Biography of John S. Niles

John S. Niles is president of Global Telematics, a policy research and management consulting firm based in Seattle. He works with innovators from business and government on regional telecommunications strategy, public transportation revitalization, and economic development planning.invisible.gif (809 bytes)

He has led projects that linked telecommunications development to public policy in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana, California, Minnesota, and Kentucky, as well as in the U.S. Government. He is the principal author of the landmark study for the U.S. Department of Energy, Beyond Telecommuting: A New Paradigm for the Effect of Telecommunications on Travel (1994).

As a management consultant, John Niles has been on the development and start-up teams of eight successful business or community service enterprises. He has provided advice and counsel to business and government leaders in North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. He is a leading interpreter of how advanced telecommunications changes the way people live, work and move around. John Niles has written 25 published articles and several books, including co-authorship of The New Management: Line Executive and Staff Professional in Future Firm (McGraw Hill, 1976). His views have been quoted in many publications, including the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. He has also appeared on the PBS TV show Nightly Business Report and on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and spoken at such forums as the Annual Pacific Telecommunications Conference, and the National League of Cities Annual Congress. (Click here for a list of presentations.)

Mr. Niles was a founding member of the Telecommunications and Travel Behavior Committee of the Transportation Research Board, Senior Fellow of Technology and Transportation at Discovery Institute, and Senior Fellow for Telecommunications and Land Use at Center for the New West.  He is currently a Research Associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University. He is also co-editor of the web-based Public Interest Transportation Forum.

He began his independent consulting career as a member of the start-up team of Control Data Corporation's Local Government Information Network (LOGIN), 1979-1984, based originally on the CYBERNET and TECHNOTEC mainframe computer technology of CDC, and lately migrated to the World Wide Web.

Earlier in John Niles' career, he served as a project manager in the first District of Columbia home rule government of Mayor Walter Washington (1974-78), and before that as a U.S. Naval Officer in Patrol Squadron 26 (VP-26), 1971-74.

He earned his bachelors degree in mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1968), and a master of science in industrial administration at Carnegie Mellon University (1970). John Niles grew up in Detroit, Michigan and attended Cass Technical High School, graduating in 1964invisible.gif (809 bytes)

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