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Chief Innovation Officer, LA Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation
Joshua L. Schank is the first ever Chief Innovation Officer at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), where he leads the Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). The role of this office is to champion new ideas to improve mobility in LA County by informing the high-level vision for LA Metro, piloting and implementing new and experimental programs and policy, and serving as the primary liaison for new ideas relevant to LA Metro coming from entrepreneurs, established private sector entities, academia, or individual residents. The office is also responsible for LA Metro’s Public Private Partnership (P3), and strategic planning functions.Prior to joining LA Metro, Dr. Schank was President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a national non-profit think-tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Before joining Eno, he directed the National Transportation Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which proposed a new vision for the Federal role in surface transportation policy.Dr. Schank was Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton during the development of the last surface transportation authorization bill (SAFETEA-LU). He has also worked as a Consultant with PB Consult and Senior Associate at ICF International in Washington, D.C., as well as serving in positions at the Office of the Inspector General’s in the U.S. Department of Transportation, and with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.Dr. Schank’s extensive work in transportation policy and planning is well documented in his publications, including “All Roads Lead to Congress: The $300 Billion Fight Over Highway Funding,” co-authored with Costas Panagopoulos and published by CQ Press in 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in urban studies from Columbia University.He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Lindsey and his sons Max and Jonah.
Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments
Executive Director, SACOG
Director of Transportation, Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Director of Smart Columbus, Columbus Partnership
Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Executive Director, North County Transit District
Executive Director, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Director of Government Partnerships, Bird
Maurice A. Henderson II is a Director of Government Partnerships at Bird. He has worked both domestically and internationally in the public and private sectors as well as on a number of political and advocacy campaigns across the country. Whether in his time as an educator, in his roles in the public sector, advocating for working people under the banner of organized labor, or on the campaign trail for individuals and causes he supported, nearly his entire professional career has been spent working towards providing equitable access to opportunities, most recently through his work in the Smart Cities arena.
He has served in various capacities at the highest levels of the local and state government as well as in the transit industry. Those roles have included, working as the Chief Operating Officer for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) in Portland, he was Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's Chief of Staff, the Deputy Director at the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), the Chief Administrative Officer for the Technology office in Washington, DC, and as the Deputy Press Secretary for former Virginia Governor, now US Senator, Tim Kaine. He is a member of the inaugural class for the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. He holds a Bachelor's in Leadership Studies and a Master's degree in Public Administration.
Senior Director of Policy & Partnerships, Lyft
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Chief Innovation Officer, DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
Gregory Elsborg joined Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in 2019 as Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer.As Chief Innovation Officer, Gregory's responsibilities include driving new business partnerships, growing DART's Mobility as a Service (MaaS) offering and leveraging technology to facilitate innovation across the enterprise. Greg has a strong track record of driving ecommerce, mobile and innovation initiatives across a variety of industries throughout his career. His background includes Fortune 500 and global leadership roles in digital innovation and brand strategy spanning various industries.Originally from the United Kingdom, Gregory studied Marketing at Lancaster University Management School, a Top 5 UK Business School, graduating with multi-disciplinary Honors. After a successful career in the UK, including general management and marketing leadership roles in the transit industry, he relocated to the United States in 2011.EXPERIENCEGroup Director, Global Mobile & Digital Innovation, RexelDirector, Digital Content, Allied Electronics & AutomationBrand & Marketing Strategy Manager, GameStopNew Product Introduction (NPI) Marketing Manager, Mouser ElectronicsMarketing Communications Manager, Digital Barriers PLCEDUCATIONBachelor of Science, Business Studies & Marketing, Lancaster University Management SchoolInternational Marketing, University of Colorado at Boulder - Leeds School of Business
Head of Policy: Bikes & Scooters, Uber
Sr. Director of Government Relations, West, Lime
Katie collaborates with cities, elected officials and community organizations across the western U.S. in support of shared mobility at Lime. Her passion for affordable transportation, smart growth and sustainability is the result of a career largely focused on economic inclusion and environmental equity.
Previous to Lime, Katie led state and local government relations for eBay Inc. in the west. Katie has worked at all levels of government having led policy development - largely around transportation, renewable energy and innovation - on Capitol Hill for Congressmen Cal Dooley and Brian Baird, the Governor's California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, and Mayor Ashley Swearengin in her hometown of Fresno, CA. Katie received her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California.
Executive Director, City Tech Collaborative
Brenna Berman is CEO of City Tech, an IoT urban infrastructure lab that transforms cities into testbeds for new ideas. City Tech remakes essential services and infrastructure, from skills to skyscrapers and expands those solutions to other cities, thus increasing the world’s odds of solving big, urban problems. City Tech is currently easing subway congestion during large events; creating a digital map of Chicago’s underground; and launching a digital directory of public health services in Chicago.
Prior to joining City Tech, Brenna served in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, which she joined in 2011. She served as the Chief Information Officer for the City and Commissioner for the Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) from 2012 to spring of 2017. In that time, she focused on transforming the team at DoIT to provide the skills and expertise to implement the Mayor’s vision of data-driven resident services and of a more efficient, effective, and innovative City government. This meant adding new skills to the team to increase the focus on software engineering and analytics, improving the department’s commercial partnerships to drive savings for the City, and identifying ground-breaking civic partnerships.
During her tenure as CIO, Brenna delivered on the Mayor’s commitment to a robust open data program, integrated advanced analytics into many city departments, drove IoT innovation for the City through unique partnerships by co-founding City Tech and the Midwest IoT Council, and, in partnership with the University of Chicago, realized the vision of urban-scale sensing with the Array of Things.
Prior to joining the Emanuel Administration, Brenna built a career promoting government innovation over 10 years at IBM, where she worked closely with government agencies in cities and countries across the world to leverage technology and analytics to improve the services they provide to their residents. She advised governments on a variety of issues, from targeting personalized services through analytics to normalizing program offerings to simplify the delivery process and make them understandable to residents. Throughout her time at IBM, Brenna tailored cutting-edge business and data models, from processes to analytic algorithms for large government organizations in order to accelerate their own modernization efforts, providing an incredibly valuable skill set for the work she continues at City Tech.
Brenna earned her bachelor’s degree and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Director Open Innovation, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi
Regional Lead – Public Policy, Nuro
Aidan Ali-Sullivan is the Regional Lead of Public Policy and Government Relations at Nuro. In his role, Aidan acts as a liaison between Nuro and the public sector, aiming to accelerate future mobility and autonomous vehicle policy at the state level. Prior to Nuro, Aidan was a Manager of Future Mobility at General Motors in both Dubai, U.A.E and Detroit, Michigan. Aidan has experience in multiple levels of government, previously working for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs as a Political Economic Relations and Public Affairs Officer at multiple Canadian Missions. Aidan earned his M.P.P. from the University of Chicago Harris School, his M.B.A in International Business from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and dual B.A. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Head of New E-Mobility Division, Toyota Tsusho
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Sacramento
Director, North America, Bond Mobility
Zoe Hoster is passionate about building businesses to create safe and sustainable cities. Zoe leads North American operations for Bond Mobility, based in Seattle. Bond is high performance micro-mobility; its speed e-bikes can be a true car replacement in cities and suburbs. Zoe joined Bond from General Motors in Detroit, where she built the Maven car-sharing service and informed GM’s strategy in shared mobility. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Princeton and an MBA from Wharton.
Chief Economist, SANDAG
Principal, US Mobility Solutions, Deloitte
Anant is a principal at Deloitte Consulting Telecom, Technology and Automotive Industry Practices and leads the Future of Mobility Assets and Solutions offering. As the chief strategist for Deloitte’s Mobility Operating System offering (mOS), Anant works with public and private sector partners to optimize the supply and demand economics of mobility. Anant brings over 13 years of consulting experience where he has advised a diverse set of clients on their most pressing business challenges with a specialization in designing and enabling digital platforms to resolve them. He is based out of Austin, TX.
