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Principal | Schaller Consulting
Bruce Schaller is Principal of Schaller Consulting and a nationally recognized expert on urban transportation policy. He is the author of several recent reports on app-based ride services covering issues of traffic and transit impacts, public sector collaborations and regulatory policy. He was a senior New York City transportation official and is currently serving on a TRB policy committee examining opportunities for Mobility Management and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). He has a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. He is currently working on a book that ties together issues of opportunity and equity in jobs, housing and transportation, and what it means for public transit and new mobility.
Environmental Equity Program Manager | The Greenlining Institute
Hana Creger, Environmental Equity Program Manager, works on the development and implementation of policies leading to clean transportation and mobility investments that will benefit low-income communities of color. She was the lead author of the Mobility Equity Framework, a tool to maximize equity outcomes and community engagement in transportation planning and decision-making. Hana was also the lead author of Autonomous Vehicle Heaven or Hell? Creating a Transportation Revolution that Benefits All, a report outlining policy recommendations to ensure mobility, health, and economic benefits to marginalized communities. She serves on a number of advisory committees for cities, agencies, universities, and nonprofits for projects relating to shared mobility and autonomous vehicles. Hana holds a B.A. in sustainability from San Diego State University. When she is not working on the intersection of equity, transportation, and the environment, she spends her free time hiking, camping, and traveling.
Vice President and Principal Analyst | Forrester Research
Sucharita serves digital business strategy professionals. She is an expert on eCommerce, omnichannel retail, consumer behavior, and trends in the online shopping space. She is also an authority on technology developments that affect the online commerce industry and vendors that facilitate online marketing and merchandising.
In her research, Sucharita covers such consumer-oriented topics as eCommerce forecasting and trends, merchandising best practices, conversion optimization, and social computing in the retail world. She has also authored "The State Of Retailing Online," a joint study conducted annually with NRF.
Prior to Forrester, Sucharita was the director of marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she managed the customer acquisition, retention, and market research efforts for the $2 billion luxury retailer's online channel. Prior to Saks, she held management positions at Toys R Us, where she was a merchant in the Babies R Us division and a store manager in one of the company's largest toy stores. She also worked for the Walt Disney Company, where she developed and managed marketing plans for new business initiatives, including the Disney Stores, the Disney Cruise Line, and Club Disney. Additionally, she was involved in the expansion of Cap Cities/ABC properties, specifically ESPN Zone, ESPN Magazine, and the Go.com network. She has written two nonfiction books and has contributed to BusinessWeek Online.
Sucharita holds a B.A. in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Founding Partner | Cityfi
Gabe is a Founding Partner of Cityfi, advising governments and companies worldwide on innovation in cities including Singapore where Gabe has twice been a visiting fellow for the Centre For Livable Cities, working on creating a “car-lite” city-state. Gabe is the former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington DC Departments of Transportation where he relentlessly revamped arcane government processes and communication internally and externally to eliminate speed to implementation with a focus on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets. This included building bus rapid transit, streetcar, two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S. and 100's of miles of protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare that could help further each cities mobility goals. As Commissioner in Chicago, he also revamped public spaces, working to bring a new Riverwalk to Chicago as well as the breathtaking Bloomingdale Trail and four new CTA transit stations. Gabe honed his creativity and leadership skills working in business, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President, Bikes USA as National Director of Stores and CEO of his own electric powered, organic food truck chain, On The Fly. Post-government, and after an enriching fellowship with the Urban Land Institute in 2014, Gabe joined Fontinalis Partners as Venture Partner on their $100 million 2nd fund and continues today with the launch of the $200 million FCP3 fund in 2019. In 2015, Gabe also published Start-Up City with David Vega-Barachowitz on Island Press, a manifesto on revamping how (and how fast) we innovate in cities and rethinking public-private partnerships with a triple-bottom line approach as technology shapes a dramatically different future. Gabe sits on the boards of Streetsblog, Carma, Transit Screen and advisory boards of NACTO, Spin, Stae, and many others.
