2016 Top 40 Under 40: Paul Lewis

Sept. 6, 2016
Paul Lewis, Vice President of Policy and Finance, Eno Center for Transportation

Paul Lewis

Vice President of Policy and Finance

Eno Center for Transportation

  • Alma Mater: Ohio Northern University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Hobby's: Lewis likes to work with his hands when he is not on the job. Whether that is fixing a bicycle, pulling weeds in the garden, or repainting a room in the house, this kind of work allows his mind to relax, and provides a sense of accomplishment. 

Paul Lewis is Vice President of Policy and Finance at the Eno Center for Transportation. In that capacity, he directs Eno’s policy research programs, including paper development and event organization.    

Since joining Eno five years ago, Lewis has been instrumental in the organization's growth in the transportation policy field, while simultaneously balancing his role as the financial manager and leading a rapidly growing policy team. His portfolio of work has addressed critical issues in transit, such as Eno’s transit governance report with Transitcenter, “Getting to the Route of It,” and smaller pieces for Eno Transportation Weekly such as “Houston Has a Shiny New Bus Network”. His passion for transportation goes beyond projects; anyone who knows Lewis knows about his enthusiasm for trains and buses.    

Beyond his skills as a policy writer and team manager, Lewis's fiscal acumen has helped Eno reduce costs by 10 percent, securing the financial stability of an organization that has been a critical part of the transit industry for 95 years. Lewis’s involvement in the transportation world extends beyond Eno. In 2015, he served as president of the Young Professionals in Transportation Washington, D.C. Chapter.   

Lewis received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Ohio Northern University and his M.S. in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the Eno team, Lewis was a contractor at MIT, conducting research on freight rail economics and policy. 

"Professionals in the transit industry need to not be afraid to try something new or unexpected in a way that can provide benefits to the traveling public. The most important thing that the industry does is allow access to work, play, and other destinations in their communities. The focus on the customer, and trying ways to improve that focus, should be the top goal."