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November 4-5, 2019|San Diego

Public & Private Mobility Leaders Set to Take to the Stage

Dr. Joshua Schank

Dr. Joshua Schank

Chief Innovation Officer, LA Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation

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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.

Hasan Ikhrata

Hasan Ikhrata

Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments

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James Corless

James Corless

Executive Director, SACOG

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Michelle Boehm

Michelle Boehm

Director of Transportation, Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles

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Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis

Director of Smart Columbus, Columbus Partnership

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Randell Iwasaki

Randell Iwasaki

Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority

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Matthew Tucker

Matthew Tucker

Executive Director, North County Transit District

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Chuck Wemple

Chuck Wemple

Executive Director, Houston-Galveston Area Council

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Maurice Henderson

Maurice Henderson

Director of Government Partnerships, Bird

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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.

Lilly Shoup

Lilly Shoup

Senior Director of Policy & Partnerships, Lyft

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Colin Hughes

Colin Hughes

Head of Policy: Bikes & Scooters, Uber

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Katie Stevens

Katie Stevens

Sr. Director of Government Relations, West, Lime

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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.

Brenna Berman

Brenna Berman

Executive Director, City Tech Collaborative

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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.

Francois Peltier

Francois Peltier

Director Open Innovation, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi

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Phil Silver

Phil Silver

Leader, Transportation – State & Local Government, Amazon Web Services

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Jen Dawson

Jen Dawson

Head of Safety, Nuro

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Jen Dawson is the Head of Safety at Nuro, where she is responsible for developing and maintaining the mechanical, electrical, and software systems that make up the Nuro self-driving robots. Jen has over 15 years experience in mechanical engineering and robotics. Prior to joining Nuro, Jen was a Technical Director at SSL (formerly Space Systems/Loral) to repair spacecraft on-orbit. She was also an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at York College of Pennsylvania and completed years of research in satellites at Stanford. She holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University.

Nicola Dallatana

Nicola Dallatana

Head of New E-Mobility Division, Toyota Tsusho

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Louis Stewart

Louis Stewart

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Sacramento

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Zoe Hoster

Zoe Hoster

Director, North America, Bond Mobility

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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.

Ray Major

Ray Major

Chief Economist, SANDAG

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Anant Dinamani

Anant Dinamani

Principal, US Mobility Solutions, Deloitte

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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.

Ray Traynor

Ray Traynor

Director of Operations, SANDAG

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Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly

Director, Microgrid Development, EDF Renewables

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Megan Richer

Megan Richer

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Via

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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.

Shwetank Kumar

Shwetank Kumar

Chief Data Officer, Turo

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Michael Lee Sherwood

Michael Lee Sherwood

Director of Innovation and Technology, City of Las Vegas

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Rob Bauer

Rob Bauer

Head of Sharing Economy & Mobility Group, Marsh

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Nate Veeh

Nate Veeh

Business Development | Government, Geotab

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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

Paul Asel

Paul Asel

Managing Partner, NGP Capital

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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.

Wes Geisenberger

Wes Geisenberger

Global Solutions Manager Emerging Technology, Oracle

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Monica Hernandez

Monica Hernandez

Director of Innovation & Partnerships, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

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Sam Sargant

Sam Sargant

Deputy Chief of Staff, Capital Metro

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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.

William Knapp

William Knapp

Head of Urban Mobility Concepts – Americas, Daimler Mobility Services

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Jason JonMichael

Jason JonMichael

Assistant Director – Smart Mobility, City of Austin

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Robert James

Robert James

Vice President of Technology & Innovation, First Transit

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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.

Augustin Wegscheider

Augustin Wegscheider

Partner, Boston Consulting Group

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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.

Tyler Svitak

Tyler Svitak

Executive Director, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance

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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.

Anita Hollmann

Anita Hollmann

Principal Planner, Houston-Galveston Area Council

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Greg Hrebek

Greg Hrebek

Global Social Innovation – Transportation, Hitachi Vantara

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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.

Garrett Miller

Garrett Miller

Executive Vice President & GM Government Solutions, Verra Mobility

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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.

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Chon Tang

Chon Tang

Managing Partner, Berkeley SkyDeck Fund

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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.

Brooks Rainwater

Brooks Rainwater

Senior Executive and Director, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities

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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.

