Christophe Arnaud is the CEO of Blue Systems, the Bolloré Smart Mobility Division. He is responsible for the development of Mobility and Infrastructure as a Service (MAAS & IAAS) solutions for cities around the world. In addition to that, he is the President of Blue Solutions smart charging and shared mobility operations in the UK and US since 2014.
In this role, Christophe developed and launched in Los Angeles the first in the world mobility platform that enables cities to monitor and regulate micro-mobility within their city limits.
He is also in charge of the company’s two US-based carsharing services, including BlueLA that provides low-income neighborhoods of Los Angeles with clean and affordable transportation options.
In London, Christophe has led the ground-breaking initiative focusing of deployment of a charging infrastructure and a single platform for all types of users of electric vehicles (individuals, private and public fleets – including London Metropolitan police and Electric Black Cabs). The service aggregates real time information from over 1200 charging stations and processes over 300,000 charging and parking sessions a year.
Previously, Christophe worked for IER (2007-2014) which is another division within the Bolloré Group, which designs and sells solutions to manage the flow of passengers and baggage in airports and railway stations.
Christophe began his career in the automotive industry as a product manager at Valeo and then joined Faurecia as a sales manager in the “Automotive Seating” division.
He graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris engineering school and SKEMA Business School.
Christophe enjoys mountaineering activities and has climbed several peaks over 5000 m of altitude. He also practices paragliding, cycling and running.
Sam Baker is the COO and co-founder of Wunder Mobility, helping cities and companies around the globe to plan, develop and deploy safer, more efficient transport solutions faster than ever before.
After graduating from Santa Clara University, Sam started his career at Ebay supporting executive decision-making for a complex network of international subsidiaries and strategic acquisitions. He lived in Central America where he led a project funded by the Mastercard Foundation to launch innovative financial products for youth.
When he returned to California, Sam joined the Just Business (JB) venture capital firm as a partner investing in socially impactful businesses. He also served on the board of directors for Squarebar, an organic protein bar company. Additionally, Sam is an active startup investor and nonprofit advisor.
Chris Ballinger is the CEO and Co-founder of the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), a consortium of government agencies, academic institutions, companies, and public organizations exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology to improve mobility, transit, and logistics. Chris’ background spans from finance to mobility and innovation. After receiving a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, Chris served as Senior Vice President of Treasury at Bank of America and Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisors under President Reagan. Chris then moved into the mobility sector, serving 14 years at Toyota Financial Services, where he served in various global leadership roles, as SVP, CFO, and Chief of Strategic Innovation. In April 2017, Chris joined the Toyota Research Institute as CFO and Director of Mobility and Blockchain Services. Since launching MOBI in May 2018, Chris and the MOBI community have been at the forefront of the new economy of movement.
Richard is Director of Energy, Technology and Innovation (E.T.I) at the UK’s Department for Transport. He leads on policy to move the nation’s road transport onto more sustainable footing, whilst maximising the economic opportunities for the UK from the move into future mobility. His teams direct and deliver UK-wide policies and programmes worth around £1bn including on zero emission vehicles, low carbon fuels, improving air quality, and international negotiation of regulations on vehicle safety and emissions. Richard is the Department’s lead on policy on carbon, air quality and the future of mobility.
Malcolm Cain is currently the director of the newly-created Office of Inclusion at New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission. The City Council and the TLC created the Office of Inclusion to examine, address, and end discriminatory service refusals in New York City. Malcolm has worked for the TLC since 2015, most recently as the Deputy Director of External Affairs. He began his career in public service in 2010 at the NYC Department of Health, before working at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). Throughout his City service, he has had the privilege and responsibility of communicating vital city policies to diverse communities across the city. Malcolm has a deep passion for equitable transportation in the City of New York, and wishes to continue to find ways to address this issue at a systemic level.
Christina Calderato is the Head of Transport Strategy and Planning at Transport for London. For the last 12 years, she has worked across a diverse range of policy areas at TfL and led the team that developed the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. In her current role, Christina is responsible for developing strategic transport policy across the TfL network over the next 30 years. This includes working closely with the Mayor of London, GLA and other senior TfL Managers to set the direction of the Mayor’s transport strategy, develop policies to deliver strategic objectives and ensure delivery across TfL.
Harry Campbell is a former Boeing Aerospace Engineer and founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, a blog, podcast and Youtube channel for Uber and Lyft drivers and the author of a new book titled The Rideshare Guide: Everything you need to know about driving for Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies. Harry has quickly established himself as one of the top rideshare industry experts with appearances in hundreds of top media publications and his site is trafficked by hundreds of thousands of visitors every single month. He currently serves as an advisor to LA CoMotion.
Civil Engineer graduated in POLI – USP.
With more than 40 years in public administration, Mr. Caram has also worked in different areas of the public sector such as Health, Culture and Social Assistance.
Recently, he worked as Director at Traffic and Engineering Company, responsible for the all the roads in the city. Also, he worked as Coordinator in different areas at Traffic and Engineering Company.
Mr. Caram is also a construction entrepreneur.
Ellie Casson is the Head of Local Public Policy for Waymo (formerly the Google Self Driving Car Project). Prior to joining Waymo, Ellie served on the Public Policy Team at Airbnb, as Silicon Valley Congresswoman Anna Eshoo’s Campaign Manager, and as a Community Organizer for the Bay Area environmental organization Greenbelt Alliance.
Outside of work, Ellie serves as a Delegate to the California Democratic Party and is involved in affordable housing advocacy. Ellie holds a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Urban Planning from Hampshire College.
She lives in Oakland with her husband and daughter.
Regina is the CEO and Co-founder of Populus, a data platform for cities to manage the future of mobility. Trusted by leading cities and the world’s largest mobility operators, the Populus platform securely ingests real-time data from shared electric scooters, bikes, and cars – helping operators and cities partner to deliver safe, equitable, and efficient streets through better data and analytics.
