Participant Bios

Linda Bailey

Linda Bailey has been working in the field of sustainable transportation since 2001. As Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, Ms. Bailey promotes equitable and sustainable transportation policy across cities around the U.S. and increasingly around the world. Prior to NACTO, she worked for the City of New York Department of Transportation, where she was able to experience first-hand the influence that cities can have on transportation behavior through concerted efforts to build truly complete streets – inviting and safe for everyone, whether they are driving, walking, taking the bus or cycling. Ms. Bailey has published on energy savings from public transit, pedestrian safety, senior mobility, and metropolitan transportation spending patterns. Ms. Bailey has twelve years of experience in transportation policy and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

Richard Barone

In his role as Director of RPA’s Transportation Programs, Richard Barone is responsible for the organization’s transportation portfolio in the areas of finance, policy and planning. He is RPA’s subject matter expert on freight/logistics, technology and urban transportation systems, and aviation. Mr. Barone is leading RPA’s transportation effort for the Fourth Regional Plan, a once in a generation planning exercise to prepare the New York Region for the next three decades of growth. In addition, he has led or served as a primary researcher on several of RPA’s major studies, including Moving Blocks: A Plan to Upgrade New York’s Subway, How the Long Island Rail Road Could Shape the Next Economy, The Future of the New York Region's Airports, Tomorrow's Transit: New Mobility for the Region's Urban Core, among others. Mr. Barone is also a member of a Transportation Research Board Committee on Intergovernmental Relations in Aviation a division of the National Research Council. He was also a participant in the I-95 Corridor Coalition's 2008 Freight Academy and the 2006 recipient of the September 11th Memorial Program for Regional Transportation Planning. Mr. Barone received his Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Labor and Industrial Relations from the Pennsylvania State University.

Roger Behrens

Roger Behrens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering (University of Cape Town), Director of the Centre for Transport Studies (CfTS), and Director of the African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-motorised Transport (ACET). He graduated with a Master Degree in City and Regional Planning from UCT in 1991 and with a PhD degree in 2002. He has 20 years of experience in research and in the management of commissioned research projects. His core research and consultancy experience is in travel surveys and travel behaviour, site layout planning and neighbourhood movement networks, growth management, and low-income housing and infrastructure provision. His current research activities relate to four fields. The first is the regulation and improvement of paratransit, and its integration with scheduled public transport services. The second is the analysis of the dynamics of changing travel behaviour, and the implications this has for the management of travel demand. A third is the analysis of the use of transport systems by pedestrians and the quality of pedestrian infrastructure and environments, and the identification of frameworks through which improvements can be made. A fourth is the identification of urban form preconditions for effective public transport networks. He convenes courses on transport system supply and demand management, integrated land use-transport planning, public transport policy and regulation, and local area transport planning and management.

Amira Bliss 

Amira Bliss joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2010. As a Senior Program Associate, Mrs. Bliss manages relationships with current and prospective grantees throughout the grantmaking process, coordinates Foundation work with partners, and conducts research in support of the strategic development and execution of Foundation initiatives. She currently works on supporting more equitable and sustainable transportation in the United States, as well as building the innovation capacity of the Foundation and the social sector. She manages projects and tools, such as Innovation Labs, to surface and spread innovative solutions to achieve greater social impact at scale. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Mrs. Bliss served as the Assistant Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) and an Analyst at Goldman Sachs. Mrs. Bliss received a bachelor's degree from Barnard College and an executive master’s of public policy and administration degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Nomesh Bolia

Dr. Nomesh Bolia is an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering at IIT Delhi. He holds a PhD in Operations Research from UNC Chapel Hill. His research interests are in the Operations Research and Stochastic Modeling in particular, and their applications to Health Systems and Transportation. He has been awarded the Public Health Research Fellowship by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, and the Young Scientist Award (research grant) by DST, Government of India. He has published several papers in international journals of repute, consulted several companies in the public and private sector in India, and is the recipient grant of several grants from Indian and international agencies. His ongoing grant on urban freight research from VREF marks his first foray in this area.

Anders Brännström 

Anders Brännström holds a PhD in Industrial Management from Chalmers University of Technology and a MBA from Gothenburg University. He spent his early years as Assistant Professor at Chalmers University of Technology. In the early 1980´s, he left university for an assignment as Director for Corporate Development in the Swedeyards Group. He was later appointed President for Götaverken Energy, within that Group. Götaverken Energy, later acquired by a competitor, was a manufacturing company with specialities in large scale boilers, specifically black liquor recovery boilers and doing business on several continents.

After leaving Götaverken, he served two years as President for a small high tech company in robotics and before joining the Group Management of SKF, a world leading manufacturer of bearings, with headquarter in Sweden.

In SKF, he held successively different positions such as Director for Business Development, as Executive Director Industrial Sales and Executive Director for Sales Company Division. In these roles he was active on all continents.

In 1999, he joined the Volvo Group to become President of Volvo Technology Transfer AB, a Corporate Venture Capital entity within the Volvo Group. The assignment was to invest in small companies of interest for the Volvo Group, where a minority shareholding was at least initially preferred, and help them to develop.

He retired in 2010 from this position and is now active as ordinary member or chairman in a number of different Boards. Among other assignments, he was appointed Chairman of the Board for Volvo Research and Educational Foundations from January 2011.

Michael Browne

Michael Browne is Professor of Transport and Logistics at the University of Westminster where he leads the University's input to the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems. He serves as Associate Editor of Transport Reviews and Regional Editor of Logistique et Management. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board Committee for Urban Freight Transportation (AT025). His research focuses on issues of sustainable distribution and logistics at both the urban and regional scale. Recent projects include: best practice in urban freight initiatives in European cities; how partnerships can be used to promote improved urban freight operations; the impact on freight transport of the 2012 Olympic Games in London and mapping energy use in global supply chains. He represents the University on many external committees and boards and chairs the Central London Freight Quality Partnership. He holds visiting professorships at the University of Gothenburg and Paris II University.

Joan Byron 

Joan Byron leads the Pratt Center’s research and advocacy on issues of social justice in New York City’s built environment. She recently wrote “Mobility and Equity for New York’s Transit-Starved Communities: the Case for Full-Featured Bus Rapid Transit,” building on Pratt Center’s 2007 Transportation Equity Atlas, which mapped racial and economic disparities in transit access across New York City neighborhoods. Other projects include work with Sandy-impacted communities on equitable rebuilding and resilience; support of the Bronx River Alliance’s work to restore the Bronx River and build an 8-mile greenway along its banks; and, with the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance, the campaign to replace the 1.25-mile Sheridan Expressway with waterfront housing and open space.

From 1989 through 2003, Joan directed the Pratt Center’s nonprofit architectural practice in the design and construction of over 2,000 units of affordable housing, as well as community health, child care, and cultural facilities.

Joan is a registered architect, and teaches in Pratt Institute’s Program for Sustainable Planning and Development. She holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and in 2012 won a fellowship from the Urban and Regional Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund, for research on equity and the public realm in global cities. Joan has written for Shelterforce, Gotham Gazette, Streetsblog, and the Brookings Institution. She is a member and past chair of the board of the Bronx River Alliance. In 2013, Joan received the Paul Davidoff Award for Leadership in Housing and Equal Opportunity from the New York Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Robert Cervero

Robert Cervero is the Friesen Chair of Urban Studies and Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also directs the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) and the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC).  For the 2014-2015 academic year, he is an Overseas Fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, and a visiting scholar at University College London’s Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis.  Professor Cervero’s research centers on the nexus between urban transportation and land-use systems.  He has authored or co-authored seven books, more than 50 research monographs, and over 200 journal articles in these areas, including Transforming Cities with Transit (2013, World Bank). Professor Cervero currently chairs the International Association of Urban Environments and the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research Program and serves on the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum‘s Future of Urban Development Initiative. The past year he contributed to the 5th assessment of the International Panel on Climate Change and UN-Habitat’s 2013 Global Report on Sustainable Mobility.  In 2013, Professor Cervero was ranked among the top 100 City Innovators Worldwide by UMB’s Futures Cities and a recent publication on scholarly productivity ranked his work 4th highest among 850 urban planning academics in the U.S. based on Google Scholar citations

Don Chen

Don Chen leads Ford Foundation’s Just Cities initiative, which supports urban development strategies to reduce poverty, expand economic opportunities and advance sustainability in cities and regions in the U.S. and developing countries. His efforts focus on shaping the delivery systems for affordable housing, community improvement, infrastructure and city and regional planning.

Before joining the foundation in 2008, Don was the founder and CEO of Smart Growth America, where he led efforts to create the National Vacant Properties Campaign and Transportation for America, and managed a merger with the Growth Management Leadership Alliance. He has authored many pieces on land use, transportation, social equity and environmental policy, including “Growing Cooler: The Academic Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change” (2008, co-author) and “The Science of Smart Growth,” which appeared in the December 2000 issue of Scientific American.

Don has also served on the boards of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth aand Livable Communities, West Harlem Environmental Action, the Environmental Leadership Program and Grist magazine. He holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University.

Alison Conway

Alison Conway is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York (CCNY) and the Associate Director for New Initiatives at the Region 2 University Transportation Research Center (UTRC). She is also a member of METROFREIGHT, a Volvo Research and Education Foundation Center of Excellence in Urban Freight.  At CCNY, Dr. Conway teaches courses in transportation engineering and planning and conducts research, focusing primarily in the areas of commercial freight policy and logistics, sustainable freight transportation, urban bicycle operations, and multi-modal interactions in the urban environment. Recently, her work has been supported by the US Department of Transportation, the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).  Dr. Conway holds Ph. D. and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor’s of Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware.   She currently Chairs the TRB Young Members Council and the ASCE Intermodal and Logistics Committee.  Dr. Conway also serves as the Secretary of TRB’s Freight Transportation Data Committee and a member of TRB’s Truck Size and Weight Committee.  She is a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

Joseph Dack

Joseph Dack has held a variety of operational and project management roles in the transport and logistics industry across the retail, air cargo, mail, military, humanitarian and public sectors.  In 2005, Joseph joined the Freight Unit at Transport for London (TfL) which was developing the London Freight Plan and strategies to improve the sustainable and efficient movement of freight. He produced TfL’s Kerbside Loading Guidance Manual and was Project Manager for the development and introduction of the Delivery and Servicing Plan concept, providing a framework for goods receivers to reduce the impact of their freight activity. He managed TfL’s $1.5M London 2012 Freight Advice Programme, engaging with London’s businesses and freight community ensuring business continuity during the summer of 2012. In 2011, Joseph deployed to the Tunisian/Libyan border with the British Red Cross providing logistics support to a transit camp hosting people fleeing from the conflict in Libya. Since 2013, Joseph has been employed by HDR, focusing on freight and logistic projects across the nation, including freight planning for the States of Wyoming and Rhode Island. He has been assisting NYCDOT with the development and implementation of freight initiatives, including truck routing and the off hour delivery program.

Diane E. Davis 

Diane E. Davis is Professor of Urbanism and Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Before to moving to the GSD in 2012, Davis served as the head of the International Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where she was Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. Trained as a sociologist, Davis’s research interests include the politics of urban development policy, socio-spatial practice in conflict cities, the relations between urbanization and national development, and comparative international development. Her books include Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century (Temple University Press 1994; Spanish translation 1999), Discipline and Development: Middle Classes and Prosperity in East Asia and Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2004; named the ASA’s 2005 Best Book in Political Sociology), Irregular Armed Forces and their Role in Politics and State Formation (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Cities and Sovereignty: Identity Conflicts in the Urban Realm (Indiana University Press, 2011). Currently Davis directs a three-year project funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation titled “Transforming Urban Transport - The Role of Political Leadership.” She also is co-PI of a three year project funded by INFONAVIT focused on developing a new social housing policy for Mexican cities. Davis his a contributing editor for the US Library of Congress, Handbook of Latin American Studies (Sociology: Mexico), and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Planning Education and Research and City and Community.

Laetitia Dablanc 

Laetitia Dablanc is a Director of Research at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR, University of Paris-Est), and a member of METROFREIGHT, a VREF Center of excellence in urban freight research.

Her areas of research are freight transportation, freight and the environment, urban freight and logistics, rail freight, freight transport policies. She is currently working on logistics sprawl issues and freight transport planning in U.S. and European megaregions.

She is a member of the steering committee of the World Conference on Transport Research Society and a member of the Urban Freight Committee of the Transportation Research Board (USA). She received a PhD in transportation planning from Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech, and a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University. She was initially trained in policy analysis and economics at Science Po Paris. She was a visiting scholar at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2010-2011) and the University of Southern California/METRANS (2011-2012).

