Dick Alexander oversees business development efforts for Transdev North America and has helped the business grow to $1.6 billion in revenues over his 15-year tenure with the company.
Dick is responsible for developing partnerships with cities, counties and transit agencies to manage and operate public transit systems, ranging from small start-up projects, to large transportation entities. He is also responsible for business development opportunities in the Rail, Streetcar, Paratransit and On Demand divisions of the company.
Dick is deeply experienced in structuring business relationships and contracts client objectives to ensure high standards for quality, efficiency and passenger care. He leads many of the company’s strategic initiatives including innovative technology partnerships, service design and new product development.
Dick started his career in the transit industry as a transportation planner and later a system manager. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Design from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s of Business Administration from Xavier University.
Jill Anderson is vice president of Customer Programs and Services at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She is responsible for leading SCE’s energy efficiency, demand response and clean self-generation program portfolios as well as customer strategy, marketing, ecommerce and strategic alliance functions.
Previously, Anderson was executive vice president and chief commercial officer at the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the country’s largest state power organization. She directed all wholesale and retail operations. She was responsible for sales, marketing, new products and technology, and energy efficiency programs. In this role, Anderson also oversaw the marketing of NYPA’s generation assets, trading, fuel operations, hedging and business development for new transmission and generation activities. Prior to serving in this position at NYPA, she led energy policy, sustainability, corporate communications, regulatory affairs and government relations departments at the organization.
Before joining NYPA, Anderson worked for Hess Corporation, leading global process improvement projects focused on revenue enhancement, cost reduction and environmental excellence, including greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts.
Anderson has also worked for Consolidated Edison Company of New York, leading teams responsible for natural gas and electric substation construction and operation, redesign of the distribution system to improve efficiency and integrate new technologies, and electricity and natural gas procurement.
Anderson received a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Boston University.
Frances Anderton is Host of DnA: Design and Architecture, a weekly radio show broadcast on KCRW NPR station in Los Angeles, and online at kcrw.com/dna.
For many years she produced KCRW’s acclaimed current affairs shows, To The Point, and Which Way, LA?, hosted by Warren Olney.
Anderton and DnA producer Avishay Artsy recently produced Bridges and Walls, a series about the metaphorical and physical barriers and connections shaping life in California today; it was supported by the California Arts Council.
Anderton also curates events and exhibitions; these include Sink Or Swim: Designing For a Sea Change, a critically received exhibition about resilient architecture, shown from December 2014 to May 2015 at the Annenberg Space for Photography.
Anderton studied architecture at the Bartlett school in London and went on to become associate editor at The Architectural Review, which sent her in 1987 to report on new West Coast architecture in Los Angeles.
She later moved to LA and served as correspondent for the New York Times and Dwell magazine before founding DnA in 2002. Her books include Grand Illusion: A Story of Ambition, and its Limits, on LA’s Bunker Hill, based on a studio she co-taught with Frank Gehry and partners at USC School of Architecture.
She has received many awards for her work including the Esther McCoy 2010 Award for her work in educating the public about architecture and urbanism from USC School of Architecture’s Architectural Guild. She was SCI-Arc’s Honored Guest at its 2018 Main Event.
Christophe Arnaud is the Managing Director of Bolloré BlueSolutions UK and USA. He is responsible for the development of electric mobility and renewable energy storage solutions since July 2014.
In this role, Christophe developed and implemented the ‘London’ projects whose objectives are the deployment of a charging infrastructure for the use of all types of users of electric vehicles and the launch of a 100% electric car sharing service.
He is responsible for a USD100 million budget to deliver this unprecedented infrastructure and leads complex negotiations with private partners, local authorities and political influencers in London.
In addition to that, he is in charge of the BlueLA Electric Car Sharing Program that aims to provide low-income neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles with ultra-low emission transportation.
Previously, Christophe Arnaud worked for another part of the Group Bolloré, BlueSolutions in France and IER (2007-2014), which designs and sells solutions to manage the flow of passengers and baggage in airports and railway stations.
Christophe Arnaud began his career in the automotive industry as a product manager at Valeo and then joined Faurecia as sales manager in the “Automotive Seating” division (2004-2006).
Between 2006 and 2007, Christophe Arnaud was a financial consultant firm for Deloitte.
He graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris engineering school and Skema Business School.
Christophe enjoys mountaineering activities and climbed several peaks over 5000 m of altitude. He also practices paragliding, cycling and running.
Activist, expert in policy and regulation, Laura Ballesteros has a Bachelor in Policy Science from the Technological and Superior Studies Institute (Tec de Monterrey), and a Masters in Strategic Management and Direction of Innovation from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Carlos III in Madrid.
As a local congresswoman in Mexico City, she drafted and passed the Mobility Law in coordination with civil society organizations and the head of the government, Miguel Ángel Mancera. The law recognized mobility as a right and established pedestrians’ priority over other road users. Laura Ballesteros served as Undersecretary of Planning of the Mobility Secretariat of the Government of Mexico City, where she implemented the Mobility Law through a specialized public policy for active mobility, road safety and integrated transportation systems.