Regina has over a decade of experience in transportation, having served as a research scientist and lecturer at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis. Prior to forming Populus, Regina was the Director of Business Development and Strategy at RideScout, an early mobility-as-a-service aggregator that was acquired by moovel, Daimler and BMW’s mobility services unit. Regina has been named a 40 Under 40 by Mass Transit magazine and the San Francisco Business Times. She has a Ph.D. in transportation and energy systems from MIT, and a bachelor’s in computer science from Cornell.
Philippe Crist is Administrator and Advisor for Innovation and Foresight of the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He develops and implements innovation and foresight tasks at the ITF, plans and coordinates research of the ITF’s Corporate Partnership Board and manages international research projects for the ITF’s 59 Member countries. His current work focuses on disruptive urban mobility scenarios and examines how car-based and active mobility, public transport and taxis must adapt to these. He is also leading work on Data science and public policy within the ITF investigating new strategies to leverage knowledge derived from new and rapidly growing data sources to improve transport decision-making. He is a recognised world expert on transport disruption, cycling safety and urban mobility. In 2016 he won the Danish Cycling Embassy’s Leadership Award for Cycling Promotion. His other work currently looks at managing mobility in rapidly growing urban areas, assessing GHG emission strategies in the transport sector, as well as investigating national transport asset and network management strategies. A French-American dual national, he is an ex-competitive cyclist and avid mushroom hunter. He also does much of his best thinking on a bicycle.
Jordan Davis is the Director of Smart Columbus for the Columbus Partnership leading strategy and public-private partnerships for the Central Ohio region’s $550 million smart cities initiative. She was instrumental in Columbus becoming the sole winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart Cities Challenge in 2016 and since has managed the upstart of a new joint venture for the region focused on realizing a connected, autonomous, shared, and electric transportation ecosystem that improves people’s lives. Jordan oversees an aggressive electric vehicle adoption program, shared mobility growth plan, autonomous vehicle deployment, and a dynamic corporate engagement portfolio.
Previously she led member and community affairs for the Columbus Partnership, CEO organization representing the largest employers in Central Ohio focused on improving the economic prosperity for the region. In that role she drove the thought leadership agenda for the region’s business community and advanced community impact initiatives. One of which was the formation of Columbus’ Student Engagement Strategy, a first of its kind initiative focused on retaining Ohio State students post-graduation with innovative programming and community engagement.
In the community, Jordan is Co-founder of the Central Ohio Leadership Academy and member of the board for Columbus School for Girls.
As a General Manager of Partner Cities at Via, Obinna oversees launches in new markets, developing the strategy and logistics behind our go-to market plan, setting growth goals, managing on-the-ground teams, and ensuring operational excellence and customer satisfaction.
Obinna joined Via in 2016 as an Operations Principal, primarily focusing on driver acquisition and vehicle supply, teaming with individuals and leasing partners to build, optimize, and maintain a base of vehicles best suited for Via’s technology. Obinna leads Via’s platform deployments in Arlington, TX and West Sacramento, CA, where he led the effort to create a first-of-its-kind shared Metris van fleet, powered by Daimler’s Van2Share technology.
Prior to Via, Obinna was a tech entrepreneur, consultant to Fortune 500 tech and financial companies, and an investor in transportation and building product companies.
Romain leads the Paris Region’s consulting practice for the urban mobility and new space sectors. He has 10+ years of experience advising companies looking to expand and plug into the regional ecosystem. He specializes in growth strategy, go-to-market, public-private partnerships.
Before joining Choose Paris Region, Romain worked for the economic development agency of Eastern France and the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation of Quebec, Canada.
Romain holds a master’s degree in marketing from Grenoble IAE Graduate School of Management.
He regularly participates in conferences about the future of transportation, the space industry, innovation, entrepreneurship and French business practices.
Nir Erez sees the future of urban mobility and in it, data is the determinant.
As Co-founder and CEO of Moovit, a leading Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provider and the world’s #1 urban mobility app, Nir Erez believes data companies will become the operating system – the brains and heart – of smart cities. Moovit, he says, is poised to be the leader. Indeed, Moovit is an early pioneer of MaaS, with its free transit app that currently has 500 million users and predicted to surge to one billion by 2021. Moovit owns and operates the world’s largest repository of urban mobility data, adding more than four billion anonymized data points a day from its users. Moovit’s community of 550,000 local editors who contribute hyper-local data to the app make Moovit the Wikipedia of Transit.
Claire Enslin is a Product Designer at WhereIsMyTransport specialising in using technology to create real world transport solutions for the global south. She has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Cape Town where she focussed on gender experiences of safety and freedom of movement within urban landscapes in emerging contexts. This informed her first role at WhereIsMyTransport where she managed the Data Collection team to map informally run transport systems in Africa.
Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His “back to basics” agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.
Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village — all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti’s leadership.
Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.
Alex Gibson is Director of Mobility Strategy at TransLoc. With his interest in solving meaningful problems, Alex is applying both his passion for transportation infrastructure and data and his understanding of how to leverage those assets to make public transportation and cities the best they can be. Through alignment and evangelism, Alex ensures that his team is able to combine data with the mission of TransLoc to become the most trusted provider of accessible and accurate transit data and information. Prior to joining TransLoc, Alex founded multiple companies, including third-party logistics firm Riley Life Logistics, and worked in Product Management at Rally Software to help build products to make engineering teams more successful.
Casey Gifford is a project manager for King County Metro’s Innovative Mobility program.
