Michael Savonis is an internationally recognized expert on adapting transportation systems to climate change. He has worked with the World Bank (WB), United Nations (UN), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He was also a lead author on two recent reports on infrastructure adaptation for the 2013 National Climate Assessment.
Previously, Mr. Savonis served as senior policy advisor and in other capacities for 19 years at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He was a contributing author to Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. for the Executive Office of the President and led development of the Gulf Coast Study, Phase 1 for the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). He also helped spearhead establishment of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Center on Climate Change where he pioneered the study of impacts and adaptation.
Mr. Savonis has a master's degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo.