Speakers

We are proud to announce that the following speakers will be joining us for the 2018 Safe Streets Summit! Please check back again soon to see our full list of speakers.

Gabriella Arismendi

Transportation and Mobility Planner, City of Westminster, CO

@plannergaby
Transportation and Mobility Planner for the City of Westminster, Colorado. She coordinates planning and engineering efforts to increase equitable mobility (bicycle, pedestrian, and transit) and smart city transportation solutions into the city’s projects, policies, and programs. Prior to Westminster, she worked for MetroPlan Orlando coordinating regional efforts on sustainable mobility and health planning practices and addressed last‐mile connectivity throughout the Central Florida region. She was the project manager for the SR50 Health Impact Assessment (HIA), the first transportation HIA in Florida.

Tamika Butler

Executive Director, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

@TamikaButler
Tamika Butler serves as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit organization that addresses social and racial equity, and wellness, by building parks and gardens in park-poor communities across Greater Los Angeles.   Tamika has a diverse background in law, community organizing and nonprofit leadership. Recently she was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Prior to leading LACBC, Tamika was the Director of Social Change Strategies at Liberty Hill Foundation, and worked at Young Invincibles as the California Director. She transitioned to policy work after litigating for three years as an employment lawyer at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.

Tamika previously served as the co-chair of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Board of Directors, serves as the Institute Co-Director of the New Leaders Council - Los Angeles, is a board member of both Lambda Literary Foundation and T.R.U.S.T. South LA, and is an advisory board member for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports program.

Tamika received her J.D. from Stanford Law School, and received her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Sociology in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Clinton Forbes

Executive Director, Palm Tran Public Transportation

Clinton B. Forbes, Executive Director, Palm Tran Public Transportation, is a Florida native, born in Miami-Dade County, has served in the public sector for 29 years, twenty-two (22) of which serving at the senior management and leadership levels at the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and four (4) transit properties; Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and now Palm Tran.  Mr. Forbes also served in Miami-Dade County Mayor’s office as Executive Transportation Advisor as part of a team assembled by former Mayor Alex Penelas to secure a dedicated source of funding for Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) in 2002 – known as the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP) which generates more than $200 million annually for transit and transportation in the Miami metropolitan area.

In November 2015, Mr. Forbes rejoined the South Florida community as Palm Tran’s Executive Director after serving for two years as Vice-President of Operations/CEO Designate for the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), in Columbus Ohio.  He has already begun to make his mark in this community and within his agency.

Mr. Forbes is actively involved in the transportation industry through the following organizations:

  • Member, American Public Transit Association (APTA)
  • National Board Member, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)
  • Board Member, Florida Public Transit Association (FPTA)

Mr. Forbes holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Thomas University in Political Science and Public Administration and has completed a myriad of transit/transportation industry and leadership training.

Tony Garcia

Principal, Street Plans Collaborative

@streetplans
Tony Garcia is a Principal of Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. Anthony is a nationally recognized architect, writer, speaker and advocate in the in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

As a writer and advocate, Tony’s work has appeared in or been featured by numerous publications. Tony is a coauthor of the globally acclaimed series Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol. 2, and together with Mike Lydon is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015. He is the former Chairman of the Green Mobility Network, the largest bicycle pedestrian advocacy organization in South Florida, and co-founded the Ludlam Trail project, which will result in the addition of over 50 acres of new park space in Miami-Dade County. From 2008 to 2012 he was the Publisher and Managing editor of the transportation advocacy blog TransitMiami.com, an award-winning web journal dedicated to public participation and discourse in South Florida.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from New York University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Miami.

Daniel Gibson

Regional Vice President, Miami-Dade, Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Daniel is a passionate community leader and advocate for social justice, with key experience in philanthropy, community development, public speaking, and program design, implementation and evaluation. He has spent the past 10 years champion issues around jail and prison reform, affordable housing, access to medical care for the chronically homeless, HIV/AIDS prevention and LGBT rights. He has created nationally recognized initiatives and programs, and initiated impactful systemic reform policies.

As Allegany Franciscan Ministries Regional Vice President for Miami-Dade County, Daniel oversees a place-based giving initiative in Overtown, a historically African-American neighborhood in Miami that has been besieged by social and civic inequities for half a century.

Daniel has an undergraduate degree from Yale University, and an MSW from Barry University in Miami.

Patrice Gillespie Smith

Sr. Manager, Miami Downtown Development
Patrice is the Sr. Manager of the Miami Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) Planning, Design & Transportation department.  For the last 20 + years, she has worked as an urban planner across the nation to create more walkable, livable and vibrant communities.  Prior to working for the Miami DDA, she managed Neat Streets Miami and helped facilitate the Safer People, Safer Streets Action Plan and the Miami-Dade Complete Streets Guidelines. Patrice has also developed transportation solutions in Seattle; St. Louis; Columbus, OH and Broward County.

Tom Hudson

Vice President of News and Special Correspondent, WLRN

In a journalism career covering news from high global finance to neighborhood infrastructure, Tom Hudson is the Vice President of News and Special Correspondent for WLRN.  He hosts and produces the Sunshine Economy and anchors the Florida Roundup in addition to leading the organization's news engagement strategy.  Tom was most recently the co-anchor and managing editor of Nightly Business Report on Public Television. Prior to co-anchoring NBR, he was host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated financial television program “First Business.” Tom also reported and anchored market coverage for the groundbreaking web-based financial news service, WebFN.  Before his jump to television and broadband, Tom spent the better part of a decade in general news as anchor, reporter, manager and talk show host in several markets covering a wide variety of stories and topics.

Peter Kageyama

Senior Fellow, Alliance for Innovation

@pkageyama
Peter Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.  He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the city.’

Peter is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders and a special advisor to America In Bloom. He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.

Leah Shahum

Founder and Director, Vision Zero Network

@Visionzeronet
Leah Shahum is the founder and director of the Vision Zero Network, a national campaign supporting cities working toward Vision Zero — zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries. The Network helps communities develop and share best practices for safe mobility for all road users.

As a German Marshall Fund Fellow, Leah researched Vision Zero strategies in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the 10,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which promotes bicycling for everyday transportation. Leah formerly served on the Boards of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

 

David Simor

Project Manager, 8 80 Cities

@davidsimor
David Simor joined 8 80 Cities in August of 2016, after several years working at Toronto City Hall. An avowed lover of all things urban, he has helped co-ordinate numerous public realm and park revitalizations, planning studies, and neighborhood improvement projects. At 8 80 Cities, David has contributed to the Open Streets Project, and supports many initiatives related to public space, community engagement, and Open Streets programs.

Trained as an actor, David firmly believes listening is the first step towards creating inclusive, accessible and dynamic cities for everyone.