Portrait of Frank Douma
Director of State & Local Policy and Outreach
257 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Areas of Expertise
Rural development; transportation planning; urban and regional planning; infrastructure finance


    Frank Douma is director of State and Local Policy and Outreach for the Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a research scholar at the Center for Transportation Studies, both located at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on policy and legal issues related to transportation technologies, including telework, tolling and other transportation finance tools, safety, and self-driving vehicles.

    Mr. Douma has been widely quoted in the media, from The New York Times and the Minneapolis Star Tribune to the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, and from the Wall Street Journal to the White Bear Press. He has also authored a number of legal and academic journal articles.

    In addition to the Humphrey School, Mr. Douma has worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


    JD (University of Minnesota, 1996)

    MA (University of Minnesota, 1995)

    BA (Grinnell College, 1992)

    Douma, F. & Douma, M. (2023). Maximizing Transportation Assets by Building Community Connection Through Innovative Deployment of Rights of Way and Airspace. Minnesota Department of Transportation: St. Paul, Minnesota US

    Douma, F., Fonseca-Sarmiento, C., Lari, A., Murphy, D., Zhao, J. & Morris, P. (2023). Enhancing Managed Lanes Equity Analysis. Minnesota Department of Transportation: St Paul, MN US