She is a leader in implementing public-private partnerships that leverage emerging mobility services and new technologies to improve regional mobility, advance equity, improve the environment, and support thriving communities. She has spearheaded partnership projects with Via, Lyft, Uber, Lime, Waze Carpool, Scoop, car2go, ReachNow, Zipcar, and others. Casey led the development, implementation, and evaluation of Metro’s Via to Transit first/last mile pilot, one of the top-performing services of its kind. She previously worked with large employers to deliver leading-edge commute trip reduction strategies.
Casey is a former Fulbright Fellow with a Masters in Urban Planning and Management from Aalborg University.
Raphaël is a cofounder of Bestmile and as CEO he is the executive leader of the company’s business and technical teams. He is a pioneer in the world of autonomous mobility, having led a project with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne with cofounder Anne Mellano to test and operate some of the first autonomous vehicle projects in Europe, after which organizers of autonomous mobility projects from throughout the world requested their expertise in defining and managing autonomous mobility trials. He is active in many global industry organizations including the World Economic Forum’s Tech Pioneers.
Daniel S. Goldin is an entrepreneur and technologist. Most recently he is the founder of Cold Canyon AI, an innovation advisory company. His career has spanned numerous technologies and businesses in space science, aeronautics, air traffic management, national security, semiconductors, and artificial intelligence. Mr. Goldin has the distinction of serving as NASA’s longest-tenured Administrator from April 1992- November 2001 and reported to three U.S. Presidents: George H.W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush.
He not only led the re-emergence of NASA through one of its most challenging times
after the Cold War, but helped foster east-west international cooperation in space, oversaw the redesign, construction and initial operation of the $120B International Space Station. He led the NASA team through the successful development, deployment and operation of a whole new generation of spacecraft to enable the extended exploration of our solar system, deeper observations of our known universe and more precise observations of the physical and biological dynamics of our own planet with the objective of enhancing the quality of life on Planet Earth.
Mr. Goldin is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, the International Academy of
Astronautics and the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Council on Competitiveness, a Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society.
Pierre Gosset is the Chief Technical Officer of SYSTRA Group. He is a member of Systra’s Executive Committee. As part of his responsibilities, he oversees the Innovation and Digital development of SYSTRA Group in the new mobility field. Pierre has more than 20 years experience in the Railway business. He started his career as a Signalling engineer in RATP in Paris. He then moved to Alstom Transport where he spent 16 years and had various positions in projects, commercial, Product Management and transversal fields. He headed Alstom Transport Engineering department from 2012 to 2014 as Vice-President.
He has then been nominated Systra Group Chief Technical Officer early 2015. Pierre Gosset has a wealth of experience in railway and mass-transit projects covering Signalling, E&M, Infrastructures and Rolling Stocks. He had the opportunity to work in various context and has got a multi-cultural international background.
Chuck Harrington is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of the Parsons Corporation, a digitally enabled solutions provider in the defense, intelligence and critical infrastructure markets with annual revenues exceeding $3.6 billion.
Chuck joined Parsons in 1982 as an engineer performing technical and later project management duties on classified projects for the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. He progressed into business development and sales to federal government organizations, later becoming Vice President and Program Manager of a multibillion-dollar engineering project with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site.
Before his appointment in 2006 to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer, he was the founding President of Parsons Commercial Technology Group — one of Parsons’ global business units — and led Parsons into the biotechnology, semiconductor, and wireless communications markets. In 2008, Chuck became CEO and then Chairman. He was named President in 2009.
A native Californian, Chuck graduated with honors from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He later received a master’s degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and marketing from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
David joined Covestro in 2004 when it was the chemical arm of Bayer. He is presently the Senior Vice President of the Polycarbonates business unit leading a broad portfolio of ventures and entrepreneurial activities from new mobility and energy storage to business model innovation, where Covestro projects significant growth.
During his career at Covestro David has spent time as futurist on the strategy team, run M&A projects and driven supply chain build-up in the Indian sub-continent. He also spent one and a half years on sabbatical, publishing “Complexity is Free”, a novel on the future of 3D-printing, and working on his start-up focusing on 3D-printed wearable devices.
Sampo Hietanen is the founding CEO of MaaS Global, a fast-growing mobility company from Finland that intends to lead the revolution to change the 10 000 billion euro transportation sector. He is also a recognized expert and a persuasive speaker on the future of mobility and on the power of open ecosystems.
Sampo’s vision for the future is partly technological but fundamentally human: “The technology is already here. All we need to do is figure out our customers’ dream, and build the services to match it.
Dr. Bruce Holmes, a well-known and widely experienced senior executive and leader in aeronautics technologies, has worked more than 40 years in both industry and government. He joined Alaka’i Technologies Corporation as a member of the Board of Directors in 2018. In the 1990s during his NASA career, Dr. Holmes worked closely with senior executives of the Alaka’i team on a major NASA-industry partnership, the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE) Alliance that in part inspired their present collaboration.
Dr. Holmes, who serves on boards of directors in industry and academia, also sits on advisory councils in government, including an FAA Administrator’s Advisory Committee and the U.S. National Academies Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group for the Office of the Director for National Intelligence. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to a Washington DC-based investment banking firm, FOCUS Bankers.
In 2007, Dr. Holmes retired from public service of 33 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a member of the federal Senior Executive Service. While at NASA, he directed a variety of technology advancement programs in civil aviation.
Dr. Holmes served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during 2000 and 2001 in aviation and commercial space policy analysis. He was a founding contributor to the U.S. Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), leading the development of the strategies for the U.S. Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
His contributions to the creation of the emerging market for on-demand air mobility are chronicled in the books, Free Flight, by James Fallows, 2001, and The Great Eclipse, by Dennis Maxwell, 2011. Dr. Holmes holds six patents and is the author of more than 100 technical papers. He is a flight instructor, and commercial, jet- and seaplane-rated pilot of more than 50 years; Bruce is a recent recipient of the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Establishment, plus the recipient of numerous industry and government awards. His academic background includes undergraduate, graduate, and Doctor of Engineering degrees from the University of Kansas and post-graduate work as a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard in the Kennedy School of Government.