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, SANDAG
Director, Microgrid Development, EDF Renewables
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Via
Megan Richer leads Via's collaboration with transit agencies, municipalities, and organizations on the West Coast, with a focus on helping cities and public agencies secure access to more resources for their microtransit services. Prior to this, she worked in partnership with agencies and cities to design and plan Via's global microtransit deployments. Previously, she managed Via's vehicle supply programs and worked on the company's New York City operations. Prior to Via, she led efforts to rapidly expand Thomson Reuters operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from Stanford University. She is based in the Bay Area.
Director of Innovation and Technology, City of Las Vegas
Head of Sharing Economy & Mobility Group, Marsh
Business Development | Government, Geotab
Nate Veeh helps empower public agencies utilize telematics technology to better manage their fleet and plan for a more sustainable future. As Government Business Development Manager for Geotab, Nate has witnessed a massive adoption to their platform, which now supports over 1.8 million connected vehicles. Most recently, he was part of the State of California Telematics contract that was solely awarded to Geotab. Using technology to improve utilization, electrify fleets and improve the overall environment are some of the key factors that continue to breed his passion for the industry
Managing Partner, NGP Capital
Paul is Managing Partner of NGP Capital and a global technology investor across the U.S., Europe and Asia for over 25 years. Paul has realized 20 successful investments, including 5 IPOs and four $1B+ exits of which UCWeb and Ganji were two of the largest technology acquisitions in China. Other successful exits include KongZhong (KZ: NASDAQ), DQ Entertainment (DQE.BO), Gridsum (GSUM: NASDAQ), Morpho (IPO Japan), Madhouse (Blue Focus), Whistle (Mars), CityMaps (TripAdvisor) and Intermedia.
He has been engaged in acquisitions and IPOs valued cumulatively at over $25 billion. He is currently focused on NGP’s investments in the US and Asia in the mobile, IOT, auto sectors.
Paul is currently on the Boards of Gigwalk, Workfusion and Zubie. Prior to NGP, Paul was responsible for technology investments in Asia at the International Finance Corporation. Previously, he oversaw M&A and corporate venture activity at Cadence Design Systems and worked at Merrill Lynch in investment banking.
He received an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Dartmouth. Paul is co-author of Upward Bound: Lessons of How Nine Leaders Achieved their Summits. He has served as an Advisory Board member at the University of Baltimore and Adjunct Professor of International Entrepreneurship at the George Mason School of Public Policy.
VP Business Development, Trapeze Group
Paul Comfort Esq. is an industry expert on public transportation, leadership and government operations. He is Vice President of Business Development for the world’s largest transit technology company, Trapeze Group, serving as a brand ambassador to the transit industry, hosting the top business podcast, Transit Unplugged, writing on transit trends and solutions for magazines such as Mass Transit and Metro and is an Expert Voices contributor to AXIOS News Service on Autonomous Vehicles in public transit. He is a keynote speaker and author of the new book “Full Throttle – Living Life to the Max with No Regrets” with contributions from Public Transit CEOs.
Prior to this Mr. Comfort was the CEO of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), leading the 11th largest public transit system in America providing more than 111,000,000 annual trips on public bus, light rail, metro subway, commuter train, commuter bus and paratransit service. While he served as CEO of MTA, Mr. Comfort oversaw numerous award-winning innovations including the development of the Baltimore Link reboot and rebranding of the bus network and transit system, the Purple Line P3, $5 billion light rail project in the Washington DC suburbs and the implementation of the nation’s first transit agency radio station - WTTZ FM 93.5.
Mr. Comfort has also been honored as the recipient of President’s Award, the nation’s top individual award for leadership in the transportation industry from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Oﬃcials (AASHTO).
Mr. Comfort has spent a career in public transit and local government, having served as County Administrator for two suburban counties in Maryland and as an elected County Commissioner.
