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2019 Leadership Fellows

Ariel Espiritu Santo

Ariel Espiritu Santo is the Agency Administrator for Oakland’s Department of Transportation where she oversees the department’s budget, capital improvement program, human resources and organizational development. Previously, Ariel worked at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency as the manager of Capital Financial Planning and Analysis. In addition to her city government experience, Ariel has six […]

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Francie Stefan

Francie Stefan is the Acting Chief Mobility Officer/Assistant Director of Planning & Community Development for the City of Santa Monica. She leads the City’s transportation policy, strategy and implementation efforts. She has been with the City for 10 years, working on the Expo Light Rail, Colorado Esplanade, Bike and Pedestrian Plans, GoSaMo campaign, COAST open […]

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Hannah McIntosh

Hannah’s career spans public and non-profit leadership roles. Until 2016, Hannah led various aspects of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s work to serve the most rapidly-growing city in the United States, including roles as Deputy Program Manager for Waterfront Seattle and as Chief of Staff. After a working sabbatical spearheading a series of economic development […]

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Jamie Parks

Jamie Parks manages the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Livable Streets Division, which oversees the city’s programs for bicycle and pedestrian capital improvements, traffic calming,  bikeshare, and school crossing guards. Under Jamie’s leadership, Livable Streets has implemented over 11 miles of protected bike lanes in 2017 and 2018, overseen policy and legislative changes to integrate […]

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Jessica Zenk

Jessica Zenk is Acting Deputy Director for the City of San Jose Department of Transportation, where she leads an exceptional team professionals planning, designing and building a more accessible and sustainable San Jose. Jessica is an urban planner with expertise in economic development, transportation, infill and redevelopment, and the arts.  Prior to joining the City of San Jose, Jessica directed […]

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Kathleen Mayell

Kathleen joined the City of Minneapolis in 2016 as a Transportation Planning Manager. She leads transportation planning activities and initiatives, and oversees the Vision Zero effort and the City’s role in regional transit projects. Kathleen previously held positions at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the City of Somerville, Massachusetts, and Project for Public Spaces in […]

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Kim Lucas

Kim Lucas is the Sustainable Transportation Branch Manager with the District Department of Transportation, Planning & Sustainability Division, in Washington, D.C.  In this role, Kim leads a team responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of the shared micro-mobility; freight & urban delivery; and transportation demand management programs. Kim has been with DDOT since 2013, […]

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Laura Dierenfield

Ms. Dierenfield leads the Austin Transportation Department’s Active Transportation and Street Design Division with a focus on improving mobility for everyone in Austin by providing safer and more comfortable options for bicycling, walking and accessing mass transit.  She brings 18 years of experience in transportation planning, public policy and community-based non-profit organizational leadership. Her team […]

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Monique Earl

Monique Earl is the Assistant General Manager over Administration and Field Operations at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). Monique has more than twenty years experience in the public, private and not for profit sectors most notably in the area of public finance. Her career history with the City of Los Angeles spans the […]

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Randall “Keith” Benjamin, II

Keith Benjamin serves as the Director of the Department of Traffic and Transportation for the city of Charleston, South Carolina. In his position he oversees all transportation maintenance, planning and partnerships at the local, county and state level. He is also the city’s representative on the CARTA Transit Board, Charleston Aviation Authority and the Berkeley- […]

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Stefanie Seskin

Stefanie Seskin is the Active Transportation Director in the Boston Transportation Department. Stefanie and her team lead and support projects citywide, including the expansion of the bicycle network, neighborhood traffic calming projects, and the region’s public bike share. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2016, Stefanie was Deputy Director of the National Complete […]

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Suchitra Sanagavarapu

Ms. Sanagavarapu has been with NYCDOT for 14 years, currently serving as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Commissioner of the Traffic Operations division. Prior to that, she managed a team of planners/engineers/consultants working on post Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency capital projects, and also managed community engagement, transportation planning and streetscape/public space projects […]

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