Jonas Eliasson

Jonas Eliasson is Professor of Transport Systems Analysis at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and director of the Centre for Transport Studies at KTH. Prof. Eliasson has a long involvement in analyzing, developing and applying transport policies and appraisal methodologies. He directed the design and evaluation of the Stockholm congestion charges, in operation since 2006, and has acted as expert advisor to many city leaders and national governments on strategic transportation issues, often involving sustainable transport planning, transport pricing and social and economic appraisal. He is a frequent advisor to the Swedish Government in transport policy issues, has chaired the national committee for analysis of the National Transport Investment Plan, and is a member of the standing expert advisory board to the National appraisal guidelines committee. His research interests include the use of cost-benefit analysis in applied planning, robustness of CBA results, wider economic impacts in CBA, transport modeling, transport pricing, public and political acceptability of transport policies, and valuation of travel time and reliability. 


Jessica Espey 

Jessica is a Manager for the SDSN, based at Columbia University. She is responsible for much of SDSN’s work on the post-2015 agenda, with a particular focus on accountability. She also manages SDSN’s work on sustainable cities, as well as inequality and social inclusion. Jessica helps to facilitate the UrbanSDG Campaign, established by SDSN and partners in late 2013. 

Prior to joining she served as a special adviser on the post-2015 agenda within the Office of the President of Liberia, supporting the work of The High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (of which President Sirleaf was co-chair) and the development of the Common African Position on the Post-2015 Agenda. For three years prior she was a senior researcher for Save the Children UK,. She has also worked as a researcher at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the British Institute in Eastern Africa. She has particular expertise in the study of inequality, age and gender discrimination.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Modern History from the University of Oxford and a Masters of Sciences in the Political Economy of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Over the past 8 years she has lived and worked in the UK, Liberia, Kenya and Rwanda.

Aimée Gauthier 

Aimée has been working at ITDP since 2003. Currently, she directs global projects and knowledge products, communications, and monitoring and evaluation. She began working on Sub-Saharan Africa transport projects in Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. In that capacity, she worked on non-motorized transportation, developing private sector small bicycle businesses and examining the intersection between health care service delivery and transport. She also worked on promotion of bus rapid transit projects in Accra and Dakar, as well as BRT planning in Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg.

Before joining ITDP, Aimée worked at the Moriah Fund as the grants and office manager. Aimée holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and has dual bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and political & social thought from the University of Virginia.

Nicholas Hamilton

Nicholas Hamilton directs the urban policy work of The American Assembly where he leads the Legacy Cities Partnership, a national coalition of practitioners, researchers and leaders working to revitalize America’s legacy cities. His work focuses on economic development, urban governance, and civic engagement. Prior to joining The Assembly, he worked at the Earth Institute Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University. He served as project manager for the team receiving the 2009 Leous-Parry Award for Progressive Sustainability for work relating to inclusive urbanization in Cairo, Egypt and joined the Next City Vanguard in 2013.  

His architectural and urban design work for the firm Davis Brody Bond included the master planning and architectural design of US diplomatic facilities abroad to the design and construction management of research laboratories at Columbia University. Mr. Hamilton holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and BA in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.

Frank Hebbert

Frank works at OpenPlans on online participation tools. He is interested in creating radically better planning outcomes through the intersection of planning, technology and public participation.


Stacey D. Hodge

Stacey D. Hodge, director of the Office of Freight Mobility, of the NYCDOT, is a professional with over 15 years of experience in developing and implementing projects, maintaining client relationships and managing operating budgets. Appointed by the Commissioner to be the first Director of the new Office of Freight Mobility in 2007, she is the face of the agency for freight projects. Ms. Hodge successfully secured over $4.4 million in federal funding for freight projects during a period of funding constraints. Ms. Hodge is responsible for managing consultant teams, hiring and supervising staff, mentoring interns, and coordinating with regulatory agencies. Ms. Hodge works closely with staff from the New York State Department of Transportation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (MPO), New York City Police Department and New York State Police. Ms. Hodge received a Commissioner’s award for going above and beyond the call of duty to advance sustainable delivery solutions in New York City.  Ms. Hodge has B.S.C.E. from Florida Institute of Technology and an M.S.C.E. from Purdue University in Indiana.  Ms. Hodge is the 2008 Member of the Year for the Women’s Transportation Seminar, Greater New York Chapter.

Katarina Gårdfeldt

I am Associate professor in Environmental Inorganic Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology and the Director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV) at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. At GMV, I have been responsible for a broad range of Swedish and international collaboration projects and conferences within science and education, including post graduate schools in climate and mobility, environment and health and marine research. During last fourteen years I have performed expeditions to the Mediterranean the Arctic and at the Southern Ocean during the Antarctic summer and winter seasons. I teach in Basic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Sustainable Development for Engineers at Chalmers. 

Madeline Janis

Madeline Janis is Director of the Jobs to Move America project and co-founder and national policy director of LAANE. Under her stewardship as executive director from 1993 to 2012, LAANE became an influential leader in the effort to build a new economy based on good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment. Combining dynamic research, innovative public policy and the organizing of broad alliances, LAANE has helped lift tens of thousands of working people out of poverty and has won major public health and environmental victories for communities throughout Los Angeles County.

From 2002 to 2012, Ms. Janis served as a commissioner of the City of Los Angeles’ Community Redevelopment Agency.

Ms. Janis led the historic campaign to pass L.A.’s living wage ordinance, which has since become a national model. Over the past two decades, she has provided training and assistance to community organizations and unions in dozens of cities across the country, and is widely regarded as an innovator in devising strategies to create good jobs and healthy communities.

LAANE and Ms. Janis have received many honors, including being a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, the UCLA Law School’s Antonia Hernandez Public Interest Award, the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese’s Empowerment Award, awards from the Liberty Hill Foundation and Office of the Americas, and commendations from the Los Angeles City Council and the California Assembly and Senate. She received degrees from UCLA Law School and Amherst College in Massachusetts and was granted an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Amherst College in 2013.

Prior to founding LAANE, Ms. Janis served as executive director of the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) from 1989 to 1993 and, as an attorney, represented tenants and homeless people in slum housing litigation, and advocated for homeless disabled people who had been denied government benefits. She also worked for two years at the law firm of Latham & Watkins on commercial litigation and land use matters, representing many large companies throughout Los Angeles.

Yulin Jiang 

Dr. Yulin Jiang is the Deputy Chief Engineer of the China Academy of Transportation Science (CATS) of the Ministry of Transport, and the Director of the China Urban Sustainable Transport Research (CUSTReC), a Beijing-based think-tank for sustainable urban transportation policy, planning and management.

Prof. Jiang is a member of the Committee on Developing Countries Committee on Transport and Sustainability, TRB-ABE90. She is also the Secretariat General of the Academic Committee Forum on Transport Development and Reform in the Central Cities of China, Secretariat General of the National Technical Committee on Urban Passenger Transport Standardization, Secretariat General of the National Technical Committee on Urban Rail Transit Operation Management of China Association of Metros, and Secretiart Geeral of the Urban Passenger Transport Sub-committee of China Assoication of Highway and Transport, and PhD supervisor in the field of environmental science and engineering in Dalian Maritime University. 

