Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is Head of Urban Systems at Sidewalk Labs. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and recently chaired the Regional Plan Association’s five-year effort to develop a Fourth Regional Plan for the New York metropolitan area.
Previously, Rit spent five years at Bloomberg Philanthropies in several related roles. He headed the sustainability practice at Bloomberg Associates; was Special Advisor to the Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group during Mayor Bloomberg’s chairmanship of the organization; and he inaugurated the Bloomberg Philanthropies environment program, which grew to a total of $145 million in grants under his management.
From 2006 to 2010, Rit served as Director of New York City’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, where he led the creation and implementation of “PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York.” PlaNYC has been hailed as one of the world’s best urban sustainability plans, leading New York City to a 19% reduction in its carbon footprint since 2005. Prior to joining City Hall, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.