Martha Schwartz Partners
Martha Schwartz is a landscape architect and artist with major interests in cities, communities and the urban landscape. As founding partner of Martha Schwartz Partners, she has over 35 years of experience as a landscape architect, urbanist and artist on a wide variety of projects located around the world with a variety of world-renowned architects.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Award from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce for her outstanding contribution to UK design; the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award; the Women in Design Award for Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects; an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Ulster in Belfast, Ireland; a fellowship from the Urban Design Institute; visiting residencies at Radcliffe College and the American Academy in Rome; an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects; a Council of Fellows Award by the American Society of Landscape Architects and most recently a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Boston Architectural College.
Martha Schwartz is a tenured Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, advancing design for Climate Change Mitigation, a founding member of the Working Group of Sustainable Cities at Harvard University and an active member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation Climate Change Task Force. She has lectured both nationally and internationally about sustainable cities and the urban landscape, and her work has been featured widely in publications as well as gallery exhibitions.
Chief Operating Officer | Regional Transportation Distrcit
Michel Ford is currently the Chief Operations Officer for Regional Transportation District in Denver, Colorado. He was previously the CEO of the Regional Transit Authority for Southeast Michigan, and previous to that the CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. He has over 30 years of experience in public and private transportation including Oregon, Washington and California. He holds a MBA from City University in Seattle, Washington and a BA in Philosophy and Sociology from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Director of Mobility and Infrastructure | City of Pittsburgh
Karina Ricks is the inaugural director of the new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure for the City of Pittsburgh. Karina moved to the city in March 2017 after two decades in Washington, DC. As Director of DOMI, Karina oversees transportation investments and policies that support the physical mobility needed for the people of Pittsburgh to pursue the economic mobility they aspire to. Key initiatives of the department at present include design and implementation of a “complete network” that serves all modes and encourages more sustainable travel choices; resiliency projects to address issues related to landslides and incidents of flooding; policies and programs to manage emerging transportation including shared services and autonomous vehicles; and strategies to address long term maintenance and funding concerns. Prior to her move to Pittsburgh, Karina worked across the country and internationally a Principal and Multimodal Sector Leader for Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates after ten years in the public sector most recently as Director of Transportation Planning for the District of Columbia. Karina is a graduate of Cornell University, Michigan State University and a Fulbright Scholar.
Mobility as a Service Project Leader | City of Antwerp
Stijn Vernaillen works for the City of Antwerp on the EU Civitas Portis project. He supports Mobility-as-a-Service providers and mobility providers in launching their offer in the city. As part of the Portis project, Stijn is also setting up an open mobility ecosystem which will be usable for various stakeholders and which will help in evaluating policy measures. Stijn has a background in product development, was an eBike technician and did research on sustainable mobility before starting his current position at the City of Antwerp.
Manager, Mobility & Location-Based Services | Trimet
Bibiana has lead several innovative technology and data initiatives in the agency over the last 20 years. She initiated the collaboration with Google for the first release of Google Transit; initiated the development of the OpenTripPlanner (OTP), an open source multimodal trip planner; and implemented an open GIS platform at TriMet. In the data space, Bibiana helped pioneer the now worldwide General Transit Feed Spec (GTFS); is actively involved with other data specs, including GTFS-flex for on-demand service; was a leader in the release of open data and developer resources to support third party apps; and adopted OpenStreetMap (OSM) as the standard base map in support of transit systems within the agency and region.
Senior Transportation Planner, Office of Extraordinary Innovation | LA Metro
Nolan V. Borgman is a Senior Transportation Planner in Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI) responsible primarily for managing the Unsolicited Proposals Policy and process. Through this process, Nolan has worked with the private sector and Metro Departments to develop a range of low-cost, high impact innovation pilots and proofs of concept. Nolan has overseen the review of over 130 proposals, advancing over a dozen ideas from concept to implementation. In 2019, his work on the use of drones for data collection was recognized with Metro’s Innovation Award. He was also a member of the inaugural Women and Girls Governing Council that received Metro’s 2019 CEO Award for its recommendations to improve transportation outcomes for women and girls. Before helping to launch OEI, Nolan was a Transportation Planner in the Office of the CEO. Nolan joined Metro in 2013 as a Trainee with the Management Audit Services Department after completing the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in Los Angeles. He graduated cum laude from Occidental College with a degree in Urban and Environmental Policy. While at Oxy, he also studied abroad in Senegal and played two seasons of varsity soccer. He loves traveling, music, games, cats, and Philadelphia sports teams.