Danielle J. Harris is the Director of Mobility Innovation at Elemental Excelerator, where she works with portfolio companies, partners, and cities to catalyze collaboration within the mobility industry. As a thought leader in new mobility with 10 years of experience in transit planning, street design and transportation policy, Danielle provides a systems approach to help both startups and incumbents strategize and thrive within the ever-evolving mobility revolution. Prior to Elemental Excelerator, Danielle was the Innovation Strategist for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Office of Innovation, where she integrated her background in land use and transportation planning to create dynamic teams with both city departments and tech companies.
Sarah Houde spent her early career as a communications and public relations director in the private and non‑profit sectors before becoming executive director of Youth Fusion, a pan‑Canadian charity that doubled in size in its three years under her leadership. She then joined private equity firm XPND Capital as vice president of public and government affairs, steering a number of transport electrification projects. In the fall of 2017 she was named CEO of Quebec’s new cluster for electric and smart transportation and was tasked with positioning the province as one of the sector’s global leaders.
Ms. Houde holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in political science and a graduate management diploma.
Ashley Horvat, formerly Oregon’s “Electric-Car Czar,” brings over a decade of electric vehicle industry expertise to Greenlots in her role as Vice President of Public & Private Partnerships. Ashley leads the development of a new infrastructure model for Greenlots, including overseeing smart communities and national strategic partnerships to help advance electric mobility globally.
Prior to Greenlots, Horvat served as PlugShare’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, where she founded the company’s consulting division and managed corporate strategic initiatives. In 2013, Governor John Kitzhaber appointed Ashley as the Chief EV Officer for the State of Oregon, where she advised the governor’s office, served as Oregon’s member of the National ZEV Task Force, co-chaired the Energy Oregon Coalition, and coordinated EV efforts across the state. Prior to that, Ashley led development of the West Coast Electric Highway, created the Oregon Electric Byways, and co-founded the “Plug & Pinot” initiative. She also co-founded the “Women of Electric Vehicles” organization, dedicated to elEVating women to leadership roles in the EV industry.
Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in American public policy and environmental studies from Western Michigan University. She’s been driving EVs since 2011, including a Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Kia Soul EV, and a Tesla Model S.
Michael Horvath is Co-Founder and Board Member of Strava, the social network for athletes, based in San Francisco, California.
Michael is currently Strava’s interim CFO and previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Strava 2010-2013 and President of Strava 2014-2017, leading Strava‘s growth from a handful of users to a brand that is loved by millions of athletes around the world.
Prior to Strava, Michael co-founded Kana Software, an enterprise software firm, and was the CFO and VP of Operations at GlycoFi, a biotech company. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University and an A.B. in economics from Harvard University where he was men’s lightweight crew team captain. In a former life, Michael was an economics professor at Stanford University and an entrepreneurship professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Future Mobility Pioneer
Michael Hurwitz is passionate about socially-positive technology. An internationally recognised pioneer in future mobility, he created the UK’s national programmes on electromobility and autonomy and is now responsible for making sure transport in London is ready for the future. His team seeks out market innovators, encourages the testing and implementation of new business models or services that could help address the challenges facing the city and sets the policy frameworks to ensure new innovations work for all. Michael has brought an entrepreneurial spirit to public service, working tirelessly to realize the potential of low-emission vehicles, connectivity and other technologically advanced transportation solutions for London and the UK.
Mr. Hutton provides leadership with respect to department-wide multimodal policy integration, including on issues related to technology innovation and in developing strategies that advance TC’s strategic objectives for Canada’s transportation system. With respect to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), he oversees TC’s ITS policy research, analysis and advice, serving as the policy lead for key initiatives including:
Hassan Jameel is Deputy President and Vice Chairman, Saudi Arabia of Abdul Latif Jameel, an international, family-owned and diversified business, founded in 1945 by the late Abdul Latif Jameel in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Jameel heads the domestic operations of Abdul Latif Jameel in Saudi Arabia, and is responsible for operations such as automotive, land and real estate, and machinery.
Hassan Jameel is also President of Community Jameel Saudi Arabia, which is dedicated to social and economic sustainability in the Middle East and beyond, through a wide range of initiatives, including job creation, poverty alleviation, and food and water security. Community Jameel also partners with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a number of programs to address global challenges.
Mr. Jameel is heavily involved in Community Jameel’s road safety initiative, which aims to promote safe driving through education and awareness campaigns in Saudi Arabia. Hassan is also involved in a number of humanitarian initiatives. Prior to taking up his current role, Hassan Jameel worked at Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.
Mr. Jameel sits on the UTokyo Global Advisory Board for the University of Tokyo and the MIT School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council. Alongside this, he is an advisor to CoMotion and a member of the Family Business Council – Gulf, which supports the growth and development on family businesses in the region.
Mr. Jameel holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics from Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and gained an MBA from the London Business School. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and Japanese.
what3words is the world’s first addressing system designed for voice – every 3m x 3m square in the world has been assigned an address made of just three words from the dictionary. These 3 word addresses can be used to route cars or drones, used as an address when ordering online, or simply given as a meeting point for a picnic in the park. what3words is used in 170 countries and is being adopted by governments all around the world as an official addressing system. Its investors include Daimler, Intel Capital, Aramex and Deutsche Bahn.
Clare is the CCO of what3words; prior to this, her background was in the development and growth of social enterprises, including in impact investing. She is interested in how innovative business models can tackle social and environmental challenges and is involved in social enterprises in the UK and abroad. Clare also volunteers with the Streetlink project, doing health outreach work with vulnerable women in South London.
Sarah M. Kaufman is the Associate Director at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for and educates about cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Planning, teaching Intelligent Cities and Advanced Projects in Urban Planning.