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones directs economic, housing, transportation and urban development research for Regional Plan Association. Since joining RPA in 1994, he has led several multi-disciplinary initiatives to improve economic, social and environmental conditions in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region. Most recently, he managed a collaborative effort leading to a $3.5 million federal Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant on behalf of 17 cities, counties and planning organizations in New York and Connecticut. He has authored several reports and articles on regional development and urban policy, including a comprehensive analysis of metropolitan housing, development alternatives for Manhattan's Far West Side, downtown revitalization on Long Island, property tax reform in New Jersey, and the Economy and Workforce chapters of RPA's Third Regional Plan. Prior to joining RPA, Mr. Jones was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development in New York City.

Sarah M. Kaufman

Sarah M. Kaufman is Digital Manager at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for and educates about cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She focuses on crowdsourcing, open data and social media in urban transportation systems. Ms. Kaufman created the popular Short Talks, Big Ideas event series, an exchange of innovative projects and ideas between transportation thinkers and practitioners, and manages the Rudin Center's web presence at

Ms. Kaufman joined NYU Wagner after nearly five years at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she led the open data program, created a conference and online exchange between the MTA and software developers, and assisted in developing the agency's social media program. While at the NYU Rudin Center, she was awarded a Vanguard Fellowship by Next American City in 2012 and a Google Fellowship for the Personal Democracy Forum in 2014.

Ms. Kaufman earned a Master of Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner School in 2005, specializing in infrastructure, transportation and telecommunications, and wrote an award-winning thesis designing a bus arrival time signage system. She earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in science writing and concentrating in computer science. She is a font of useless NYC transit trivia.

Amy Kenyon

Amy Kenyon oversees Ford Foundation’s Connecting People to Opportunity initiative, which is focused on reforming the rules that shape regional development in U.S. metropolitan areas in order to expand economic opportunities for low-income people. Her grant making supports integrated approaches to equitable development, through improving access to permanently affordable housing and transit choices and deepening community engagement in land-use planning processes.

Amy has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sector, with an emphasis on developing and implementing finance and community development solutions for low-income communities. Before assuming the role of program officer in 2013, she worked for three years as a program manager with the foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunity program, coordinating its evaluation and helping to build a unified theory of change and place-based strategies that span its three initiatives. In collaboration with a cross-program working group, she also supported the development and rollout of a foundation-wide results reporting process.

Amy earned her master’s degree from the New School for Public Engagement’s program in urban policy and management, where she concentrated in organizational effectiveness and community development finance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Messiah College.

Jacqueline Klopp

Jacqueline Klopp is an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Development, a VREF center of excellence in future urban transport at Columbia University. A political scientist by training, her work focusses on the political processes around urban land-use, transportation and planning and policy with a focus on Africa. The bulk of her recent work supported by VREF has involved working with a network of universities, residents associations and government in Nairobi on shifting policy and action towards more equitable and sustainable transportation and land-use. She is a founding member of the Digital Matatu consortium which has produced the first open transit data and public transit map for Nairobi's quasi-formal "matatu" transit system and is also a founding member of CairofromBelow. She also runs the blog

Brad Lander

Brad Lander is a New York City Council Member representing Brooklyn’s 39th District, and a leader on issues of affordable housing, livable communities, the environment, and public education.

Named one of “Today's Social Justice Heroes” by The Nation magazine, Lander chairs the Council’s Committee on Rules, Privileges and Ethics, and is the Deputy Leader for Policy.

As a founding member and past co-chair of the Council’s Progressive Caucus, he has fought successfully to hold banks accountable to communities, to reform discriminatory practices in the NYPD, to protect manufacturing jobs in New York City, and to stop tax breaks for millionaires and funding cuts to schools, firehouses, parks, libraries, and day care centers. His hard-hitting policy reports have led to concrete changes that benefit New Yorkers, from improved bus service to smaller class sizes.

Brad brings the values he learned as a community organizer to the City Council. He believes the best way to govern is to empower residents to make key decisions about the future of their community, including convening public visioning sessions to plan the renovations of neighborhood parks and partnering with residents develop solutions to local problems. Lander was one of the first councilmembers to bring “participatory budgeting” to his district, (now in its third year) giving residents the power to decide which projects to support with their tax dollars.

Lander was elected to the City Council in 2009, and reelected in 2013, running on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, to represent the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, and Kensington. 

Xianglong Liu 

Xianglong Liu is the deputy director of ITS division of China Urban Sustainable Transportation Research Center (CUSTReC), and the associate professor of China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS). He holds a PhD degree in transportation engineering from the Wuhan University, and has considerable research experience in urban sustainable transportation field. His expertise covers sustainable urban transport development policy and strategy, intelligent transport system, APTS and Spatial Information Technologies Application on Transportation, urban passenger transport standardization.

He is active in decision making support to national and local transport management departments, such as assisting State Council of P.R.China to draft “Guidelines on Making Development of Public Transport a Priority” issued by State Council in 2012. While providing technical supports to the government, as a project leader or core researcher, He has participated in more than 20 funded projects. 4 books, more than 20 academic papers and several reports have been published as a part of project outcomes, and get more than 10 Software copyrights.

Måns Lönnroth

Måns Lönnroth was until the end of 2012 member of the board of the VREF, Volvo Research and educational Foundations as well as of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. During 2000-2007 he was managing director of Mistra, a Swedish endowed foundation for strategic environment research and during 2002-2006 international vice chairman of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. ML has also been state secretary at the Swedish ministry of environment between the years 1994 and 1999 and a political advisor at the Prime Minister’s Office between 1985 and 1991.He has served on the boards of various research councils and was for 15 years an elected member of the Stockholm County Council. ML is interested in the meeting between politics, policy and science.   

George A. Makajuma

George A. Makajuma is a Transport Engineer with the African Development Bank in Nairobi at the East African Resource Centre (EARC). Before this he worked as a project engineer in Africa with international consulting engineering firms on highway and transportation infrastructure schemes. He has also taught traffic and transportation planning courses at the Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture and Technology during the 2008-2009 on a part-time basis. During the same period he joined Volvo Foundation funded Urban Transport Studies in Africa with the ACET centre based at Cape Town University and working together with the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Nairobi. He holds an MBA degree and MSc in Urban Engineering with specialisation in urban transport. He has published on urban transport, infrastructure and regional integration, and lately developed interest in modelling freight flows. 

