Speakers

We are proud to announce that the following speakers will be joining us for the 2020 Safe Streets Summit!

OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Mikael Colville-Andersen

Urban Designer and Author, Copenhagenize Design Company

Mikael Colville-Andersen is an urban designer, author and a leading global voice in urbanism. Mikael is the host of the urbanism documentary series The Life-Sized City and during his presentation he will inspire with examples from around the world about how cities and citizens are the key to tackling climate change through design thinking in this, the Age of Urbanism.

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jay Pitter

Placemaker and Author, Jay Pitter Placemaking

Jay Pitter, MES, is an award-winning placemaker and author whose practice mitigates growing divides in urban centres across North America. She is also a thought-leader who recently taught at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and has been named the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning by the University of Toronto. Her forthcoming book, Where We Live, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2020.

EMCEE

Daniel Gibson

Regional Vice-president Miami-dade, Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Daniel Gibson is local foundation, Allegany Franciscan Ministries’, Regional Vice President for Miami-Dade County. A passionate community leader and advocate for social justice, with key experience in philanthropy, community development, public speaking, and program design, Daniel was recently selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Fellow. His current work is dedicated to addressing the root causes of the economic and health disparities experienced by Overtown residents, a historic African-American neighborhood in Miami. He has spent the past 14 years championing 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. Daniel has an undergraduate degree from Yale University, and an MSW from Barry University in Miami.

PLENARY PANEL SPEAKERS

Crissy Fanganello

Former Director of Transportation and Mobility, City of Denver
Director Applied Innovation, Panasonic

Crissy worked in Denver to establish a people centric transportation approach. She initiated dozens of people-oriented plans including a series of multimodal plans and vision zero. Crissy opened City BuildHer in 2018, offering insight and strategy on leadership, diversity, inclusion and stakeholder engagement. In 2019 Crissy joined Panasonic exploring how technology can address pollution, safety, increase efficiency and generate revenue.

Río Oxas

Building Power Director, People for Mobility Justice

Río Oxas was born and raised in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, their parents are from Guatemala and El Salvador. Since 2002 Río has been working with Black Indigenous People of Color communities and government agencies around issues of mobility justice. Río is currently the Building Power Director for People for Mobility Justice. Río holds a Masters in Education in Social Justice and is a National Bicycle Safety Coach.

SPEAKERS (Listed Alphabetically)

Irene Balza

Project Manager, Street Plans Collaborative

Irene is a project manager at the firm’s Miami office with a background in architecture and urban design. She has worked on multiple place making projects that have led to the creation of temporary and permanent public spaces. She has also worked with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Program and the Inter-American Development Bank through its Cities LAB platform to hold tactical urbanism workshops in various Latin American cities.

Dewayne Carver

State Complete Streets Program Manager, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

DeWayne Carver, AICP, is the Florida Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets Program Manager. Prior to coming to FDOT, DeWayne worked in the private and public sectors in real estate development, planning, transit, and university research. He holds a Master of Regional Planning Degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He lives in Tallahassee, FL with his wife and children.

Dr. Alison Conway

Associate Professor, City College of New York

Dr. Alison Conway is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York and an associated researcher to Metro Freight, a Volvo Research and Education Foundations Center of Excellence in Urban Freight. Dr. Conway’s current conducts research in urban freight and city logistics, freight data, and multi-modal interactions in the urban environment.  She chairs the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute’s (T&DI) Freight and Logistics Committee and the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB’s) Freight Data Committee.

Carlos Cruz-Casas

Assistant Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works, Miami-dade County

Carlos Cruz-Casas, P.E. is the Assistant Director over Strategic Planning for Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. His primary focus is to introduce mobility innovation. Carlos received his Master’s degree in urban transportation planning from University of Florida’s College of Engineering, and his undergrad in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. He now serves as a Board Member for the Open Mobility Foundation and TRB’s Mobility Management Committee.

Heather Danforth

Senior Planner, City of West Palm Beach

Heather Danforth is a landscape architect and planner who focuses her attention to helping communities envision and implement projects that highlight multi modal transportation and resiliency.  She has experience in projects at many scales, including regional planning, new neighborhoods and site specific developments.  Her experience includes conceptual design, master planning, zoning code regulations and design regulations. Heather is engaged in her community as an active member of CNU of the Palm Beaches and the Abacoa Community Garden.

