Born and raised in Los Angeles, Karina Macias is a transportation planner with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. She uses data-driven analysis methods and research to effectuate strategic transportation planning initiatives and develop sustainable transportation policies in the City. She built and tested the Department’s first project scoring model to help support decisions around mobility investments and is currently collaborating with the City’s Information Technology Agency Data Science Federation and a team of California State University Los Angeles students to develop a parameterized model to automate mobility project scoring and estimate their benefits.
Previously, Karina has managed the LADOT People St program, educated and engaged Angelenos on active transportation infrastructure, and conducted network analyses to study connectivity. Karina earned her bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of California, Berkeley and her master’s degree in urban and regional transportation planning from the California Polytechnic University, Pomona.