Her first act in post was to install Vision Zero in Mexico City as Government Road Safety Policy. The first step of this Vision Zero initiative was the New Transit Regulations of Mexico City in which Laura implemented the seven behaviors that save lives turning this instrument into a road safety manual for the citizens. These actions have led to a 18% reduction in deaths due to traffic events.
Thais Blumenthal de Moraes serves as the Global Lead for the Waze Connected Citizens Program (CCP) where she is responsible for establishing program strategy and ensuring that we bring the best of Waze to your cities.
Prior to joining the Waze family, Thais was responsible for Strategic Partnerships at Google for Education in Brazil where she established new partnership channels and brought a new way of learning to schools. Additionally, she led the first Chromebook pilot in the state of Amazonas with the support of IADB and Samsung where connectivity solutions were deployed to schools on the edge of the Amazon River.
Thais has over 10 years of international business experience and has worked at the US Chamber of Commerce and the multinational law firm Baker & McKenzie. Thais studied at George Washington University where she obtained a double degree in International Business and Marketing. The Institute of Brazilian Affairs published her study on legal bottlenecks for infrastructure development in 2011.
As Southern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Michelle Boehm oversees strategy, stakeholder outreach, and related elements of project development for over 300 miles of the planned all electric High Speed Rail system in the Southern California Region’s five project sections: Bakersfield to Palmdale, Palmdale to Burbank, Burbank to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Anaheim and Los Angeles to San Diego.
Michelle Boehm brings nearly 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors in transportation planning and policy analysis. Before joining the Authority, she was a Vice President with one of the largest Architectural and Engineering firms in the Country. In that role, Boehm was the regional manager responsible for overseeing business development, strategic planning, and public agency and community outreach for projects throughout Southern California.
Over the course of her career Boehm has proven her ability as an industry leader working with business and legislative stakeholders on the high-speed rail project, and as a business manager and strategic planner, having developed strategy for transportation, water, geotechnical, structural, and environmental engineering and planning practice development and projects.
Russ Brooks is the Director of Smart Cities for Transportation for America. In 2016, Russ launched the Smart Cities Collaborative – a peer to peer learning network that brings together leading-edge cities to explore how technology can improve urban mobility and tackle the challenges related to advancing smart mobility policies and projects. Participant cities in the Collaborative receive direct technical assistance, develop policies, launch pilot projects and share their experiences with the rest of the Collaborative to drive best practices.
Before launching the Collaborative, Russ was T4America’s Deputy Director and founded the Urbanful project, a startup launched to support small-batch manufacturers and local businesses with profits going to support Smart Growth America’s work. Prior to joining T4America, Russ served as the National Director for CABT, an organization focused on freight and highway safety, and was responsible for strategizing, planning and implementing their state and federal policy agenda as well as managing the organization’s field staff.
Richard was appointed Director of Energy, Technology and Innovation at the UK’s Department for Transport in August 2016. He leads on policy to move the nation’s road transport onto a more sustainable footing, and maximising the economic opportunities for the UK from the move to future mobility. He is the lead Director for the UK Government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, part of the UK’s Industrial Strategy.
His teams direct and deliver UK-wide policies and programmes worth around £1bn on low and ultra-low emission vehicles, low carbon fuels, air quality, putting innovative new technology on the roads, overseeing related Government R&D expenditure and international negotiation of regulations on vehicle safety and emissions. There is a particular current focus on creating an attractive regulatory and R&D environment for connected and automated vehicle technology in the UK and on making the UK the best place in the world to do transport digitally.
Prior to this role Richard spent four years as head of the UK’s Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV), delivering Government support for the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles and overseeing a period of unprecedented growth in plug-in vehicle uptake. Richard has also held various roles in the UK Senior Civil Service including DfT’s head of Corporate Governance, leading on smart and integrated ticketing; and as Director of Regional Resilience.
Before joining the civil service he worked at Unilever and at Andersen Consulting. Richard has BA in Industrial Economics and MPhil in the economics of motor vehicle pollution from the University Of Nottingham. Richard is married with two children and lives in London. He gets around by bicycle, Nissan Leaf and campervan.
Ellie Casson is the Head of Local Public Policy for Waymo (formerly the Google Self Driving Car Project). Prior to joining Waymo, Ellie served on the Public Policy Team at Airbnb, as Silicon Valley Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s Campaign Manager, and as a Community Organizer for the Bay Area environmental organization Greenbelt Alliance.
Outside of work, Ellie serves as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party and is involved in affordable housing advocacy. Ellie holds a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Urban Planning from Hampshire College.
She lives in Oakland with her husband and daughter.
