2018 Summit Speakers
Karen Philbrick, Moderator
Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation InstituteKaren Philbrick has served as executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San José State University since 2014, after five years of service as MTI research director. Prior to joining MTI, she was assistant director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation at the University of Denver, where her contributions included research expertise on transportation fatigue management and operator response to work-related trauma. Dr. Philbrick was elected to the prestigious Executive Committee of the national Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) in 2013 and was elected President in 2018. Dr. Philbrick serves her profession on the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) Foundation Board and as a member of the advisory board for the Los Angeles Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). She serves her community as an active member of the Rotary Club of San José and was elected to the Rotary Club of San José Board of Directors in 2018.
Public Affairs Associate, BirdJason Islas is a Public Affairs Associate at Bird, the last-mile electric vehicle sharing company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally friendly transportation solutions to communities across the world. Jason has spent his career as an activist and organizer in Santa Monica and Los Angeles before joining Bird.
A Santa Monica native, Jason was previously the editor and primary reporter of Santa Monica Next where he focused on land-use and housing policy, sustainability, shared streets, multi-modal transportation and urban planning policy. He was also a founding member of Santa Monica Forward, the grassroots organization advocating for progressive policies in his hometown. He currently sits on its steering committee.
Now that he’s at Bird, Santa Monica and the broader Southern California region remain central to Jason’s work. As a member of the government relations team, Jason leads advocacy campaigns aimed at improving access to our equitable transportation option and supporting local infrastructure that allow for more environmentally-friendly urban mobility.
New Mobility Policy Director, TransFormClarrissa Cabansagan is the New Mobility Policy Director at TransForm, a non-profit transportation advocacy organization based in Oakland, that combines high-quality policy analysis with coalition building. Clarissa currently leads TransForm’s efforts to ensure disadvantaged communities benefit from new mobility, including helping steer equity outreach efforts that has allowed Ford GoBike to lead with the highest low-income ridership in the nation. She co-authored TransForm’s Framework for Equity in New Mobility and has been TransForm’s regional advocate to prioritize the needs of low-income communities in express lanes, PlanBayArea, and various Transit Oriented Development campaigns. She also manages the Bay Area’s Safe Routes to Transit grant program which funds first and last mile projects that make it safer and more convenient to walk and bike to transit hubs throughout the region.Clarissa has provided campaign and research support to Urban Habitat and the Los Angeles Bus Riders Union, and has been a consultant to a diversity of government agencies in policy evaluation and stakeholder engagement. Clarissa received her BA in Ethnic Studies with a minor in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, and her Masters in Transportation Policy and Planning from UCLA.
Active Transportation Planner, Metropolitan Transportation CommissionKara Oberg is an Active Transportation Planner at Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area’s transportation financing, planning and coordinating agency for the 101 cities and towns and nine Bay Area counties. She is the Program Manager for the Ford GoBike system and the Bike Share Capital Program, which funds bike share in four jurisdictions. In addition to bike share and new mobility, she works on Complete Streets, Vision Zero and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Program. Prior to working at MTC, she was the Bike Share Coordinator at the City of Berkeley and Program Manager at LivableStreets Alliance in Metro Boston.
Transportation Manager, City of Mountain ViewRia specializes in creating multimodal transportation systems, walkable public spaces, and equitable cities. As Transportation Manager for the City of Mountain View, she is responsible for working with staff and the community on sustainable transportation planning, bicycle/pedestrian programs, and transportation policy reform. Ria has a PhD in City and Regional Planning and is contributing author to a recently published book on Jakarta.
West Coast Transportation Policy Manager, Lyft
Brian Oh, Moderator
Senior Community Health Planner, San Mateo County Health SystemAs Senior Community Health Planner for San Mateo County Health, Brian works on advancing policies that promote healthier, more equitable communities through the Get Healthy SMC collaborative. He is a recent LA transplant where he was the lead transportation planner implementing Los Angeles’ first Vision Zero Action Plan. He enjoys working on his community garden and running local trails with his wife and two kids.
Vice Chair, Redwood City Complete Streets CommitteeJason Galisatus is the Vice Chair of the Redwood City Complete Streets Committee, and championed the adopting of a Vision Zero policy to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2020. An established community leader, Jason is the longest-serving current board member on the Redwood City Education Foundation, a member of the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee, and the former Co-Chair of the Redwood City Downtown Neighborhood Association and We Vote Redwood City, a community-based initiative to increase voter participation in the Redwood City municipal elections. A fifth-generation Bay Area resident, Jason grew up in Redwood City and is proud to call it home. He is a candidate for the Redwood City council.
