Emil H. Frankel, a consultant on transportation-policy and public-management issues, served as assistant secretary for transportation policy of the U.S. Department of Transportation under President George W. Bush from 2002 to 2005 and as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation from 1991 to 1995. He is an adviser to the Island Press Urban Resilience Project, which is supported by the Kresge Foundation.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Frankel was Distinguished Professor of Practice at George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. From 2007 to 2011, he was director of transportation policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Frankel received his bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He also was a Fulbright Scholar at Manchester University in the United Kingdom.