Tiffany Chu is a designer, planner, and founder at Remix. She and her team of 60, based in San Francisco and Amsterdam, are working with over 300+ cities around the world to plan their transportation future. She’s passionate about building livable cities and creating impact through user-centered design and technology. She has been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, LinkedIn’s Next Wave of Leaders Under 35 in Government, Curbed’s Young Guns, and has spoken at SXSW, Helsinki Design Week, and the New York Times Cities for TomorrowConference.
Previously, Tiffany was a Fellow at Code for America, partnering with the City of Charlotte to launch their first open data initiative. Tiffany is also an alum of Y Combinator, was the first user experience designer at Zipcar, wrote for Dwell, and studied architecture and urban planning at MIT. She hopes to never own a car during her lifetime.
Regina is the CEO and co-founder of Populus, a data platform for private mobility operators and cities to deliver safer, more efficient streets. Regina has over a decade of experience in transportation, where she is a leading expert on innovations in public transit, shared mobility, and autonomous vehicles. She formed Populus after serving in executive roles at a Ford Smart Mobility investment and moovel, the mobility services arm of Daimler.
Prior to her roles in industry, Regina received her Ph.D. in transportation and energy systems from MIT. As a research scientist at Stanford and UC Berkeley, she developed and led research on the travel behavior impacts of shared mobility services (e.g. Uber, microtransit) and autonomous vehicles. Regina was the lead author of the recent groundbreaking study Disruptive Transportation: The Adoption, Utilization, and Impacts of Ride-Hailing in the United States. She has received several awards and distinctions, including: National Engineers Week “New Face of Engineering”, EPA STARS Fellow, MIT Energy Fellow, and Department of Transportation Eisenhower Fellow.
Philippe Crist is Administrator and Advisor for Innovation and Foresight of the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He develops and implements innovation and foresight tasks at the ITF, plans and coordinates research of the ITF’s Corporate Partnership Board and manages international research projects for the ITF’s 59 Member countries. His current work focuses on disruptive urban mobility scenarios and examines how car-based and active mobility, public transport and taxis must adapt to these. He is also leading work on Data science and public policy within the ITF investigating new strategies to leverage knowledge derived from new and rapidly growing data sources to improve transport decision-making. He is a recognised world expert on transport disruption, cycling safety and urban mobility. In 2016 he won the Danish Cycling Embassy’s Leadership Award for Cycling Promotion. His other work currently looks at managing mobility in rapidly growing urban areas, assessing GHG emission strategies in the transport sector, as well as investigating national transport asset and network management strategies. A French-American dual national, he is an ex-competitive cyclist and avid mushroom hunter. He also does much of his best thinking on a bicycle.
Jen De Melo is the Director of Programs and Operations at KaBOOM! and has been committed to prioritizing play and serving the kids who need it most since 2005. KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. Jen has worked on over 150 playground projects across North America and Mexico and oversees the Play Everywhere Program, Build it Yourself Grant Program, and other Special Programs at KaBOOM!. In her current role, Jen works with innovative and inclusive playspace designs and leads efforts to integrate these into cities and communities around the country. Additionally, Jen and her team work directly with communities and designers on developing innovative play ideas such as Play Everywhere, which brings play to everyday, unexpected places, including bus stops, sidewalks, grocery stores, and laundromats. Jen has a laser focus on equity, infrastructure and community and is focused on using play as a driving catalyst. Prior to joining KaBOOM!, Jen worked at the Boys and Girls Club in her hometown of Redwood City, CA after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she obtained a degree in Cultural Anthropology.
Michael J. Dunne landed in Shanghai in 1990, at a time when China prohibited the personal ownership of cars. He founded and sold his first company, then served as CEO of J.D. Power in China. During the 2000s and 2010s Dunne played a pivotal role advancing the growth of American and European companies in key Asian markets including China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. He later served as President of General Motors operations in Indonesia.
Twenty-five years since Dunne started doing business there, the Chinese now own 300 million cars. Having had a front row seat to this staggering growth, Dunne returned to the United States, where he now serves as an advisor, speaker and author. His touted keynotes offer a unique vision and expertise on China’s autonomous and electric vehicle industries, and what it all means for the United States. Dunne reveals how China’s global ambitions are triggering an upheaval in the world’s fast changing auto-tech industry.
Says Automotive News, “Few people know China’s auto industry better than Michael Dunne.”
Michael Dunne launched his next venture, “ZoZo Go”, an auto-tech advisory group, earlier this year. Based in Hong Kong, the company opened its U.S. operations in San Diego, CA this summer.
Victor Everhardt (05-06-1968) has been a deputy mayor and alderman in Utrecht since 2010. His current portfolio comprises Deputy Mayor, Public Health, Environment and Emission-free Transport, Redevelopment Station Area, Youth and Youth Health, Real Estate and the district of Leidsche Rijn.
Prior to becoming an alderman, Mr Everhardt was Chair of the Trimbos Institute Youth Centre, policy official at various ministries and legal assistant to the Dutch Equal Treatment Commission (CGB).
He holds degrees in Law and History from Utrecht University.
Mr Everhardt holds the following additional positions: Chair of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities’ (VNG) subcommittee Youth, Member of the VNG Advisory Committee on Public Health, Member of the Board of the Regional Execution Service (RUD), Member of the Board of the Mainline Foundation Netherlands.
Gina N. Fiandaca was appointed Commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) in January of 2015 by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Utilizing a combination of planning, engineering, operations and enforcement, Gina and her team of over 400 strive to ensure safe, efficient and equitable access to Boston’s streets for people using all transportation modes
Gina is committed to employing advanced design techniques, equipment and technology to refine and enhance the City of Boston’s transportation network.
Under her management, BTD partnered with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to establish one of Boston’s first dedicated bus lanes. BTD is also focused on advancing the city’s strategic bike network by building out high quality bike infrastructure. Boston is proud to be a notable walking city and Gina has ensured that pedestrian amenities are prioritized by BTD. Neighborhood Slow Streets tailors the implementation of traffic calming measures to reduce speeds in residential zones and improve the walking and biking experience.
Gina is responsible for launching ParkBoston, the City of Boston’s first meter payment app which accounts for 33% of all meter transactions, and 42% of the $10.8 million collected in meter revenue in fiscal year 2018. In October of 2016, Mayor Walsh signed an executive order that assigned Gina to lead oversight of autonomous vehicles in Boston, and called for BTD and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics to develop guidelines for the testing of this technology.
As Commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department, Gina is the Chairperson of the City of Boston Air Pollution Control Commission, as well as a member of the City of Boston Public Improvement Commission and the Boston Emergency Management Agency, the National Association of Transportation Officials and the Massachusetts Area Planning Council. She is also on the Board of Directors of Women in Transportation (WTS), and past president of the New England Parking Council.
Gina received a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University and an MBA from Boston University. She is a lifelong resident of East Boston where her family has been involved in public service and community affairs for generations. An avid runner, Gina represents South Boston’s L Street Running Club and has completed over forty marathons including nine ultra marathons.
Deborah Flint was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in June 2015, with oversight of Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports.
Flint leads the team responsible for returning LAX to iconic status, creating a world class, modern airport for the modern traveler and building a transportation system that will give passengers a first-class, swift, convenient, and reliable way to access the airport. Flint’s responsibilities involve managing the largest public works project in the history of the City of Los Angeles and investing more than $8.5-billion to innovate retail, food and beverage, terminal redevelopment and create an airport wide hospitality mindset. She leads the procurement and delivery of the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP,) the $5.5 billion solution to the crowded roadways and curbsides at and around LAX.
Flint managed the transition of Ontario International Airport to its new local authority. She continues to position VNY, one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, as a vital community partner which contributes more than $1.3 billion each year to the Southern California economy.Flint came to LAWA from the Port of Oakland where she had held the position of aviation director since 2010, being the primary executive responsible management, business development and operation of Oakland International Airport (OAK).
Flint serves on the Board of the Airports Council International World Board, is on the Oversight Committee of the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program; and is the Chair of the California Airports Council.
Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm / creative think tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. The Lab is a place to reflect about all things city and to explore other social scripts and urban futures for the largest megalopolis in the western hemisphere, working across diverse areas, such as urban creativity, mobility, governance, civic tech, public space etc. In addition, the Lab searches to create links between civil society and government, constantly shifting shape to accommodate multidisciplinary collaborations, insisting on the importance of political and public imagination in the execution of its experiments.
Besides her fascination with all things city, Gabriella is also a journalist, visual artist, a director of documentary films, as well as a creative advisor to several cities, universities and companies. She has been awarded several international recognitions for her work in different fields, such as the first prize in both the Audi Urban Future Award and the Best Art Practice Award given by the Italian government, as well as the TED City 2.0 Prize, among others. She is also a TED speaker, TED Senior Fellow, an MIT Director´s Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, an Institute for the Future Fellow, a World Cities Summit Young Leader and part of the international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul on Social Innovation as well as C40. She was recently named one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company magazine.
Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder and Executive Director of Shareable, an award-winning nonprofit news outlet and global action network that reports on the latest innovations resource sharing, solidarity economy, sharing cities, and the blockchain. He’s a speaker, author, and consultant on Shareable’s coverage areas. He’s the editor of multiple books including Shareable’s latest, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons.” As a recognized sharing movement pioneer, he advises leaders around the world on how to meet their goals through sharing. This has included work with Seoul Metropolitan Government, the city of San Francisco, and the Sharing Economy Association of Japan. Not surprisingly, Neal is an avid sharer whose year of sharing life experiment was covered by FastCompany, Sunset, and 7×7 magazines. As a social entrepreneur, Neal’s timely call to action is simple and systemic: let’s share!