Senior Transportation Engineer, City of SunnyvaleRalph Garcia, P.E. earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1999 and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from San Jose State University in 2009. From 1999 to 2016, Mr. Garcia was an Associate at Hexagon Transportation Consultants, Inc. and worked on roadway design and traffic analysis projects throughout the greater Bay Area and Northern California. Since 2016, Mr. Garcia has worked as the Senior Transportation Engineer for the City of Sunnyvale which includes responsibilities as staff liaison for the Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. In addition, he is currently managing several projects for the City including the Bernardo Avenue Bicycle and Pedestrian Undercrossing project and the Vision Zero project.
Director, Vision Zero NetworkLeah 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.
Andrew Hsu, Moderator
SVBC Board MemberAndrew Hsu has been an SVBC board member since January 2018. Andrew does most of his bicycle riding on his daily 30 mile commute to work. While this started as a way to avoid the monstrous traffic on the 101 freeway, it also helps maintain enough fitness so his teammates do not laugh too hard when he competes in the soul-crushing world of masters cat4 road racing, When not on his bike, Andrew spends lots of time thinking of bikes and how to get more people to ride them. Beyond racing for Peninsula Velo, a 300+ member performance-oriented bicycling club, since 1998, Andrew joined their board of directors in 2010, and then served as president from 2013 to 2018. Outside of PenVelo, Andrew has led the bike-to-work efforts at his work since 2011. Unlike the competition focus of PenVelo, much of Andrew’s bike-to-work advocacy is spent convincing his fellow work colleagues that anyone with a bicycle can be a bike commuter. Andrew is an outspoken regional advocate for getting more people to ride their bicycles, and for safer roads in the Bay Area. Until Andrew’s less-than-stellar bicycle racing career finally takes off, Andrew continues to work as the Director of Concept Prototyping at Synaptics, the leading supplier of human interface solutions based in the San Jose.
Safe Routes Advocacy Chair, Montclaire Parent Teacher OrganizationStacy Banerjee is an active volunteer with the Montclaire Parent Teacher Organization and is the Safe Routes to School Advocacy Chair. Through Stacy’s leadership the organization successfully secured crossing guards, advocated for planned infrastructure improvements, and increased educational efforts. Stacy has also pulled together a team of Safe Routes to School parent leaders across multiple elementary schools, and the local middle school and high school to advocate for Safe Routes to School with the local school districts and across the six different jurisdictions (3 cities, county, state and water district) that many students cross each day on their way to/from school. Stacy and her team work closely with local community organizations. Stacy was appointed by the city council to the Complete Streets Commission for the City of Los Altos in the spring of 2018.
PositionJen Wolosin is Founder and Chair of Parents for Safe Routes, a Menlo Park-based advocacy group committed to getting kids to school safely. While Jen’s current civic involvement began with a desire to get her own kids safely to school, she quickly expanded her efforts to community-wide safety. Jen currently serves on the City of Menlo Park’s Transportation Master Plan Oversight and Outreach Committee and sits on the San Mateo County Task Force to improve safety for all users of the Alameda de las Pulgas/Santa Cruz Avenue Corridor in Unincorporated Menlo Park and on the Menlo-Atherton High School Task Force to reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips. Jen was recently recognized for her volunteer efforts with regards to Safe Routes by the San Mateo County Office of Education. Jen is also involved in issues of good governance and overall civic engagement.
Community Health Planner, San Mateo County Health SystemHeather leads the transportation work at Health Policy & Planning department of the San Mateo County Health System. This work includes expanding options for active transportation such as walking & biking and public transportation access.
Safe Routes to School Coordinator, San Mateo County Office of EducationTheresa Vallez-Kelly is the Safe Routes to School coordinator for the San Mateo County Office of Education. She is a 2017 America Walks Walking College Fellow and brings over two decades of experience working with students, faculty, and school administrators. She regularly brings schools, municipalities and community members together to work on Safe Routes to School issues.
Poncho Guevara, Moderator
Executive Director, Sacred Heart Community Service and SVBC Board MemberPoncho has been an SVBC board member since January 2018.
Project Planner, Toole DesignMegan Wooley-Ousdahl, AICP is a Project Planner in Toole Design Group’s Oakland office. She has diverse experience managing land use and transportation planning projects, such as bicycle and pedestrian plans, general/comprehensive plans, and specific/small area plans. Megan has worked in a variety of settings, from small towns to large metropolitan areas, and she enjoys developing creative, dynamic community engagement efforts that seek to reach people of all ages and backgrounds. She is skilled at facilitating conversations that explore community needs and interests and helping communities understand trade-offs and options. Megan enjoys building partnerships; she has worked collaboratively with universities, county and municipal governments, community organizations, non-profits, and advocacy groups. She aims to connect the dots between people, ideas, and projects to create user-friendly, visionary community plans.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, VTALauren Ledbetter is a Senior Transportation Planner at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), a special district that serves as Santa Clara County, California’s Congestion Management Agency and transit provider. Since 2013, she has overseen VTA’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, working closely with local jurisdictions to plan and implement bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Her team recently updated the Countywide Bicycle Plan. Prior to joining VTA, Lauren spent eight years as a bicycle and pedestrian consultant working with communities all over California. Lauren has a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA.
Senior Transportation Planner, CaltransSergio Ruiz is a Senior Transportation Planner and the branch chief for the Caltrans District 4 Pedestrian and Bicycle Branch. He has ten years of experience at Caltrans working with local agencies, stakeholders, and advocates to improve walking and biking and implement best practices on the Bay Area’s state-owned transportation network. Outside of Caltrans, Sergio is an avid photographer and uses photography to promote good urbanism and sustainable transportation.
Associate Director, SOMOS MayfairZelica has nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit field as an organizer, advocate and community builder. Her prowess is in research and analysis, strategy development and program impact. Since joining SOMOS in 2014 Zelica has “flown the plane while building it” to design a comprehensive program strategy that puts community residents at the center of community change and transformation, she has been a thought partner internally to co-create SOMOS vision and externally to support collective impact models across strategic partnerships, and has successfully integrated SOMOS at new decision making tables. Zelica currently serves on the Board of Kidango.
Rafael Burde, Moderator
Director of Growth Operations, Motivate (operator of Ford GoBike)Raf leads expansion for Ford GoBike, the Bay Area’s regional bikeshare system. His work spans the system design, site selection, permitting, installation and network maintenance aspects of delivering an integrated bikeshare experience across San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley & Emeryville. He is proud to be accelerating the adoption of an affordable, sustainable and equitable first-last-mile solution that will support making our cities more livable and resilient. He holds a Masters in International Policy from Stanford.
Transportation Specialist, City of San JoséPeter Bennett is a Transportation Specialist in San José, California with the Department of Transportation’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Program. He is currently leading the implementation of more than 30 miles of all ages & abilities bicycling facilities in downtown San José. Using quick-build techniques, the project takes advantage of scheduled pavement maintenance to upgrade to protected bike lanes and bike boulevards. Prior to joining the City of San José, Peter has worked with the University of New Orleans, and the World Resources Institute. Peter has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of New Orleans.
Regional Director, Toole DesignBrooke DuBose is the Regional Office Director for Toole Design Group’s (TDG) Oakland office. She brings 15 years of experience in active transportation policy, planning, and engineering projects throughout California and New York. Her experience includes bicycle and pedestrian master plans, transit access studies, multimodal corridor studies, and public space revitalization. She has dedicated her career to serving communities through the lens of equity and inclusion.
Multi-Modal Engineering Supervisor, City of Seattle Department of TransportationPeter Trinh is the Multi-Modal Engineering Supervisor for the City of Seattle, Department of Transportation, and a member of the ITE/FHWA Technical Advisory Panel on Separated Bike Facilities. He is a native Californian, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Peter holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis, and a master of science in civil engineering from San Jose State University. He has designed various award winning projects throughout California and Seattle, including bike trails, protected bike lanes, pedestrian bridge overcrossings, and complete streets projects. Peter is also a filmmaker and freelance writer, contributing numerous technical, social, and travel pieces to publications around America.
Chris Lepe, Moderator
Senior Community Planner, TransFormChris Lepe is the Silicon Valley Senior Community Planner for TransForm. Chris has over fifteen years of experience leading campaigns, initiatives, and coalitions around transportation, land use, housing, and health policy in communities across Silicon Valley.
Chris’ expertise and experience includes collective development of campaign strategy and consensus building around policy positions with diverse coalitions, such as around the 2016 Santa Clara County and 2018 San Mateo County transportation ballot measures. Community engagement and organizing has included coordinating outreach to workers and business owners regarding the Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit project and Highway 101 Managed Lanes project. Chris has planned events and convenings with up to 300 attendees, including the Let’s Get Moving Summit and the Connecting Communities event series. He also conducts quantitative analysis and authors reports and blog posts for TransForm.
