Speakers

We are proud to announce that the following speakers will be joining us for the 2021 Safe Streets Summit!


OPENING SPEAKERS

Jessica Jennings

ASSOCIATE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR FOR TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES (NACo)

Ms. Jessica Jennings serves as Associate Legislative Director for Transportation and Infrastructure at the National Association of Counties (NACo). In this role, Jessica staffs NACo’s Transportation Policy Steering Committee, working with county officials from across the nation to set organizational priorities and policies, as well as federal advocacy strategies, for transportation and infrastructure issues that affect all of America’s 3,069 counties. Jessica joined NACo from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), where she served as policy advisor in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to GSA, Jessica worked on behalf of counties, local airports, ports and a variety of transportation-focused organizations in her role at Van Scoyoc Associates. Jessica also spent just under five years as a personal staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Zabe Bent

DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS (NACTO)

Zabe Bent is the Director of Design for NACTO, National Association of City Transportation Officials. Zabe's background in design, planning, and engineering influences her focus on street design with network operations and policy analysis, in order to ensure sustainable, equitable access to urban places. She led development of NACTO's guide, Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery, and manages its training program. Before NACTO, Zabe was Principal Planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and Principal at Nelson/Nygaard. She has an MCP and MST from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she spends her free time writing, sketching, and procrastibaking.

Beth Osborne

Director, Transportation For America

Beth is the Director of Transportation for America. She was previously at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy since 2009. At DOT, Beth managed the TIGER Discretionary Grant program, the Secretary’s livability initiative, the development of the Administration’s surface transportation authorization proposal, and the implementation of MAP-21. Before joining DOT, Beth worked for Sen. Tom Carper (DE) as an advisor for transportation, trade and labor policy, as the policy director for Smart Growth America and as legislative director for environmental policy at the Southern Governors’ Association. She began her career in Washington, DC, in the House of Representatives working as a legislative assistant for Rep. Ron Klink (PA-04) and as legislative director for Rep. Brian Baird (WA-03).

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Clinton Forbes

Executive Director, Palm Tran Public Transportation

For more than 30 years, Clinton B. Forbes has solidified a reputation as a leader and innovator in public transportation. A Florida native, Forbes has been the Executive Director of Palm Tran since November 2015. Palm Tran, a mid-size transit agency, provides fixed-route and paratransit services to one of the geographically largest counties east of the Mississippi River. The bus system, using more than 400 vehicles, travels to every major destination in Palm Beach County. Mr. Forbes is responsible for 630 employees and an annual budget of approximately $160 million annually. Forbes’ career includes leadership positions at the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and three transit properties; Miami-Dade Transit (MDT), the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA).

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Mr. Forbes re-energized and transformed transit in Palm Beach County with a series of bold initiatives including: launching the PT Stat Performance Management Program, beginning the Go Glades dial-a-ride service in the Glades Region and conducting the largest fixed-route bus network redesign in 22 years. His work has earned him several prestigious awards from: the National Association of Counties (NACo), Florida Public Transit Association (FPTA) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA), among others. Particularly notable is the APTA Gold Award for Transit Safety and Security. Mr. Forbes is an active member of APTA, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and the Bus Coalition. He serves as the Chair of the FPTA Board and is a member of the Executive Board of the United Way of Palm Beach County.

Brooks Rainwater

SENIOR EXECUTIVE AND DIRECTOR, NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES’ (NLC) CENTER FOR CITY SOLUTIONS

Brooks Rainwater is the senior executive and director of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Center for City Solutions. Rainwater drives the organization’s research agenda, community engagement efforts, and leadership education programming to help city leaders create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment. As an advocate for strong local leadership, Rainwater leads a team of experts across the field of urban policy, and regularly advises cities both in the United States and globally on critical issues faced now and yet to come. He has published a wide variety of reports and articles on innovative solutions that lead to vibrant and successful cities.

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Rainwater speaks regularly across the country and overseas on issues facing city leaders. Under his leadership of the Center, it has grown and developed a host of new programs from entrepreneurship and equitable development to alternative energy and resilience to urban innovation and enhanced city governance strategies. Rainwater’s research and interests include advancements in technology and city innovation, mobility and the digital economy, and how the rise of state preemption is impacting local authority. His expertise is a draw for media outlets, including the TODAY Show, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, and the New York Times. Rainwater also frequently contributes to publications such as Fast Company, CityLab, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Fortune. Prior to joining NLC, Rainwater was Director of Public Policy for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). While there he developed the Local Leaders research series and spearheaded the Cities as a Lab initiative focused on the key role cities play as creative instigators of innovative practices. Rainwater serves on numerous boards with current and past service to the STAR Communities Board, the American Library Association Public Policy Advisory Council, the International Advisory Board for the City of Rotterdam, and the Arlington County Environment and Energy Conservation Commission.

