Ambassador , Embassy of Finland
Bio: Ms. Kirsti Kauppi became Ambassador of Finland to the United States in September 2015. Before that (2012-2015) she was Political Director (Director General for Political Affairs) at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Helsinki. In 2009-2012 Ambassador Kauppi served as Director General for Africa and the Middle East.
In 2005 she was appointed Ambassador of Finland to Austria and Permanent Representative to the UN-related international organizations located in Vienna. During her term in Vienna, Ambassador Kauppi also served for three years as the Finnish Governor in the IAEA Board of Governors, including vice-chair of the Board.
Ambassador Kauppi has also served in the Finnish Embassy in Berlin (2003-2005) as Deputy Chief of Mission (Minister). Her other foreign posts include Washington (1997-2000), the Finnish Permanent Mission to the EU in Brussels (1993-1997) and Bangkok (1989-92), In 2001-2003 she was head of EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy coordination in the Ministry for Foreign
Affairs in Helsinki. This was after serving two years (2000-2001) as advisor to the State Secretary.
In the beginning of her career in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1983, Ambassador Kauppi worked primarily with development cooperation issues, including a two-year period (1985-86) in the International Labour Organization(ILO) in Geneva.
Ambassador Kauppi was born in 1957 in Oulu, Northern Finland. She studied in the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration and received her Master's degree in Economics in 1981. In 1983 she joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland where she has made her professional career since then.
Ambassador Kauppi is, in addition to her native Finnish, fluent in English, Swedish, German and French. She is an avid reader of history and enjoys walking and bicycle riding in her free time.
Vice President for Public Policy, Via
Bio: Andrei Greenawalt is the Vice President for Public Policy at Via, where he leads the rideshare startup's policy and government affairs efforts. He previously worked on regulatory and policy issues at the White House for several years (2009-14) in various positions. As the Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), he helped lead the development of regulatory policy and review of agency regulations. Prior to OIRA, he was Policy Advisor in the Office of the Chief of Staff, where he worked to advance the Administration’s domestic policy priorities. In addition, he served as Deputy Director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs, and as Counsel in the Office of Legislative Affairs.
Vice President for Technical Assistance, Transportation for America
Bio: Beth Osborne is Vice President for Technical Assistance at Transportation for America. She works with states and local communities to support transportation investments that create great places, attract jobs and talent, and support economic prosperity. Beth came to Transportation for America from the U.S. Department of Transportation where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy since 2009. At DOT, Beth managed the TIGER Discretionary Grant program and the Secretary’s livability initiative; directed the development of the Administration’s surface transportation authorization and the implementation of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21); and served as the lead on freight, safety, energy and environment policy. Before joining USDOT, Beth worked for Senator Tom Carper (DE) as the legislative assistant for transportation, trade and labor policy and for Rep. Ron Klink (PA04) as the legislative assistant for natural resources and foreign affairs.
athenaNation Security & Services, athenaEnvironment, athenahealth, Inc.
Bio: Mr. Bridger McGaw currently leads the Global Security and Services team at athenahealth, Inc. headquartered in Watertown, MA. In this role, he serves as the corporate security director overseeing safety, security and business continuity, aviation, and transportation services for the cloud-based health IT company. For his transportation planning and operational work, he was awarded the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) 2016 “Employee Transportation Champion” award.
Mr. McGaw formerly served in a number of capacities at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was the Special Advisor for Cyber Security and Infrastructure Resilience where he advised on critical infrastructure information sharing and risk management initiatives. Appointed by President Barak Obama in 2009, He initially served as Assistant Secretary(Acting) and then Director of the Private Sector Office, where he facilitated engagement with Fortune 500 executives and security officers addressing numerous policy challenges from intellectual property protection, supply chain security, incident management, as well as efforts to enhance the impact of security and emergency management partnerships between the public and private sector.
Mr. McGaw also served as Press Secretary to Congressman Marty Meehan, Assistant Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore and as a Public Affairs Officer to Secretary of Defense William Cohen. He was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in 2001 and the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Affairs in 1999. He was member of “Team Franken” on Al Franken’s 2003 Grammy-award-winning book “Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them: A Fair and Balanced look at the Right.” Mr. McGaw holds a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, an AB in Government with honors from Harvard College and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.