Howard Mann

Howie Mann is an Associate Transportation Analyst with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council. He is the Acting Staff Director of the Nassau/Suffolk Transportation Coordinating Council and past manager of the NYMTC Specialized Planning Unit. In addition to managing the TCC he concentrates on freight planning. He has worked on a number of projects including the Feasibility of Freight Villages study, America’s Marine Highway Program, and chairs the MPO’s freight advisory committee. His current freight project is managing NYMTC’s regional freight plan update. He has been with NYMTC for more than thirty years. Before NYMTC he worked in Operations Planning for Metro North Railroad. He has a Masters degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York, now Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He is an adjunct professor at Polytechnic teaching a graduate level class in freight transportation. He has presented to Transportation Research Board annual meetings, American Association of Metroplitan Planning Organizations, National Association of Regional Councils, Pro Walk/ Pro Bike biannual conferences, to numerous civic organizations, college classes, and has spoken on radio programs. He belongs to the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers.

Howie Mann is an Associate Transportation Analyst with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council. He is the Acting Staff Director of the Nassau/Suffolk Transportation Coordinating Council and past manager of the NYMTC Specialized Planning Unit. In addition to managing the TCC he concentrates on freight planning. He has worked on a number of projects including the Feasibility of Freight Villages study, America’s Marine Highway Program, and chairs the MPO’s freight advisory committee. His current freight project is managing NYMTC’s regional freight plan update. He has been with NYMTC for more than thirty years. Before NYMTC he worked in Operations Planning for Metro North Railroad. He has a Masters degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York, now Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He is an adjunct professor at Polytechnic teaching a graduate level class in freight transportation. He has presented to Transportation Research Board annual meetings, American Association of Metroplitan Planning Organizations, National Association of Regional Councils, Pro Walk/ Pro Bike biannual conferences, to numerous civic organizations, college classes, and has spoken on radio programs. He belongs to the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers.

Liz Marcello 

Liz lives in New York City where she works as an urban transport policy analyst. Her current project is in collaboration with TransitCenter, where Liz is researching political leadership strategies behind urban transport policy success. Liz previously worked as a project manager at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development, where she managed participatory action research projects aimed at encouraging citizen participation in land-use and transportation planning in the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, Kenya. Liz holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she graduated with a concentration in urban policy. Liz received her BA from the University of California-Santa Cruz and a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Portland State University. In her spare time, Liz races her bike with team Radical Media and serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Century Road Club Association, the oldest and largest bicycle racing organization in the United States. 

Juan Carlos Muñoz

Juan Carlos Muñoz is the Director of the Department of Transport Engineering and Logistics of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile where he acted as an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from 2007 to 2010. His main research areas are public transport, logistics, transport networks and traffic flow theory. He leads the Bus Rapid Transit Centre of Excellence ( that aims at doing research, running an educational program and advising cities on the Strategic, Tactical, Operational and Control aspects of Bus Rapid Transit projects. He co-directs the multidisciplinary Centre of Sustainable Urban Development at PUC ( During 2003 and 2004 he was personal advisor of the Chilean Minister of Transport on transit issues. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Metro of Valparaiso from 2007 to 2010 and is currently an advisor of the Chilean Ministry of Transport on public transport issues and member of the Board of Metro of Santiago. He also leads Shift, a firm that designs flexible work shifts for transit drivers and retail workers. He has published academic papers in the most prestigious journals in the field and is a member of several international editorial boards.

Michael Myers

Michael Myers performs a number of leadership roles at the Rockefeller Foundation, including coordinating strategies for the Foundation’s work in the United States and leading two key initiatives—the global Transforming Health Systems initiative and transportation issues in the U.S.

Mr. Myers joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010 and led the organization’s successful centennial program, which included an array of global activities to build on past successes and to help shape the Foundation’s future direction.

Prior to coming to the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Myers served in leadership capacities in the United States Senate for much of his career, including Chief Counsel and Staff Director to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He worked on a range of issues, including health care, employment, economic development, refugees, immigration and education. Before his career in government, Mr. Myers worked on refugee and international humanitarian matters for non-governmental organizations and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Mr. Myers holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University.

Henrik Nolmark 

Henrik Nolmark is Director of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. He is also co-founder of Living Cities, a non-for profit platform for urban development. From a background as civil engineer and urban planner he has been working many years with urban research management and cooperation at research councils, universities, cities and the European Commission. He has taken a specific interest in conceptualizing and implementing inter- and transdisciplinary urban research and capacity building, including being responsible for building up the international centre Mistra Urban Futures (2009-2011), and chairing the Pan-European programme, COST Action C20, Urban Knowledge Arena (2005-2009). During 2006-2009 he was Managing Director of the Urban Laboratory Gothenburg. He has also been the main organizer of several international seminars and workshops, including the VREF Future Urban Transport Conferences 2009 and 2012.

Henry Ochieng

Henry Ochieng is the Programs Director at the Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations (KARA), the apex body representing the voice and pro-active action of resident associations on consumers and taxpayers' rights in Kenya – on accelerated access to public service delivery.

 He has extensive experience and skills on policy advocacy and influencing, project cycle management; promoting effective social accountability strategies; community mobilization and capacity building; networking and partnerships among others. Henry has designed and successfully overseen the implementation of various programs on urban transportation and planning with the most recent one being the ongoing policy dialogue forums on various aspects of urban transportation with diverse stakeholders including key Government officers.

He is a member of the Transport and Urban Decongestion Committee that was set up by the Governor of Nairobi City County to carry out a study of major transportation challenges facing the City, develop recommendations that will address current and projected traffic congestion, access delays and Non Motorized Transport (NMT) infrastructure and develop a Transport Policy for the City.

Henry is currently on his last semester for a Masters Degree Programme in Strategic Management at the University of Nairobi and has completed several short term training courses in diverse areas such as strategic policy advocacy and influencing; resource mobilization; effective networking; project management, monitoring and evaluation among others. 

Jon Orcutt

Jon Orcutt was Director of Policy at the New York City Dept. of Transportation from 2007 to 2014.  He oversaw development of NYC DOT's strategic plan in 2007/2008 and was a leader of the team that delivered major street design and other transportation innovations in NYC during the past seven years.  These included major new pedestrian and public spaces along Broadway in Manhattan, weekend pedestrian streets, innovative bike lane designs, a robust and extensive cycling network and a set of new safety programs.  He led the development of CitiBike, the City's large scale public bicycle program, New York’s integrated pedestrian wayfinding system and Mayor de Blasio's recent Vision Zero traffic safety policy.  Jon teaches an annual course on contemporary transportation policy issues at NYU's Wagner School.  Prior to joining NYCDOT, he served as executive director of both Transportation Alternatives and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, overseeing growth and rising influence at both organizations.

