Kovid Saxena is a Principal and Director of Environmental Planning at Sam Schwartz Consulting, with oversight responsibility for the firm’s environmental and land use planning practice. As a leader in environmental planning and policy, he has 20 years of experience in providing consulting and advisory services for environmental planning, real estate, community development, transportation and infrastructure projects. With a background in management of complex projects and leading multidisciplinary teams, Kovid has led a broad range of environmental impact assessments, feasibility studies, transportation and land use planning studies, and alternatives analyses. Specific New York City strategic initiatives include development of the Hudson Yards, Brooklyn-Queens Connector urban rail, New York City Solid Waste Management Plan, implementation of Select Bus Service, Water for the Future Program, Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance, and East Midtown Rezoning. He has served on the American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter board, Urban Land Institute New York Infrastructure Council, and American Council of Engineering Companies Engineering Excellence Committee. Kovid holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University.