Director of Business Development, Americas, Hedera
Director of Innovation & Partnerships, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Co-founder and CEO, Swiftmile
Colin Roche is Co-founder and CEO of Swiftmile, the world's first charging platform for the Micro-Mobility revolution. Swiftmile is bringing "order to the chaos" for dockless shared electric scooters. Their Oasis parking and charging systems is designed for city environments where shared scooters tend to congregate. Colin previously founded a consumer products company with its flagship product "The PenAgain", a writing instrument centered around ergonomics. He built this into a globally distributed brand carried in over 25 countries and sold over 10 million units. His stories of invention have been featured multiple times in the WSJ, WIRED, and on NBC, ABC, FOX among others.
Deputy Chief of Staff, Capital Metro
Sam Sargent serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Prior to becoming a member of the authority’s senior management team, Sam served as project manager in the agency’s Community Engagement office. In his current role, Sam focuses on Project Connect, the region’s long-range high capacity transit plan, microtransit and first-mile/last-mile solutions, and small city pilot projects. He coordinates the agency’s External Relations Group as well.
A lawyer by training, he spent time in the Austin and Washington offices of U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, focusing on transportation, housing, and public safety. Sam also worked for the Travis County District Attorney’s office after law school.
Sam holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. He serves on the Downtown Commission in Austin and is a board member of Movability, the region’s travel demand management non-profit. Sam was an Austin Under 40 finalist and a 2019 Mass Transit 40 Under 40 award winner. He is an active runner and rower, living in Central Austin with his wife, Orsi, and dog Gracie.
Head of Urban Mobility Concepts – Americas, Daimler Mobility Services
Assistant Director – Smart Mobility, City of Austin
Vice President of Technology & Innovation, First Transit
Robert supports hundreds of First Transit existing and new customers in guiding the implementation of Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared (ACES) vehicles in multi-modal operations around the country. These include operations and maintenance of fixed and on-demand service at transit agencies, universities and airports. He coordinates Mobility as a Services (MaaS) in Smart Cities implementing emerging mobility solutions.
Robert has 30 years of technology and engineering experience in areas such as autonomous vehicle applications, transportation research and multi-modal trip planning analysis. Robert was most recently at HNTB as the Chief Engineer of Emerging Mobility. Previously, he was Director Technology Services for 12 years at New Jersey Transit.
Robert earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and a master of science in electrical engineering from John Hopkins University. James has five children and resides with his wife in Odessa, FL.
Partner, Boston Consulting Group
Augustin Wegscheider is a partner in the Chicago office of Boston Consulting Group. As the North America co-leader of BCG’s Center for Mobility Innovation, he works with clients to seize market opportunities in urban mobility and autonomous driving. Augustin specializes in working with leading automotive OEMs and suppliers on strategy, sales, marketing, distribution, and new mobility topics. In his client work at BCG, he helped lead BCG’s collaboration with the World Economic Forum on the Future of Urban and Autonomous Mobility.
Before joining BCG, Augustin worked at Audi of America and at Siemens Management Consulting in both Munich and New York.
Augustin holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, as well as undergraduate degrees in European Business from both Dublin City University Business School as well as European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany.
Executive Director, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance
Tyler Svitak has built his career solving problems at the intersection of technology and urbanism. Tyler has held strategic roles advancing connected, automated, and electric mobility initiatives at the City and County of Denver, Colorado Department of Transportation, and American Lung Association in Colorado, where he led or contributed to some of the most innovative smart mobility projects and policies in the country.
Tyler became the Executive Director of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance in 2019, which is the first and only statewide coalition of public, private, academic and research organizations committed to advancing smart cities initiatives across sectors and jurisdictions. Tyler leads the membership-based organization as it develops a new model for project identification, replication, and scale.
