by Juan Valle | Dec 19, 2019
City of Seattle
Sam Zimbabwe is the Director at Seattle Department of Transportation. He has a background in transit-oriented development including Washington, D.C.’s District Department of Transportation where he served as the Chief Project Delivery Officer.
Before his previous role at DDOT, Zimbabwe was the associate director of DDOT’s Planning and Sustainability Division. He has a master’s degree in city planning and urban design from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor’s in urban and regional studies from Cornell University.
Carlos Cruz-Casas, P.E. is the Assistant Director of Strategic Planning for Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works. His primary focus is to introduce mobility innovation and plan for a fully integrated transportation system. His career includes both public and private sector experience ranging from conceptual design to implementation of pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and traffic projects. As a professional engineer dedicated to the development of Livable Transportation, Cruz-Casas seeks to achieve the right balance between capacity and livability. He received his Master’s degree in urban transportation planning from the University of Florida’s College of Engineering, and his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.
Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ms. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices for Angelinos and the region.
Ms. Reynolds has over 18 years of transportation experience throughout the United States. She has advised transportation technology companies like WalkScore, contributed to the state-of-the-practice as an Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board Member, mentored young professionals through Women’s Transportation Seminar, and nurtured research on Transportation Research Board committees. Ms. Reynolds serves as the President of the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
Jascha Franklin-Hodge was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School in Fall 2018, working at the intersection of mobility, technology, and public policy. He currently consults on new mobility and smart cities. He previously served in the cabinet of Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Boston’s Chief Information Officer, and led the City’s Department of Innovation and Technology. He was responsible for the City’s efforts to build exceptional, user-centered digital services, harness data to improve the quality of life, empower City employees with effective technology, and improve access to the Internet and technical skills training for all Boston residents.
Prior to his work with the City, Franklin-Hodge co-founded Blue State Digital (BSD) where he oversaw the development and operation of BSD Tools, an online fundraising, email, and CRM platform that raised over $1B and powered the digital presence of President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. He has served on the boards of Tech Goes Home, MITX (Massachusetts Information Technology Exchange), and Tech/Hire Boston.
Ramses Madou is the Division Manager of Planning, Policy, and Sustainability for the Department of Transportation in the City of San José. At the City of San José Ramses leads a team of planners, engineers, policy specialists, data and model experts to plan the Citywide transportation system. His team is working to implement the ambitious mode change and VMT reduction goals of the City’s general plan all while proactively dealing with the fundamental disruptions that are currently shaking the transportation world. Before joining the City of San Jose, he worked as the Associate Director of Parking & Transportation Services for Stanford University where he worked for 10 years. At Stanford, Ramses played many roles over his time there including managing program and policy development, planning efforts, retail operations, the University’s Marguerite transit system planning and operations, and regional transportation relationships.
Chris Warner is the Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and is responsible for leading the agency through managing and maintaining Portland’s 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 has twenty years of public sector management and transportation policy expertise at the local, state, local and federal levels. He has played a role in leading many of Oregon and Portland’s most consequential transportation policy initiatives.
Prior to joining PBOT, Warner served as the Chief of Staff to City Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. In this position, Warner guided Portland’s private-for-hire regulations. He was also a key strategist in the successful adoption of Fixing our Streets, a local transportation funding initiative that supports $74 million in street repairs and traffic safety improvements. From 2003 to 2010, Warner served as the transportation policy advisor to Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski where he helped develop and successfully pass the 2005 Connect Oregon initiative ad the 2009 Jobs and Transportation Act.
As Deputy Managing Director for Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS), Michael A. Carroll, P.E. is a creative and nationally respected leader with more than 25 years of experience in transportation. In this role, Carroll leads oTIS staff in developing strategies and implementing policies to build safe and equitable multi-modal systems across Philadelphia’s diverse and vibrant neighborhoods.
Deputy Carroll coordinates and sets the policy direction for critical functions, including the Streets Department, the Philadelphia Water Department, as well as the newly created Office of Complete Streets. His oversight includes infrastructure systems that are made up of more than 9,500 transit stops, 2,575 miles of street, 320 bridge structures, 450 lanes miles of bike facilities, 1,000 Indego bikes and 100 Indego stations, and 6,500 miles of sewers and water mains. Deputy Carroll also coordinates with internal city departments, external agencies, as well as with policy makers on the local, state, and national levels.
Robin Hutcheson is the Director of Public Works for Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is responsible for all aspects of the public right of way, including public utility and transportation business lines.Hutchebson mobilizes multiple teams to leverage investments in infrastructure for broader City goals, including resiliency, mobility, and economic vitality. She is focused on transformative transportation infrastructure and systems with emphasis on equity, safety and preparing for change.
Previously, she served as the Director of Transportation for Salt Lake City where she was an advocate for great public infrastructure, and a successful collaborator to bring the city’s resources together. During her tenure, the City constructed its first streetcar, vastly expanded the complete streets program, and improved safety.
