Bike Advocacy Summit Speakers

Keynote, both dates:

Scott Bricker
CEO, Bricker Consulting
Director, America Walks
Scott Bricker has worked for over fifteen years to make communities healthy and sustainable through bicycling, walking and urban design. Scott is proud to serve as the Director of America Walks, the only national organization dedicated to improving all aspects of walking in America. Scott is also the CEO of Bricker Consulting, a firm that specializes in bicycle and pedestrian planning, strategy and advocacy. Scott’s work history includes serving 11 years at Oregon’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance, holding positions of Executive Director, Political Director, and Education Director; Scott also worked for public and private sector. Scott earned his master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University, and bachelor’s of Political Science from the University of Albany, New York. Scott lives in a “Walker’s Paradise” Portland, Oregon neighborhood boasting a “Walk Score” of 91 and world-class bicycle routes and transit service.

Panelists and Moderators:

San Mateo – 4/6/2011

Andy Ball
Webcor Builders
Andy is President and CEO of Webcor Builders. He is both an avid cyclist and an enthusiastic advocate for bicycling who takes pride in his company’s Bicycle Friendly Workplace gold certification from SVBC.

Jean S. Fraser
County of San Mateo Health System
Jean became the County of San Mateo Health System Chief in January 2009. She served as CEO of San Francisco Health Plan from 2000 to 2008 after a career path that included stints as a prosecutor for the federal government and the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. She is a veteran bicycle commuter.

Ina Gerhardt
Ina has been the Caltrans Bay Area Bicycle Coordinator since the Summer of 2009. She joined Caltrans in 2002, and worked in the Mass Transportation Program until taking up her current position. Ina holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning degree (MCRP) from Ohio State University. Before joining Caltrans, she worked in the private sector in Germany and the Middle East. She grew up riding her bike as a kid in a small town in Germany and continued to ride as her life took her to Berlin and then to the United States where she lived and cycled in Columbus, OH, Sacramento, and Oakland.

Jonathan Gervais
City of Belmont
Jonathan brings a passion for recreation and alternative transportation to urban planning. He is the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Belmont, a community of 26,000 located on the peninsula. He is also acting Public Works Director for the City of Belmont and has worked in planning for the National Park Service and as an environmental consultant.

Hon. Carole Groom
San Mateo County Supervisor
Carole Groom was elected to the Board of Supervisors in June 2010 and became President of the Board on January 11, 2011. Prior to Supervisor Groom’s appointment in 2009, she served nine years on the San Mateo City Council, including two terms as Mayor, and on the San Mateo Planning and Public Works Commissions.

Supervisor Groom’s legislative priorities include universal health coverage, increasing our County’s stock of affordable housing through transit-oriented development, environmental protection, maintaining and preserving our County’s parks, and growing our local economy.

Since serving on the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Groom has been instrumental in the creation of the Community Health Reform Advisory Committee, the development of the first San Mateo County Children and Youth and Family Budget 2010. She has also spearheaded Active San Mateo County, an annual conference on creating healthy communities, and Streets Alive, an annual countywide event that promotes parks and public spaces.

Supervisor Groom currently serves on the board of various regional planning organizations, including City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and SamTrans.

Gary Heap
City of San Mateo
Gary is a Senior Engineer for the City of San Mateo Public Works Department where he has worked for the past 20 years after having joined the City in 1991 upon receiving his BS in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University. As Senior Engineer, Gary’s responsibilities include management of the Public Works Department’s Private Development Review group as well as the Transportation Engineering section. He has served as the Public Works Department development engineer on a number of large private development projects including both phases of the Bay Meadows Race Track redevelopment. In his management of the transportation group, he is the City’s Bicycle Coordinator and project manager for development of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan.

Jessica Herrera
Jessica is a transportation coordinator at Facebook.

Jeff Selzer
Palo Alto Bicycles
Jeff is the general manager of Palo Alto Bicycles. He has long been a proud supporter of SVBC and has served on its Board of Directors for since January 2010. Jeff is also the co-founder of Bike Arc, which produces artful bike storage systems designed to protect both the bicycle and the user, with ample support for a variety of bicycle styles and no moving parts.

