With ten years of urban planning experience, Danielle J. Harris has honed her technical expertise in multi-modal street design, transportation demand management and community engagement to help shape the future of transportation in San Francisco. With its close proximity to Silicon Valley and headquarters for major companies Uber and Lyft, San Francisco has become the national test bed for emerging mobility services and technologies. As lead planner for SFMTA’s Office of Innovation, Danielle is exploring opportunities to collaborate with these companies to ensure their services and technologies meet the city’s transportation needs while aligning with San Francisco’s vision and goals for the future. Danielle led the development of San Francisco’s Guiding Principles for Emerging Mobility Services and Technologies, which serves as a policy framework for how to incorporate emerging mobility in San Francisco’s transportation system.
Currently Danielle is embarking on a curb management pilot with transportation network and autonomous vehicle companies as well as hosting a series of knowledge shares between public and private entities to promote greater coordination on San Francisco’s streets. Previously Danielle served as a core member of the San Francisco Smart City Challenge Team, working closely with then-Chief Innovation Officer for SFMTA, Timothy Papandreou (now at Waymo) and internationally recognized leader in innovative mobility research, Susan Shaheen. Danielle’s interest lies in the intersection of emerging mobility and human behavior through the lens of community engagement, mobility trends and data analytics. She is focused on innovating the public transportation system by integrating emerging mobility services and technologies through private-public partnerships to create a mobility ecosystem that is more efficient, accessible and equitable.