2015 Top 40 Under 40: Alexander Bond, AICP

Sept. 18, 2015
Alexander Bond, AICP, Director of the Center for Transportation Leadership, Eno Center for Transportation

Alexander Bond, AICP

Director of the Center for Transportation Leadership

Eno Center for Transportation

  • Alma Mater – University of Florida

Eno Center for Transportation Director of the Center for Transportation Leadership Alexander Bond began his career as a lobbyist for a metropolitan planning organization and developed a specialty in understanding how agencies are governed, organized and staffed. When he came to the Eno Center for Transportation, he made the transition from the department of transportation and planning side toward transit and brought lessons learned from the surface transportation planning world to the service provider side. 

In his role at the Eno Center for Transportation, Bond oversees Eno’s programs related to training and workforce development, with a heavy focus on developing the skills of transit managers. These courses include the center’s Transit Mid-Managers Seminar, an intensive week-long training developing leadership and management skills, and the Transit Executive Program, a year-long leadership development program centered around a week-long seminar in Washington, D.C.

Bond is also in the process of developing two new courses for transit managers: Mid-Manager Level 2 and a Supervisory Manager Workshop. Mid-Manager Level 2 builds upon the existing class by delivering new content related to safety culture, change management, and external communications. The supervisory program is intended for first-level managers. This group has a very different set of educational needs, as they are often in their first supervisory role and have little or no leadership training.

Bond brings 10 years of experience in transportation research, outreach, and technology transfer. Prior to joining Eno, he was a senior associate at ICF International, where he led multiple projects for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He previously served as a research associate at the University of South Florida’s Center for Transportation Research, policy analyst at the National Association of Regional Councils, and associate at the Urban Land Institute.    

Bond holds a B.A. in geography and an M.A. in urban and regional planning from the University of Florida. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Public Transportation Association’s Human Resources Committee, the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Metropolitan Policy, Planning, and Processes, and Treasurer of the American Planning Association’s Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division.

“People need to invest in themselves through their career. Graduate school isn’t the end of the education spectrum. You often, early in your career, don’t get any training on how to be a manager and how to make a strategic difference … Management training is key; you have to invest in people … people are often afraid of training people and then they leave but the biggest risk is if someone doesn’t get trained and they decide to stay.”