Rich Schwerin
Rich is the Senior Product Marketing Manager at Oracle.

Lilia Scott
Valley Transportation Authority
A Bay Area native, Lilia has been biking as her primary mode of transportation for the past 15 years. She has a Master’s of City Planning (MCP) in transportation planning from UC Berkeley and has worked as a bicycle planner. Promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation and providing an example of that life is one of Lilia’s life missions. Lilia believes that the streets of Silicon Valley should be safe for children and families to bike. Lilia’s public sector experience includes Santa Clara County VTA and San Francisco.

Karen Sumner
Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance
Karen is the Transportation Programs Manager for the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance (PTCRA), a joint powers agency in San Mateo County. Karen is the current Chairperson for the South San Francisco Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). She also serves as a Board Member of the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Karen has over 10 years of professional experience in the transportation demand management industry, specializing in marketing and outreach services, commuter benefits consulting and employer shuttle programs. A San Mateo County resident since 1977, she has nearly a decade of experience coordinating community bike events (including Bike to Work Day and bike safety workshops), networking with bike advocates such as Bikes San Mateo County, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, and developing partnerships with local groups. In 2008, the San Bruno Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee awarded her efforts with a Certificate of Recognition. Karen graduated from College of Notre Dame (now Notre Dame de Namur University), majoring in Marketing and Management.

Rick Sutton
Plus 3 Network
Rick joined SVBC as a volunteer in 2010 and he was recently elected to its Board of Directors. Along with Cofounder/Chief Product Officer Joe Fabris, Rick leads Plus 3, a highly effective web and mobile fitness and wellness social network that is equal parts community engagement, healthy living and charitable giving. Whether it’s a company reaching out to consumers or an employer engaging their employees, corporate sponsors pledge donations and Plus 3 members ‘pony express’ those dollars to charity every time they log a walk to the store, a bike ride, a snowboard session, an hour of volunteer time, or you name your passion.

Prior to Plus 3 Network, Rick served as VP of Retail Services at Specialized Bicycles, 1995-07; cofounded GaleForce Sports Marketing, a leading sports event management and consulting firm, in 1991; and cofounded RSD3, an award winning retail environment, point of sale design and production firm, in 1981.

Joe Walmsley
Drive Less Challenge
Joe is a community volunteer with a background in outside sales and a long-standing interest in issues of community, environmental balance and behavioral change. He is currently in second year performing outreach for the Drive Less Challenge. Joe rides a touring bike and a towny.

San José – 4/8/2011

Shiloh Ballard
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Shiloh Ballard is the Vice President of Housing and Community Development for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade group founded in 1978. In her role with the Leadership Group, Shiloh helps direct the activities of SVLG’s Land Use & Housing committee and works with industry, civic, and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to the region’s housing and land use challenges.

Shiloh also staffs the Housing Action Coalition and is an appointed member of the City of San Jose’s General Plan Task Force and serves as a member of the Association of Bay Area Government’s Regional Planning Committee.

Shiloh earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz and has worked for the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and State Senator Byron Sher. She serves on the board of the Santa Clara County Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate, (CASA) for foster youth. Shiloh is also an avid bicycle commuter but much prefers the dirt.

Michele Beasley
Greenbelt Alliance
Michele has been Greenbelt Alliance’s South Bay Field Representative since 2004. In that capacity, she works with residents and elected leaders to adopt policies that protect open space and create more livable communities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Prior to that, Michele spent four years as a homelessness and affordable housing advocate in Contra Costa County and spent two years with the Peace Corps in West Africa, supporting community-based eco-tourism enterprises. She holds a degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College, and is a native of San Mateo County.