Ryan McManus

Ryan McManus

Co-Founder & CEO, SHARE

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Ben Lundin

Ben Lundin

Industry Analyst | Automotive Connected Mobility, Strategy Analytics

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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.

Pramod Sambidi

Pramod Sambidi

Manager Socioeconomic Modelling, Houston-Galveston Area Council

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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).

Johannes Gruenenberg

Johannes Gruenenberg

Sales & Business Dev Manager - Americas and Oceania, INVERS

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Yovav Meydad

Yovav Meydad

Chief Growth & Marketing Officer, Moovit

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Gary Halbert

Gary Halbert

City Manager, City of Chula Vista

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Victor Mendez

Victor Mendez

Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Transport

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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.

Bill Higgins

Bill Higgins

Executive Director, California Association of Councils of Governments

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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

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Travis Cutright

Travis Cutright

Chief Information Officer, City of Mesa

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Audrey Harris

Audrey Harris

Transportation Demand Management Performance Lead, City & County of San Francisco

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Jim Allison

Jim Allison

Manager of Planning, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

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Amy Ford

Amy Ford

Director Mobility on Demand Alliance, Intelligent Transportation Society of America

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Boris von Bormann

Boris von Bormann

Founder & Managing Partner, Renu Ventures

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Uri Tamir

Uri Tamir

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives (North America), Mobileye

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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.

Sean Hazaray

Sean Hazaray

Head of Karma Mobility Division, Karma Automotive

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Shyam Sundar

Shyam Sundar

Global Head of Product, Autonomous Driving & Vehicle Software Platform, Faraday Future

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Nate Kelly

Nate Kelly

Chief Digital Officer, City of Mesa

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Amy McConnell

Amy McConnell

Transportation Marketing and Communications Specialist, City of Mesa

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Scott Belcher

Scott Belcher

President, SFB Consulting

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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.

Karen Philbrick

Karen Philbrick

Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

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Prescott Watson

Prescott Watson

Principal, Maniv Mobility

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Barbara Laurenson

Barbara Laurenson

Project Manager, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

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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.

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Dr. Joshua Schank

Dr. Joshua Schank1

Chief Innovation Officer, LA Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation

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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.

Hasan Ikhrata

Hasan Ikhrata2

Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments

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James Corless

James Corless3

Executive Director, SACOG

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Michelle Boehm

Michelle Boehm4

Director of Transportation, Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles

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Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis5

Director of Smart Columbus, Columbus Partnership

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Randell Iwasaki

Randell Iwasaki6

Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority

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Matthew Tucker

Matthew Tucker7

Executive Director, North County Transit District

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Chuck Wemple

Chuck Wemple8

Executive Director, Houston-Galveston Area Council

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Maurice Henderson

Maurice Henderson9

Director of Government Partnerships, Bird

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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.

Lilly Shoup

Lilly Shoup10

Senior Director of Policy & Partnerships, Lyft

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Colin Hughes

Colin Hughes11

Head of Policy: Bikes & Scooters, Uber

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Katie Stevens

Katie Stevens12

Sr. Director of Government Relations, West, Lime

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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.

Brenna Berman

Brenna Berman13

Executive Director, City Tech Collaborative

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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.

Francois Peltier

Francois Peltier14

Director Open Innovation, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi

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Phil Silver

Phil Silver15

Leader, Transportation – State & Local Government, Amazon Web Services

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Jen Dawson

Jen Dawson16

Head of Safety, Nuro

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Jen Dawson is the Head of Safety at Nuro, where she is responsible for developing and maintaining the mechanical, electrical, and software systems that make up the Nuro self-driving robots. Jen has over 15 years experience in mechanical engineering and robotics. Prior to joining Nuro, Jen was a Technical Director at SSL (formerly Space Systems/Loral) to repair spacecraft on-orbit. She was also an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at York College of Pennsylvania and completed years of research in satellites at Stanford. She holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University.

Nicola Dallatana

Nicola Dallatana17

Head of New E-Mobility Division, Toyota Tsusho

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Louis Stewart

Louis Stewart18

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Sacramento

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Zoe Hoster

Zoe Hoster19

Director, North America, Bond Mobility

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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.

