Lee Munnich brings more than 20 years of state and local government experience to the study of public policy issues at the University of Minnesota. His research encompasses transportation’s role in the community, congestion pricing, rural transportation safety, and economic development. Munnich is director of the national Center for Excellence in Rural Safety established under SAFETEA-LU and has led research, outreach and education projects on congestion pricing and mileage-based user fees. Munnich co-chairs the Transportation Research Board's Congestion Pricing Committee.
Munnich received a bachelor's degree in economics from Georgetown University in 1967 and has done post-graduate work in economics and computer science at the University of Minnesota. He served as deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED), and chaired the research division of the National Association of State Development Agencies (NASDA) from 1986 to 1990. Munnich’s experience also includes serving as research director for the Minnesota Business Partnership, economic consultant for the Minnesota House of Representatives, and manager of Midwest Research Institute's Center of Economic Studies. Munnich was also elected twice to the Minneapolis City Council in the 1970s.