Joseph Shacter

Director, Public & Intermodal Transportation
Illinois Department of Transportation

Joe Shacter began work as Director of Public and Intermodal Transportation at IDOT on April 12, 2010. He had spent the previous 18 months as an environmental consultant to the Illinois EPA, leading the implementation of the state’s new electronic waste recycling law that he co-wrote during his four-year career at the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago. While at ELPC, Joe mainly worked on clean transportation issues such as vehicle emissions policies and high-speed rail.

Before joining ELPC, Joe spent 12 years in the museum industry, serving as president of Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for four years and the prior eight as director of exhibit projects at the Museum of Science and Industry. At MSI, Joe served as project manager of such varied transportation projects as the underground garage, Pioneer Zephyr restoration, and Take Flight exhibit. Before working at MSI, Joe also worked for four years as a financial and operations analyst at United Airlines.

Joe has master’s degrees in Journalism and Business Administration (with a concentration in transportation) from Northwestern University.