Christopher Hawthorne is the Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Prior to joining City Hall, Hawthorne was architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to March 2018. With Alanna Stang, he is the author of “The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture” (Princeton Architectural Press). His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Slate, Architectural Record, Architecture, Harvard Design Magazine and many other publications. He is professor of the practice at Occidental College, where since 2015 he has directed the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public conversations about architecture, urban planning, mobility and demographic change in Southern California. Hawthorne has also taught at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. A frequent collaborator with KCET-TV in Los Angeles, he wrote and directed the hour-long documentary “That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles,” which had its broadcast debut earlier this year, and received an L.A.-area Emmy Award for the 2016 KCET program “Third L.A. with Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne.” His other professional honors include a mid-career fellowship from the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, the Bradford Williams Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects and a Residency in Criticism at the American Academy in Rome. Hawthorne grew up in Berkeley and holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale, where he studied political science and architectural history.
Councillor Brett Herron is the Mayoral Committee member responsible for the Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) in the City of Cape Town. The TDA incorporates the functions of environment, urban planning, roads, public transport and new government housing. Redressing apartheid’s spatial legacy of the city, to be achieved through efficient transport and urban planning as art of a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) strategy, is a key objective of the administration as it strives to create an inclusive, integrated opportunity city for all its residents.
Brett completed his LL.B degree at University of Natal and practiced in Johannesburg, Cape Town and New York. He returned to Cape Town in 2001 to run the South African Law School, a paralegal training centre, and in 2003 launched the Cape Town Advice Office to provide free legal services to thousands of needy residents.
As a student he started the Democratic Society – an anti-apartheid student organization – and served as branch chairperson for the PFP (later DP) political party. He re-entered politics in 2008 and joined the Independent Democrats (ID) and was elected as a Councillor for the City of Cape Town in 2009. Whist on the Housing Portfolio Committee he motivated for basic services to Backyard Dwellers (informal tenants) and this led to a new City strategy of providing basic services to backyarder tenants. Prior to his current role, Brett served as the Chairperson of the Social Development Portfolio Committee, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and thereafter Mayoral Committee Member for Transport for Cape Town.
Michael Hurwitz is the Director of Transport Innovation at Transport for London (TfL). Responsible for making sure transport in London is ready for the future, his team actively seeks out and assesses new ideas and developments in the transport world, helping TfL to determine which new business models or services could help address the challenges facing our city. From dockless cycle hire to demand responsive transport; from connected and autonomous vehicles, to smart use of energy in our vehicles and infrastructure, the goal is to engage with market innovators, test how new ideas could work for London and set the policy frameworks to ensure new innovations are integrated and work for all. Previously, Michael was Director, Energy, Technology & International at the UK Department for Transport (DfT), having set up and led the UK’s national policies and programmes worth £1bn on ultra-low emission vehicles, driverless and connected cars, future fuels and negotiation of international regulations on vehicle safety and emissions. Former roles include having founded and led the cross-Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV); time as the DfT’s Strategy Director; and from 2011 to 2014 he was Policy Fellow at the Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London. Prior to joining the civil service he worked on organisational transformation programmes for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte.
Lisa Joy Rosner is an award-winning and patented executive with over 20 years of experience marketing big data and analytics solutions at both public and start-up technology companies. Currently the CMO at Otonomo, an automotive data services platform, Lisa Joy is driving global development of the company’s marketplace.
Previously, Rosner served as CMO at Neustar, leading a major brand transformation as the company entered into the security and marketing data services markets. Prior to that, she launched social intelligence company, NetBase, where she worked with five of the top 10 CPGs as they adopted a new approach to real-time marketing. Additionally, Lisa Joy served as Vice President of Marketing at MyBuys (sold to Magnetic) and Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at BroadVision Inc. Ms. Rosner also held positions at data warehousing companies Brio (sold to Hyperion), DecisionPoint (sold to Teradata), and started her career at Oracle Corporation.
Lisa Joy was named a 2013 “Silicon Valley Woman of Influence,” 2014 B2B Marketer of the Year by the Sage Group and Wall Street Journal and was a Top 100 Women in Marketing honoree by Brand Innovators in 2015. She has been a guest lecturer at the Hass School of Business, the Tuck School of Business and Stanford University. Lisa Joy has a bachelor’s degree (sum cum laude) in English Literature from the University of Maryland. She currently sits on the marketing advisory board of Mintigo, The Big Flip, Fyber, and PLAE Shoes, the board of trustees for UC Merced and is the mother of four adolescent children.
Sarah M. Kaufman is Assistant Director for Technology Programming at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for and educates about cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Planning, teaching Intelligent Cities and Advanced Projects in Urban Planning.
Ms. Kaufman leads several projects related to improving transportation through technology: Intelligent Paratransit, to rethink how we transport seniors and the disabled; Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellowship, a program to enhance innovation at all levels of transportation planning and policymaking; and Job Access, a comparative study of how livelihoods are affected by level of access to mass transit in New York City.
Ms. Kaufman has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, CityLab and Urban Omnibus for her work on gender and biking, job access and intelligent transportation.
