Speakers

We are proud to announce that the following speakers will be joining us for the 2019 Safe Streets Summit!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Secretary Anthony Foxx

17th United States Secretary Of Transportation & Chief Policy Officer At LYFT

Anthony Foxx is the Chief Policy Officer at Lyft who formerly served as the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation and as mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. As Chief Policy Officer at ride-sharing powerhouse Lyft, he works to develop government partnerships and serves as adviser to Lyft's president and CEO. Called “the Great Connector” as a result of his efforts to update, streamline, optimize, and digitize the nation’s transportation system, Sec. discusses the American transportation system, innovation, and coalition building.

EMCEE

Emiko Atherton

Director of National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America

Emiko Atherton is the Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. As the Director, Emiko oversees the Coalition’s federal advocacy, communications, research, and technical assistance programs. She uses her expertise in transportation policy, public health, land use, economic development, and legislation to consult with communities across the United States on how to create better transportation networks.

OPENING SPEAKER

Darcy Kitching

Co-Owner And Collaborative Storyteller Of Walk2connect Cooperative

Darcy Kitching is a proud co-owner of the Walk2Connect Cooperative, based in Denver, Colorado. With a diverse background in education, community development and urban planning research, Darcy understands the vital connections between the built environment and human development, and the importance of creating opportunities for people to encounter each other and build community in public space. She develops creative walking experiences, captures individuals' walking stories, and facilitates the City of Boulder's community walking program.

SPEAKERS (Listed Alphabetically)

Alice N. Bravo, P.E.

Director Of Department Of Transportation & Public Works

Alice N. Bravo, P.E. was appointed Dir. of the Department of Transportation & Public Works in February 2016, which manages the County's roads, traffic signals, bridges, canals, sidewalks, street signs, lights, and stormwater drainage; as well as Miami-Dade Transit, Florida’s largest public transit system and 15th in the U.S. In her career, Ms. Bravo has managed numerous P3 projects making significant improvements to mobility. She is a Civil Engineer graduate from the University of Miami and holds an M.B.A. from Florida International University.

Carlos Cruz-Casas

Strategic Planning For Miami-Dade County’s Department Of Transportation And Public Works

Carlos Cruz-Casas is the Assistant Director of 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 mobility ecosystem. His career includes both public and private sector experience in the 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 livability and mobility.

Tabitha Decker

Deputy Executive Director Of TransitCenter

Tabitha is Deputy Executive Director of TransitCenter, a national foundation working to improve public transit in ways that make cities more just, sustainable, and economically vibrant. Tabitha is a leader of the Bus Turnaround Campaign, a coalition effort that has successfully advocated for better bus service in NYC. Tabitha’s work for more equitable and sustainable transit is underpinned by more than a decade of research in cities around the world, on topics ranging from gender and mobility to the political stakes of new urban rail systems.

Ryan Dorsey

City Council Member Of Baltimore City

Ryan Dorsey is the City Councilman for Baltimore's 3rd District. Elected in 2016, his accomplishments include passing a landmark Complete Streets ordinance which codifies strong equity provisions and certain NACTO design standards, amending Baltimore's fire code to permit safe street design, and increasing bus lane and bus stop parking fines. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, his other policy focuses include supporting Baltimore's thriving art scene and promoting equitable and inclusive urban development.

Maria Rose Galter

Co-Owner Of Walk2connect Cooperative

After many years of travel and work in the international non-profit sector, including East Africa, Maria Rosa Galter understands the transformative power of engaging with communities through walking invitations. Maria Rosa believes that through the art of walking, joyful play, intentional work, and creative energy, we can align to our true purpose and work together to create a better world for each other. She holds a Master's degree in non-profit management from Regis University. Maria Rosa’s insightful understanding of self-compassion, travel experience, and fluency in Spanish and English gives her the ideal skill set for developing Walk2Connect's Spanish-language program, Caminar para Conectar.

Ashley Hand

Co-Founder Of CityFi

Ashley Z. Hand, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is co-founder of CityFi, advising all sectors on the future of cities in a rapidly changing world. Ashley previously served as the LADOT Transportation Technology Strategist where she authored Urban Mobility in a Digital Age, a strategy that defines public policy, organizational change, and pilot initiatives to enable the city to shape a vision of the future that works for all Angelenos in an era of shared mobility and autonomous vehicles.

Dr. Janisse Schoepp, Ph.D.

Vice President Of Operations And Strategy Of Health Foundation Of South Florida

Janisse Schoepp has been an integral part of strategic planning, program development, research and evaluation at the Health Foundation of South Florida since coming aboard in 2004. Her role includes developing an annual policy agenda and seeking opportunities to integrate policy and advocacy efforts into the programmatic and grant making activities of the Foundation. A public health expert with over 15 years of experience, she has been a visionary leader in building the local capacity for cross-sector collaborative efforts with a focus on policy and systems change.

Rebecca Serna

Executive Director Of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Rebecca Serna has a Master’s degree from Georgia State's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Urban Policy in Planning and Nonprofit Management. Serna was a bike/ped intern with the Georgia DOT and draws on her experience as a Fulbright in Bogotá, Colombia, where she studied participatory planning practices and innovative public transportation projects. Awards include 2015 Woman of the Year/Women in Transportation Seminar and 2013 Advocate of the Year/Alliance for Biking and Walking.

 

Chris Sinclair

Principal At Renaissance Planning

Chris Sinclair founded Renaissance Planning in 1999 and served as President of the firm until 2018. He continues as the firm’s Chairman of the Board. He has more than 35 years of planning experience working with federal, regional, and local agencies. Examples of his work include the Multimodal Performance Measure Research and Innovation Plan for the Federal Highway Administration and the Kendall Drive Vision and Land Use Planning Study for the Miami Dade Transportation Planning Organization.

Kyle Wagenschutz

Local Innovation at PeopleForBikes

Since 2016, Kyle has led the PlacesForBikes program, the PeopleForBikes program that helps quickly build and connect great places to ride. He spent more than a decade advocating for better biking in Memphis, TN serving as the Director of Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop, Vice President of Bike Walk Tennessee, and as the first Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Memphis. He was recognized by the Obama Administration in 2015 as a Champion of Change for his work in Memphis and honored at a White House ceremony.

Paul White

Director Of Safety Policy And Advocacy At Bird

Paul Steely White is the Director of Safety Policy and Advocacy at Bird, where he works with cities to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions by providing people with a safe, affordable, and environmentally friendly alternative to cars. From 2004 - 2018, Paul was Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. Prior to joining T.A., Paul worked for seven years as projects director for the Institute for Transportation and Development policy. In 2011, Mr. White was selected to receive the Rockefeller Foundation's Jane Jacobs Medal.

Jeffrey Wood

The Overhead Wire

Jeff Wood is the owner of The Overhead Wire. The company's focus is sharing information about cities around the world with advocates, elected leaders, researchers, and other interested parties. Projects include podcasts, newsletters, and urban cartography and data analysis.

Previous to The Overhead Wire Jeff spent 8 years as the New Media Director/Chief Cartographer at Reconnecting America and the Center for TOD. He has a BA in Geography and a MS in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.