Prior to that appointment, she was a transportation planning consultant for 15 years. Hutchenson also has an international perspective on transportation planning, having worked in the transportation industry in Germany and France, and has completed projects for the European Union Commission on Sustainability.
Jeff Marootian has served as the Director of the District Department of Transportation since March 2017. He leads the agency in its mission to create a safe and sustainable transportation system for the District of Columbia and is responsible for delivering on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s priorities to rebuild and modernize the city’s public infrastructure; embrace innovation and technology to generate mobility options; and reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries through a concerted Vision Zero strategy.
Prior to joining DDOT he served as the White House Liaison and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the United States Department of Transportation. Marootian was a member of the leadership team whose achievements include launching the nationwide Smart Cities Challenge; advocating for and helping to secure passage of the FAST Act; and creating economic opportunity through transit and mobility initiatives in communities across the country. He was also the Department’s Chief Sustainability Officer and directed the implementation of President Obama’s Executive Order on Climate Change and Sustainability and contributed to the Department’s strategy on electric and autonomous vehicles. He also played a key role in standing up the Build America Bureau to advance the use of public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects across the country.
Tom Maguire is Director of the Sustainable Streets Division at SFMTA, where he directs the agency’s ambitious efforts to achieve Vision Zero and to create world-class streets for all San Franciscans. He joined SFMTA in October 2014 after serving as Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation, where he managed Bus Rapid Transit, Freight Mobility, Peak Rate Parking, congestion pricing, and sustainability, and resiliency programs. He has also worked for the engineering and design firm Arup.
Tom is a transportation professional who is passionate about using his experience in planning, engineering, policy making, and management to build great cities. He strives to unlock the potential of streets, transit systems, and public space to create places that are safe, sustainable, and equitable. Moving toward Vision Zero Tom is finding creative ways to use technology and data to help travelers make smart choices, remembering that as professionals, we work for ALL users of the street – pedestrians, transit riders, drivers, and cyclists.
Jeff O’Brien serves as the Director of Develop Louisville, the city’s real estate and community development arm. He has been with the city since 2013, first as project manager for Vision Louisville then as Deputy Director of the Office of Advanced Planning.
As Deputy Director of the Office of Advanced Planning, O’Brien, who has a background in urban planning, has been integrally involved in the city’s ongoing Comprehensive Plan update, played a leadership role in the production of the MOVE Louisville transportation plan and serves as a Metro representative with the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency’s (KIPDA) transportation planning activities.
O’Brien has nearly 15 years of experience with local planning agencies in Kentucky and Illinois. He lead several major planning efforts for Louisville Metro Government including Vision Louisville – a multi-modal transportation plan, the 2040 Comprehensive Plan update and implementation of various infrastructure, cultural and planning projects.
Robert Spillar serves as the City of Austin Transportation Director. As the lead mobility professional for the City of Austin, he is responsible for the City’s multi-modal transportation portfolio, Vision Zero, Transportation Demand Management, Special Events and Parking Enterprise operations. Under Spillar’s leadership, the City of Austin was a finalist in the U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge and recently published Austin’s Smart Mobility Roadmap – a guide to shared, electric and autonomous mobility for Central Texas.
Spillar has upgraded Austin’s signal systems with intelligent transportation technologies, championed an open data policy that fosters innovation, and modernized the City’s parking management system to produce a strong revenue stream for the department.
Prior to the City of Austin, Spillar served as Vice President with Parsons Brinckerhoff (now WSP) and as the Director of Traffic Management for the City of Seattle. Spillar is an experienced transit program planner having worked on a range of related projects including Sound Transit in Seattle, WA; Tri-Met Rail and Transit projects in Portland, OR.
Francie Stefan is the Acting Chief Mobility Officer/Assistant Director of Planning & Community Development for the City of Santa Monica. She leads the City’s transportation policy, strategy and implementation efforts. She has been with the City for 10 years, working on the Expo Light Rail, Colorado Esplanade, Bike and Pedestrian Plans, GoSaMo campaign, COAST open streets, and Breeze Bike Share. Currently, her work is focused on the Shared Mobility Pilot Program, Vision Zero by 2026, and increasing biking, walking, scooting and transit use. Previously, she led Santa Monica’s Land Use & Circulation Element Update and worked at the City of West Hollywood where she initiated their Green Building Program and General Plan update. She has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a B.S. in Geography from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Rodney is the Assistant Commissioner for Data & Technology at the Taxi & Limousine Commission, the City agency responsible for licensing and regulating taxis and other for-hire services in New York City. His team researches impacts of policies through big data analysis, liaises with technology companies who want to work in the for-hire space, and develops regulations and policies for the use of technology. Previously, he was a demographic analyst at the Department of City Planning, responsible for creating long-range population projections. He is a 2009 graduate of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.