Supervisor, King County Metro
Bio: Carol Cooper supervises King County Metro’s Market Development group, whose mission is to foster environments that allow people to use their cars less. They do this by developing new products and programs to expand travel options, and increasing access to those options. Current efforts include improving parking management to increase access to transit, providing products for employer commute programs, developing new services that fill gaps in the transit network, and implementing a wide variety of transportation demand management programs. Carol has been working in the transit arena for more than 25 years, building on a career in environmental planning. She embraces the adage that there is more than one way to get there, wherever you are going, and that every trip counts. Carol has her Masters in Regional Planning from University of Arizona, and her Bachelors in Environmental Planning from Rutgers University.
Professional Staff Member and Investigator, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Bio: Cherilyn Pascoe is a Professional Staff Member and Investigator for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. She advises the Committee’s Chairman, Senator John Thune (R-SD), on highway and vehicle safety, cybersecurity, and consumer protection policy and conducts oversight activities and investigations. During her time on the Committee, she has been involved in the development and passage of several pieces of transportation legislation, including the Comprehensive Transportation and Consumer Protection Act of 2015, the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act, and the Motor Vehicle and Highway Safety Improvement Act of 2012. Pascoe received her M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University and her B.S. Chem. with Highest Honors in Chemistry from the University of Michigan.
Senior Sales Executive, Conduent
Bio: Crissy Ditmore is the Senior Sales Executive for Conduent Inc, a worldwide leader in the provision of transportation technology and business process innovation. In 2010 she was chosen as the inaugural Association for Commuter Transportation "Emerging Leader". Crissy has spent over 11 years in the TDM industry assisting urban, suburban, and rural transit agencies identify solutions for complex mobility needs. Crissy has a Masters in Project Management, and is the Public Policy Liaison for the Cascades Chapter.
Transit Planner and Program Manager, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission
Bio: Dan Goldfarb, has worked in the transportation field for the past twenty-five years, both in the United States and abroad. He has experience in multimodal analysis and transportation modeling for planning applications, transportation demand management, as well as traffic operational analysis. He started his career at COMSIS Corporation in the early 1990’s, worked overseas for Uribitran Associates out of their New York City office, and then returned to the Washington, DC area in early 2000’s, working for BMI/VHB and then Cambridge Systematics. Dan currently is a transit planner and program manager at the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a license professional engineer in Virginia.
Account Representative II, METRO STAR
Bio: Danny Silva is a global citizen with experience in Sustainable Development for over 10 years. Transportation has consistently been a key factor in economic development projects. Having managed programs with a transparent and holistic approach, he has served as an adviser on Socio-Economic development in Europe and Asia.
Danny currently holds a Master’s of Science in International Development and Cooperation Economics from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland and continues active in Academia. With a passion for Mobility and Sustainable Development, Danny is currently conducting research in Urban Motility and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) through the guidance and cooperation of the Lausanne Polytechnic University, Switzerland and MaaS Global founders in Finland.
Danny resides in Houston, Texas, where he works with the vanpool program (METRO STAR) at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO). The job is not only about creating vanpools but it is also about having employers, politicians and all citizens understand the benefits of multi-modal mobility solutions.
Danny is an active ACT member. Besides committing time to different Committees, he is the sitting VP for the ACT Red River chapter.
Life is not just about work. Danny loves endurance sports and cold weather. He reached a personal sporting goal by competing in the Cross-Country Skiing events at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics.
Vice President of Business Development, Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions
Bio: David’s career ranges from transit marketing to traffic management with a focus on integrating services with the private sector. His background also includes incident management, contingency planning for special events, facility operations and public information. At Edenred Commuter Benefit Solutions, he monitors Federal legislation, particularly the tax code as it relates to the Commuter Benefit and is their primary contact with the TDM community. David has held public and private sector positions including rail station development, parking management, ITS and bus driver training programs. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACT, treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter and has held various volunteer and leadership positions within the transportation industry. Previous positions have been with NJ Transit, Parsons Brinckerhoff and the Port Authority New York and New Jersey among others. David has a BA in Urban Affairs and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University.