PLENARY SPEAKERS

Danielle Arigoni

Director Of Livable Communities, AARP

Danielle Arigoni is Director of Livable Communities at AARP, where she works to support AARP’s 53 state offices (including DC, USVI and Puerto Rico) -- and the nearly 500 localities and several states enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities -- to create great places for all people of all ages. Danielle leads the team responsible for supporting Age-Friendly Network members; developing free practitioner-focused publications on topics ranging from ADUs to placemaking to rural livability; and delivering direct technical assistance to nearly 100 communities each year.

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Her team also disseminates a free weekly newsletter on livable communities-related issues, reaching more than 100,000 local leaders around the country. Danielle is an urban planner by education and has nearly 20 years of professional experience contributing to more sustainable and resilient federal, state and local policy, including prior leadership positions at USEPA and HUD. She also serves as a Board Member for the League of American Bicyclists. Danielle holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning from University of Oregon.

Charles T. Brown

PRESIDENT AND CEO, EQUITABLE CITIES LLC

Charles T. Brown, MPA, CPD, LCI is the founder and managing principal of Equitable Cities LLC—a nationally known urban planning, policy, research and multimedia firm working at the intersection of transportation health, and equity. He serves as a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both at Rutgers University. He also serves as a 2020 Fellow within the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication in Partnership with The OpEd Project.

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With more than 17 years of public and private sector, military, and academic experience, he has gained international attention for helping to create safe, healthy and livable communities. His recent and notable contributions through research and practice include understanding barriers to biking and walking for women and minorities; analyzing the impact of crime on walking frequency and propensity; centering and prioritizing equity in transportation planning and decision-making; analyzing barriers to accessing parks and open spaces; and, serving as an instructor for the Smart Growth America (SGA), National Transit Institute (NTI), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and CDC’s Walkability Action Institute. He has secured over $4 million dollars for policy, planning and research projects at Rutgers University, and $5.3 million in transportation enhancements for major community redevelopment projects during his tenure at the City of Orlando. More recently, he was one of the few national experts invited to advise CDC on the development of a new physical activity tool, and Smart Growth America on the development of an effective tool to create healthy and equitable communities. He also assisted the cities of Jersey City (NJ) and Orlando (FL) in the creation of their first-ever Vision Zero Action Plans and updates to their Bike Master Plans. He has delivered over a dozen keynote addresses and workshops on the importance of health in all policies, health equity, and transportation equity to local, national and international audiences. He serves as a member of the Global Safety Advisory Board at Lime (micromobility), member of the Board of Directors with America Walks, and member of the Franklin Township Planning Board (NJ). He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Pedestrian Safety Committee, Bicycle Transportation Committee.

Chris Bruntlett

Marketing And Communication Manager, Dutch Cycling Embassy

Chris Bruntlett is Marketing and Communication Manager at the Dutch Cycling Embassy, a public-private partnership that represents the best knowledge, experience, and experts from the Netherlands. As a long-time campaigner in Vancouver, he fell in love with Dutch bike culture in 2016, inspiring him to co-author the book, “Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality”. Chris uses his knowledge and passion to share practical lessons for global cities wishing to follow their footsteps, and become better places to live, work, and—of course—cycle.

Tilly Chang

Executive Director, San Francisco County Transportation Authority

Tilly Chang serves as Executive Director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The Transportation Authority’s mission is to make travel safer, healthier, and easier for all. Ms. Chang oversees the Transportation Authority's administration of the voter-approved half-cent transportation sales tax and other funding programs. She also leads the agency's county congestion management functions including long-range planning for San Francisco's multi-modal, multi-operator transportation network. Ms. Chang serves as Chair of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority's Peninsula Rail Program Executive Steering Committee and on the boards of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the California Transportation Foundation, and SPUR.  Ms. Chang was named 2019 Woman of the Year by the San Francisco chapter of WTS and in 2015 the San Francisco Business Times named her one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women. Prior to the Transportation Authority, she held posts with the World Bank, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and a wireless technology startup. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and M.I.T.

Paul Comfort

Vice President Of Business Development, Trapeze Group And Executive Director, North American Transit Alliance

Paul Comfort is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Selling Book, The Future of Public Transportation and host of the world’s top public transportation CEO podcast, Transit Unplugged - heard in 99 countries. He serves as Vice President of Business Development for the Trapeze Group and is Executive Director of the North American Transit Alliance. Comfort is longtime industry veteran and the former CEO of one of America's top transit systems, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) in Baltimore. He has also served as an elected County Commissioner and County Administrator and is the recipient of the transportation industry's highest individual honor - The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Presidents Award.