Uyen Dang

City Traffic Engineer, City of West Palm Beach

Uyen Dang serves as the City Traffic Engineer and oversees all transportation elements for the City of WPB. She led in the City’s adoption of the Vision Zero Policy and developed the City’s multi modal transportation system and the micro mobility program. In 2017, Uyen helped defined the term “Mobility” in WPB through a range of transportation planning efforts. She is part of Leadership NACTO and serves as chair of the Palm Beach TPA Technical Advisory Committee. Uyen is a registered engineer, a mom and a children’s book author.

Dr. Eric Dumbaugh

Associate Director

Eric Dumbaugh, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety and globally-recognized scholar in the planning and design of safe, livable urban streets. His research has received national awards from the American Planning Association and the Transportation Research Board, and has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Slate, and the Atlantic Cities, among numerous others.

Nattaliah Earle

Managing Director, Surg Consulting

Nattaliah Earle, MSc. is the founder and Managing Director of the Sustainable Urban Resources Group, (SURG) Consulting, a management consulting firm based in South Florida, that works with startups, small businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies to help them with grant writing, customer care, and retention, and business development and training. Mrs. Earle is currently working as the Market Promotions Coordinator with the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for the City of Dania Beach, to administer the grant for their Urban Farm, Community Garden, and Market Garden, known as the Dania Beach PATCH.

Christine Fanchi

Transportation Engineering Design Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale

With 20 years of transportation planning and engineering experience, Christine is excited to be transforming Fort Lauderdale through her role as Transportation Engineering Design Manager. She has led dozens of projects prioritizing streets for vulnerable users. Born and raised in Florida, she received her civil engineering degree from Auburn University, spent 15 years in the private sector in Phoenix, Arizona before coming to the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2015. She lives in downtown Fort Lauderdale with her fiancé and 3 handsome boys.

Allison Foster

President, Tarpon River Civic Association

Allison Foster serves as the Tarpon River Civic Association (TRCA) President. TRCA is the official city organization of Tarpon River Neighborhood homeowners and residents who are committed to improving the quality of life and promoting a sense of community in the neighborhood. Allison is serving in her second term and has worked closely with City of Fort Lauderdale staff over the past year on continued implementation of Tarpon River's mobility plan. Professionally, Allison serves as a major gifts fundraiser for Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.

Dr. Peter Furth

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

Dr. Peter Furth earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at MIT. His research addresses challenges for sustainable urban transportation, including transit priority at traffic signals, low-stress bicycling networks, and making streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. He is the inventor of the Level of Traffic Stress method for evaluating bike networks and was a contributing author to the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide. His video Systematic Safety: The Principles Behind Vision Zero has had more than 80,000 views.

Jose Gonzalez

Transportation and Mobility Director, City of Miami Beach

José R. González, P.E. has 26 years of transportation experience in the public sector, including with FDOT and City of Miami.  He is currently the Transportation Director with the City of Miami Beach where he is leading innovative mobility initiatives, including a citywide trolley service with over 5 million passengers annually and intelligent transportation systems.  Mr. Gonzalez is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and was recognized in 2018 as the "Government Engineer of the Year” by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Karma Harris

Public Health Consultant, Health Communities and Walkability Lead, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Karma is a Public Health Consultant with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, where she leads the Walkability Action Institute and Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities projects for NACDD. She works with 74 local/regional/state participants with these projects. She enjoys the overlap of physical activity, active transportation, built design, and disability inclusion and holds the general belief that when communities are built for everyone, no one gets left out.

Andrew Howard

Principal, Team Better Block

When Andrew first began Team Better Block and started painting his own bike lanes, he thought he might end up in jail or at-least be stripped of his planning certification. He now has achieved international awards for the firm’s work.

Andrew is one of the original founders of the Build a Better Block project. Now having been used in over 150 communities from Sydney, Australia to Bethel, Vermont Better Block is seen as an alternative to the typical design and defends the urban planning method of the past.