Bio: Dr. Doug Kaufman has been with TransLoc since February 2012 when he began as the general manager of products and services. He became CEO in June 2014 and began retooling the company to take advantage of the growing storm in transit technology, as well as the company’s unique capabilities and technological advantages. Since then, the team has grown considerably, the customer-base has spiked, and the company has expanded it's offering from one product to five—including the first-ever transit mobile app that integrates transit with ridesharing and simplifies multi-modal travel for all. Prior to joining TransLoc, Doug founded multiple companies including clearTXT, a leading provider of mobile communication for colleges and universities, and Spring Metrics, a conversion analytics and intelligence solution. Doug was also an early team-member at Blackboard where he developed and managed a 250+ discipline-specific online educational resource center.
Chief Compliance Officer, WageWorks, Inc.
Bio: To her role as Chief Compliance Officer, Jody brings years of flexible benefits industry expertise and experience. She is the current President of the Special Interest Group for IIAS Standards (SIGIS), is on the Board and serves on the Audit Committee. She is also Vice-Chair of the Employers Council of Flexible Compensation (ECFC), where she currently chairs the Government Relations and Interpretations Committee and is a member of the Technical Advisory Group. In addition, Jody serves on the HSA Council Board of Directors and is active in the American Benefits Council. She is a popular speaker at industry functions and is the only non-attorney to present at Employee Benefits Institute of America’s conferences.
Jody spearheaded advocacy efforts that resulted in several wins for the industry, including preserving FSAs during Affordable Care Act discussions, the modification of use-it-or-lose it rules to allow for a carryover of up to $500 in unused funds, transit benefit parity, and delay of the ACA’s “Cadillac tax” — a 40 percent excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans. Jody’s dedication, persistence and leadership have helped usher in an era of positive change for the Consumer-Directed Benefits industry, enabling more employees to maximize their benefit dollars.
Prior to joining WageWorks, Jody was the founder and chief executive of Creative Benefits, Inc., a successful Consumer-Driven Benefits Administrator acquired by WageWorks in 2008. As WageWorks’ Chief Compliance Officer, Jody helps the company navigate the maze of federal and state regulation and serves as a liaison between WageWorks and key industry groups and governing bodies.
Before founding Creative Benefits, she held positions of responsibility at Prudential Insurance Company of America and the Wyatt Company (now Willis Towers Watson).
Jody holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and holds an advanced certification as a flexible compensation instructor and COBRA administration specialist through the ECFC.
Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Bio: Joe McAndrew is a legislative assistant for Senator Brian Schatz where he advises on transportation and housing policy. He was previously the policy director at Transportation for America (T4America), where he directed federal and state policy and regulatory efforts for a national alliance of elected, business and civic leaders. Prior to joining T4America, Joe worked on behalf of Lane Transit District at the Oregon State Capitol where he was successful in receiving state funding for transit capital expansion projects. He began his career in Washington, DC in the House of Representatives working as an outreach coordinator for Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA¬02). Joe holds a master’s degree from the University of Oregon in community and regional planning.
Operations Director, BRIDJ
Bio: Jon McBride has been the Operations Director with BRIDJ since the company was founded. Prior to the launch of BRIDJ, he ran BreakShuttle, the largest provider of collegiate academic break transit services in the United States. He is currently focused on developing strategic partnerships and leading expansion projects. He is particularly interested in advancing public-private partnerships and policy surrounding emerging shared mobility technology. Previously, he worked in Los Angeles as the Operations Manager for Three18, a leading provider of technology consulting services and in multiple capacities managing film & television music production.
Director, Corporate Communications & Public Policy, Zipcar
Bio: Justin is Zipcar’s director of corporate communications and public policy where he leads efforts to promote Zipcar’s brand of “wheels when you want them” to Zipcar members, city leaders, media and other stakeholders. Leveraging his experience in technology as well as public and government relations, Justin works with cities and policy makers to help accelerate the adoption of car sharing as a vital, sustainable part of the urban transportation ecosystem. Before joining Zipcar, Justin served as chief information officer to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, where he led a number of initiatives to use technology to make the city work smarter and serve its citizens better. He is a native Bostonian and graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.
TDM Specialist, Cherriots Trip Choice Program
Bio: Kiki Dohman is a TDM Specialist with Cherriots, the transit district in Salem, OR. Just over 4 years ago she entered into the TO world with a BS in Marketing, experience with public relations and a background in program management. After getting use to the overwhelming amount of acronyms this industry has, she soon realized the importance of providing commuting solutions and how TDM efforts enhance a community's livability. Being an involved member of ACT has also played a major role in Kiki's professional development. She completed ACT's Leadership Academy in 2014 and currently serves as the Chapter Director and Secretary for the Cascade Chapter.