Yann Leriche joined Transdev in 2008, beginning as CEO of Group subsidiary Transamo, which provides counseling and assistance in the planning, implementation and operation of large public transportation projects, until 2010. He then took responsibility for Transdev SZ (bus operations) and EurailCo (rail) at Transdev Germany. He was appointed Deputy Director of Transdev North America in 2012. In 2013, he was named Group Chief Performance Officer and joined the Excom. In July 2017, he became CEO Transdev North America in charge of the B2C Business Line and development of the Autonomous Vehicles Activities.
Prior to joining Transdev, he served as Director of the Services Division in Europe for Bombardier Transportation guided light transit systems. He began his career in public service, first as Transportation Infrastructure manager in the Calvados region, then as Director of Public Transport in Greater Reims where he was project manager of the line 1 light rail.
A graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1997) and the Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1999) and a member of the College of Engineers, Yann Leriche also holds an Executive Specialized Masters in Tax and Financial Engineering from ESCP-Europe.
Stella Li is the President of BYD Motors, a global green technology company based in Los Angeles, California that produces cutting edge battery-electric vehicles, battery-energy storage solutions, solar farms, and energy efficient LED lighting systems. As President, Stella is responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and long-term strategic vision. She is also the architect of BYD’s thriving expansions in the Americas—including its North America headquarters in Los Angeles, California in 2011 and its electric bus, truck, and energy module factories in Lancaster, California in 2013. Prior to becoming President, Stella served as BYD’s Senior Vice President and was responsible for successfully expanding the company’s operations around the world. Under Stella’s leadership, BYD achieved exponential market growth, developed invaluable partnerships, and became a dominant global force across multiple industries.
Greg Lindsay joined NewCities in June 2015 as Senior Fellow to lead our Connected Mobility Initiative. Greg is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council in their Strategic Foresight Initiative. He is also a contributing writer for Fast Company, co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Fortune, among many other publications. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism.
Rob Lloyd was named the CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One and member of the Board of Directors in September 2015. As CEO, Rob is leveraging his experience with Internet infrastructure, technology ecosystems, and global partnerships to reimagine the transportation industry.
Under Rob’s leadership, Virgin Hyperloop One has developed the world’s first hyperloop business model and Virgin Hyperloop One’s open innovation strategy, raised $295 million in funding, expanded to four locations, and helped scale to 300+ employees by recruiting engineering and business leaders from the world’s top companies. The company has had numerous successful test runs at its full-scale, full system test track in the Nevada desert. Rob and his team have engaged with a dozen countries around the world, working with government officials to develop the world’s first commercial hyperloop agreements.
Prior to Virgin Hyperloop One, Rob spent over 20 years at Cisco Systems where he managed the majority of the company’s worldwide business. As President, he led engineering, sales, and the Internet of Everything and was responsible for 40,000 employees globally. Rob’s organizations managed the alignment and acceleration of Cisco’s technology innovation to enable a faster response to market transitions, increased customer relevance, and growth. He held several leadership positions at the company including Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Senior Vice President of the United States, Canada, and Japan, and also served as President of Cisco’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa region for more than four years.
Tom Madrecki is the director of urban innovation and mobility at UPS.
In his role, Madrecki leads partnerships between UPS and cities around the world, spearheading the deployment of innovative pilot projects and advancing mobility policy solutions to reduce congestion, deliver sustainably and enhance quality of life. He is a recognized urban mobility expert, with a focus on alternative delivery models, progressive transportation policies, curbside management and the potential for e-commerce to reduce personal automobile use.
Prior to his current position, Madrecki led transportation and sustainability policy communications for UPS. He has also served as the spokesman and press manager for Smart Growth America, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to sustainable urban planning and development. Madrecki lives on Capitol Hill in Washington DC with his wife Priya and their 2-year-old Siberian husky, Ava.
Jeff Marootian is the Director of the District Department of Transportation where he has served since March 2017. Jeff leads the agency in its mission to create a safe and sustainable transportation system for the District of Columbia and is responsible for delivering on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s priorities to rebuild and modernize the city’s public infrastructure; embrace innovation and technology to generate mobility options; and reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries through a concerted Vision Zero strategy.
Prior to joining DDOT he served as the White House Liaison and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the United States Department of Transportation. Jeff was a member of the leadership team whose achievements include launching the nationwide Smart Cities Challenge; advocating for and helping to secure passage of the FAST Act; and creating economic opportunity through transit and mobility initiatives in communities across the country. Jeff oversaw the 55,000-employee agency’s business and management operations, including workforce development and human resources, diversity, facilities, procurement and security. He was also the Department’s Chief Sustainability Officer and directed the implementation of President Obama’s Executive Order on Climate Change and Sustainability and contributed to the Department’s strategy on electric and autonomous vehicles. He also played a key role in standing up the Build America Bureau to advance the use of public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects across the country.
Jeff is an alumnus of the George Washington University where he also serves as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration.
