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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
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 of Smart Columbus, Columbus Partnership
Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Executive Director, North County Transit District
Executive Director, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Head of Micromobility Policy, Lyft
Director Open Innovation, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi
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Transportation Leader - State & Local Government, Amazon Web Services
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 Data Officer, Turo
Director of Innovation and Technology, City of Las Vegas
Director of Innovation & Partnerships, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Head of Urban Mobility Concepts – Americas, Daimler Mobility Services
Assistant Director – Smart Mobility, City of Austin
Director of Innovation, Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
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
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.
Sales & Business Dev Manager - Americas and Oceania, INVERS
Chief Growth & Marketing Officer, Moovit
City Manager, City of Chula Vista
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
Transportation Demand Management Performance Lead, City & County of San Francisco
Manager of Planning, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
Director Mobility on Demand Alliance, Intelligent Transportation Society of America
Director, Automotive Connected Mobility, Global Automotive Practice, Strategy Analytics
Founder & Managing Partner, Renu Ventures
Founder, MaaS America, Inc.
Combining a long-standing interest in transportation policy, mobility technology and urban systems with encouragement from industry leaders, Tim founded MaaS America as a place to talk openly about MaaS and advance a MaaS framework & business model that reflects America's unique history, culture and geography. Over his 25 years in the industry, Tim has played lead roles at private companies and non-profit issues-based associations. His time leading A-to-Be USA and GeoToll confirmed in him the importance of financial incentives as motivators for continuous innovation and creating services people wanted. His years at OmniAir, IBTTA, ITS America and American Trucking Associations gave him a unique grasp of the perspectives, pain-points and needs of suppliers and operators, as well as an appreciation for cooperative efforts. Tim saw that among the current transport associations, none were focused on MaaS or were advancing MaaS to serve the unique form of mobility America has and wants to maintain. The result was MaaS America, a forum where the business of mobility is built. Tim has a BA and MA in Urban Affairs and Planning, concentrations in economics and international development, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
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
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
Director of Transportation, Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles
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