Youth Representative, Valley Palms UnidosRosa Alvarado, a second year student at Evergreen Valley College is a youth leader and role model in the Valley Palms community. As a first-generation student of color navigating higher education and fulfilling the responsibilities that come with being the eldest of four children, Rosa bridges her personal experience and leadership to enact change in her neighborhood as a youth representative of Valley Palms Unidos. Rosa’s participation in the planning of the Pedestrian Safety campaign allowed her the opportunity to hear the concerns of her neighbors and work hand-in-hand with the parent-leaders of Valley Palms Unidos in advocating for a safer route to school. At the Caminata, the culminating event of the Comunidad Unida por un Cruce Segura campaign, Rosa spoke on behalf of the Valley Palms community to share the difference an enhanced crosswalk would make for youth and families in her neighborhood.
Chair, Gilroy Bicycle and Pedestrian CommissionHusband, Father currently serving in his 2nd year as Chair of the Gilroy Bicycle Pedestrian Commission (Gilroy BPAC). Cyclist and Racer for SJBC Racing, Sponsored Athlete for Hammer Nutrition, Managing Director of the Non-Profit Bay Area Paramedic Journal Club (BAPJC). Recipient of the 2010 Star of Life Award from Alameda County Emergency Medical Services. Firefighter/Paramedic by trade turned recent Advocate for Bicycle/Pedestrian and Active Transportation in Gilroy, CA.
Walk San Jose Program Manager, California WalksChris is the program manager for California Walks’ new Walk San Jose program where he focuses on promoting access and mobility for pedestrians in San Jose. He comes to Cal Walks from Colorado, where he most recently served as executive director of Bike Fort Collins, a nonprofit that operates the local Safe Routes to School youth education program, manages the local bike share, and leads advocacy efforts to promote healthier, safer, and more inclusive transportation policy in Northern Colorado. During his time at BFC, he was honored to lead their Kaiser Permanente funded Neighborhood Active Living Plan effort, working to fortify bike/walk advocacy capacity in distressed communities in Northern Colorado, while also working with the city and county to reform policies and processes around community engagement in built environment planning.
Probation Community Worker, Neighborhood Safety/Services Unit, Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation DepartmentAundraya Martinez is an East San Jose Native and Community Worker committed to learning and working with neighborhood leaders for positive change. Aundraya is currently partnering in the Valley Palms/Tully-Ocala Neighborhood through her work with the Neighborhood Safety/Services Unit (NSU) of the Santa Clara County Probation Department. The NSU, in collaboration with key neighborhood stakeholders, enacts an innovative violence prevention strategy focused on place-based community engagement and leadership development which allows community challenges to be addressed by community-backed solutions. Over the past four years, Aundraya has partnered with the Valley Palms Unidos in their efforts to realize their vision of a safer, more united community. One tangible goal was to increase walkability in their neighborhood and the “Comunidad Unida por un Cruce Segura” Campaign for Pedestrian Safety was a collaborative effort toward improving safety by advocating for an enhanced crosswalk on Lanai Avenue and
Waverly Avenue, the gateway of the Valley Palms community.
Bena Chang, Moderator
Director of Intergovernmental Relations, City of San JoséBena Chang is the Intergovernmental Relations Director for the City of San Jose where she works on policy issues at the regional, state and federal levels that impact the residents and businesses in the 10th largest city in the United States. Previously, she was the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Senior Vice President of Transportation, Housing and Health. During her more than a decade at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Bena worked on many diverse projects and programs ranging from a successful 2008 Measure B campaign that secured operations funding for BART to Silicon Valley to organizing tours of transit-oriented development in many communities in Silicon Valley. Bena graduated from Wellesley College with a major in English and a minor in Astronomy.
Evelyn “Evvy” Stivers
Executive Director, Housing Leadership CouncilEvelyn “Evvy” Stivers comes to Housing Leadership Council with 20 years of organizing and advocacy experience. Prior to joining HLC, Evvy was the Development Director for Urban Habitat. From 2004 through 2013 Evvy worked for the Non-Profit Housing Association on regional initiatives including the Housing Element and Inclusionary Housing campaigns. Earlier in her career she directed the Western States Field Office for the US Public Interest Research Group and served as the Livable Communities Associate Director for Greenbelt Alliance. She has served on the boards of TransForm, the League of Conservation Voters for the East Bay, East Bay Housing Organizations, and Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County.
Senior Manager for Policy, Planning and Equity, San Mateo County Health SystemShireen manages the Health Policy and Planning Program at San Mateo County Health System with a focus on advancing policies to prevent disease and ensure that everyone has equitable opportunities. Priority issues include: housing stability, economic and educational opportunity, complete neighborhoods, and civic participation. Shireen brings over 20 years of experience advancing health equity through the non-profit, government and philanthropic sectors. She has a passion for advancing a just democracy, snuggling with her two small kids, and eating Persian food.