Karl Peet

Karl Peet serves as Sustainable Transport Research Coordinator for the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), which promotes the integration of sustainable transport with global policies on sustainable development and climate change. Currently, Karl is leading research on mobilizing private sector financing for sustainable transport, for the United Nations Centre for Regional Development and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which is to contribute to a forthcoming financing framework for sustainable transport within the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

Previously, Karl consulted to the Shanghai-based Climate and Environment Services Group (CESG), developing recommendations for the Asian Development Bank's Sustainable Transport Initiative to help meet transport demands of growing urbanization in China.  Prior to that, Karl served as Project Manager in Strategic Planning and Policy at the Chicago Transit Authority, focusing on climate adaptation and mitigation, bus rapid transit planning and implementation, and multimodal and active transport.

Karl holds a Master of Public Policy/Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Master of Arts in Linguistics from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Danielle Petretta

Danielle Petretta is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Planning. Her research interests include transport finance and infrastructure investment and the potential for value capture mechanisms to sustainably fund transport.  Danielle has a background in planning and research having acted as Assistant Director for Technology Transfer for the University Transportation Research Center for USDOT Region 2 and as Vice President of the Research Group at Landauer Associates, a national commercial real estate consulting firm. She  has also spent time at regional non-profits and public agencies. She holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia and a BA in Urban Design from NYU.

Andrés Pizarro

Andrés Pizarro has a Civil Engineering degree form Imperial College, London, a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from l’Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, a Masters in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University in Washington  DC, and is now finalizing a Masters in Political Economy from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO).

Mr. Pizarro is an independent consultant who is advising the Colombian government on their attempt to introduce a significant paradigm shift in their present National Urban Transport policy.  He also developed a framework for Urban Transport policy for Latin American cities for the United Nations Economic Commission of Latina America (ECLAC), which will be published shortly.

In addition, as an independent consultant Mr. Pizarro has worked in Ecuador, Bangladesh, India, and Argentina for the Inter-american Develoment Bank, the World Bank, and the Latin American Development Bank (previously CAF).

Mr Pizarro co-teaches Transport and Mobility seminars in an Urban Studies undergraduate course in Universidad General Sarmiento, and a Doctorate Seminar in Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina. He is also founding the first think tank in Argentina dedicated to Urban Transport and Sustainable Mobility.

Previously, he was World Bank Lead Transportation specialist where he worked for the Latin America Region and the South Asia Region from Headquarters in DC and from the Buenos Aires office for 8 years.  Working in Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Panama, Dominican Republic, Chile, Bangladesh and India. Mr Pizarro was also consultant in BCEOM Societe Francais d’Ingenierie (now EGIS International) for 8 years, where he worked in over 35 countries and founded and directed the BCEOM Regional Office in Central America.

Apiwat Ratanawaraha

Apiwat Ratanawaraha is affiliated with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Chulalongkorn University, and the Urban Design and Development Center in Bangkok, Thailand. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Yenching Institute, and was a visiting assistant professor at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His recent research includes projects on city innovations in Southeast Asian megacities, inequality issues in Thailand, and transit-oriented development in Bangkok. He was recently involved in the global research network “Catalyzing the New Mobility in Cities” of the Rockefeller Foundation. He co-founded Haak Square, a social enterprise that develops and deploys community-based social network portals for motorcycle taxi operators, informal workers, and low-income communities in Thailand. He is currently working with motorcycle taxi drivers to collect city data using smart phones and online portals for an Urban Monitoring System project.

John Raskin

John Raskin is an organizer and political leader with extensive experience in New York City and State politics.  Before co-founding the Riders Alliance, he served as chief of staff to New York State Senator Daniel Squadron.  Prior to that, he worked for five years as a community organizer and director of organizing for Housing Conservation Coordinators, an affordable housing advocacy organization on the West Side of Manhattan.  He has a B.A. from Harvard University.

Michael Replogle

A pioneer of sustainable transportation, he founded the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), serving as President or Managing Director for Policy (1985-). He co-founded Bikes Not Bombs, sending 10,000 bikes to Nicaragua (1984-91). As transportation director for the Environmental Defense Fund (1991-09) he helped shape transportation and environmental laws, regulations, policies, and funding programs, and their implementation in many metro areas, from New York City to Portland, Oregon, from Mexico City to Jakarta. As a Montgomery County, Maryland planner (1982-91) he led efforts on smart growth, comprehensive planning, and integrated transport/land use modeling. As an advisor since 1990 to institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, InterAmerican Development Bank, the United Nations Center on Regional Development, and the Climate Bonds Initiative, he has helped mainstream sustainable transport globally. He has played a core role in developing the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) since 2009, supporting its 2012 effort to secure a $175 billion 10-year commitment for more sustainable transport from multilateral development banks and in 2014 was elected to the Board of the SLoCaT Foundation. Replogle trained as civil engineer and sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania. He was appointed a non-resident visiting professor at the China Academy of Transportation Sciences in Beijing in 2013. He is an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board committee on transportation in the developing countries which he helped found. 

Andrea Rizvi 

Andrea Rizvi recently completed her Urban Planning doctorate at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP).  Her research interests relate to the practice of infrastructure provision in developing countries.  Her dissertation examines the impact of different types of planning process on project outcomes, drawing on case studies of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementation in India.  Prior to embarking on her doctorate she worked at the World Bank where she managed programs to deliver infrastructure services in poor urban and rural settlements.  She has over 15 years of experience as both a project manager and design practitioner in Australia, United Kingdom, South America and Eastern Europe and is now working as an independent consultant in the development field.  She holds Masters Degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Technology and Policy (MSc.) and Environmental Engineering (MSc.) as well as an Honors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Queensland in Australia. 

Anna Rubbo

Anna Rubbo,  B.Arch (Melbourne), D. Arch (Michigan) joined CSUD as a Senior Scholar in 2012.  A member of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers (2002-04) she led the Global Studio, an action research project to assist urban professionals to work effectively with the urban poor. Working with academic partners, local government and NGOs, since 2005 the program has attracted over 600 students, academics and professionals from 66 universities, over 30 countries and 10 disciplines to its conferences and programs in Istanbul, Vancouver, Johannesburg, and Bhopal. 

