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Co-founder of Zipcar, Veniam, & SharedMobilityPrinciples.orgRobin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism. Her current passion is working with cities to maximize the transformation possible with the introduction of self driving cars. She sits on the Boards of the World Resources Institute and Tucows, and serves on the Dutch multinational DSM’s Sustainability Advisory Board. In the past, she served on the boards of Veniam and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the French National Digital Agency, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force. Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including the prestigious Urban Land Institute’s Nicols Prize as Urban Visionary, Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Principal | Nelson/Nygaard
Jeff Tumlin is an expert in helping communities move from discord to agreement about the future. For more than twenty years, Jeff has led award-winning plans in cities from Seattle and Vancouver to Moscow and Abu Dhabi. He helps balance all modes of transportation in complex places to achieve a community’s wider goals and best utilize their limited resources. He has developed transformative plans throughout the world that accommodate millions of square feet of growth and no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. Jeff is renowned for helping people define what they value and building consensus on complex and controversial projects. He provides residents and stakeholders the tools they need to evaluate their transportation investments in the context of achieving their long-term goals. He understands that managing parking and transportation demand is a critical tool for revitalizing city centers and creating sustainable places. A dynamic and frequent guest speaker, Jeff is the author of Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities (Wiley, 2012).
Susan Shaheen, PHD.
Adjunct Professor & Director of Innovative Mobility Research | University of California, Berkeley
Susan Shaheen is a co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. She is also an adjunct professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She was the first Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis from 2000 to 2012. She served as the Policy and Behavioral Research Program Leader at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways from 2003 to 2007, and as a special assistant to the Director’s Office of the California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004. She has a Ph.D. in ecology, focusing on the energy and environmental aspects of transportation, from UC Davis and an M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester. After completing her master’s degree, she worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. From 2000 to 2001, she was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley. She has authored 55 journal articles, over 100 reports and proceedings articles, four book chapters, and co-edited one book. She has also served as a guest editor for Energies and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (IJST). Her research projects on carsharing, smart parking, and older mobility have received national awards. In May 2010 and 2007, she received an “Excellence in Management” award from UC Berkeley. She has served on the ITS World Congress program committee since 2002 and was the chair of the Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) from 2004 to 2011. She is on the editorial board of IJST (2011 to present), a member of the National Academies’ Transit Research Analysis Committee (2011 to present) and member of the ITS Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. DOT Secretary, and chair of the subcommittee for Shared-Use Vehicle Public Transport Systems of TRB (2013 to present).
Mayor | City of Portland
Ted was motivated to enter politics while volunteering as an overnight host at the Goose Hollow Shelter and he saw firsthand that we could do much more to help the most vulnerable among us. He has a reputation as a leader who brings people together to get things done. As the Chair of Multnomah County from 2007-2010, he balanced a county budget during the worst years of the recession, reducing the debt while maintaining safety net programs for the elderly, drug and alcohol treatment programs and forging partnerships to fund a Mental Health Crisis Center. He jump-started long-stalled infrastructure projects, including the Sellwood Bridge and East County Courthouse. Under Ted's stewardship as state Treasurer, Oregon's investment portfolio outperformed every one of its peers in the nation and earned an upgraded credit rating. He re-launched the Oregon college savings plan, and passed legislation that created the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which is now a national model for state-sponsored retirement security. Ted has assumed a leadership role in economic development. He convened business leaders and spearheaded a new statewide blueprint, dubbed the Oregon Investment Act, and it was approved by the Legislature in 2012. The Oregon Investment Act helps the State invest more effectively in the growth of small businesses. A sixth-generation Oregonian, Ted was born in Portland, and graduated from Lincoln High School. Ted earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ted is a longtime community volunteer leader, and has devoted energy to diverse organizations including Neighborhood House, Portland Mountain Rescue and the Oregon Sports Authority. He is an Eagle Scout. He lives in Southwest Portland with his wife and daughter.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon's 3rd district
A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) has devoted his entire career to public service. Through his years as a local official in the Oregon Legislature, Multnomah County Commission, and on Portland’s City Council, Congressman Earl Blumenauer developed a national reputation for his advocacy of public transportation, land use planning, and environmental protection.
Elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, Blumenauer is a leading advocate for rebuilding and renewing America by repairing our nation’s roads and bridges, improving public transportation, and preparing for the intersection of transportation and technology in our communities. Blumenauer was a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee until 2007, where he was a strong advocate for federal policies that address transportation alternatives, provide housing choices, support sustainable economies and improve the environment. He is currently a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the subcommittees on Health, Oversight, and Tax Policy.