Damian Breen
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Mr. Breen currently directs the Strategic Incentives Division of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District); an organization that distributes over $80 million annually to assist public agencies and businesses to achieve early emissions reductions by voluntarily upgrading infrastructure and vehicle fleets. Prior to heading this division, Mr. Breen served for 10 years in the Air District’s Compliance and Enforcement Division and brings with him a wealth of knowledge on California regulations pertaining to both mobile and stationary sources. Prior to working at the Air District, Mr. Breen worked in the environmental section of the Home Savings of America Bank in California and as an environmental consultant at ATC Associates in New York City. Mr. Breen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the National University of Ireland and a postgraduate diploma in Pollution Assessment and Control from the Irish Institute for Technology.

Marshall Case
Lockheed Martin
R. Marshall Case was appointed Vice President, Infrastructure Services at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC) in Sunnyvale, CA, in February 2011. In this assignment, his responsibilities include 10.5 million square feet of facility operations across ten states, Transportation and Ground Operations, Publications & Services, and Environment, Safety & Health. Additionally, he manages all of Space Systems Company’s capital investments and leads Green Enterprise and Target Zero Employee Safety initiatives.

Most recently, Marshall led the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company estimating, cost management, production finance, planning and line of business F&BO teams as the Vice President, Finance and Business Operations (F&BO), Government Programs. A native of Scotia, NY, Marshall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Stuart Cohen
Stuart Cohen is co-founder and Executive Director of TransForm. Founded in 1997, TransForm now has 30 staff based in Oakland and a regional coalition comprised of over 100 organizations. TransForm’s campaigns on transportation sales taxes and other funding measures have brought together diverse coalitions and helped raise over $6 billion for sustainable and socially-just transportation. Stuart has spearheaded a number of these efforts, as well as the successful effort to initiate the Bay Area’s Regional Smart Growth Strategy. Stuart has been the primary author of eight TransForm reports, including the 120-page World Class Transit for the Bay Area.

Michelle DeRobertis
Valley Transportation Authority
Michelle is the Bicycle Program Manager for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, known to us here locally as the VTA. Michelle is a registered civil and traffic engineer in California. She has over 25 years experience in bicycle planning and design, and has worked both as a transportation consultant and a local agency employee. She was the author of the chapter on Bicycling in “Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering,” 16th Edition published by the Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley. She also teaches bikeway planning and design through UC Berkeley’s Technology Transfer Program.

Hans Larsen
City of San José

Hon. Sam Liccardo
Councilmember, City of San José
Councilmember Sam Liccardo represents San José’s downtown district, District Three, on the San José City Council. On the Council, Sam leads several key legislative bodies, which influence decisions made for the City and its neighborhoods. He is the Chairperson of the Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee, Vice Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee, and Co-chair of the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Update Task Force. Sam also holds leadership positions on several regional agencies, as Chairperson of the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), Executive Board Member of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), and Vice-President of the Santa Clara County Cities Association.

Jeremy Nelson
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
Jeremy Nelson is a Principal with Nelson\Nygaard, a multimodal transportation planning and engineering firm. In his 10 years experience, Jeremy has managed hundreds of transportation planning and street design projects for communities of all sizes. As a result of this work, he has come to believe that transportation is usually a means to an end (not an end unto itself) and that the true measure of success for urban transportation systems is the extent to which they help create safer streets, enhance social equity, reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and improve public health outcomes. His work therefore focuses on helping communities make the tough choices necessary to reshape their transportation systems in order to achieve these larger community goals. Jeremy has a B.A. from Reed College and an M.A. from UCLA’s graduate urban planning program with a transportation planning emphasis.

Manuel Pineda
City of San José
Manuel Pineda is a registered Civil Engineer from San Jose State University with a passion for Transportation and Land Use Planning. He has worked for the City of San Jose for 15 years and now leads the Transportation Planning and Project Delivery Divisions for the City. Manuel has had a varied career in transportation and has worked on multi-modal transportation, transportation analysis, policy development, and construction management. His team oversees projects such as the BART extension to Silicon Valley, the update of the City’s General Plan, and the implementation of streetscape, bicycle, and pedestrian projects.

Ariadne Delon Scott
Stanford University
Ariadne has served as the lead for the Stanford Bicycle Program for Stanford’s Parking & Transportation Services Department for a collective 5 years and is the point person for “everything bike-related” for the 8,000 acre campus and its 13,000 bicyclists that ride at Stanford on daily basis. The program was recently designated a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB).