Director of Community Engagement, Uber
Bio: As Director of Community Engagement, Lindsay Elin leads a team responsible for establishing strategic partnerships with national advocacy organizations, think tanks and trade associations. Lindsay has more than 12 years of experience managing legislative, advocacy and political campaigns. Prior to joining Uber, she served as the National Director of Issue Campaigns for Organizing for America. Lindsay attended the University of Southern California. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and daughter.
Legislative Assistant, Office of Rep.Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Bio: Paul is a native of Portland, Oregon, and has worked for Congressman Blumenauer since graduating from Pomona College in 2012. As a legislative assistant, Paul covers transportation and livability policy, key priorities for the Congressman throughout his career in public service. Blumenauer served on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee from his election to Congress in 1996 until 2007, when he moved to the Ways & Means Committee to focus on transportation funding and finance. Paul has worked with the Congressman to advance polices to increase and modernize transportation revenue, improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, and prepare communities for autonomous vehicles on the roads and in the air. Paul is an avid bike commuter.
Vice President, Policy and Finance, Eno Center for Transportation
Bio: Paul Lewis is Vice President of Policy and Finance at the Eno Center for Transportation. In that capacity, he directs Eno’s policy research programs, including paper development and event organization. Lewis has led policy projects related to federal policy, transportation planning, and transportation governance, including Eno’s Transportation Finance, Freight, and Aviation Working Groups. Lewis has also led research on emerging mobility and automated vehicles. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Ohio Northern University and his M.S. Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Engagement Manager, RideAmigos Corp.
Bio: Prachi leads Partnerships and Growth at RideAmigos. She grew up between Bombay, Hong-Kong and London, and has lived in Boston and Washington D.C. — cities and cultures that have helped to create her views on people, trade and transportation, which she uses to advance RideAmigos in cities to aid people and trade through transportation.
CEO & Co-Founder, Scoop Technologies
Bio: Rob has long been a firm believer that technology could be harnessed to solve everyday problems that impact our quality of life. Rob moved to the Bay Area to join his brother, Jon, and was immediately struck by the magnitude of the area's transportation issues and how they affected the region.Inspired, the two brothers put their heads together and developed Scoop.
Rob started his career with Bain & Company in New York as a strategy consultant. He specialized in customer strategy and marketing, helping big companies develop and execute plans to retract and retain customers.
Rob graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Management, Legal Studies & Business Ethics.
Growing up in Atlanta, Rob and Jon drove 25 miles each way to and from high school, which put the importance of a better, more sustainable commute into perspective at an early age.
Vice President, vRide
Bio: Ryan Johnson is Vice President overseeing sustainable commuter solutions, including Enterprise Rideshare, vRide and Zimride by Enterprise, at Enterprise Holdings Inc.
Enterprise Holdings operates – through an integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises – the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as more than 9,600 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 85 countries. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world, as measured by revenue and fleet. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry.
The company and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution, operating nearly 1.9 million vehicles throughout the world. Combined, these businesses – accounting for more than $20.9 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2016 – include the Car Sales, Truck Rental, CarShare, Rideshare vanpooling, Zimride, Exotic Car Collection and Flex-E-Rent services, all marketed under the Enterprise brand name. The annual revenues of Enterprise Holdings – one of America’s largest private companies – and Enterprise Fleet Management rank near the top of the global travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators, and online travel agencies.
Johnson began his Enterprise career in 1998 as a daily rental employee with the company’s Southern California region, advancing over the next several years to Regional Rental Manager. In 2008, he was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Rental at Enterprise corporate headquarters, serving as an operational consultant to the operating groups across the South Central United States. He assumed responsibility for the strategic corporate oversight, field operations and shared-service support teams for car sharing in 2009 – helping to establish and enhance sustainable transportation options for cities, corporations, universities and government entities. In 2010, he began overseeing Enterprise Rideshare. In 2014, Johnson was promoted to Vice President of CarShare, and in 2016, with the acquisition of vRide, he became Vice President of Rideshare, one of the largest vanpool operations in the nation.