Ray Major

Ray Major20

Chief Economist, SANDAG

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Anant Dinamani

Anant Dinamani21

Principal, US Mobility Solutions, Deloitte

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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.

Ray Traynor

Ray Traynor22

Director of Operations, SANDAG

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Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly23

Director, Microgrid Development, EDF Renewables

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Megan Richer

Megan Richer24

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Via

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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.

Shwetank Kumar

Shwetank Kumar25

Chief Data Officer, Turo

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Michael Lee Sherwood

Michael Lee Sherwood26

Director of Innovation and Technology, City of Las Vegas

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Rob Bauer

Rob Bauer27

Head of Sharing Economy & Mobility Group, Marsh

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Nate Veeh

Nate Veeh28

Business Development | Government, Geotab

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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

Paul Asel

Paul Asel29

Managing Partner, NGP Capital

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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.

Wes Geisenberger

Wes Geisenberger30

Global Solutions Manager Emerging Technology, Oracle

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Monica Hernandez

Monica Hernandez31

Director of Innovation & Partnerships, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

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Sam Sargant

Sam Sargant32

Deputy Chief of Staff, Capital Metro

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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.

William Knapp

William Knapp33

Head of Urban Mobility Concepts – Americas, Daimler Mobility Services

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Jason JonMichael

Jason JonMichael34

Assistant Director – Smart Mobility, City of Austin

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Robert James

Robert James35

Vice President of Technology & Innovation, First Transit

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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.

Augustin Wegscheider

Augustin Wegscheider36

Partner, Boston Consulting Group

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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.

Tyler Svitak

Tyler Svitak37

Executive Director, Colorado Smart Cities Alliance

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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.

Anita Hollmann

Anita Hollmann38

Principal Planner, Houston-Galveston Area Council

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Greg Hrebek

Greg Hrebek39

Global Social Innovation – Transportation, Hitachi Vantara

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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.

Garrett Miller

Garrett Miller40

Executive Vice President & GM Government Solutions, Verra Mobility

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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.

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Chon Tang

Chon Tang41

Managing Partner, Berkeley SkyDeck Fund

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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.

Brooks Rainwater

Brooks Rainwater42

Senior Executive and Director, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities

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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.

Ryan McManus

Ryan McManus43

Co-Founder & CEO, SHARE

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Ben Lundin

Ben Lundin44

Industry Analyst | Automotive Connected Mobility, Strategy Analytics

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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.

Pramod Sambidi

Pramod Sambidi45

Manager Socioeconomic Modelling, Houston-Galveston Area Council

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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).

Johannes Gruenenberg

Johannes Gruenenberg46

Sales & Business Dev Manager - Americas and Oceania, INVERS

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Yovav Meydad

Yovav Meydad47

Chief Growth & Marketing Officer, Moovit

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Gary Halbert

Gary Halbert48

City Manager, City of Chula Vista

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Victor Mendez

Victor Mendez49

Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Transport

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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.

Bill Higgins

Bill Higgins50

Executive Director, California Association of Councils of Governments

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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

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Travis Cutright

Travis Cutright51

Chief Information Officer, City of Mesa

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Audrey Harris

Audrey Harris52

Transportation Demand Management Performance Lead, City & County of San Francisco

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Jim Allison

Jim Allison53

Manager of Planning, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority

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Amy Ford

Amy Ford54

Director Mobility on Demand Alliance, Intelligent Transportation Society of America

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Boris von Bormann

Boris von Bormann55

Founder & Managing Partner, Renu Ventures

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Uri Tamir

Uri Tamir56

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives (North America), Mobileye

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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.

Sean Hazaray

Sean Hazaray57

Head of Karma Mobility Division, Karma Automotive

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Shyam Sundar

Shyam Sundar58

Global Head of Product, Autonomous Driving & Vehicle Software Platform, Faraday Future

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Nate Kelly

Nate Kelly59

Chief Digital Officer, City of Mesa

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Amy McConnell

Amy McConnell60

Transportation Marketing and Communications Specialist, City of Mesa

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Scott Belcher

Scott Belcher61

President, SFB Consulting

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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.

Karen Philbrick

Karen Philbrick62

Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

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Prescott Watson

Prescott Watson63

Principal, Maniv Mobility

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Barbara Laurenson

Barbara Laurenson64

Project Manager, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

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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.