Sr. Director of Government Relations, West | Lime
Katie collaborates with cities, elected officials and community organizations across the western U.S. in support of shared mobility at Lime. Her passion for affordable transportation, smart growth and sustainability is the result of a career largely focused on economic inclusion and environmental equity. Previous to Lime, Katie led state and local government relations for eBay Inc. in the west. She has worked at all levels of government having led policy development - largely around transportation and water infrastructure, renewable energy and innovation - on Capitol Hill for Congressmen Cal Dooley and Brian Baird, the Governor's California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, and her hometown Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. Katie earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California, and lives Salt Lake City with her train-loving two-year old and husband.
Head of Public Policy| Via
Andrei Greenawalt is the Head of Public Policy at Via, the world’s leader in on-demand transit. He previously worked on regulatory and policy issues at the White House for several years (2009-14), including as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and as Policy Advisor in the Office of the Chief of Staff. He also served in the offices of Cabinet Affairs and Legislative Affairs. In 2014, Andrei was awarded a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship in Tokyo, Japan, where he was a visiting scholar at a think tank and taught an undergraduate course on The American Presidency. He has also served as a law clerk to two Federal judges and worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform. Andrei graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in Politics, and earned a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Senior Associate, Emerging Mobility Co-Lead | Nelson\Nygaard
Terra brings an entrepreneurial spirit to transportation planning and is focused on our firm’s projects related to both public and private shared mobility. She co-leads our firm’s Emerging Mobility practice, which tracks the evolution of the transportation technology space, identifies trends, and—to ensure that our future mobility upholds our ideals of mobility, accessibility, and sustainability—develops the firm’s strategic role in today’s growing ecosystem of transportation stakeholders. She led the recently published TCRP Report 204: Partnerships between Transit Agencies and TNCs. In other projects, Terra works with transit agencies and cities to design specific new mobility strategies and advises shared mobility companies. She has written on the topic of lean methods for transportation planning in Citylab, and published “Driverless Vehicles and Your Community” in the APA Planning magazine.
Head of Transportation Policy and Research | Uber
URBANISM NEXT LEAD, SCI CO-DIRECTOR, AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
Nico Larco is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a nationally and internationally awarded, multidisciplinary organization that focuses on sustainability issues as they relate to the built environment. Professor Larco’s research focus includes sustainable urban design and he is the lead on SCI’s Urbanism Next Research Initiative which focuses on how technological advances are changing city form and development. Professor Larco has received numerous national and international awards for his work and was recently a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Spain. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Urban Design, the Journal of Urbanism, and the Journal of Architecture and Planning Research. His work has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Forbes, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Streetsblog, Planetizen, and the Financial Times of London. He is a licensed architect, has worked professionally in the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, and Development, and is a principal of Larco-Knudson, an urban design consulting firm.
Vice Provost for Portland| University of Oregon
Jane Gordon, Vice Provost for Portland, leads the academic and administrative portfolio of UO Portland. Prior to her appointment in Portland she served as a senior project leader for the Office of Academic Affairs, working on the faculty union contract and shared governance policy implementation. She spent more than 25 years in leadership positions in the School of Law, building and leading the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center and serving as associate dean for student and program affairs.
urbanism next program director | university of oregon
Becky Steckler, AICP, is the Urbanism Next Program Director for the University of Oregon. She has over 20 years of experience in project management and land use planning. Before coming to the University of Oregon, she worked as an independent contractor for a wide array of public and nonprofit clients, most recently as the Program and Policy Manager for the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA). Ms. Steckler worked on legislative and policy issues, trainings and events, health and planning, and communications for OAPA. Before becoming a contractor, she worked for the Department of Land Conservation and Development, ECONorthwest, and the California Coastal Commission.
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