Global Studio work has been included in the 2009 International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, and the 2011 Cooper Hewitt exhibition ‘Design with the other 90%’ at the UN.  Her major project since joining CSUD is “People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization”, a  traveling exhibition shown in 16 cities and nine countries.  Most recently she partnered with UIA Durban to offer a focus area on “ Addressing Poverty through Design Education and Practice”  at the UIA Congress. A co-founder and editor (1996-2010) of the journal Architectural Theory Review, she has published widely on US architect Marion Mahony Griffin , on design education and development challenges,  women and development in Colombia, and housing . She is co-author of Esclavitud y Libertad en el Valle del Rio Cauca (UniAndes 2011). Recognition of her work includes the 2014 Vassilis Sgoutas Prize  mention for humanitarian work, the Australian national AIA Neville Quarry Education Award (2011), the Marion Mahony Griffin award (2006) and Life Fellowship of the AIA in 2010.  

Deborah Salon

Deborah Salon is an Assistant Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Broadly, her research examines the effects of transportation infrastructure, the built environment, and public policy on the choices that people make. Specifically, her research is divided into three related tracks: (1) land use, transportation systems, and lifestyle choices in the United States, (2) climate policy, and (3) urban poverty, transport, and economic development. A common thread in her work is to inform policies that aim to reduce global automobile dependence in one way or another.

Salon holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and was a member of the Research Faculty at UC Davis's Institute of Transportation Studies for 6 years before moving to Arizona State University in 2014.

Elliot Sander

Elliot “Lee” G. Sander is President & CEO of the HAKS Group, a NY based architecture and engineering firm with over 600 staff working in nine states, the District of Columbia, and India. He is also Chairman of the Regional Plan Association and a Non-Executive Director of the National Express Corporation, a London FTSE 250  corporation with global operations in rail and bus transportation.  From 2007 to 2009 Mr. Sander served as chief executive of  the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and from 1994 to 1996 as Commissioner of  the New York City Department of Transportation. Mr. Sander played a leading role in the development and delivery of the Second Avenue Subway and Fulton Street mega -projects, led the creation of the Lower Manhattan Transportation plan post-911 at the request of Governor George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and played an active role in the passage of the 2005 New York State Bond Act. Mr. Sander’s work in turning around large public sector organizations in the transportation and housing sectors has received significant coverage in the media. Prior to assuming the leadership at HAKS, Mr. Sander was Group Chief Executive for Global Transportation at AECOM, where he oversaw AECOM’s $1.8 billion, 9,000 person transportation practice.

Mr. Sander was the founder of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at NYU Wagner, where he was an associate adjunct professor. Mr. Sander also founded the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). In  2007 Mr. Sander was appointed by the US Congress to the National Surface Transportation Finance Commission. He currently also serves on the boards of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and the Leo Baeck Institute. Mr. Sander is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. 

Herrie Schalekamp

Herrie Schalekamp is a research officer at the Centre for Transport Studies at the University of Cape Town. Since 2008 he has been involved in research, project management and limited teaching at the Centre. He is presently concluding his PhD studies on engagement with the paratransit sector in Cape Town in relation to the South African government’s public transport reform programmes. His research forms part of a broader investigation into the operations and regulation of paratransit in Cape Town, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi under ACET (the African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-motorised Transport) and funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations. In addition to his research activities he is the financial manager at ACET and has been closely involved in the general administration of ACET since its inception. 

Joshua L. Schank 

Joshua L. Schank is President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a non-profit foundation with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Schank, who is an urban planner, has worked on federal and state transportation policy over a decade. Before joining Eno, he directed the National Transportation Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center which proposed a new vision for the Federal role in surface transportation policy.

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.

He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Lindsey and his sons, Max and Jonah

Elliott Sclar

Elliott Sclar, Director of the Earth Institute’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development, is Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Professor of Urban Planning on the Earth Institute faculty.

 A professional economist, Professor Sclar has written extensively about the economics and finance of urban transport. Sclar edited, along with Mans Lönnroth and Christian Wolmar, the recent VREF sponsored work Urban Access for the 21st Century: Governance Models for Transport Infrastructure, published by Routledge (2014). He is especially interested in the strengths and limitations of markets as mechanisms for effective public policy implementation. His 2000 book You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization critiqued the overreliance on market mechanisms. The book won two major academic prizes: the Louis Brownlow Award for the Best Book of 2000 from the National Academy of Public Administration and the 2001 Charles Levine Prize from the International Political Science Association for a major contribution to public policy literature. An early book, Access for All: Transportation and Urban Growth, co-authored with K.H. Schaeffer is considered seminal in transforming the discussion of urban transport from a discussion about mobility to one about access.

Sclar was co-coordinator of the Taskforce on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers, one of the ten taskforces set up by the UN Millennium Project to help guide the implementation of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. The Taskforce Report, A Home in the City (2005, Earthscan), of which he was one of the three lead authors, is now a standard reference on the challenge of transforming the informal urban settlements of the rapidly urbanizing world into healthy and vibrant homes.

 His present work concerns exploring the potential for creating governance institutions for urban transport that capture the potentials and avoid the challenges that 21st century technology are creating for urban mobility and access.

Felipe Targa

Felipe Targa was Deputy Transport Minister of Colombia from 2010 to 2012. Before joining the World Bank (2014), he was founder and Director of the SEGC CityLab at Los Andes University, a multidisciplinary consultancy center from the academic research, supporting innovation in planning and design of green and equitable urban transport and public space infrastructure. Under SEGC CityLab, he managed the Green Corridor project in Cali, a highly innovative non-motorized transport-urban renewal-open space project that incorporates state-of-the-art practices in green infrastructure, PPP financing, sustainable mobility and urban development. Prior to this, Mr. Targa worked on Colombia’s National Planning Department (1998-2001), in a special task force responsible for designing and implementing one of the most advanced the National Urban Transport Policies and conceptualizing the first group of Colombia’s recognized BRT systems. From 2004 to 2010 he was Senior Transport Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank. He has been involved in the climate change agenda, participating in COPs and designing two innovative urban transport programs; a CTF Investment Plan and a TOD NAMA for Colombia. Mr. Targa holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, and he is Ph.D. candidate in Transport Systems at the University of Maryland.

Geetam Tiwari

Geetam Tiwari is Coordinator Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme at IIT Delhi and  MoUD Chair Professor for Transport Planning at the Department of Civil Engineering. She  obtained B. Arch degree  from the University of Roorkee and  Master of Urban Planning and Policy, and Ph.D. in Transport Planning and Policy, from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has received the degree of Doctor of Technology honoris causa from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2012. She has been Adlerbretska Guest Professor for sustainable urban transport at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden 2007-2010.  She has been working in the area of traffic and transport planning focusing on pedestrians, bicycles and bus systems. She has published over 75 research papers on transportation planning and safety in national and international journals and peer reviewed seminar proceedings. Edited four books on transportation planning and road safety. Received International Velocity Falco Lecture Prize, Barcelona, Spain, the Stockholm Partnerships award for local impact, innovative thinking and a potential for replication or transferability. Centre for excellence grant from Volvo Research and educational  foundations(VREF), IRTE &Prince Michaels award for promoting road safety research and LMA(Lucknow Management Association) award for woman achiever, 2010. She is advisor to Urban Age series of conferences coordinated by London School of Economics since 2005. She is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.

