We are proud to announce that the following speakers will be joining us for the 2021 Safe Streets Summit!
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Planning Practice Lead, City Of Neptune Beach, FL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jr. is the Public Works Director for the Town of Cutler Bay, a role he’s held for over 8 years. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Florida International University. He is a State Certified General Contractor, a State Certified Roofing Contractor, a Certified Flood Plain Manager, and an ISA Certified Arborist. He has over 28 years of experience in the Engineering and Construction industry. In his role as Public Works Director, he has led his Department through multiple Capital Improvement Projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.