Mohamed Mezghani has been serving as Secretary General for the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) since January 2018, and has worked in public transport and urban mobility related fields for the last 25 years.
He was UITP’s Senior Manager from 1999 to 2001 and Knowledge Director from 2001 to 2006, chairing the department developing knowledge-related services for UITP members. From 2006 till 2013, he worked as an independent consultant and adviser to UITP on several technical assistance and training projects in Africa and the Middle East and managed a number of projects involving numerous experts and multidisciplinary teams.
His main fields of expertise include urban mobility policies and travel demand management, trends and innovation, institutional organization, regulatory framework and energy efficiency in public transport, as well as relationships between public transport stakeholders.
Before joining UITP, M. Mezghani worked as a consultant for the French group BCEOM from 1990 to 1999. He has managed and carried out projects including policy definition, technical assistance and research activities in several countries in Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and Arab countries. During his collaboration with the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management, ADEME, from 1988-1990, M. Mezghani carried out actions aimed at identifying and evaluating transport energy efficiency projects likely to be financed by the Agency in France.
M. Mezghani is a Franco-Tunisian citizen. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis, Tunisia and holds a Masters’ Degree in Transport from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, France.
Russ Mitchell covers the rapidly changing global auto industry, with special emphasis on California, including Tesla, electric vehicles and driverless cars. The Times’ former technology editor, he’s worked on staff at publications ranging from Business Week to Wired. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Vannevar Bush Fellow. Mitchell still drives his black 2000 Audi TT, the rare smooth-backed version manufactured before lawyers made the company attach a spoiler.
Prior to joining LACI, he was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the first ever Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Serving as CSO for four years, Petersen was the chief architect of the groundbreaking Sustainable City pLAn, led efforts to make LA a global leader in EVs, and helped create the Climate Mayors.
Petersen co-founded Global Green USA and led the organization for 19 years as President and CEO. The organization was a pioneer in greening of affordable housing, schools, and cities as well as helping grow the solar sector. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to green the rebuilding of New Orleans, including schools, the Lower 9th Ward, and more.
Petersen is chair of the Climate Mayors board, and a board member of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Center for Environmental Health, and the Sir Edmund Hilary Institute for International Leadership. Petersen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, and served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative on energy and the environment while a CGI member for 10 years. He has a son, and is a retired AYSO coach.
Valérie Plante settled in Montreal 20 years ago while studying for her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and decided to make it her hometown while she completed a Master’s in Museology and a Certificate in Multiethnic Intervention. The passionate cyclist went on to work in the cultural, community and unionized sectors. She has worked within various communities, notably in Latin America where her interest in social justice, fight against poverty and citizen participation greatly increased. Back in Montréal, she accompanied immigrant women victims of conjugal violence through the judicial process and organized training programs for young immigrant and indigenous women throughout the country.
The mother of two boys joined Projet Montréal to build a greener, more vibrant, more prosperous and more open city for future generations.
For her, citizens need to be able to rely on a team that aims to fulfill the full economic and social potential of their city. After being elected to Montreal City Council in 2013, Valérie Plante was elected, on December 4th 2016, leader of the party by Projet Montréal and thus became leader of the Official opposition. On November 5th, 2017, she was elected the first female mayor of Montreal.
Since July 2016, Martin has led the Transport Agency’s approach to innovation and new technology. He is passionate about using data to provide smart solutions that connect people, services and infrastructure.
Martin joined the Transport Agency in 2014 as Zero Harm manager. Working with industry partners, Martin led the introduction of new technology and data analytics to support the government’s objective to reduce workplace fatalities and serious harm by 25 percent.
Martin has more than 15 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry. He has also established two technology start-up businesses. He sits on the Construction Safety Council Board of Directors and holds an executive role with the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative. Martin is also a registered member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Seleta Reynolds has over 17 years of transportation experience throughout the United States in both the public and private sectors. Prior to her current position, Seleta was a leader in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Livable Streets section, coordinating streets projects citywide.
B.A. American History, Brown University.
John Rossant personally leads the LA CoMotion team. He is the Founder and Chairman of the New CIties Foundation, a major global non-profit institution dedicated to improving the quality of life and work in cities. He previously led the team producing the famous World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland every January and has been been the producer of major World Economic Forum conferences in China, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. He has also played key roles in Monaco, with the Monaco Media Forum and the ongoing Prince’s Roundtable on Philanthropy. In 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy asked John to organize the first global summit on the future of the Internet, the e-G8. John has worked with heads of state and government and leading CEOs from around the world.
Karina Ricks is the inaugural director of the new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure for the City of Pittsburgh moving to the city in March 2017 after two decades in Washington, DC. In this role, 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. Karina is passionate about transportation and mobility as the foundation of inclusive, equitable, safe and thriving communities. Prior to that, Karina was in the private sector as a Principal and East Coast Multimodal Lead for Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates and served for years as Director of Transportation Planning for the District of Columbia She is a graduate of Cornell University, Michigan State University and a Fulbright Scholar.