Naomi Doerner

Director Of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Nelson/Nygaard

Naomi Doerner is a nationally recognized transportation equity and mobility justice strategist with expertise leading systems change to reach racial equity and social justice goals within organizations, institutions with and for communities. Her specialization is the creation of equitable planning processes from the facilitation to the development of policy frameworks, to supporting organizational change and guiding it's implementation. Doerner's 15-years of experience spans the private, public and nonprofit sectors at the city, regional, and national level.

Jack Gray

CO-FOUNDER AND INNOVATION LEAD, CITY:ONE PROGRAM, FORD MOBILITY

Jack Gray is the Co-Founder and Innovation Lead for Ford Mobility’s City:One program, where he works with mobility leaders at a community, city and county level to address equity, accessibility, safety and sustainability in transportation. Using a community-centered design approach, Jack and the City:One team run innovation programs that reflect the needs of those individuals and families who are often overlooked or excluded from the transportation planning process. Jack recently co-published a report with the City of Austin on “Racial Equity in Mobility Innovation,” which can be found at www.fordcityoftomorrow.com. Jack comes to Ford Mobility after five years with Deloitte Consulting’s innovation and design firm, Doblin.

Juanita Hardy

MANAGING PRINCIPAL, TIGER MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT GROUP

Juanita Hardy has a passion for fostering healthy, thriving, and equitable places to live, work, learn and play through her work with individuals and businesses. Hardy has over 45 years of business experience, including 31 years with IBM, where she retired in 2005, and over 35 years in the arts as a nonprofit leader, trustee, collector, and patron of the arts. Hardy was Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking for Urban Land Institute (2016-2018), a global non-profit committed to responsible land use. She now serves as a consultant for ULI on creative placemaking.

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Hardy founded Tiger Management Consulting Group after retiring from IBM, a global training and business consulting services firm. She has been an executive coach for Right Management, a global human capital development firm, since 2006. Hardy’s client portfolio includes both for profit and non-profit organizations. Hardy is the former Executive Director of CulturalDC (2013-2015), a nonprofit that provides space for artists and creative placemaking services for real estate developers. She co-founded Millennium Arts Salon, an art education initiative, in 2000. Hardy is an accomplished writer and public speaker. Her articles and essays have appeared in magazines and journals in the US and abroad. Her recent writing includes a pentalogy of articles on creative placemaking in Urban Land magazine. She is one of the authors of ULI’s 2020 Publication “Creative Placemaking – Sparking Development with Art and Culture.” Hardy serves on the board of the Mosaic Theatre Company based in Washington, DC and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation based in Baltilmore, MD. Hardy is an avid collector of fine art and, since 1985, and has acquired many works on paper, canvas, sculptures, as well as traditional African art.

Steven Higashide

Director Of Research, Transitcenter

Steven Higashide is Director of Research for TransitCenter, a New-York-based foundation that works to make cities more sustainable and just through better public transit. He has conducted and managed research about who rides transit and why; how tax policy influences transportation; and transit’s role in a Green New Deal. Steven previously worked as a transportation advocate in the New York area, where he worked on winning campaigns to pass legislation protecting pedestrians and cyclists, and defeat Congressional attempts to defund public transportation. His first book (named one of Planetizen's 10 best urban planning books for 2019) is "Better Buses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit," and his writing has appeared in The New Republic, The Atlantic, and the Los Angeles Times. Steven holds a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Nadine Lee

CHIEF OF STAFF, LOS ANGELES COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (METRO)

Nadine Lee is the Chief of Staff for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). In this role, Nadine drives coordination and delivery of projects, programs, and services across the organization to provide a world-class transportation system for the citizens of Los Angeles County. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer in Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation where she led the development of Vision 2028, Metro’s 10-year strategic plan to increase prosperity for L.A. County through improved mobility. Prior to her arrival in L.A., Nadine led the development and implementation of the Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit for Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), a project that produced a 40% increase in bus ridership in its first few months of service. Nadine also led the Northwest Rail and Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility projects in the FasTracks Program.

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Nadine was appointed to the Leadership APTA Committee in 2019 and is a past Director on the WTS International Board. She was awarded 2019 WTS International Woman of the Year. Nadine participated in the 2019 APTA International Study Mission to explore Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) in three European cities. She also studied the role of performance management in improving service delivery in four Southeast Asia cities as part of the TCRP International Transit Studies Program. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Kansas, Nadine received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Despite being an engineer by education, Nadine flexes her creative muscles in Adult Beginning Ballet several times a week and has participated in several performances.

