Rebekah Scheinfeld

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Rebekah Scheinfeld

Rebekah Scheinfeld, today Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, first earned her reputation by securing funding for the $425 million Red Line reconstruction, which included eliminating slow zones, rehabilitation of the Sox-35th Street station and of the 95th Street station. Before starting her career in Chicago city government, Scheinfeld started in New York City's Parks and Recreation department and went on to focus on local and state government at Mayer Brown, a white shoe law firm in Chicago.

Scheinfeld started her career as the Director of Government Relations for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, where she served as the liaison between the Commissioner and the Office of Legislative Affairs under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Scheinfeld later transitioned to Operations Coordinator for the same department a few years later, chairing operations management meetings and monitoring a $200 million capital investment program for inter-agency projects.

In Chicago, she worked as the Senior Development Manager for East Lake Management and Development Corporation, working on mixed-income community housing developments including the Wabash Crossing and East St. Louis Replacement Housing Program.

Scheinfeld later transitioned to the private sector, working as an attorney for Chicago mega-firm Mayer Brown, where she became involved with federal, state, and local government law, representing public and private clients. Her work included negotiating contracts for a new mass transit line and a new soccer stadium. In addition, she also provided pro bono services to the Recovery Partnership initiative for Chicago and worked on Mayor Rahm Eman'suel transition team in 2011, propelling her into a lead position with the Chicago Transportation Authority as the Chief Planning Officer and Senior Vice President for the agency. There, she led the massive Red Line Reconstruction project; the early stages of LoopLink; and key projects as part of Mayor Emanuel’s “Rebuilding Chicago” initiative, including the Chicago River Walk, The 606, and the Navy Pier Flyover. She managed nearly $4 billion in federal, state, and local capital grants.

In January of 2014, Emanuel appointed Scheinfeld to led CDOT after Commissioner Gabe Klein stepped down after two and a half years.


  • Brown University, B.A.
  • Northwestern University, M.B.A, J.D.

Important Dates

  • 2014, Appointed to Commissioner of Chicago Department of Transportation
  • 2011, Hired as Chief Planning Officer, Senior Vice President at the Chicago Transit Authority
  • 2008, Begins work at Mayer Brown, focused on state and local government law
  • 1997, Begins serving in governmental relations at the New York Department of Parks and Recreation