Rudy Salo works with lenders, borrowers and underwriters on a broad range of public projects financed by tax-exempt and taxable debt. He advises clients on public offerings and direct lending/privately placed debt serving as lender’s/bank, bond, disclosure, underwriter’s or borrower’s counsel.
Joshua L. Schank is the first ever Chief Innovation Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), where he leads the Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). The role of this office is to champion new ideas to improve mobility in LA County by informing the high-level vision for LA Metro, piloting and implementing new and experimental programs and policy, and serving as the primary liaison relevant to LA Metro coming from entrepreneurs, established private sector entities, academia, or individual residents. The office is also responsible for LA Metro’s Public Private Partnership (P3), and strategic planning functions.
Prior to joining LA Metro, Dr. Schank was President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a national non-profit think-tank. 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.
Kadri Simson is the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure of the Republic of Estonia from 23 November 2016. She is a member of the Estonian Centre Party.
From 2007–2016, Kadri Simson was a member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th Riigikogu.
From 2009–2016, she was the Chairman of the Estonian Centre Party faction, and from 2007–2009, the Deputy Chairman of the National Defence Committee.
In 2013, Kadri Simson was elected in Pärnu City Council and in 2009, she was elected as a member of Tallinn City Council. From 2003–2007, Kadri Simson was the Secretary-General of the Estonian Centre Party.
In 2003, Kadri Simson served as the Research Assistant of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. From 2001–2002, Kadri Simson was the Advisor to the Mayor of Tallinn and in 1999, the Advisor of Tallinn City Council.
From 1998–1999, Kadri Simson served as the Consultant of the European Documentation Centre of the University of Tartu.
Born on 22 January 1977 in Tartu, Kadri Simson has graduated from Tartu Secondary School No. 10, acquired a degree in History at the University of Tartu and a Master’s degree in Political Science from University College London.
Chris Teale is associate editor at Smart Cities Dive, a trade publication based in Washington, D.C. covering the latest news and trends in urban mobility, sustainability, resilience, governance and tech. He has been with the publication since February 2018 after several years in local journalism.
Aarjav is the founder and CEO of Ridecell and has set the vision and direction for the company since 2009. He also remains actively involved with the engineering, design, marketing and product teams within the organization. Prior to Ridecell, Aarjav worked in engineering at SpiDynamics (acquired by HP) and as a research engineer at CipherTrust and Secure Computing (acquired by McAfee) where he helped invent and ship security systems used by over 40% of the Fortune 500, as well as the Pentagon. He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Mumbai.
Alissa Walker connects people with where they live through writing, speaking, and walking. As the urbanism editor at Curbed, she authors the column Word on the Street, highlighting the pioneering transit, clever civic design, and game-changing policy affecting our cities.
For her writing on design and urbanism, Alissa has been named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow and Journalist of the Year by Streetsblog Los Angeles. In 2012 her project Good Ideas for Cities was selected for inclusion in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2015 she received the Design Advocate award from the LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She is also the co-founder of design east of La Brea, a nonprofit that has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants supporting its LA design events.
Alissa lives in Los Angeles, where she is a mom to the city’s two most enthusiastic public transit riders.
In his position as LA Metro CEO, Washington manages an annual operating budget of $1.6 billion and is responsible for overseeing $15 billion in capital projects and providing oversight of an agency that transports 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday, riding on a fleet of 2,000 clean- air buses and six rail lines. LA Metro also is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for LA County. As such, it is a major construction agency that oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects – together representing the largest modern public works program in North America.
Washington was a leader in the successful effort to pass a new half-cent sales tax in LA County, which garnered 71.15% voter approval. Measure M will build 40 major highway and transit projects in the first 40 years, create 778,000 jobs through construction and various programs, and provide $133.3 billion in economic impact.
Washington came to Los Angeles from Denver, where he was Assistant General Manager for nearly 10 years, prior to being named CEO in 2009.
Claudia Wasko is Vice President and General Manager of Bosch eBike Systems Americas, a business unit of Robert Bosch LLC. In her position, she is responsible for all operational activities in eBike Systems within North and South America. She is based in Irvine, CA.
Since joining Bosch in 1994 Wasko has held numerous positions with increasing responsibility in the areas of key account sales, original equipment sales and marketing. In 2009 she was the co-founder of the business unit Bosch eBike Systems in Germany. In her position as the head of department for sales and service she was strongly involved Bosch made achieved a market-leading position globally.
Wasko earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Berufsakademie, Stuttgart (Germany).
Zack Wasserman oversees business development at Via, the leading developer and operator of on-demand transit systems. He and his team have forged partnerships with cities, transit agencies, private transit operators, and carmakers around the world. Prior to Via, Zack co-founded and managed a specialty steel manufacturer with operations in China, Southeast Asia, and the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale, where his dissertation examined the origins of entrepreneurial capitalism in Cold War-era California, and a BSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
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