Mike Lydon

Principal & Co-founder, Street Plans

Mike Lydon is a co-founder of Street Plans, an urban planning, design, and research-advocacy firm based in Miami and New York City. Mike is an internationally sought after planner, author, speaker, and designer of livable cities. In 2018 Planetizen named Mike as one of the 100 most influential urbanists of all-time. With Tony Garcia, he is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of the full-length book Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015, which was honored as one of the top 10 planning books of the year. Mike also collaborated with Andres Duany and Jeff Speck in writing The Smart Growth Manual, published by McGraw-Hill. Most recently, Mike co-authored NACTO’s Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery and led the creation of the Streets for Voting Guide with the Center for Tech and Civic Life. Mike lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and son and encourages you to trade four wheels for two.

CONFERENCE DAY ADDITIONAL THEMED BREAKOUT SPEAKERS

LUIZ ARAGON

PRINCIPAL, LEAD4 LLC.

Mr. Aragon is currently the Principal at LEAD4 LLC which is a planning and management consulting firm charged with the goal of leading municipalities toward positive change in partnership with the private sector.

Luiz Aragon recently served as the Commissioner of Development for the City of New Rochelle, New York. In this capacity, Mr. Aragon lead all planning and economic development initiatives in the City. Under his leadership, New Rochelle was able to reposition itself as a leading transit-oriented development (TOD) destination in the tri-state area. In partnership with the City Council and Master Developer RXR Realty, Mr. Aragon rezoned approximately 300 acres of the City’s downtown to accommodate over 10 million square feet of mixed-use development and 7,000 new housing units, by utilizing an innovative form-based zoning code and streamlined environmental review process. Mr. Aragon also led the City’s marketing, branding and technology initiatives – bringing quality of life amenities such as bicycle and scooter-share programs, free downtown public wi-fi, and a free downtown electric shuttle service.

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Previously, Mr. Aragon served as Commissioner of Planning & Environmental Management for Sullivan County, New York, Deputy Commissioner for Preservation Services for NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development, and Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects and Assistant Commissioner for Planning & Urban Mobility for NYC Department of Transportation.

Mr. Aragon holds an MBA from Baruch College, CUNY and a BA in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

JASON BAGLEY

PARTNER, CIRCUIT

Jason is a Partner at Circuit, overseeing National Operations and Business Development. He has been an integral part in launching service in several markets in Florida, California and Massachusetts, as well as managing operations across the country and focusing on national quality control. Before joining Circuit in 2012, he worked as a Regional Manager for a full-service National Parking and Transportation Company. He received his BA in Communication from Florida Atlantic University. Jason is based in South Florida and originally hails from Massachusetts.

Alexander Esposito

CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CIRCUIT

Alex Esposito is the CEO and co-founder of Circuit. In 2011, Alex Co-Founded Circuit with James Mirras, and began handling the company’s sales and business development. Alex has worked to build successful EV services for Cities and private companies around the US, creating valuable relationships and leading the company’s sales growth. Since starting, Circuit has expanded to over 20 cities and provided over 4 million rides without charging a dollar or burning an ounce of gas. He has participated in Urban-X, LACI, Joules and CivStart Accelerators and been a featured speaker at events like Smart Cities NY, 20-20 Cities Boston, Accelicity and Van Elan. Alex attended Bentley University, where he received his MBA. Prior to starting Circuit, he worked for NUA Advisors, Vistaprint (NASDAQ: VPRT) and at Accenture (NYSE: ACN), where he worked on various finance, technology and strategy projects for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Alex is based between Circuit’s NY and FL offices.

Leah Shahum

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, VISION ZERO NETWORK

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.

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION SPEAKERS

Chris Benitez

Project Manager And Traffic & Safety Engineer, STANTEC

Chris Benitez, PE, PTOE, RSP is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and has more than 14 years of experience in transportation infrastructure planning, project development, and design for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and South Florida local governments. Whether planning for urban downtowns, neighborhoods, or retrofitting corridors to be more walkable and bikeable, Chris uses a data-driven, context-sensitive, and community-oriented approach to implementing Complete Streets solutions.

Sarah Caper

Principal Planner, Forward Pinellas

Sarah Caper, AICP, is a Principal Planner at Forward Pinellas, the planning council and metropolitan planning organization for Pinellas County, Florida. Sarah manages special projects including Safe Streets Pinellas, the agency’s Vision Zero effort. She has been with Forward Pinellas for seven years and was previously with Manatee County Area Transit. Sarah holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida in Urban and Regional Planning.