Jessica Josselyn

Associate Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Jessica’s passion is helping people—an endeavor she fulfills in her work as a transportation consultant at Kittelson & Associates. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, but discovered early in her career that transportation planning was where she most wanted to focus her technical training and its application. Jessica was one of the lead consultants that helped the City of Fort Lauderdale develop several neighborhood master plans focused on creating safer spaces and connections.

Abby Laughlin

Owner, Sandbox 101, LLC

Abby Laughlin is a local Fort Lauderdale investor who decided to tackle 13th Street. Watching Complete Streets transform a dingy, high speed roadway, into a well-lit, walkable and bikeable destination gave her the impetus to invest in this CRA neighborhood. The CRA incentives and roadway improvements were what tipped the scales in this investment decision. She is completing her adaptive rehab project of four buildings, along the 13th Street Corridor, in the Middle River Terrace neighborhood.

Robert Modys

Planner, Keith

Robert Modys, AICP authored and managed the Dockless Mobility Permit Program for the City of Fort Lauderdale, the first permanent program of its kind in Florida. With over 1,000 scooters on the street each day and a mix of riders comprised of residents and visitors, Robert has worked within all facets of managing micromobility in Fort Lauderdale - from daily parking concerns, to long-term public engagement campaigns, and even data and crash analysis.

Scott Peterson

District Roadway Design Engineer, Florida Department of Transportation

Scott completed a four year enlistment in the US Air Force before attending Florida International University where he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1992. He began at the Department of Transportation in 1993 in the Professional Engineer Training Program and upon completion, he joined the roadway design unit. During his career, Scott has served in a variety of roles in Design and spent 2 years in Planning and Environmental Management as the District Project Development Manager before obtaining his current position.

Catherine Prince

Senior Transportation Project Manager, WSP, USA

Catherine Prince assists local agencies with implementing Multi-Modal Roadway and Transit improvements to achieve the goals of Safety, Mobility, and Sustainability. In her previous role, Catherine executed some innovative ideas like the UPS E-Cargo Delivery, Curb-Management, led the design and construction of South Florida’s first truck apron, parking-protected bike lane, and bike- box at the City of Fort Lauderdale. When Catherine is not on the drawing board, she is biking or playing ‘Catan’ with her boys.

Mike Rutkowski

Complete Streets Leader, Stantec, National Complete Streets Coalition

Mike Rutkowski is a Board Member on the National Complete Streets Coalition and a certified Complete Streets Trainer for the Smart Growth America. He has managed more than 50 Complete Streets corridor retrofit projects in his career.  He is a certified Youth Bicycle Trainer (LAB) and is an advocate of healthy, active living.

Michael Shwartz

Head of Customers and Policy, Ride Report

Michael Schwartz is the Head of Customers and Policy at Ride Report, where he supports city agencies as they legislate, approve, and implement micromobility programs. He also ensures staff are able to leverage Ride Report's software tools for effective data driven management of shared micromobility.  Michael has more than a decade of experience implementing data-driven transportation plans, policies, and infrastructure. His work in the public, private, and non-profit advocacy sectors informs his wide ranging perspective on micromobility.

David Simor

Project Manager, 8 80 Cities

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

Dana Wall

Senior Project Manager, Street Plans

Dana is a Senior Project Manager with a background in public and open space design and planning. She managed the Miami-Dade Transportation Quick-Build Program, and has implemented over 25 Tactical Urbanism projects in three years. She was the principal investigator of one of the firm's most recent research documents, Fast-Tracked: A Tactical Transit Study. As a car-less advocate in Miami, she is a part of The Underline Collective and The Miami Foundation's Transit Working Group, and works with Avenue 3 Miami as an urban design consultant.

Karen Warfel

Transportation Planning Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale

Ms. Warfel has 23 years of planning experience including transportation, smart growth, land use, and brownfields. As the Transportation Planning Program Manager for Fort Lauderdale, she is responsible for planning and implementation of Complete Streets projects including working with neighborhoods and agency partners on transportation needs. Prior to moving to Fort Lauderdale, Karen worked as a planner for Holyoke, Massachusetts where she oversaw planning initiatives including brownfields, smart growth, and transportation improvements.