Wendell Cox is principal of Wendell Cox Consultancy, an international public policy firm. He has provided consulting assistance to the United States Department of Transportation and was certified by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration as an "expert" for the duration of its Public-Private Transportation Network program (1986-1993). He has consulted for public transit authorities in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and for public policy organizations.
Mr. Cox served three years as the Director of Public Policy of the American Legislative Exchange Council, where he oversaw the development of state model legislation and policy reports. Mayor Tom Bradley appointed him to three terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, where he authored the tax amendment that provided the initial funding for building light rail and the subway. He was elected chairman of the American Public Transit Association Planning and Policy Committee (comprised of transit planning department officials) and the American Public Transit Association Governing Boards Committee (comprise of transit board members).
In 1999, Wendell Cox was appointed to the Amtrak Reform Council by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, to fill the un-expired term of New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and was appointed to be chairman of the Financial Analysis Committee.
Wendell Cox was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. He was Oregon state mile run and cross country champion and set a national junior class (school year 11) record in the two-mile run. He attended the University of Southern California and earned a bachelor's degreee in Government from California State University Los Angeles and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.