Principal Planner, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Director of Strategic Initiatives – Smart Mobility, Panasonic
Kellen Pucher is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for CIRRUS and V2X (Connected Vehicles) within Panasonic North America. He studied Biological Psychology and Neuroscience at Miami University and began his career in commercial analytical sciences and biotechnology. Continuing his passion for technology, he worked for Level 3 Communications leading to the 2017 acquisition by Century Link. This combined background in science and communications prepared him to lead business and partnership development for Smart Mobility and Connected Vehicle technology at Panasonic. Kellen and his team are driven to create a system that will enable IoT-type management of transportation system. These platforms will empower roadway operators with improved situational awareness, as well as predictive and responsive capabilities unlocked by big data. Kellen also believes that Panasonic’s V2X platform will pave the way for cooperative, safer deployments of autonomous vehicles in the future.
Global Social Innovation – Transportation, Hitachi Vantara
Greg Hrebek has over 15+ years of experience in applying digital technology to efficiently move people and cargo across land, air, sea, and even into space. He specializes in transportation systems & operations, autonomous fleets, and applications of AI and machine learning for predictive analytics and optimization of operational efficiency & effectiveness. Greg is currently part of Hitachi’s Global Social Innovation Business focusing on identifying and solving some of the toughest problem’s society is facing in mobility. Prior to Hitachi, Greg oversaw R&D for the world’s first autonomous freight train and scaled a predictive analytics startup to a successful exit with a Fortune 100 company.
Executive Vice President & GM Government Solutions, Verra Mobility
Garrett Miller joined Verra Mobility after more than 10 years of leadership and P&L management at SAP and GE, and has a strong track record of delivering highly competitive and innovative products and services for the Government sector. During his three years with GE, he led a major transformation in the digital energy and intelligent environments space. In that role, he leveraged GE’s relationships with cities and utility companies to drive the installation of CityIQ technology, which allows cities to run computer vision analytics to understand traffic congestion, parking enforcement, and pedestrian and biker safety. Prior to GE, Miller held a series of senior leadership roles throughout his seven-year career with SAP where he had a proven track record of success in building and scaling high-performing global businesses. Miller also co-founded a Silicon Valley startup and worked as a management consultant and environmental engineer.
Managing Partner, Berkeley SkyDeck Fund
Chon Tang is the former founding partner of quant hedge fund firm Junzi Capital Engineering, and successful angel investor with a love for all things entrepreneurial. He has now proudly launched the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund in support of UC Berkeley's premier accelerator, and looks to help build Berkeley into a global nexus for entrepreneurship. UC Berkeley BS EECS '98, MIT SM EECS '00.
Senior Executive and Director, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities
Brooks Rainwater is the senior executive and director of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Center for City Solutions. Rainwater drives the organization’s research agenda, community engagement efforts, and leadership education programming to help city leaders create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment.
As an advocate for strong local leadership, Rainwater leads a team of experts across the field of urban policy, and regularly advises cities both in the United States and globally on critical issues faced now and yet to come. He has published a wide variety of reports and articles on innovative solutions that lead to vibrant and successful cities.
Rainwater speaks regularly across the country and overseas on issues facing city leaders. Under his leadership of the Center, it has grown and developed a host of new programs from entrepreneurship and equitable development to alternative energy and resilience to urban innovation and enhanced city governance strategies.
Rainwater’s research and interests include advancements in technology and city innovation, mobility and the digital economy, and how the rise of state preemption is impacting local authority. His expertise is a draw for media outlets, including the TODAY Show, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, and the New York Times. Rainwater also frequently contributes to publications such as Fast Company, CityLab, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Fortune.
Prior to joining NLC, Rainwater was Director of Public Policy for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). While there he developed the Local Leaders research series and spearheaded the Cities as a Lab initiative focused on the key role cities play as creative instigators of innovative practices.
Rainwater serves on numerous boards with current and past service to the STAR Communities Board, the American Library Association Public Policy Advisory Council, the International Advisory Board for the City of Rotterdam, and the Arlington County Environment and Energy Conservation Commission.