Adie Tomer

Adie Tomer is a senior research associate and associate fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, and a member of the Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. His work focuses on metropolitan infrastructure usage patterns—including personal and freight transportation—and the intersections between infrastructure and technological development. He is a frequent contributor to Brookings’ The Avenue blog and has been published in multiple national print publications and media outlets. Prior to work at Brookings, Adie was a Senior Analyst at the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he advised senior executives on policy-relevant matters. He holds a master’s in Public Policy from American University and a B.A. from the University of Florida.

Rodrigo Rodriguez Tornquist

Rodrigo is an specialist on environmental management and sustainability policies for transportation. He conducted the Environmental Management Division at the Argentine National Railways Administration (2008-2013). As Executive Director and co-founder of the Association SustentAr, a non-profit organization to promote sustainable and climate resilient development, participates in several Latin American initiatives for tackling climate change and is member of the Steering Committee of the Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Regional Platform.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with specialization in International Affairs (Catholic University of Argentina), and has degree in environmental management (National University of San Martin). During 2013-2014 he was a Research Fellow at the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he focused on low emissions and climate resilient sustainable development strategies. Nowadays, Rodrigo is a Research Fellow and Professor at the National University of San Martin, and advisor of the Latin American Railways Association (ALAF).

Anthony Townsend

Dr. Anthony Townsend is an urban planner and forecaster whose writing, public speaking, activism and consulting focus on urbanization, ubiquitous computing and technology-led innovation and economic development.  He holds posts as Senior Research Scientist at New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation and fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute, a think-do tank located in New York City. Anthony was co-founder of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the community broadband movement, and was named one of Planetizen’s “Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning & Technology” and “Top 100 Thinkers” tracking the Internet of things by Postscapes. His first book, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia is published by W.W. Norton & Co.

Shin-pei Tsay

Shin-pei’s experience in policy and practice converges on transforming the built environment so that it is more accessible, equitable, and sustainable. She was most recently the director of cities and transportation in the energy and climate program for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and held leadership positions in private and non-profit research, advocacy, urban design, community development, and technology organizations. She is also a co-founder and director of Planning Corps, an organization that matches urban planners with community-based projects. Shin-pei serves on the boards of Transportation Alternatives and of the Brooklyn Public Library and frequently collaborates on creative projects for the public good. Shin-pei holds a bachelor of arts in government with distinction from the College of Arts and Science at Cornell University and a master of science in cities, space, and society from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Veronica Vanterpool

Veronica joined TSTC in the summer of 2007 as a policy advocate to build support for New York City's congestion pricing plan. In June of 2012, she was appointed by the board of directors as executive director. Prior to joining the smart, dedicated staff at TSTC, Veronica worked at the Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation organization, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on its Waste Water Treatment Upgrade Program to protect New York City's watershed.

Coming from a strong academic and professional background in environmental science and policy, Veronica was drawn to the environmental root of TSTC's mission: reduce car dependency, and greenhouse gas emissions, by providing people with alternatives to driving. Her advocacy for sustainable transportation policy works towards communities that are designed to be walkable for people of all ages and abilities; public transportation that is affordable, reliable, and efficient; infrastructure that provides a safe streetscape for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers; and government policies that support these goals on the local, state, and federal levels. Veronica has served on a variety of panels and groups, including the Mass Transit Task Force for the Tappan Zee Bridge and the MTA Reinvention Commission.

Veronica was born and raised in the Bronx and holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.  She double majored in Environmental Science and Political Science from Binghamton University in upstate New York. While at Binghamton University, she drove a bus and trained new bus drivers to meet state commercial driving requirements, foreshadowing her passion for public transportation. She chairs the board of the Bronx River Alliance, which works to protect, improve, and restore the Bronx River corridor and greenway, and is on the board of Vision Long Island, which advances environmentally sustainable growth and development.  

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT. The Civic Data Design Lab develops innovative techniques to collect, distribute, and visualize information to communicate and expose urban policy to broad audiences. Before coming to MIT, Williams was Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University. Williams has won numerous technology and planning awards and her design work has been widely exhibited including work in the Guggenheim and a project that is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

Tom Wright

Tom Wright is Executive Director of Regional Plan Association. He has steered many of the organization's key initiatives, including the Draft Vision Plan for the City of Newark (2006) and A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area (1996).

Mr. Wright oversees the day-to-day operations of RPA and coordinates activities with the Board of Directors. Previously, he was deputy executive director of the New Jersey Office of State Planning, where he coordinated production of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan (2001). From 1991 to 1993, he was coordinator of the award-winning Mayors' Institute on City Design, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mr. Wright lectures widely on growth management and regional planning. He is a visiting lecturer in public policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; and the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture. Mr. Wright received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a certificate in American Studies from Princeton University, and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Princeton and Places Journal, and serves on the Advisory Committee for the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the City College of New York. He resides in Princeton, N.J., with his wife, Cameron Manning, and three daughters.

Robert D. Yaro

Robert D. Yaro is President of Regional Plan Association, the nation's oldest independent metropolitan policy, research, and advocacy group. RPA promotes the livability, vitality and sustainability of the New York metropolitan region. 

Yaro led development of and co-authored RPA's Third Regional Plan, A Region at Risk, and has authored and co-authored numerous papers on articles on planning and infrastructure for the five boroughs and the metropolitan region. He founded and co-chairs America 2050, RPA's initiative to create a national development and infrastructure plan. He has worked for years to protect important landscapes and develop parks and public spaces in New York and New England. 

Yaro is a member of NYC's Sustainability Advisory Board, which helped prepare PlaNYC 2030, and of New York City's Waterfront Advisory Committee. Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed him to the New York Works Task Force, which is developing a long-range infrastructure investment strategy for New York State. He is co-chair of the Empire State Transportation Alliance, on the board of the Forum for Urban Design, and an honorary member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Yaro holds a Master's in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor's in Urban Studies from Wesleyan University. In addition to leading RPA, Yaro is Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and has consulted on city and regional planning issues across the U.S. and in Europe, China, Japan, Turkey, and North Africa.