Raphael Clemente

Executive Director, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

Raphael Clemente is the Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, or DDA. He joined the DDA team in January of 2006, bringing with him a multi-disciplinary background and local knowledge. Since being named Executive Director, Raphael has guided the DDA to some noteworthy successes. These include the formation of the West Palm Beach Arts and Entertainment District, the recruitment of dozens of new businesses to the downtown area, the creation of the first Office of Public Life in North America, and most recently, spearheading local efforts to address the impacts of COVID 19. Raphael holds master’s degree in Urban Planning from Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, and he is a member of the International Downtown Association’s Board of Directors.

Sean Compel

Principal, STANTEC

Sean Compel, P.E., is a Principal and Project Manager at Stantec, where he has worked for his entire 19-year career. He leads the Community Development group in the Coral Gables office with a focus on the design and construction of various infrastructure projects, primarily for local municipalities. Meeting client’s goals while helping to transform and improve communities has been a growing passion. Experiencing the positive changes and playing a role in the City he was born and raised in is a true privilege.

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 and plan for a fully integrated transportation system. His career includes both public and private sector experience ranging from conceptual design to implementation of pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and traffic projects. As a professional engineer dedicated to the development of Livable Transportation, Carlos seeks to achieve the right balance between mobility and livability. Carlos now serves as a Board Member for the Open Mobility Foundation and TRB’s Mobility Management Committee. He received a Master’s degree in urban transportation planning from University of Florida’s College of Engineering, and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.

Meg Daly

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, FRIENDS OF THE UNDERLINE

Meg Daly is a full-time volunteer CEO and President of Friends of The Underline, a 501(c)3 non-profit transforming the underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 120-acre linear park, 10-mile urban trail, and public art destination (www.theunderline.org). A 30-year sales and marketing veteran, Meg owned a breakthrough target marketing company catering to the broadcast television industry. She has also held executive positions in the public relations, advertising, technology, and real estate industries.

UYEN DANG

CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEER, CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH

Uyen (wen) serves as the City Traffic Engineer and oversees all transportation elements for the City of West Palm Beach. She led in the City’s adoption of the Vision Zero Policy and developed the City’s multimodal transportation program. She is part of Leadership NACTO and the 2020 Smart Cities Collaborative cohort. In 2021, Uyen launched the Smart Loading pilot program to utilize technology to manage the curb space.

Sabine Delouche

Program Manager, University Of Miami Walksafe And Bikesafe Programs

Sabine Delouche is the Manager for the University of Miami WalkSafe and BikeSafe Programs. The programs' missions are to reduce pediatric injury, improve physical activity, and promote the use of walk and bike friendly places for children and families. Sabine comes from a public health background, and has been working in pedestrian and bicycle safety programming for the last 5 years. During this time, she has worked to plan, disseminate, and implement safety education in over 250 schools and countless communities across the state. Additionally, she sits on several safety and injury prevention committees where she advocates for safer streets for children to walk and bike to school and beyond. While not at work, you can find her exploring all that South Florida has to offer. As a daily pedestrian, recreational cyclist, and public transportation rider, she hopes to promote and enjoy equitable transportation systems which provide connectivity to where people live, work, and play.

Victor Dover

Principal-in-charge, Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning

Victor Dover is an urban design and town planner, and co-founder of the firm Dover, Kohl & Partners. Over the last 30 years, his practice has focused on regenerating sound neighborhoods as the fundamental building blocks of well-loved communities. Popular neighborhoods designed by Dover-Kohl, like Southside in Chattanooga or Glenwood Park in Atlanta, have set the bar for both economic success and livability. Victor is deeply involved in reforming street design and infrastructure planning; his firm recently helped craft plans for the West Ashley Greenway in Charleston and the Ludlam Trail in Miami-Dade, as well as the redesign of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, which was awarded “Best Capital/Infrastructure Project in Florida” for 2020. Victor co-authored STREET DESIGN: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, considered the leading textbook on the subject. BUILD magazine named Dover-Kohl “Best Community Planner and Urban Design Firm in the USA” in 2020. He is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Congress for the New Urbanism. Victor is also a five-time Ironman triathlete, and bikes to work.

Patrice Gillespie Smith

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER, FRIENDS OF THE UNDERLINE

Patrice has worked as an urban planner across the nation to create walkable, livable and resilient communities for the past 20+ years. Prior to working with Friends of the Underline, she served as the Sr. Manager of Planning, Transportation and Resilience for the Miami DDA; led Neat Streets Miami; and developed the Safer People, Safer Streets Action Plan and the Miami-Dade Complete Streets Guidelines. She is passionate about engaging the community in The Underline and bringing people together through this 10-mile linear park and urban trail. Patrice lives in Miami with her husband and three children.

JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ

Transportation And Mobility Director, City Of Miami Beach

José R. González, P.E. has over 26 years of public sector experience in the transportation and transit industry. Mr. González commenced his professional career in 1994 with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District Six as a member of the Professional Engineer Training Program. During his ten-year career with FDOT, Mr. González specialized in multimodal transportation serving as the District Intermodal Engineer in the Public Transportation Office. In 2004, Mr. González joined the City of Miami’s Transportation Office where he spearheaded key transportation projects and initiatives, including the City of Miami Trolley Program. 

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Subsequently, Mr. González joined the City of Miami Beach and was appointed Director of the newly created Transportation Department in 2014. In this role, he spearheaded the implementation of the City of Miami Beach Trolley Service and collaborates with Miami-Dade County and FDOT to advance regional transit initiatives intended to improve mobility and connectivity between the City of Miami Beach and the mainland. Mr. González is a graduate of Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida. In 2018, he received the Government Engineer of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Billy Hattaway

Principal, Fehr & Peers

Billy Hattaway, P.E. is a Principal with Fehr & Peers. He has a MBA from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Fehr & Peers, Billy was the Transportation Director for the City of Orlando. He is the former champion for both the Florida Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Focused and Complete Streets Implementation Initiatives to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and comfort in the state of Florida. He has held a number of leadership roles in the private and public sector including FDOT District One Secretary, FDOT Director, Office of Design and State Roadway Design Engineer. He is active in a number of organizations including: Board Member, Orlando Region and Florida Chapter, Congress for the New Urbanism Board Member, Former Chair for Bike/Walk Central Florida National Complete Streets Coalition Hattaway was recognized by Governing Magazine as a 2014 Public Official of the Year, and by the Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism with the John Nolen award for his leadership on the Department’s bicycle/pedestrian safety and Complete Streets initiatives.

Clyde Higgs

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRESIDENT, ATLANTA BELTLINE, INC.

Clyde Higgs currently serves as CEO & President of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. In this role he leads the executive team in providing oversight of the Economic Development, Design & Construction, Real Estate Development, Housing, Procurement, and Human Resources activities of ABI.  He also lends his leadership to establishing and expanding strong working relationships with private and public partners across the region, state and nation. Clyde brings 20 years’ experience in economic development, real estate, intellectual property, technology, strategic planning, design, real estate development, grant and donor funding, and government relations, with a diversity of projects including those that specialize in urban innovation, science and technology.

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Clyde joined ABI in 2015 from his position as Executive Vice President of Operations & Development for the North Carolina Research Campus, a multi-faceted initiative of Los Angeles real estate developer Castle & Cooke using the recruitment of science and technology companies as the platform to redevelop and reinvigorate Kannapolis, a former textile town near Charlotte, North Carolina. As a top executive at the Kannapolis Project, he helped steer the day-to-day operations of a multi-billion-dollar revitalization effort involving economic revitalization of the local economy. His work entailed ground and facility leasing over vast tracks of industrial lands and facilities; oversight of a complex multi-million annual operating budget; supervision of 60+ employees and consultants; and organizational direction of the capital improvements program. He also provided strategic guidance for broad-based community advocacy and engagement, partnership development with state and local governments, universities, construction and design vendors, and real estate brokers and investors to ensure the project’s success. Before joining the NC Research Campus, Clyde served in various technology-based, economic development leadership roles. Clyde is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and holds a graduate degree in Public Administration from East Carolina University. He has served on numerous boards and professional organizations, including two gubernatorial appointments: by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Emerging Technology (Board) for early stage companies working on innovations in the fields of biotechnology, healthcare, energy and information technology; and by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to the State Board of Community Colleges where he served as Vice Chair.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s vision:

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s vision is to be the catalyst for making Atlanta a global beacon for equitable, inclusive, and sustainable city life. As one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs in the United States, the Atlanta BeltLine is building a more socially and economically resilient Atlanta with our partner organizations and host communities through job creation, inclusive transportation systems, affordable housing, and public spaces for all.

Frederick Jones

PLANNING PRACTICE LEAD, MICHAEL BAKER INTERNATIONAL

Mr. Jones is a Senior Associate/Planning Practice Lead with Michael Baker International. Mr. Jones is a professional transportation planner with nearly 20 years' experience in project and program management for a variety of community planning and mobility initiatives. His expertise includes multimodal corridor planning, complete streets and active transportation, as well as extensive experience in land use, coding and regulatory issues. In addition, Mr. Jones brings particular expertise in safety and access to transit, scenario planning, storytelling, and the development of performance measures to enhance the transportation and land use decision-making process. 