Ms. Kaufman leads several projects related to improving transportation through technology: Intelligent Paratransit, to rethink how we transport seniors and the disabled; Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellowship, a program to enhance innovation at all levels of transportation planning and policymaking; and Job Access, a comparative study of how livelihoods are affected by level of access to mass transit in New York City.
Ms. Kaufman has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, CityLab and Urban Omnibus for her work on gender and biking, job access and intelligent transportation.
David King researches the codependence of transportation and land use planning along with transportation finance and economics. Of particular interest are transportation policies such as parking management, taxi services and microtransit, all of which integrate with land use planning. His work on finance examines how existing and new finance tools can raise revenues for more effective and just transportation systems. His current research focuses on taxi and jitney services, informal transit, street design, and how new technologies affect transportation finance and local policy.
In addition to academic accomplishments, King is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Paratransit Committee and frequently consults with private firms and public organizations about challenges and opportunities in passenger travel, especially with regard to demographic and technological change.
King completed his doctorate at the University of California Los Angeles and a master’s in urban and regional planning at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.
Ms. Laurin became a consultant in smart mobility, autonomous vehicles, new mobility solutions and smart cities in October 2017. Prior to that, she was working for an international operator as the Director Public Affairs, Communication and Strategic Development, where she was responsible of the autonomous vehicle and demonstrations in Canada. She also worked with major telecommunication companies where she introduced new technologies to consumers (Apps, smart phones in 2008 and IoT technology in 2015).
As a specialist in strategic development, marketing and business opportunities for more than 15 years, Marie-France Laurin’s has steadfastly focused on achieving objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner. With in-depth field experience in strategic planning, project and team management, Ms. Laurin leverages her skills and expertise to ensure the development of her clients.
Marie-France Laurin holds a bachelor’s degree in integrated communication as well as an MBA in international management, both from HEC Montréal.
Nadine Lee is the Chief of Staff for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Previously, she was the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer for Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation. In this role, Nadine launched innovative concepts in planning, project delivery, and operations, all in the interest of providing an accessible, convenient and reliable mobility system for the citizens of Los Angeles County. She also 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 tenure 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% growth in corridor bus ridership in its first few months of revenue service. Nadine also served as the Engineering Project Manager for the Northwest Rail and Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility projects in the FasTracks Program.
Nadine is a graduate of Leadership APTA and past Director on the WTS International Board. She was awarded 2019 WTS International Woman of the Year. 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 just completed her third performance in May.
Julie is a co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.
Previously, she co-founded Tumml, a startup hub for urban tech. The organization has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship, and hosts thought leadership events around urban innovation. In 2016, Living Cities named her as one of its “25 Disruptive Leaders.” Julie’s work energizing urban-focused entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including CNN and The San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She serves on the Boards of Tumml and Empower Work. Julie earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and BA from Stanford.
Greg Lindsay joined NewCities in June 2015 as Senior Fellow to lead our Connected Mobility Initiative. Greg is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council in their Strategic Foresight Initiative. He is also a contributing writer for Fast Company, co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Fortune, among many other publications. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism.
Alisyn Malek is the COO and Co-Founder of May Mobility, Inc. May Mobility’s vision is to transform cities through autonomous technology, creating a safer, greener, more accessible world.They have made it their mission to reimagine transportation by developing and deploying autonomous shuttles that get people to their destinations safely and easliy. Service has launched in Detroit, Columbus, Ohio, Providence, Road Island as well as Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Alisyn was formerly the head of the innovation pipeline at General Motors. Prior to that role she was an investment manager at GM Ventures. During her tenure there, she led investment in the autonomous space, including the early negotiations with Cruise Automation, helping to cement GM’s autonomous strategy. As an automotive engineer,she led a global team to develop SAE Level 3 charging technology for GM’s Spark and Bolt EV Products. As well as supporting release of electrical components for the first generation Chevy Volt.
Alisyn holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan , Mechanical Engineering and German Language. Malek was recognized as a top ten female innovator to watch by Smithsonian in 2018, named a top automotive professional under 35 to watch by LinkedIn in 2015 for her work in cutting-edge product development and corporate venture, and identified as a Crain’s Detroit 20 in their 20’s awardee for her work in engineering and deployment of advanced charging systems.
Michael Manville is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Both his research and teaching focus on the relationships between transportation and land use, and on local public finance. Much of his research concerns the tendency of local governments to hide the costs of driving in the property market, through land use restrictions intended to fight traffic congestion. These land use laws only sometimes reduce congestion, and can profoundly influence the supply and price of housing.
Dr. Manville’s research has been published in journals of planning, economics, urban studies, and sociology. He has received research funding from University Transportation Centers, from the John Randolph Haynes Foundation, and the TransitCenter, among others. He has consulted for developers, environmental groups, local governments, and the United Nations.
Dr. Manville has an MA and PhD in Urban Planning, both from UCLA Luskin. Prior to joining Luskin as a faculty member, he was Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.
Travis G. Mason is a Vice President of Policy and Head of Regulatory and Certification at Airbus where he leads the company’s regulatory strategy for new business and emerging technology investments in urban air mobility (UAM), unmanned aircraft systems and unmanned traffic management (UTM) and much more. Having joined the company in March 2017, he previously managed public policy across project teams for A³, Airbus’ Silicon Valley outpost for advanced projects, Airbus’ new commercial UAS business, and the Airbus Corporate Technology Office.
Travis joined Airbus after 6 years at Alphabet and Google, where he focused on public policy issues facing the company’s advanced technology efforts in aviation, renewable energy and life sciences. Travis also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton designing collaborative technology solutions across the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and State. He earned his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University, his Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan, and also studied at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a Galbraith Scholar. He is a founding board member of the Aspen Institute’s Vanguard Leadership Board and serves on the board of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Policy at Syracuse.
