Bloomberg’s chief advisor on environmental policy. In this role, he led the creation of PlaNYC, the Mayor’s long-term sustainability plan for New York City, and developed the City’s policies on energy efficiency in buildings, infrastructure investment, climate change mitigation and congestion pricing (among others).
Prior to joining the Bloomberg Administration, Dr. Aggarwala was an associate at McKinsey & Company where he focused on transportation and telecommunications, serving clients in the United States, Europe and Japan. He has published a number of articles on topics ranging from the impact of global warming on public health to railroad infrastructure in the northeastern United States. He is currently a Board member of Building America’s Future, a national coalition for infrastructure investment, and formerly was a member of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustainability.
Rit Aggarwala holds a BA, MPhil., MBA., and a PhD in History from Columbia University and an MA from Queen’s University.