Co-Founder & CEO, SHARE
Ryan McManus is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SHARE. Ryan leads the vision and strategy at SHARE, working towards building a company that is the most trusted and efficient transportation option for jobs, education, and healthcare. Over the last ten years, he has launched over 45 new products and companies that have been at the leading edge of technology, including enterprise cloud, native mobile apps, internet of things, and now, microtransit. Focused on emerging industries and disruptive technologies, Ryan is passionate about pursuing innovation that changes the way we live and creates a world that is ready for the next generation. Ryan is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University with an MBA from The Ohio State University. You can learn more about Ryan and SHARE on twitter and LinkedIn.
Industry Analyst | Automotive Connected Mobility, Strategy Analytics
Ben Lundin, Industry Analyst in the Automotive Connected Mobility service (ACM) at Strategy Analytics, covers market drivers, industry activity and platform deployment for mobility service providers. Before joining Strategy Analytics, Ben was a member of the research practice at public relations firm Global Strategy Group and was a business development coordinator at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, both in Washington D.C.
Ben has a master’s degree in international affairs from American University’s School of International Service where he held a teaching assistant position in international economics. He also has a graduate certificate in international trade and development from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a dual bachelor’s degree in economics, political science and Spanish from the University of Connecticut.
Manager Socioeconomic Modelling, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Dr. Pramod Sambidi is a Socioeconomic Modeling Manager at the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). Pramod leads H-GAC’s efforts in developing long-range demographic, economic, and land use forecasts for the Greater Houston region. He also leads H-GAC’s efforts in designing and developing interactive web mapping applications/tools to assist local governments, planners, researchers, and businesses in effective decision-making process. Pramod has more than 15 years of experience in modeling, regional and urban economics, and data management. Pramod holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University (2007).
Sales & Business Dev Manager - Americas and Oceania, INVERS
Chief Growth & Marketing Officer, Moovit
Yovav Meydad is Moovit’s Chief Growth and Marketing Officer, responsible for growth, demand generation, design and branding, marketing, and corporate communications. Meydad has been with Moovit since 2013, where he came on board as Vice President of Products and Growth and he built and managed the product team, led the company’s product roadmap, and was a core contributor to the company’s growth from 1M users to over 500M.
Yovav has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, general manager and product executive in venture capital-backed and public Internet companies in the U.S. and Israel. He holds a B.Sc. in Information Systems Engineering from the Ben Gurion University, Israel.
General Manager, Mobility, Trov
Ian Sweeney is an entrepreneurial business management expert specializing in early-stage product launches at technology companies. He has over 20 years of experience working with a broad range of enterprises including Dolby Labs and Taulia and tech product start-ups in the automotive and FinTech markets.
At Trov, Sweeney manages growth and drives innovation in the emerging space of mobility insurance. Sweeney lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and two sons and serves as a mentor at SkyDeck Berkeley and a board member of the Montclair Soccer Club.
City Manager, City of Chula Vista
Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Transport & Principal, VM Consulting
Victor Mendez is the Principal at VM Consulting Group and provides consulting and advisory services to clients in the transportation and technology industries. In recent years, he has served as advisor to several startup companies.Mr. Mendez is a high performing executive with a proven track record of successfully implementing billion dollar investments in transportation infrastructure throughout the country and leading large transportation organizations. He is a nationally recognized transportation expert and has testified many times at committee hearings of the U.S. Congress on various transportation topics.Throughout his career, Victor has held various executive management positions leading large transportation organizations with annual multi-billion dollar capital budgets and thousands of employees. He has focused these leadership opportunities to promote; 1) transportation safety, 2) innovation, research, and technology solutions, 3) partnerships between the private and public sectors, 4) results-driven operations, 5) smart transportation investments that support job creation, and 6) sustainability and environmental protection.Victor served as the 20th United States Deputy Secretary of Transportation from July, 2014 through January, 2017. As Deputy Secretary, Mendez was the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Department and the successful deployment of a national $70 B annual capital budget for all modes of transportation. Mendez was focused on ensuring the safety and efficiency of America’s transportation system. Mendez led the USDOT in an unprecedented pivot towards innovation and technology to solve safety challenges in our transportation system.Before becoming Deputy Secretary, Mendez served as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) from July, 2009 through June, 2014. He was responsible for the successful deployment of a national $42 B annual capital budget for highways, bridges, research, and active transportation initiatives. Under his leadership and during the economic recession, FHWA successfully deployed $26.5 B under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to save and create American jobs and improve highways and bridges nationwide.During his time at FHWA, he turned his lifelong interest in innovation and technology into launching the Every Day Counts (EDC) innovation initiative, which gives states a range of practices, tools and technologies to streamline highway projects and make them more cost effective. Several of these EDC practices were eventually codified into law by congress under the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) of 2015.Before joining USDOT, Mendez served as the Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). During his tenure as Director, ADOT completed the Regional Freeway System in the Phoenix region six years ahead of schedule and he created a partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the Nevada DOT to finance and construct the O’Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge, which is also known as the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.Mr. Mendez earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and earned an MBA from Arizona State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Arizona.