Enterprise Rideshare is supported by the extensive Enterprise Rent-A-Car network, which includes more than 5,800 fully staffed Enterprise offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. These convenient and accessible offices reflect the company’s longtime focus on offering sustainable local transportation alternatives, including vanpooling, car sharing, online-ride matching and other Virtual Car® options.
Johnson has overseen Enterprise CarShare’s retail expansion into key urban markets with the acquisitions of PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia, Mint Cars On-Demand in New York City and Boston, IGO Car Sharing in Chicago, AutoShare in Toronto, Occasional Car in Denver, City Car Club in the U.K., and Carpingo in Brooklyn. Also under Johnson’s leadership, Enterprise purchased Metavera Solutions Inc., a leading provider of car-sharing technology. Last year, Enterprise CarShare expanded its program in Boston and announced partnerships with the CarSharing Association, Nissan and Washington D.C. Metro.
Enterprise Rideshare also partnered with the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) to create and expand vanpool programs across the country. In addition, Johnson has directed the strengthening of Enterprise’s technological platform through the Zimride ride-matching program, including a partnership with Lehigh University.
Johnson currently serves on the Transportation Research Board’s “Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Committee.” The mission of the Transportation Board – one of six major divisions of the National Research Council – is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange. In addition, Johnson represented Enterprise in a 2014 SXSW Eco panel discussion, which focused on the role that public and private transportation providers play in meeting demands for sustainable mobility in urban markets.
Executive Director, Shared Use Mobility Center
Bio: Sharon is a founder and the executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a non-profit public-interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility and help connect the growing industry with transit agencies, cities and communities across the nation. As executive director, Sharon leads SUMC’s work which includes innovative research around the impacts of shared mobility, development of pilot projects to test out shared mobility strategies, provide advice and technical assistance to cities and regions in order to help extend the benefits of shared mobility for all. SUMC has just been awarded a contract to develop the Innovation Knowledge Accelerator in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration to assist cities undertaking Mobility on Demand projects.
Sharon was previously the CEO of IGO Carsharing, the nonprofit organization that started carsharing in the Chicago region. Under Sharon’s leadership, IGO grew from a small pilot project into a successful operating company with 15,000 members in 45 neighborhoods.
Sharon worked with the Chicago Transit Authority to create the only combined car-share/transit fare card in North America, which continues to serve as a model for the possibilities between shared-use companies and public transit. She led IGO’s expansion into underserved communities and also developed solar canopies and charging stations that helped introduce renewable charging and mobility hubs to the region.
Prior to taking the helm at IGO, Sharon was the Director of Research & Development at the Center for Neighborhood Technology for more than a decade. She was the Principal Investigator for Combating Global Warming Through Sustainable Surface Transportation and was the lead author of TCRP Report 93: Travel Matters: Mitigating Climate Change with Sustainable Surface Transportation. Before that, Sharon coordinated CNT’s Transit-Oriented Development Program and was one of the authors of The New Transit Town.
Sharon was a founder of the national Carsharing Association and has served as Co-Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Shared Vehicle Committee, as well as on numerous other boards and commissions. She holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BA in Economics from Antioch College.
Executive Director, Transportation Management Association of Chester County
Bio: P. Timothy Phelps is the Executive Director of Transportation Management Association of Chester County. Since joining TMACC in 2012, Tim has been defining its mission, expanding its vision and growing the organization. He comes to TMACC with over 10 years of experience with Chambers of Commerce, including Great West Chester Chamber of Commerce, Main Line Chamber of Commerce, and the TriCounty Chamber of Commerce where he focused on the advocacy for business and transportation issues, and membership development. Tim is active in a variety of chamber, non-profit, and transportation committees such as the Chester County Economic Development Council and the Early Learning Investment Commission for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Juniata College and the William Penn Charter School. Tim currently resides in Malvern with his with wife, Melinda, and daughter, Anna Rae.
Sr. Business Development Manager, car2go N.A., LLC
Bio: In this role, Mr. Rosenkranz oversees the strategy and development of car2go’s expansion efforts in the Western Region of the U.S. and manages national policy, including car2go’s support for Vision Zero road safety initiatives across North America. car2go is the world’s largest flexible one-way carsharing service, with more than 2 million members sharing nearly 14,000 cars in nine countries.