Juan researches innovation in public transit, parking, and mobility services in response to climate change, congestion, and urban market dynamics. He led UCLA’s work on two strategic transit plans for the State of California and long-range climate action plans for Southern California communities. Juan has worked with research teams to quantify the number of parking spaces in Los Angeles County, assess life-cycle environmental impacts of the Los Angeles Metro system, and examine the cost-effectiveness of GHG reductions from California’s High Speed Rail.
As Deputy Director of the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies, Juan manages the Center’s operations, external relations, research, and student programs. As a Lecturer in Urban Planning, Juan teaches graduate classes Policy and Planning for the Mobility Revolution and Environmental Assessment for Urban Systems.
CEO of Tembici, the leading bicycle sharing company in Latin America, Tomás Martins is the responsible executive for the company’s growth, with recent entry into the shared electric bikes market as well. As leader of the company, Tomás supervises all the main activities such as planning, implementation and logistic operation of systems of shared bicycles and parking lots. Present in 15 Brazilian cities, and in countries such as Chile and Argentina, Tembici counts 34 projects since its foundation in 2010. Graduated in International Relations from Fundação Álvares Penteado (FAAP), in São Paulo, Tomás is a member of the board of the Institute for Leadership Training since 2014.
Virginio Merola graduated from the University of Bologna majoring in Philosophy.
In 1989 he was appointed regional secretary of the Local Governments’ League, the Italian association of Municipalities, Provinces and Regions.
His political commitment in the city government started in 1995, when he was elected President of the Savena District of Bologna for two subsequent terms.
In June 2004 he was elected member of Bologna City Council and soon afterwards he was appointed Deputy Mayor in charge of Urban Planning and Housing.
From July 2009 until February 2011 Virginio Merola was President of the Provincial Council of Bologna and in May 2011, having run as the candidate of the Italian Democratic Party, he was elected Mayor of Bologna, with more than 50% of votes at the first ballot.
Since January 2015 he is also Mayor of Bologna Metropolitan City.
In June 2016 he was re-elected Mayor of Bologna for a second 5-year mandate.
Benjie currently serves as the Chief of Strategy and Innovation for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). He is working to prepare the agency and the city for institutional and technological change.
Benjie and his team drafted the first SDOT Transportation Information Infrastructure Plan. He also leads the department’s Lean Transformation. The goal is to make innovation—the drive for continuous improvement—part of the organization’s DNA.
He initiated the first ever city-wide Public Life Study to measure vibrancy and to understand how people use the right-of-way as public space. He also led the development of Seattle’s New Mobility Playbook.
Benjie’s worked on urban development issues that cover technology, transportation, and informality. His ideas have been featured in Citylab, Atlantic Cities, Next City, FutureEverything, and TED City 2.0. He is the principal author of “Catalyzing the New Mobility in Cities: A Primer on Innovative Business and Service Models” (a 2013 monograph on innovations in informal transportation).
Benjie serves on the boards of Project for Public Spaces and of Gehl Institute. He served on the advisory committees for L.A.’s Transportation Technology Strategy, the MobiPrize, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum’s The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility and Design with the Other 90%: Cities.
Prior to joining LACI, he was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as the first ever Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. Serving as CSO for four years, Petersen was the chief architect of the groundbreaking Sustainable City pLAn, led efforts to make LA a global leader in EVs, and helped create the Climate Mayors.
Petersen co-founded Global Green USA and led the organization for 19 years as President and CEO. The organization was a pioneer in greening of affordable housing, schools, and cities as well as helping grow the solar sector. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to green the rebuilding of New Orleans, including schools, the Lower 9th Ward, and more.
Petersen is chair of the Climate Mayors board, and a board member of Global Green USA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Center for Environmental Health, and the Sir Edmund Hilary Institute for International Leadership. Petersen is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the LA Sustainability Leadership Council, and served as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative on energy and the environment while a CGI member for 10 years. He has a son, and is a retired AYSO coach.
As founding director of the Transit Tech Lab, Natalia works with technology innovators and leaders at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to help shape the future of transit in New York City. Previously, she built and ran the Parity Professional Program, now Declare, a community of 500+ women in venture capital, private equity and technology across London, New York and San Francisco. She is a graduate of Columbia University.
Daniel Ramot is the co-founder and CEO of Via. Prior to Via, Daniel built supercomputers designed to discover new pharmaceutical drugs at D. E. Shaw Research, and developed avionic systems for F-15s and F-16s for the Israeli Air Force. He has a PhD in neuroscience from Stanford University and is a graduate of the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Talpiot program.
Seleta Reynolds has over 17 years of transportation experience throughout the United States in both the public and private sectors. Prior to her current position, Seleta was a leader in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Livable Streets section, coordinating streets projects citywide.
B.A. American History, Brown University.
John Rossant personally leads the CoMotion team. He is the Founder and Chairman of the NewCities Foundation, a major global non-profit institution dedicated to improving the quality of life and work in cities. He previously led the team producing the famous World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland every January and has been been the producer of major World Economic Forum conferences in China, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa. He has also played key roles in Monaco, with the Monaco Media Forum and the ongoing Prince’s Roundtable on Philanthropy. In 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy asked John to organize the first global summit on the future of the Internet, the e-G8. John has worked with heads of state and government and leading CEOs from around the world.
Kelly is currently working at the Seattle Department of Transportation at the intersect between new mobility services, urban freight, and technology to help test and develop policy for the future of transportation in Seattle. She previously worked at Amazon Prime Now, the ultra-fast 1 and 2 hour delivery service, leading US expansion and delivery optimization product efforts. Before that, Kelly worked as an environmental consultant, advising public and private sector clients on waste and energy efficiency analysis and behavior change programs. She holds a BA in Biochemistry and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College.