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Mr. Jones’ training in anthropology led to his career in planning as he believes “urban planning is anthropology.” Mr. Jones sits on the National Complete Streets Coalition Steering Committee as part of Smart Growth America. He was previously Chairman of the City of Jacksonville, FL Downtown Development Review Board. As the current Vice Mayor of Neptune Beach, which was recognized as having one of the best Complete Streets Policies of 2018, he is leading a number of strategic planning initiatives including a citywide visioning plan, the implementation of an active transportation network, and a form-based zoning code update. Most recently, he provided federal testimony to the US House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on roadway safety and new performance measures to foster greater accountability at the state level. Previously he served as senior transit planner with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). In this role, he oversaw JTA’s Complete Streets program which seeks to increase the first and last mile accessibility and safety of JTA’s newly-designed transit system. Mr. Jones is a Certified Planner with a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Florida State University.

Kurt Kaminer

Social Media Marketing Manager, University Of Miami Walksafe And Bikesafe Programs

A Miami native, Kurt grew up in a region that was firmly entrenched in car-centric planning by the late 1980's. Having re-discovered the bicycle in his early teens, he began to see past the windshield bias that many of us have been born into. Since then, he has delved deep into scientific journals, FHWA research, prevailing attitudes of advocates, and networked with forward-thinking planners to learn about equitable and accessible safe street design for people walking, rolling, or riding. Utilizing his background in communications, Kurt has made it his mission to bring about a new approach to street safety education. Rejecting the inequities of shared responsibility messaging and victim blaming, Kurt is taking the topic of street design – a topic usually reserved for engineers and planners – and making it fun and accessible for youths and parents. 

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For the past seven years, Kurt has been the creative driving force at the UHealth WalkSafe and BikeSafe programs, producing videos, animations, and flyers; all strongly encouraging design-based education. He is also the voice of the programs on social media. In his free time, Kurt is an avid vintage bicycle collector and the curator of the Bike Share Museum, a library of preserved, decommissioned bike share bicycles. He enjoys utility cycling and is an enthusiastic supporter of barrier-protected bike lanes.

JESSICA KELLER

ASSISTANT PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR FOR SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION, CITY OF CORAL GABLES

Jessica has worked in both the private and public sectors, always following her passion of safe streets, for over 23 years.  She attended Frostburg State University and the University of Maryland where she earned her Bachelors degree in Environmental Analysis and Planning and Masters degree in Engineering. Jessica worked for the City of Baltimore as the Chief of Transportation Planning and The Maryland Transit Administration as the Service Development Director before moving with her son to join the City of Coral Gables, where she has been for nearly nine years.  She works closely with colleagues in various departments to integrate safe streets strategies that are not traditionally folded into the engineering and planning processes.

Gabrielle Matthews

Transit Research, Planning And Commuter Programs Administrator, Florida Department Of Transportation

Gabe Matthews has 12 years of experience in transportation and transit planning in both the private sector and public sectors. She currently serves as the Transit Research, Planning and Commuter Programs Administrator for the Florida Department of Transportation, and she and her team are responsible for providing transit technical support, research, training, and policy guidance to Florida’s transit agencies, FDOT staff and other transportation agencies. Prior to working with transportation, she worked in Florida’s public education system as a teacher in Franklin County and as a teacher certification specialist with the Florida Department of Education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and a Master of Science in Planning from Florida State University.

Benazir Portal

Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates

Benazir is a professional engineer and certified road safety professional and has participated in a variety of traffic operations, planning and safety engineering studies throughout the United States, with significant involvement in Florida projects. Her experience includes the development of transit signal priority (TSP) plans, traffic operations analysis, road safety assessments, identification of safety and operational improvements, signing and paving improvements, transportation impact studies, and parking studies. Benazir has also been involved in the update of several guidelines for the State of Florida, including the Manual of Uniform Traffic Studies (MUTS) and the Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE).

Alfredo Quintero Jr.

Public Works Director, Town Of Cutler Bay

Alfredo Quintero is the Public Works Director for the Town of Cutler Bay, a role he’s held for over 8 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering and has over 28 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. He is a State Certified General Contractor, a Certified Flood Plain Manager, and an ISA Certified Arborist. In his role as Public Works Director, he has led his department through multiple award-winning projects, including the Old Cutler Road Complete Streets Project, the Caribbean Boulevard Complete Streets Project, and has overseen the implementation of major Town improvements including the expansion of the Town’s tree canopy, increased bicycle and pedestrian connectivity facilities, and improved drainage systems to roads. Under his guidance, the Town reached a coveted Community Rating System Class 4 in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, providing flood insurance policy holders in Town with a 30% discount on their premiums.

