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Staff

Corinne Kisner

As Deputy Director of NACTO, Corinne oversees the organization’s national programs and publications, manages an incredible team of NACTO staff, and liaises with a network of leading city transportation officials to advance people-oriented urban design.

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Kate Fillin-Yeh

Kate Fillin-Yeh is Director of Strategy at NACTO, working on bike share, safety, and other policy issues. Prior to NACTO, Kate designed and implemented Citi Bike, the nation’s largest and most heavily used bike share program.

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Skye Duncan

Skye Duncan is the Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), where she has been leading a multi-year program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to develop the new Global Street Design Guide and to provide technical assistance to cities around the world on safe and sustainable street design.

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Laurie Alemian-Derian

Laurie Alemian-Derian joined NACTO in 2015 and serves as Director of Finance and Administration. In this role, she oversees the non-program operational functions and manages financial, human resources and administrative aspects of the organization.

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Zabe Bent

Zabe Bent has nearly 20 years of experience in multimodal planning and urban development. She is skilled at conceptual design, transit planning, and communications. As a Principal Planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, Zabe managed a range of efforts including advancing two of San Francisco’s key bus rapid transit corridors, its congestion pricing […]

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Aaron Villere

Aaron Villere is a Senior Program Associate with the Designing Cities Initiative. He is leading efforts to develop city-driven resources and facilitate peer learning opportunities among NACTO cities, including managing NACTO’s training program and transit network. 

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Abhimanyu Prakash

Abhimanyu Prakash joined NACTO in early 2015 as a Program Associate for the Global Designing Cities Initiative, a multi-year program that has developed the Global Street Design Guide and works with cities on street and public space design around the world through Bloomberg’s Initiative for Global Road Safety.

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Alex Engel

Alex leads NACTO’s communications and manages the annual Designing Cities Conference. You’ll also see him riding transit and trying out bike share in all the NACTO member cities.

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Anna Siprikova

Anna works with GDCI’s Streets for Kids program, creating a supplement to the Global Street Design Guide.

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Annie Peyton

Annie works with GDCI’s new Streets for Kids program, creating a supplement to the Global Street Design Guide.

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Ankita Chachra

Ankita joined NACTO in 2015 and helped with the writing and production of the Global Street Design Guide. Her current work involves applying tools and strategies from the Global Street Design Guide to address street and public space design challenges, which cities around the world are currently facing. She has been managing NACTO-GDCI’s efforts to improve road safety in Sao Paulo since early 2016, and plays a support role for the team’s work in Mumbai.

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Becca Freer

Becca works at NACTO as a Communications Associate, where she supports the organization’s efforts to broadcast and amplify the transformative potential of street design.

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Celine Schmidt

Celine Schmidt is the Design Associate at NACTO, where she produces and coordinates NACTO’s visual communications, ensuring that they are effective, accessible, and engaging for all audiences. She is committed to improving visual education and storytelling strategy for nonprofits, and has previously worked in both creative and program roles with the Participatory Budgeting Project, WaterAid […]

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Dana Jacks

Dana is an Event Coordinator at NACTO, where she is responsible for event and training logistics of the American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) and other NACTO workshops throughout the year. She joined NACTO with experience in project management and event planning, allowing her to help NACTO and participating cities in the ACCC fulfill their greenhouse […]

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Eduarda Aun

Eduarda Aun joined NACTO as a Program Associate in 2019 to contribute to GDCI’s efforts in promoting safe, equitable, and sustainable cities through better street design. She will be working on an upcoming Safe Speeds publication and working with different cities across BIGRS initiatives. Eduarda is an urbanist and strategic designer from Brasília, Brazil. Prior […]

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Eduardo Pompeo Martins

Eduardo joined NACTO as a program manager in 2017 to contribute to GDCI’s efforts in promoting safe, equitable, and sustainable cities through better street design. As part of Bloomberg’s Initiative for Global Road Safety, he provides technical assistance to the City of Fortaleza in applying the design principles from the Global Street Design Guide.

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Fabrizio Prati

Fabrizio joined NACTO in 2015. As a program manager, he coordinates the work of the Global Designing Cities Initiative in Bogotá while participating in the initiative’s efforts in Fortaleza and the other cities of the program. He is one of the core authors of the Global Street Design Guide.

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Hayrettin Günç

Hayrettin Gunc joined NACTO as a program manager in 2019 to contribute to GDCI’s efforts in promoting safe, equitable, and sustainable cities through better street design.

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Jenny O’Connell

Jenny O’Connell is a Senior Program Associate at NACTO. Many of her projects focused on the impact of transportation on greenhouse gas emissions and on the relationship between active transportation and public health.

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Kat Gowland

Kat joined NACTO in 2018 as a Design Associate for the Global Designing Cities Initiative. She’s currently supporting work on GDCI’s Streets for Kids and Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) programs. In her endeavor to create more inclusive and equitable cities for people, Kat has recently worked with Copenhagenize Design Co. in Montreal to design […]

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Kate Elliott

Kate joined NACTO as a Senior Program Manager leading coordination for the American Cities Climate Challenge.

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Katya Tabakina

Katya Tabakina is the Grants Manager at NACTO. Prior to joining NACTO, Katya worked as an Associate Director of Finance at the National Network for Safe Communities, a project of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In this role, Katya oversaw complicated grants and served as a key resource for problem solving with internal and external […]

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Lucía De La Mora Colunga

Lucía joined NACTO in early 2019 as a Senior Program Associate to support the road safety and sustainable mobility work of the Global Designing Cities Initiative in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as other Latin America cities. Lucía is an architect and urban planner from Mexico City. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the […]

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Majed Abdulsamad

Majed Abdulsamad is a Program Associate with the Global Designing Cities Initiative, a multiyear program that works with cities around the world on street and public space design through Bloomberg’s Initiative for Global Road Safety.

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Matthew Roe

Matthew leads NACTO’s street design work in North America, serving as technical editor of the organization’s design guidance.

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Najwa Doughman

Najwa joined NACTO in 2019 as a Program Manager for the Global Designing Cities Initiative, a multi-year program that works with cities around the world to promote safe, equitable and sustainable public space and street design. She primarily contributes to the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) efforts in São Paulo, Brazil, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Nicole Payne

Nicole is the Program Manager at NACTO supporting Cities for Cycling, and the Better Bike Share Partnership. Nicole is passionate about the role of community engagement in the development of public resources, and the use of transportation programming and policy as a tool for social equity.

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Sasha Berger

Sasha Berger joined NACTO in 2017 as Program Coordinator for the Designing Cities conference team. In this role, she liaises with a network of transportation leaders and practitioners on critical issues in city transportation to develop and coordinate the annual Designing Cities conference. Sasha also manages the NACTO webinar series, and supports Leadership NACTO, a new leadership development program for city transportation officials.

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Sindhu Bharadwaj

Sindhu is the Policy Associate at NACTO where she supports the organization’s national and state policy priorities. She also works on the California Cities Transportation Initiative (CaCTI), coordinating with city leaders on key transportation, technology, and pricing issues statewide.

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Yadira Cabrera

Yadira is the Event Coordinator at NACTO, where she is responsible for the conference logistics of our annual Designing Cities conference and other NACTO workshops throughout the year. Prior to joining NACTO, Yadira worked on the logistics of domestic and international trade shows, conferences, and conventions in the pharmaceutical, food production, information technology, and healthcare […]

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