With over 30 years of bike riding experience, Ariadne is accredited with LAB’s Road 1 certificate, co-teaches bike safety to the Stanford Community and supports the Stanford Commute Club and its 21.7% of university commuters that bike to Stanford. She serves on both the boards of the bike industry sponsored Bikes Belong Foundation that promotes bike safety on a national basis and the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) that promotes environmentally sustainable transportation policies and projects worldwide. Awards include the 2007 Pioneering Woman Award from the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) and the Sustainable Quality Award (SQA) from California Congressman Jerry McNerney, subcommittee member of Energy and Environment.

Dave Snyder
California Bicycle Coalition
Dave Snyder is the Relaunch Director and CEO of the California Bicycle Coalition, charged with restoring the group’s political power and organizational sustainability. A long-time organizer and advocate for socially just transportation and land-use policies, he rides his bike for most trips, including when he should probably walk and enjoy the sights and sounds of the sidewalk.

From 1991 to 2002, he served as the founding executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, then as the founding director of Transportation for a Livable City. He followed that leadership experience with time as a coach and trainer for bike and ped advocates. Recently he broadened his knowledge of transportation issues by serving for a while as the director of Transportation Policy for a San Francisco-based think tank and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District, where he still serves.

Having lived in San Francisco since 1989, he grew up in New Carrollton, Maryland and Woodbridge, Virginia, and received a BA in politics, magna cum laude, from St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

Rick Sutton
Plus 3 Network
Rick joined SVBC as a volunteer in 2010 and he was recently elected to its Board of Directors. Along with Cofounder/Chief Product Officer Joe Fabris, Rick leads Plus 3, a highly effective web and mobile fitness and wellness social network that is equal parts community engagement, healthy living and charitable giving. Whether it’s a company reaching out to consumers or an employer engaging their employees, corporate sponsors pledge donations and Plus 3 members ‘pony express’ those dollars to charity every time they log a walk to the store, a bike ride, a snowboard session, an hour of volunteer time, or you name your passion.

Prior to Plus 3 Network, Rick served as VP of Retail Services at Specialized Bicycles, 1995-07; cofounded GaleForce Sports Marketing, a leading sports event management and consulting firm, in 1991; and cofounded RSD3, an award winning retail environment, point of sale design and production firm, in 1981.

Alan Talansky
Mr. Talansky is responsible for new business ventures and manages the EBL&S development office in San Mateo, California. Mr. Talansky has consulted with and advised Mr. Lipkin and EBL&S since the mid-1970s. Prior to joining EBL&S on a full time basis in 2007, Mr. Talansky was President of United Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in real estate workouts and corporate operations, sales management and structured finance. Earlier in his career, Mr. Talansky founded United Growth Property Management Corporation, an asset management firm. He was also the financial principal of First Atlantic Investment Corporation, an investment banking firm and NASD Broker Dealer specializing in the creation of private placements. Mr. Talansky is a Council Member of Urban Land Institute’s Responsible Property Investment Council and has served as the panel chair for the San Jose, Diridon Station Transit Oriented Development Plan. Mr. Talansky attended Ohio Wesleyan University.

Dave Vautin
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Dave Vautin is a Transportation Planner with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, working on long-range regional transportation planning. Dave is currently focused on performance assessment for Plan Bay Area (also known as the Regional Transportation Plan / Sustainable Communities Strategy). His work includes the selection of Bay Area regional performance targets for year 2035 and the performance assessment of potential transportation projects. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Yves Zsutty
City of San José
Yves Zsutty serves as the City of San Jose’s Trail Manager for development of a 100-mile trail network that serves recreational and commuting objectives. His background in traffic engineering, technology and design contribute to the City’s efforts to deploy a trail network that meets the needs of Silicon Valley residents in an efficient and aesthetically pleasing manner. The City’s vision of becoming the national leader in trail development is well documented by the many awards and recognition received for program accomplishments including recognition from the Federal Highway Administration in 2010 for advancing development of non-motorized transportation.

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