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Member, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University (www.saskiasassen.com). Her latest books are the 5th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2018) and Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press 2014, now out in 18 languages.) She is the recipient of diverse awards, including multiple doctor honoris causa, the Principe de Asturias 2013 Prize in the Social Sciences, and made a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of Netherland.
Joshua L. Schank is the first ever Chief Innovation Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), where he leads the Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). The role of this office is to champion new ideas to improve mobility in LA County by informing the high-level vision for LA Metro, piloting and implementing new and experimental programs and policy, and serving as the primary liaison relevant to LA Metro coming from entrepreneurs, established private sector entities, academia, or individual residents. The office is also responsible for LA Metro’s Public Private Partnership (P3), and strategic planning functions.
Prior to joining LA Metro, Dr. Schank was President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a national non-profit think-tank. Dr. Schank’s extensive work in transportation policy and planning is well documented in his publications, including “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos and published by CQ Press in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.
Yuan Shi is the Global Solutions Leader for New Mobility at Arcadis with the background of urban data science in transportation. Her work focuses on the nexus of transportation and smart city technology, with analytics and consulting experience for cities provided on a wide variety of topics, including new mobility blueprint development, congestion pricing study, transportation equity evaluation, micro-mobility pilot, mobility hubs siting, biking network evaluation, EVSE analytics, MaaS study, transportation networks vulnerability assessment, and autonomous vehicles impact studies. Transportation research focuses on analyzing existing behavior patterns, trends assessments, projecting future usage and suggesting solutions for planners and policymakers.
Sophie Shulman is the Chief of Innovative Mobility at the Colorado Department of Transportation. Sophie most recently led partnerships and business development at Electrify America, an electric vehicle charging company. Before joining Electrify America, Sophie served as the acting Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation, focusing on energy, environment, and innovative transportation technologies. During her time at USDOT, Sophie worked extensively on the $40 million Smart City Challenge grant. She had several other roles across the federal government, including the White House Domestic Policy Council, the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Energy. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
Eran Shir is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nexar, the world’s first vision-based connected vehicle network to promote safer driving by delivering critical safety alerts in real-time, improve roadway efficiency, and bring innovative tools to drivers. Nexar has more than 500 million miles of anonymized network data that help cities, transit authorities, and mobility companies make our roads safer and smoother. Eran is a physicist by training, and has spent much of his career building complex networks. Prior to Nexar, Eran served as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Israeli VC Aleph. He also co-founded an advertising startup that was acquired by Yahoo, where he went on to serve as the Creative Innovation Officer.
Donald Shoup is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA Angeles. His research has focused on how parking policies affect cities, the economy, and the environment. In The High Cost of Free Parking, published in 2005 and updated in 2011, Shoup recommended that cities should (1) charge fair market prices for on-street parking, (2) spend the meter revenue to finance added public services in the metered neighborhoods, and (3) remove off-street parking requirements. In Parking and the City, published in 2018, Shoup and his co-authors report on the subsequent flowering of research and action on these three reforms. Shoup is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners and an Honorary Professor at the Beijing Transportation Research Center.
Lilly Shoup is Senior Director of Policy and Partnerships at Lyft. With a background in multimodal planning, performance management, and transit operations, she focuses on national transportation policy to re-connect communities with the world’s best transportation. Prior to joining Lyft, Lilly was a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting and served in the Office of Transportation Policy at the US Department of Transportation in Washington, DC where she managed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. She is author of national publications and holds a Master in City and Regional Planning from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chris Teale is associate editor at Smart Cities Dive, a trade publication based in Washington, D.C. covering the latest news and trends in urban mobility, sustainability, resilience, governance and tech. He has been with the publication since February 2018 after several years in local journalism.
Mark Thomas is the VP of Marketing and Alliances at Ridecell and is responsible for marketing Ridecell, the world’s leading platform to launch, operate and scale new car and ride sharing mobility services. Prior to joining Ridecell, Thomas headed the connected car marketing team at Cisco Jasper, where he developed the product and go-to-market strategies for automotive OEMs. Prior to Cisco, Mark led product marketing at HERE, a leading automotive maps company. In addition, Mark served in marketing, strategy, and business development roles at Apple and Nokia. Mark holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
Ms. Thompson joined ITDP as CEO in late 2018. Prior to that, she was involved with ITDP for many years as a board member, including as board chair for the last two years.
Ms. Thompson has nearly two decades of experience in the environmental non-profit sector. She co-founded ClimateWorks Foundation, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams which promote sectoral policies to mitigate climate change. Previously Ms. Thompson helped establish the philanthropic strategy practice at California Environmental Associates. She has helped clients including the Asian Development Bank, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Environmental Defense Fund design and implement strategies that resulted in large-scale benefits for the environment.
She holds an MSc in environmental economics from the University of York, UK, and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, San Diego.
Harriet is the Director of NUMO, the New Urban Mobility alliance, hosted by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. NUMO is a new collaborative effort that aims to guide policymakers, the private sector and people toward a shared vision of cities and urban mobility.
Harriet has been deeply engaged on planning, smart mobility, disaster resilience, housing and community development issues for the past 2 decades. She has been working with organizations around the country to help states and localities prepare for a range of future challenges, including smart mobility; climate change; disaster recovery and resilience; housing affordability; and community development. She served in the Obama Administration as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development. She initiated the first ever $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. Her work encompassed helping states, regions, cities, counties and towns across the country build a strong foundation for resilience in the face of a changing climate, and for a diverse and prosperous economy based on enhancing community quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and affordability. She was the Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning under the past 2 Mayors, where she worked to make DC a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitive and thriving city.
