Dr. Richard Ezike

Environmental and Transportation Expert

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An engineer, community servant, and researcher, Dr. Ezike employs his expertise to engage the community on issues related to the protection of the environment, transportation equity, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) advocacy. He is currently at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he is conducting research and engaging community groups on the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles on equitable transportation and the environment. Previously Dr. Ezike was at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) in the Center for Policy Analysis and Research, where he researched impacts of infrastructure and transportation on African-American communities. In his time he has contributed to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board’s (TPB) Long Range Transportation Plan, organized and moderated transportation-themed panels at the CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference, and published in media such as the Washington Informer and the CBCF’s Village Blog. He has served on a number of local transportation advisory groups, including the Riders Advisory Council of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the Access for All (AFA) and Air and Climate Public Advisory (ACPAC) Committees of the TPB. He is currently the AFA representative on the TPB’s Long Range Task Force. He is deeply involved in the Washington DC Professionals Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, where he currently serves as President. He is responsible for leading the organization to fulfill NSBE’s mission of “increasing the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community” in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Ezike holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a B.S. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.


The DC Chamber of Commerce in its latest report “State of the Business Report” highlights how the growth of the District has not benefitted everyone. Some key points include how area homeownership is especially low for communities of color, how affluent families are displacing lower and middle income families, and how concentrated poverty is dividing […]

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We’ve Heard this Before: Another Record Hot Year

Disturbing news from NASA…and there seems to be very little being done about how to counteract the warming effect, especially from the federal side. Check out this link to see the increased warming over the last 100 years… The elephant in the room when I talk with people is – the consensus is increasingly saying […]

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Well Then, Ridesharing is Making Traffic Worse…

Happy Monday everyone! I read a report by former New York City Department of Transportation official Bruce Schaller that shows how much the transportation network companies (that’s your Ubers and Lyfts and Vias) have added to the traffic in the city. Within Manhattan’s core district between 2013 and 2017, total passenger trips increased 15 percent […]

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The Battle for the Virginia Legislature: Shades of Bush vs. Gore Come Back.

The 2017 elections for the state of Virginia were nothing short of remarkable. Riding on a wave of anti-Trump support, the House of Delegates, which had been tw0-thirds Republican with 66 seats compared to 34 for the Democrats, went to 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats. And a recount in Newport News temporarily gave one-vote victory […]

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