Speakers

We are proud to announce that the following speakers will be joining us for the 2022 Safe Streets Summit! (Please check back soon for updates!)

EMCEE

GUYLENE BERRY

DIRECTOR OF SAK PASE MEDIA, RADIO & TV PERSONALITY, AND ENTREPRENEUR

Guylene Berry is Director of Sak Pase Media, where she focuses on connecting with audiences, promoting social good, and bringing awareness to the issues of Haitian women and families, education, finance, health, legal, political, parenting, and social issues. Berry curates a live talk show centered on South Florida’s Haitian community. She is a licensed real estate agent and a former Community Outreach Advisor/Liaison to the City of North Miami.

OPENING KEYNOTE

GABE KLEIN

FOUNDING PARTNER, CITYFI; AUTHOR, START-UP CITY; FORMER COMMISSIONER OF THE CHICAGO AND WASHINGTON, DC DISTRICT DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION

Gabe Klein is a Founding Partner of Cityfi, the author of Start-up City and former Commissioner of the Chicago and Washington, DC District Departments of Transportation. In both cities he revamped technology platforms and government processes while focusing on putting people first vs. automobiles on city streets. This included launching two of the first and largest bikeshare systems in the U.S. and building protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, as well as facilitating private services like carshare and rideshare that could help each cities mobility goals. Gabe honed his creativity and leadership skills working in business, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President, Bikes USA as national Director of Stores and his own electric powered, organic food truck chain, On The Fly.

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE

KARINA RICKS

ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR RESEARCH, DEMONSTRATION, AND INNOVATION

Karina Ricks joined the Federal Transit Administration in September 2021 as the Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI). In this capacity, Karina oversees a range of activities including mobility innovation, safety and testing, and bringing research into practice. Karina is driven to achieve just, sustainable and vital mobility that improves quality of life and economic prosperity for all people and communities. Prior to joining FTA, Karina established and directed the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure where she catalyzed an ambitious integrated Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Universal Basic Mobility (UBM) program, modernized Steel City’s legacy infrastructure, collaborated with smart and autonomous technology innovators, and implemented an array of safety initiatives and multimodal network improvements. Her past experience includes strategic mobility consulting both nationally and internationally, and experience in land use and economic development, democracy initiatives, and environmental preservation. Karina returns to federal service many years after beginning her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer and, later, Presidential Management Fellow.

PLENARY SPEAKERS

AILEEN BOUCLÉ, AICP

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MIAMI-DADE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATION

Aileen Bouclé, AICP, is the Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and is professionally certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. She has successfully implemented the federal, state, and local transportation planning process for the largest mass transit expansion program in the State of Florida, the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit “SMART” Plan, adopted by the Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board in 2016.

GARRETT BRUMFIELD

FOUNDER, OVERCOME YOURS

Having been born with Cerebral Palsy, Garrett Brumfield has been facing and overcoming obstacles since day one. In 2014, he founded the motivational movement, Overcome Yours, through which he utilizes story-telling to educate, advocate and empower those around him. Garrett has collaborated with many local, state and national organizations in an effort to improve healthcare, education, transportation and public access for all people.

EULOIS CLECKLEY

DIRECTOR AND CEO, TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC WORKS, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Eulois Cleckley serves as the Director and CEO of the Department of Transportation and Public Works for Miami-Dade County. As Director and CEO, Cleckley oversees the 15th largest public transit system in the country and the largest transit agency in the State of Florida. With approximately 4,000 employees, DTPW is one of the largest departments in Miami-Dade County government serving a population of 2.8 million residents.

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.

BILLY FIELDS, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Billy Fields (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas State University. His research focuses on understanding the key elements of resilient communities. He is the lead author of Adaptation Urbanism and Resilient Communities (Routledge 2021) and co-editor of Transport Beyond Oil (Island Press 2013). He directs the ISTEP, an annual study abroad program in the Netherlands exploring best practices in active transportation.

THE HONORABLE OLIVER G. GILBERT III

CHAIRMAN, MIAMI-DADE TPO GOVERNING BOARD

Miami-Dade TPO Governing Board Chairman and Board of County Commissioners Vice Chairman, Oliver G. Gilbert III, was born and raised in the City of Miami Gardens and is a graduate of Florida A&M University. He also attended the University of Miami School of Law where he graduated with honors. In 2012, Chairman Gilbert was elected Mayor of his hometown where his efforts helped the city earn “All-America City” in 2020. In November 2020, he was sworn in as Miami-Dade County Commissioner District 1 and was unanimously chosen as Vice Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

MS. JANE GILBERT

CHIEF HEAT OFFICER, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

As Miami-Dade County’s first Chief Heat Officer, Ms. Gilbert works across departments and partners to address the increasing risks to human health, lives and livelihoods associated with extreme heat. Prior to joining the County, Ms. Gilbert served as the City of Miami’s first Chief Resilience Officer for four years. Prior to public service, Ms. Gilbert led 3 nonprofits and managed ESG work for large corporations.

SHANNON HAKE

SLOW STREETS PROGRAM MANAGER, SAN FRANCISCO MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY

Shannon Hake manages a team of planners and engineers implementing San Francisco's Slow Streets Program, which limits through traffic on certain residential streets to allow space for walking and biking. The program initially started as a COVID-response program and has grown to an ongoing part of the city's infrastructure, with over 25 miles of Slow Streets providing community space in one of America's densest cities.

THE HONORABLE EILEEN HIGGINS

BOARD MEMBER AND CHAIRWOMAN, MIAMI-DADE TPO URBAN TASK FORCE

Eileen Higgins serves the residents and businesses of District 5 as its County Commissioner representing Downtown and Brickell, Miami Beach, Coral Way, and Little Havana.  Commissioner Higgins is a strong advocate for transportation solutions and safer, walkable neighborhoods as Chair of the Transportation, Mobility, and Planning Committee.  She has increased affordable housing opportunities for District 5 and is a champion for an improved quality of life and increased economic opportunities.

DANIEL PADILLA OCHOA

SENIOR MANAGER OF FLORIDA CONSERVATION, OCEAN CONSERVANCY

Daniel is a trained urban planner. Having completed his studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design, he worked at the Center for the Environment on issues of climate change resilience and adaptation. In his current role, as the Senior Manager of Florida Conservation for Ocean Conservancy, he manages partnerships with local governments and implements projects to bridge the gap between the natural environment and built human environments.

LYNDA WESTIN

PROJECT MANAGER/DISCIPLINE LEAD, WSP USA

Lynda Westin specializes in multimodal planning, transit-oriented development, and managing multi-disciplinary project teams. She currently works on large scale transit planning projects for WSP. Previously, she worked on bicycle and pedestrian projects for Miami Beach. She also structured SFRTA's first regional TOD program, and brought in nine Federal discretionary grants. She has a Master’s Degree in planning and is AICP certified.