Derek Kan is the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy. In this role, he serves as a principal advisor to the Secretary and provides leadership in the development of policies for the Department, generating proposals and providing advice regarding legislative and regulatory initiatives across all modes of transportation. The Under Secretary coordinates the Department’s budget development and policy development functions. Mr. Kan also directs transportation policy development and works to ensure that the Nation’s transportation resources function as an integrated national system. By statute, the Under Secretary is third in the Department’s order of succession.
Prior to his appointment at the Department of Transportation, Mr. Kan served as the General Manager for Lyft in Southern California. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Amtrak since 2015, for which he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Previously, he was Director of Strategy at a startup in Silicon Valley and worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Earlier in his career, he was a policy advisor to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and chief economist for the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Before coming to Capitol Hill, Mr. Kan served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Kan received a B.S. from the University of Southern California, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. He and his wife have three children.