Josette Severyn

Senior Planner, Broward County

Josette Severyn, AICP, is a Senior Mobility Planner with a passion and enthusiasm for active living, health, safety and transportation. Her experience in public health, research and transportation planning spans across the private and public sectors to research institutions and non-profit agencies. Currently with Broward County, Josette was formerly the Vision Zero Coordinator for the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Kathrin Tellez

Principal, Fehr & Peers

Kathrin Tellez, AICP, PTP, RSP1, is a Principal in Fehr & Peers’ Orlando office with over 20 years of experience in transportation impact assessment, safety assessments, integrated transportation/land use planning, site plan review, and parking studies. Ms. Tellez has conducted transportation impact analyses for major residential and commercial development projects including regional parks, schools, medical centers, and university campuses; these analyses evaluated project effects on intersection and roadway level of service, safety, bicycle, pedestrian and transit systems, and vehicle miles of travel. She has also evaluated the potential for shared parking at mixed-use developments and the effectiveness of Transportation Demand Management programs for a variety of land use types. Her favorite part of the development review process is the site plan review to ensure access and circulation routes have been developed for all travel modes, and that potential conflict points are addressed in the development of final site plans.

Kevin Walford

Transportation Planner III, Miami-dade Transportation Planning Organization

Kevin Walford has over 24 years of experience in the Planning field, the last 15 of which have been in Transportation. His responsibilities at the Miami-Dade TPO are Freight Transportation, Non-Motorized Transportation and Performance Management. Mr. Walford has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Miami and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Florida Atlantic University.

Jeffrey Weidner

VICE PRESIDENT OF FREIGHT, LOGISTICS, AND PASSENGER OPERATIONS, MARLIN ENGINEERING INC.

Mr. Jeffrey Weidner has 36 years of experience as a professional transportation planner in Southeast Florida working for both private consulting firms and for government agencies. Jeff started his career at the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization and also worked at the Florida Department of Transportation for 16 years where he was a leader in the development of policy and project programming for freight and public transportation projects.   Jeff is the Vice President of Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations for Marlin Engineering Inc. (MARLIN) and is responsible for managing the firm’s multimodal, policy planning, growth management and economic development disciplines across the state including the Miami, Plantation, Palm Beach Gardens, Tampa, and Tallahassee, Florida offices.   Jeff also serves as the Chief Planner for multimodal and safety projects including Vision Zero, transit, freight, seaport, intermodal, transportation demand management, pedestrian/bicycle and complete streets projects.

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In relation to this presentation, Jeff is an expert at the development of innovative data collection and analysis practices including: a 35 day statewide deployment of bluetooth detection devices tracking trucks from the Stateline to 8 of Florida’s Seaports; a 100+ day deployment of bluetooth, speed and classification devices tracking floral industry operations on key roadways between MIA and City of Doral area distribution center facilities; and most recently implementing a prototype deployment that integrates the collection of transit access data with non-motorized traffic monitoring in coordination with 5 transit agencies across Florida.

ANDRIA WINGETT

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, CITY OF HOLLYWOOD

Andria Wingett is a proud City of Hollywood employee who has been dedicated to serving all of Hollywood’s stakeholders for over 18 years. Coming to Hollywood after a brief stint at Calvin, Giordano and Associates, Andria has an A.S. in Environmental Science, a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and an M.S. in Management with a Concentration in Leadership.

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Her first opportunity at the City of Hollywood was an Assistant Planner.  With this position came the pleasure of being mentored by the City’s Team, ultimately earning the privilege of several promotions.  As the current Assistant Director of Development Services, for the last four years, she helps to guide the Planning and Urban Design, Engineering, Transportation and Mobility, Building and Community Development Divisions. Andria’s years of experience and extensive knowledge across several Divisions makes her a wealth of information with expertise in all areas of city government.

Waiching Wong

GLOBAL TRANSIT PARTNERSHIPS STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS MANAGER, UBER TRANSIT

Waiching Wong is the Global Transit Partnerships Strategy and Operations Manager for Uber Transit. She works with transit agencies across the globe on partnerships that help agencies increase ridership, improve mobility, and gain efficiencies. Prior to joining Uber, Waiching served as a public-private partnerships transaction advisor for state and local governments, and as a management consultant for the US Department of Transportation. Her most fond memories are of working as a local transportation planner in the District of Columbia and credits that experience as foundational to her understanding of how it takes a village for communities to thrive.