Amtrak’s Board Member Works at Lyft

January 22, 2016

Amtrak’s Newest Board Member Works at Lyft

By Dan Primack, Fortune Magazine

Derek Kan spends his days thinking about auto transportation. Now he’s added rail to his portfolio.Website Insert Our Name Tells Our Story copy

Derek Kan is a Los Angeles-based general manager for Lyft, the on-demand ride company that seeks to modernize U.S. transportation. Now he’s also a board member at Amtrak, which is in the midst of its own transformation.

Kan, a former Congressional and White House staffer, was suggested for the Amtrak position by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for whom Kan had once worked as chief economist and policy advisor. He was then formally nominated by President Obama, approved by the U.S. Senate in December, and formally assumed the position this month.

“I’m fairly knowledgeable about Amtrak, particularly from my time on the Hill in 2008 when we passed [the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act], and I looked at a number of infrastructure issues during my time with Bain & Company,” Kan tells Fortune. “I also think my day job at Lyft adds a lot of value because we work with transit authorities a lot and understand their budgeting processes.”

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