Sustainable Communities Manager, First Community HousingMonica Nañez was born and raised in the South Bay, lived in Coyote Valley for 15 years, and currently lives and works in San Jose. Monica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University. For seven years she worked for Our City Forest, overseeing volunteer programs, community engagement, and education programs. She was also instrumental in launching the OCF AmeriCorps program and managed the program for five years. At First Community Housing, she oversees several programs and projects including: bicycle and alternative transportation programs, resident services, environmental education workshops, community gardens, research projects, internet infrastructure projects, and PV installation across a portfolio of 20 affordable housing developments with over 3,000 residents.
Co-Founder and CEO, Community Cycles of CaliforniaCollin has a background in high tech sales and marketing with a special focus on start-ups and small divisions within corporations. Collin has always taken an interest in training and mentoring his staff. With his outside interests and hobbies, he has exhibited the same traits. In his early years Collin worked in youth clubs, coached swimming, and organized skydiving classes and events and mentored students. In recent years, Collin has worked for several non-profits as a consultant and employee. He developed marketing, volunteer, and corporate programs as well as trained and mentored volunteers.
Margarita Parra, Moderator
Climate and Transport Professional + Innovator
Director of Programs, Siena Youth CenterRafael has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management. He is currently the director of the Siena Youth Center the community center specializes in education, art and self-expression, advocacy and health and wellness. Rafael Joined the St. Francis Center in January of 2012 and was hired to help start the youth and community programs for Siena Youth Center. Prior to his tenure at the center he was the program director of programs at the San Leandro Boys and Girls Club for five years. Rafael knows first hand what the impact of not having anything to do after school can mean as youth programs helped him when he was a youth.
CEO, The Specialized Foundation
A business leader, innovator, cyclist, and parent, the Specialized Foundation brings together many of Ted’s passions and interests by integrating academics, fitness, and wellness through cycling. As a Fortune 100 management executive, Silicon Valley startup tech pioneer, and inventor, Ted finds the combination of research, science, and technology that provides life-changing impacts through cycling in education and development for our youth around the world is a great reward and the epitome of “living the dream.”
Ted has attended Santa Clara University in Mechanical Engineering, graduate work at Stanford GSB, worked at companies including DKD-IDEO as general management executive at Compaq Computer and Hewlett-Packard, Synaptics, Mirra acquired by Seagate, ING Direct acquired by Capitol One, and Leap Motion
Community Projects Review Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water DistrictUsha Chatwani is the Engineering Unit Manager of the Community Projects Review Unit for Santa Clara Valley Water District (District). She has over 25 years of experience at the District working on flood control planning and the review of community projects. The Community Projects Review Unit reviews land use development projects, including trail development, and determines their impacts on District facilities in addition to providing technical advisory comments to land use agencies in the areas of water supply, flood protection and stream stewardship.
Public Access Program Manager, Peninsula Open Space TrustRachael Faye leads POST’s Public Access Program and has nearly two decades of professional experience in park, trail and open space planning, environmental conservation, community engagement and training, construction management, and business operations. She is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and member of the Professional Trail Builders Association. Rachael received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from UC Davis and started her career in Cultural Resource Management.
Associate Engineer/Trail Coordinator in Community Projects Review Unit, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Yvonne Arroyo is an Associate Engineer in the Community Projects Review Unit. She has worked in the Community Projects Review Unit for over 20 years and has been recently assigned the position of trail coordinator for the District, focusing on the review and coordination of trail projects located along District flood protection and water supply facilities.
Director, Sustainable Transportation Programs, Stanford Research ParkBefore joining Stanford, Jamie founded Commute Smart where she specialized in developing and implementing commute programs for prominent Silicon Valley companies, including Apple, Adobe, eBay, Hewlett Packard, Intuit and SAP. With over twenty years’ experience in the field of Transportation Demand Management, Jamie uses her expertise to offer innovative and effective transportation programs to the 29,000 employees and 140 companies at Stanford Research Park. Jamie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida where she received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and her graduate studies at San Jose State University where she received an M.S. in Environmental Studies.
Vice Chair, BART Bicycle Advisory Task Force
Like many of us, Katie wears many hats: mother, wife, environmentalist, and bike lover to name a few. Having recently moved to South San Francisco with her family, and wanting to continue her commitment to getting around by bike and transit as much as possible, Katie started wondering about bike infrastructure improvements, which in turn led to her representing the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition on the BART Bicycle Advisory Task Force. She wishes it were easier for people to ride where they need to go and feel safe riding and parking their bikes, and is excited by the improvements BART and cities around the bay are making. Wearing another hat and supporting another passion, Katie is a community engagement consultant with EnviroIssues, a public involvement and communications firm helping the public and decision-makers engage in conversations that define communities.