Since 1996, Congressman Blumenauer has traveled to more than 200 communities across the country, working with governments, citizens, and civic organizations to strengthen sustainable economic development, provide transportation options, and prepare for a 21st century economy.
Giovanni Circella, PHD.
Director | 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program | Institute of Transportation Studies | UC Davis
Giovanni Circella is the Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California, Davis, and a Senior Research Engineer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Circella’s research interests include travel behavior, travel demand modeling, travel survey methods, emerging transportation services, autonomous vehicles and policy analysis. His recent research has focused on the impacts of shared mobility and ridehailing (e.g. Lyft and Uber) on travel behavior and auto ownership, and the mobility patterns of specific population segments (e.g. "millennials"). Dr. Circella is the incoming Chair of the Committee on ICT and Transportation (ADB20) of the Transportation Research Board.
Director, Policy Development and Research | American Public Transportation Association
Darnell Grisby is an urban technologist that leads industry strategy and research for the American Public Transportation Association. He is an experienced practitioner of the tools necessary to influence policy and leverage emerging mobility technologies. He's been quoted in national newspapers, and interviewed by NPR and was named among the “Top 40 Under 40” by Mass Transit magazine, a 2017 Next City Vanguard, and has degrees from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a native of Riverside, California and currently resides in the walkable core of Washington, DC.
Founder and Executive Director | Shared-Use Mobility Center
Sharon Feigon is a founder and the executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a non-profit public-interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility and help connect the growing industry with transit agencies, cities and communities across the nation. As executive director, Sharon leads SUMC’s work, which includes conducting innovative research around the impacts of shared mobility, developing pilot projects to test shared mobility strategies, and providing advice and technical assistance to cities and regions in order to help extend the benefits of shared mobility for all. SUMC was also recently awarded a contract to develop the Innovation Knowledge Accelerator in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration to assist cities undertaking Mobility on Demand projects.
VP of Innovation | Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Matt Hoffman directs Enterprise’s efforts to remain on the leading edge of delivering new products, programs and policies to address the challenges facing the affordable housing and community development industry. His responsibilities include fostering a culture of innovation at Enterprise, providing research and development capacities to evaluate ideas that are advanced by employees and partners, providing business planning structure and discipline to the exploration of innovations, evaluating outcomes and taking successful innovations to scale.
Matt joined Enterprise in 2008 after spending five years developing residential and commercial real estate in downtown Baltimore at a firm he co-founded. Prior to that, he spent seven years working with senior executives in the public and private sectors addressing business and policy issues critical to their organizations. After serving as a policy advisor to U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Daley and directing the U.S. Secretariat for Electronic Commerce, Matt directed a trade association of the chief technology officers from the country’s largest computer technology companies (including IBM, HP, Dell, Cisco, and Intel) and advised start-up companies on business and policy issues as the vice president of e-commerce for Infotech Strategies, Inc. Matt was a founding executive and vice president for strategy and business development at BeyondGuide, a cell phone content company that developed interactive audio tours of the world’s greatest cities delivered to a user’s cell phone. Before attending graduate school, Matt taught elementary school in southern California and worked for the Council of Chief State School Officers on technology policy issues.
He graduated with degrees in public policy from Brown University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Assistant Professor of Urban Design | University of Cincinnati
Conrad Kickert is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Kickert has a background in urbanism and architecture from the TU Delft (Netherlands) and holds a PhD in architecture from the University of Michigan. He has worked as an urban researcher and designer for various design offices, property developers and non-profit organizations in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. He is an urban design scholar whose research focuses on urban morphology, downtown revitalization and the bridge between urban form, configuration and retail economics. Currently, he is studying the relationship between buildings and public space in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Furthermore, he has finished a book manuscript on the history of downtown Detroit, and a handbook on bottom-up urbanism.
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.
Assistant Professor | University of San Francisco School of Management
William (Billy) Riggs, Ph.D., AICP, LEED AP is a professor, researcher and strategist at the University of San Francisco School of Management. His research focuses on policy and innovation related to transportation, housing, economics, and emerging technology. His recent work focuses on the autonomous vehicle revolution and the behavioral economics behind travel via walking, biking and transit. He has held additional academic appointments in city planning and transportation engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Jose State University and the University of Louisville. In addition to his academic capacity Dr. Riggs also has over 15 years of experience as an planner, policy maker, economist, and engineer. This includes work as Director of Research at Sustinere Consulting, work as the Transportation Program Manager and Principal Planner for UC Berkeley, work as Asset Manager and Engineering Technician for the US Coast Guard, and service as a Planning Commissioner for the City of San Luis Obispo. He has been both a National Science Foundation Fellow and a UC Transportation Center Fellow. He currently sits on the City of Palo Alto’s Planning and Transportation Commission, is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Transportation Economics.
Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services | American Planning Association
David Rouse is the Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC. In this capacity he leads APA’s applied research programs, including the Planning Advisory Service and the three National Centers for Planning: Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health. David is active in APA’s Smart Cities and Sustainable Cities initiative, focusing on the implications of autonomous vehicle technology for cities and regions. Prior to joining APA he was a principal at the firm WRT in Philadelphia. David is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a registered landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in community planning and design.
Chief Innovation Officer | Los Angeles County Metro
Joshua L. Schank is the first-ever Chief Innovation Officer for the Los Angeles County Metro and former President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation a non-profit foundation with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Dr. Schank, who is an urban planner, has worked on federal and state transportation policy over a decade.
Dr. Schank was Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton during the development of the last six year transportation authorization bill (SAFETEA-LU). He has also worked as a Consultant with PB Consult and Senior Associate at ICF International in Washington, D.C., as well as the Office of the Inspector General’s in the U.S. Department of Transportation, and with the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.
Dr. Schank’s extensive work in transportation policy and planning is well documented in his publications, including “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos and published by CQ Press in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.
Transportation Policy Manager | Lyft
Debs Schrimmer is a Transportation Policy Manager at Lyft, where she helps oversee Lyft's transportation policy initiatives around sustainability, infrastructure, public transportation, and the environment. Prior to Lyft, she worked at Code for America, helping cities use data and technology to redesign how they deliver services, and as a transportation planner at the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Debs received her B.S. from UC Davis in Community and Regional Development, and is an honoree of the Women's Transportation Seminar.
senior planning advisor | Governor’s Office of Planning and Research - California
Sahar Shirazi is a senior planning advisor at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research in Sacramento. With a systems thinking approach and a goal of policy implementation, she focuses on the intersections of sustainability, land use, transportation, and equity. She is currently managing the general plan guidelines update, coordinating international sustainability collaborations, and working on autonomous vehicle policy considerations. Prior to joining OPR, Sahar was a policy analyst for the Office of the Secretary at US DOT, under both Secretary LaHood and Secretary Foxx. She served as a lead for the HUD-EPA-DOT partnership for sustainable communities; team lead and performance management director for the TIGER grant program; and key staff for bicycle and pedestrian policy, resiliency policy, place based programs, and ladders of opportunity initiatives. While in DC, Sahar also served a 7 month detail at the White House under the Obama Administration, working as a policy lead for a presidential initiative to streamline permitting reviews while enhancing environmental outcomes. Sahar received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her Master’s in Public Policy from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She moved to DC as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2011 and moved back to CA in 2015. Despite the excitement of her experiences in DC, Sahar was ecstatic to return to California, where she had lived since immigrating to the US at age 5. She currently lives in Oakland.
Principal | SERA Architects
Tim Smith is a Principal in Urban Design and Planning for SERA Architects, a Portland, Oregon firm that offers integrated services in architecture, urban design, planning, and sustainability consulting. He is a registered architect and a certified planner with over 35 years of professional experience that includes award-winning projects and research in sustainable urban design and city planning. Tim has served as urban design advisor to the San Francisco Mayor’s Office for the Redevelopment of Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay and to the Portland Development Commission for the Redevelopment of the South Waterfront in Portland. Currently Tim is leading SERA’s master planning efforts for both Google and Stanford University in Silicon Valley. Tim developed Civic Ecology, a citizen-driven, whole systems framework for community design and has helped implement the framework in numerous communities nationally and internationally. He co-authored Making EcoDistricts: Concepts and Methods for Advancing Sustainability in Neighborhoods, authored Civic Ecology: A Citizen-Driven Framework for Transforming Suburban Communities, delivered a TEDx talk on Civic Ecology and lectures widely on the topic. Tim has served as Vice President of the Portland Planning Commission, on the Portland Chapter AIA Urban Design Committee, the Portland Mayor’s Central City Roundtable, as Chairman of the Portland Metro Construction Excise Tax/Community Planning and Development Grants Advisory Committee and as a member of the City of Portland EcoDistrict Technical Advisory Committee. He serves on the National Sustainability Advisory Board for KB Home and on the board of First Stop Portland. Tim received graduate degrees in architecture, city planning and urban design from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania where he taught urban design at Penn’s School of Design. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture & Environment in the University of Oregon’s College of Design where he teaches urban design courses.
URBANISM NEXT PROGRAM MANAGER
Becky Steckler, AICP, is the Urbanism Next Program Manager 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.