#031 Loni Mahanta is the VP of Policy Development and Research at Lyft. Loni was recruited onto the Policy team by Lyft's Chief Policy Officer and former Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx to drive strategy for the business's core policy issue, from labor policy and safety, to privacy and sustainability. Prior to that, Loni reported directly to co-founder and president John Zimmer after architecting an industry-leading initiative called "Future of Work" which focused on innovations in labor policy, portable benefits and worker protections for gig workers. Loni joined Lyft in its earliest days, leading all labor and employment-related issues facing Lyft on Lyft's Legal team. Prior to Lyft, she worked at several law firms as a commercial litigator.
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