Karen Vancluysen was appointed as Secretary General of the Polis network in September 2014, after having been the network’s Research Director for 8 years. Polis is the leading European network of cities and regions on urban transport innovation. Since 1989, members have been working together to develop sustainable and innovative urban mobility solutions for the city of today and tomorrow. The network also engages in debates around topical issues such as active travel, shared mobility services, MaaS, automated transport, electromobility and innovative governance approaches. Prior to joining Polis in 2004, Karen was Network Manager at ACCESS-EUROCITIES for a New Mobility Culture and project manager at Langzaam Verkeer, a Belgian centre for mobility management. Since 1998, she has been involved in European urban transport networking and policy activities and many EU research and innovation projects covering a wide range of urban mobility topics.
Mark de la Vergne serves as the Chief of Mobility Innovation for Mayor Mike Duggan and has been in the role for two years. He is tasked with bringing new mobility services and technologies to Detroit residents. In 2018, this included a first/last mile pilot with Lyft, expanding car share to the neighborhoods of Detroit, overseeing the deployment of 1200 e-scooters and an autonomous shuttle service for the largest employer in Downtown. Over the next year, his office will explore connected technology at signalized intersections, launch a new microtransit service, and implement mobile payment for all transit in the Detroit region. Prior to joining the City, Mark worked with cities across North America on transportation projects as a consultant. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Walder has led the biggest and most complex transportation systems in the world, previously serving as Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, CEO of the MTR Corporation in Hong Kong, and Managing Director of Transport for London. Most recently he ran Motivate, the global leader in bike share, before its sale to Lyft. Mr. Walder was also a Partner at McKinsey, where he led the Global Infrastructure Practice for the well-known consulting firm, and a Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Currently, Mr. Walder is on the Board of Advisors of the Taubman Center at the Harvard Kennedy School and is an Advisor to Lyft. Previously, he was a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and was on the Board of Advisors at the Eno Transportation Foundation.
He has a BS in Economics from Harpur College at the State University of New York at Binghamton and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Janelle is a Designer turned Entrepreneur. She is an explorer, and is always curious about new frontiers. Before attending graduate school in Industrial Design at Purdue University, Janelle travelled alone to Africa and went on safari for 3 months. Since then, she has traveled around the world for both professional and personal pursuits. She loves the new world that is emerging and could not be more happy to help usher it in.
Janelle is an Innovative Leader with over 10 years of Brand Building, New Category Creation & Design Thinking for Fortune 500s to Start Ups, bringing breakthrough Products and Sustainability to reality. She was selected as one of 19 Influential Women In Mobility in 2019; awarded Female CEO of the Year in 2016; she was featured in WSJ, FastCompany, CNN, VOGUE, BBC etc. She also holds over 30 utility & design patents.
Chris Warner was appointed Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) in June 2019 after serving as Deputy Director and Interim Director. He oversees 900 employees and a half a billion-dollar capital and operating budget and is responsible for $13 billion in assets. The agency manages and maintains Portland’s transportation system and helps Portlanders get from place to place safely, easily and sustainably. Under Warner’s leadership, PBOT is dedicated to efficiently maintaining Portland’s transportation infrastructure, achieving the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities, and enhancing Portland’s high quality of life as the city continues to grow and prosper.
Warner brings over twenty years of public sector management and transportation policy expertise to his position. As a policy and legislative expert, he has served at the local, state and federal levels and has played a leading role in many of Oregon and Portland’s most consequential transportation policy initiatives.
A native Oregonian, Warner graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism. When not working, Warner enjoys spending time with his wife State Representative Barbara Smith Warner and their two children, exploring the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Oregon.
In his position as LA Metro CEO, Washington manages an annual operating budget of $1.6 billion and is responsible for overseeing $15 billion in capital projects and providing oversight of an agency that transports 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday, riding on a fleet of 2,000 clean- air buses and six rail lines. LA Metro also is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for LA County. As such, it is a major construction agency that oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects – together representing the largest modern public works program in North America.
Washington was a leader in the successful effort to pass a new half-cent sales tax in LA County, which garnered 71.15% voter approval. Measure M will build 40 major highway and transit projects in the first 40 years, create 778,000 jobs through construction and various programs, and provide $133.3 billion in economic impact.
Washington came to Los Angeles from Denver, where he was Assistant General Manager for nearly 10 years, prior to being named CEO in 2009.
Elected in November 2016, Senator Scott Wiener represents District 11 in the California State Senate. District 11 includes all of San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, and Daly City, as well as portions of South San Francisco.
In the Senate, Senator Wiener works to make housing more affordable, invest in our transportation systems, increase access to healthcare, support working families, meaningfully address climate change and the impacts of drought, reform our criminal justice system, reduce gun violence, reduce California’s alarmingly high poverty rate, and safeguard and expand the rights of all communities, including immigrants and the LGBT community.
During his term in the Senate to date, Senator Wiener has passed 26 bills that were signed into law. Among those bills are SB 35, a landmark bill to streamline housing approvals in cities not meeting their housing goals; SB 822, which enacts the strongest net neutrality protections in the nation; SB 1045, which expands and strengthens California’s conservatorship laws to help individuals who are living on our streets with severe mental health and substance use disorders; SB 700, which significantly expands access to renewable energy; and SB 923, which modernizes California’s eyewitness identification standards to ensure innocent people are not sent to prison.
Azmat is the Founder/CEO of Citymapper, the multimodal urban transport app, one of Apple and Google’s apps of the year, which helps commuters get around in 40 of the world’s most complex cities. Citymapper has the most comprehensive mobility integrations, including buses, metros, trains, cabs, and all the emerging floating transport players – cycles, scooters and carshares. It has also recently launched Pass, a subscription to all mobility. Citymapper has raised $50m in venture capital funding from Index Ventures, Benchmark, Balderton Capital, Connect Ventures and others. Azmat previously worked at Google, the World Bank, and investment firms, and has degrees in engineering and business.