Mr. Rosenkranz joined car2go in November 2010 as Business Development Manager, and has been integral in the development of the regulatory framework to support point-to-point carsharing at a municipal, state and federal level. He also spearheaded the launch of car2go in eight cities, including Seattle, Portland, Denver, and San Diego.
Cofounder & COO, TransitScreen
Bio: Ryan Croft is co-founder and COO at TransitScreen, a global information company based in Washington, D.C. Today, the company helps millions of people and cities across North America and Europe save time by providing local information at a glance. Customers include over 100 leading real estate companies, cities (Seattle, Toronto, Austin), Fortune 500 corporations, and world class universities (Cal-Berkeley, MIT, Harvard, Columbia University).
Previously, Ryan spent five years leading group travel adventures across Latin America, Europe, Middle East and the Caribbean. Croft has been fortunate to visit 60 countries on five continents and has lived in Spain, Washington, DC, San Francisco and the Dominican Republic. He is fully fluent in Spanish.
In his current role, he builds smarter cities by promoting sustainable transportation choices and making real-time information easily accessible to everyone. TransitScreen envisions cities of the future where single occupancy vehicles (SOVs) will be complimented by walking, bicycling, autonomous vehicles, and other sustainable forms of urban mobility.
Ryan is a frequent speaker at conferences & universities around the topics of transportation technology, smart cities, sustainable transportation, urban mobility, and entrepreneurship, including Code for America, Google X, Stanford University, Harvard University, US Department of State, NACTO, SPUR San Francisco, Oracle Open World, European Business Summit, and TUM (Technical University of Munich).
Regional Transportation Director , TMA Group
Bio: Diane is currently the Regional Transportation Director for The TMA Group, a regional leader customizing environmentally friendly, multimodal transportation solutions for employers and communities. She has served on the ACT Board of Directors and currently serves as a member of the ACT Public Policy Committee. She has thirty plus years experience in the transportation field, serving as the Assistant Commissioner of Transportation for Tennessee; the Mayor's Special Assistant on Infrastructure for Nashville/Davidson County, and the Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee.
Bio: Ashley's volunteer experiences and interest in transit led her to start her own transit blog, finding her niche in the transportation world. An Organizational Psychologist, Ashley left consulting to work on transit issues, becoming president of Citizens for Progressive Transit and the Social Media Coordinator and Volunteer Organizer for the Livable Communities Coalition's Transportation Investment Act campaign in Atlanta, Georgia. Following work with various groups including Mothers and Others for Clean Air, the Amalgamated Transit Union, and Americans for Transit, Ashley made the move to Washington and has experience in transportation research, policy, financing, and equity issues. She lives in Alexandria with her rescue dog Bear and is on Twitter at @CCTgirl, as well as on Instagram, where she obsessively posts pictures of her dog and trains.
Bio: Erick VanWagenen is EVP and Chief Strategy Officer at WeDriveU, the nation’s leading operator of Commute Alternative solutions for employers and property managers. Serving 5 million annual passengers across the U.S., WeDriveU leads strategy, implementation, passenger engagement and analytics for Last Mile and Inter-Campus Shuttles, Residential Bus Service and On-Demand transportation.
Erick leads sales, business development and strategic partnerships. Over the past 10 years at WeDriveU, Erick has been instrumental in establishing and growing WeDriveU’s successful engagements with Fortune 500 clients and developing strategic partnerships in the automotive, travel and hospitality, technology and transportation segments.
Erick and WeDriveU are proud members of the Association for Commuter Transportation.
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The Jennings Group
Bio: Howard Jennings is Managing Director of Mobility Lab, the research and development center for Arlington County Commuter Services.
Howard Jennings has over 20 years of experience in Transportation Demand Management. He was a co-founder of Arlington Transportation Partners in Arlington, Virginia and helped develop the Arlington County Commuter Services research program and Mobility Lab. He has been a three term member of the TRB TDM Committee and represents the Association for Commuter Transportation to FHWA and FTA on their Stakeholder Group of national trade associations.
His prior experience includes executive director of Ridefinders in Richmond, VA, Assistant to the Richmond City Manager, project manager for the Tobacco Row project in downtown Richmond, and project planner for Brandermill in Chesterfield County, VA.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in City Planning.