Executive Director, California Association of Councils of Governments
Bill Higgins is the fun-loving Executive Director for the California Association of Councils of Governments (CALCOG), which is a statewide membership organization of 46 councils of government, regional transportation planning agencies, and metropolitan planning organizations. CALCOG works to improve the working relationships between member agencies, local governments, transit agencies, and state regulatory authorities. In this capacity, Mr. Higgins has lead forums and encouraged community cooperation and engagement to build successful forums for building local government consensus and problem solving across regions.
Previously, Mr. Higgins was a senior staff attorney and legislative representative for the League of California Cities, where he focused on housing, climate change, and land use planning. In a related position, he also served as the Housing and Land Use Program Director for the Institute for Local Government, which is the nonprofit research affiliate for the League. There Mr. Higgins penned and edited several publications, including the Planning Commissioners’ Handbook, An Ounce of Prevention: Best Practices for Land Use Decision-Making; and Regulatory Takings and Land Use Regulation (none of which made the NY Times bestsellers list for nonfiction. . . yet). In education, Mr. Higgins demonstrated a clear preference for buck-toothed mammals, getting his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Resource Economics from Oregon St
Chief Information Officer, City of Mesa
Director Mobility on Demand Alliance, Intelligent Transportation Society of America
Founder & Managing Partner, Renu Ventures
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives (North America), Mobileye
As Mobileye’s North America Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Uri Tamir leads the development of new markets for Mobileye’s latest advancements in collision avoidance technology, sensor’s data, and mapping. Uri oversees Mobileye’s push for smarter and safer roads, representing Mobileye in numerous research projects and partnerships with the US DoT, State DoTs, and cities across North America.
Head of Karma Mobility Division, Karma Automotive
New Mobility Practice Leader, Sam Schwartz
Joe Iacobucci is the West Coast Principal and New Mobility Practice Leader for Sam Schwartz. He is an internationally recognized leader in new mobility and congestion pricing; guiding clients to manage the emergence of new modes and autonomous vehicles.
Mr. Iacobucci is responsible for managing several major projects, including regional new mobility studies for Seattle, Los Angeles, San Jose, Miami, Chicago, and is leveraging experiences to guide congestion pricing projects in Seattle, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Southern California. He has also performed national studies for Transit Center and the National Academies in addition to guidance for the USDOT, APTA, National Center for Mobility Management. Mr. Iacobucci’s work has guided the private sector in achieving mobility solutions in the public realm, including work with Ford Smart Mobility, Chariot, Lime, and Lyft/Motivate. Key to his approach on new mobility and autonomous vehicles, is his intuitive grasp of mass transit, mobility, access, market optimization, and transportation technology which has led to success in advising clients on integrating emerging technologies with traditional modes and transit networks.
He is a contributor to the book No One at the Wheel, the co-author of Driverless Future (driverlessfuture.org), and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Fast Company, Tech Crunch, Slate, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Curbed, several conferences, and academic publications.
Global Head of Product, Autonomous Driving & Vehicle Software Platform, Faraday Future
Chief Digital Officer, City of Mesa
Transportation Marketing and Communications Specialist, City of Mesa
President, SFB Consulting
SFB Consulting, LLC works the intersection of transportation. technology, and communications. SFB Consulting represents public and private entities on issues such as Mobility as a Service, connected and autonomous vehicles, the use of artificial intelligence and blockchain in transportation, intelligent transportation systems, vehicle testing, and vehicle emission reductions.
Before founding SFB Consulting, Scott Belcher was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) where he focused on advancing the telecommunication industry’s positions on issues such as net neutrality, smart cities, smart transportation, and 5G standards. Prior to TIA, Scott spent seven years at the helm of ITS America where he worked to bridge the gaps between the legacy transportation industry and the communications and technology industries. During his tenure, ITS America concentrated on bringing technology to bear in managing fleets, transportation infrastructure, and connected and autonomous vehicles.
Scott also served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, D.C. as well as in senior management positions at a number of other prominent trade associations. Earlier in his career Scott worked at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, for the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Scott holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands.
Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute
Principal, Maniv Mobility
Project Manager, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Barbara has worked in transportation planning and program implementation for the last 25 years in both the public and private sectors. She has worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for 15 years, supporting traveler information programs, the regional carpool/vanpool programs and express lanes. She also is a leader of MTC’s cross-matrixed “Seamless Mobility” team.
In her current role, she is responsible for strategies to increase vehicle occupancy, express lanes public information and express lanes performance monitoring. She also leads MTC’s work to develop a regional framework and work plan to maximize new mobility opportunities to achieve regional goals.
VP, GM of Commercial and Government, Polaris Industries
Keith oversees the design, manufacture and distribution of the Polaris Commercial Vehicle lines including GEM, Taylor Dunn and Pro XD. Keith loves the challenge of making sure Polaris vehicles are ready for all of the environments they are put in today and working towards the making sure they will be ready for the environents they will be solving problems in tomorrow! Keith and his family are recent transplants to California from Minnesota are enjoying the West Coast lifestyle.
AICP - Project Manager II, City of Anaheim, Community and Economic Development Department
Kevin Clausen-Quiroz is an urban thinker and doer. Born, raised and still living in Anaheim, California, Kevin guides a more sustainable, equitable and economically thriving future as a Project Manager in the City of Anaheim’s community assets, property holdings and infrastructure funding sources, Kevin facilitates catalytic public-private development projects, most notably a free microtransit service called FRAN (Free Rides Around the Neighborhood). Kevin’s working on a wide array of commercial and hospitality developments, long-range planning efforts, mobility planning and storytelling programs for the diverse communities and destinations in the City. Most importantly, Kevin loves exploring cities with his wife on their journey to find the best ice cream in the world. As a former member of a boyband, Kevin’s not one to turn down a microphone and a karaoke stage.
Strategic Accounts Manager, Polaris Industries
Russ works with large government fleets as well as startup and established electric low speed transit companies. In his role Russ works to identify opportunities to reduce spending, eliminate emissions and improve safety. He has a personal passion for sustainability and safety and enjoys the challenge of working in this ever-evolving field. Russ lives in Keene, TX with his wife and two kids and when not working on the future of transportation can usually be found enjoying the outdoors hunting, fishing, hiking or riding the trails in his RZR.
Managing Director, Autotech Ventures
Managing Director of Autotech Ventures, Daniel brings a variety of experience as a successful startup founder, advisor, and investor. Previously, he acted as a Partner at Tandem Capital and Senior Director in Concur’s corporate venture capital team.
Prior to his career in venture capital, he was the Co-founder and CEO of CouchSurfing and an entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark Capital. He also held executive product roles at Norton (Symantec) and TripIt (Concur/SAP). Daniel has invested in and advised several seed and pre-seed stage transport and mobility startups including XStream Trucking, Firefly, and SpotHero.
Daniel received his Bachelor Degree in Philosophy from Harvard College and his MBA from Columbia Business School.
When he is not working with startups, Daniel doubles as a martial arts instructor.
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