Board of Directors

Board Chair: Corinne Winter, President and Executive Director, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
Board Vice-Chair: Jennifer Jeffers, Environmental Attorney, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Policy Vice-Chair: Amanda Brown-Stevens, Senior Consultant, TBWB Strategies
Fundraising Vice-Chair: Barnali Ghosh, Landscape Architect; Co-founder, AviationJustice
Secretary and Board Excellence Vice-Chair: Rick Theis, Founder and Board Chair, Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy; Executive Committee Member, Accountable Development Coalition; Sonoma County Housing Coalition, Consensus Council
Treasurer: Brian Raymond, MPH, Senior Health Policy Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Board Members

Alice Chen, AICP, Principal Planner, Kittelson & Associates
Mike Daley
, Consultant
Jame Ervin
, Marketing Operations Analyst, Mojave Networks
Chione Flegal
, Associate Director, PolicyLink
Dan Luscher
, COO, Water.org
Deborah Schoenbaum
, Senior Director of Marin County Program, Youth Leadership Institute

 

Advisory Council


Board Bios

Corrine Winter, Board Chair

Corinne Winter has served on TransForm's Board of Directors since 2007 and currently serves as the board's chair. TransForm's goal of promoting walkable communities across the region resonates very well both with her values and her role as the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC). Corinne graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a BA degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Physics, where she wrote her thesis on Sustainable Transportation Policy. In Spring of 2011 she was named as one of 100 “Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. In addition to her work with TransForm and SVBC, she sits on the boards of the League of American Bicyclists, the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, and the Downtown San Jose Parking Board. When she isn't working, she enjoys biking, hiking, traveling, cooking, gardening, and reading.

Amanda Brown-Stevens, Policy Vice Chair

Amanda Brown-Stevens

Amanda Brown-Stevens joined the TransForm Board of Directors in 2006 and currently serves as the Board’s policy co-vice chair and chair of the policy committee. As a Senior Consultant at TBWB Strategies, Amanda works with public agencies to design winning public finance measures for the ballot. In addition to serving as a TransForm board director, Amanda has had the privilege of working closely with TransForm in her previous position as Deputy Director of Greenbelt Alliance, advocating for integrated land use and transportation planning. In particular she is proud of the work TransForm has done to help plan and build vibrant, walkable, bikeable communities near transit that are affordable to all Bay Area residents. Amanda originally learned the intricacies of city policymaking through her job as an aide to Oakland City Councilmember Nancy Nadel. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University and a M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley. Amanda lives in Oakland and in her free time loves to hang out at her local farmers’ market, and enjoy the Bay Area’s amazing parks, museums and other activities with her husband and two girls, who are growing up using many different modes of transportation. While her husband is an avid cyclist, she hopes to pass on to her girls her love of riding the bus.

Barnali Ghosh, Fundraising Vice-Chair

Barnali joined the TransForm Board in 2011 and is currently the board's fundraising co-vice Chair. She has been car-free for over twelve years, relying on bikes, public transit, walking, and car-sharing. She is excited to serve on the board of an organization that has had a direct impact on her life and whose work allows her to live according to her values. Barnali is a LEED-certified California landscape architect with over a decade of experience in planning, design, sustainability, and community outreach.  She specializes in the design of public parks, schoolyards, and streetscapes, with an emphasis on sustainability and universal design. She has worked on projects in the United States, Japan, and India. Barnali's passion for sustainable transportation and deep concern about the impacts of climate change led her to spend 2009-2010 doing a year-long green citizen journalism project, writing on issues related to global transportation and climate justice, as she and her husband attempted to travel around the world aviation-free. She conducted over 60 interviews with climate justice activists, NGO workers, and climate-impacted community members, while traveling to 60 cities in 14 countries by cargo ship, ferry, express bus, and train. Her reporting can be found at Year Of No Flying (www.yearofnoflying.com). She is also founding member of the Aviation Justice coalition (www.aviationjustice.org), formed in 2010 to raise awareness about the impacts of aviation related to climate change, noise, pollution, and civil rights, while advocating for alternatives to an unsustainable system. Barnali enjoys long walks, good food, movies, and nurturing her newfound love of performing on stage.

 

Jennifer Jeffers, Fundraising Vice-Chair

Jennifer Jeffers

Jennifer Jeffers joined TransForm’s Board of Directors in December 2011 and serves as the Board’s fundraising co-vice chair.  Jennifer’s roots in the environmental sector run deep.  With a B.A. in environmental biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and an M.S. in environmental science and policy and J.D. in law from the University of California-Berkeley, Jennifer’s first career focused on international marine conservation, an issue still very near and dear to her.  Jennifer is currently an environmental attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco and, as part of her work, she advises clients regarding compliance with state and local agency regulations regarding commercial, mixed-use, and renewable energy project development and permitting.  Jennifer also has a particular interest in the implementation of AB 32 and SB 375.  Growing up in the car-centric suburbs of Colorado, Jennifer appreciates the need for and benefit of smart growth principals and strategic land use planning.  Now, as a daily user of transbay bus and Bart services and a resident of a highly walkable neighborhood in North Oakland, Jennifer is passionate about TransForm’s focus on improving access to affordable, accessible, reliable, and extensive transit service.  Jennifer is an avid gardener, traveler, scuba diver and photographer whenever a free moment presents itself.


Rick Theis, Secretary and Board Excellence Vice-Chair

Rick Theis

It may seem a curious route that brought Rick Theis, once the executive director of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association, to ardently support progressive transportation and land-use policy. In 1985 he realized that to protect the County’s prized vineyard land required stopping urban sprawl, so he helped organize a campaign with Greenbelt Alliance to create voter-approved urban growth boundaries.  The campaign committee affectionately called him the “drum major.”  Then he realized that to make UGBs permanent required that cities and towns become more desirous places to live—affordable, walkable, bikeable, and pedestrian and transit oriented.   He was appointed to the Santa Rosa Planning Commission in 1989 but was kicked off in 1993 for opposing big-box development.  After that he served on the board of Urban Ecology for 8 years where he helped found what is now TransForm and co-founded the Sonoma County Transportation/Land Use Coalition.  In 2000 he founded the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy (www.ecoleader.org), based in Santa Rosa, which trains leaders to create public policy for a sustainable future; it has graduated 400 fellows in 12 years.  He joined the TransForm Board in December 2011.

Brian Raymond, Treasurer

Brian Raymond

Brian Raymond is excited to bring his passion about the intersections of transportation and health to the TransForm board, where he has served since January 2012.  Having worked in the health care industry for nearly three decades, Brian views healthy transportation options as a key health concern, in terms of air quality, injury risk, physical activity, and access to necessities of life.  In his capacity as Senior Health Policy Consultant at the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, Brian analyzes emerging policy issues and supports the health policy decisionmaking process within Kaiser Permanente.  At the Institute for Health Policy, his current areas of focus include policy strategies to promote healthy eating, active living, and health equity.  Brian received a bachelor's degree in community health administration from the University of California, Davis, and a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.  A native of the Bay Area, Brian currently resides in Berkeley where he is an avid, even compulsive, walker.
 

Alice Chen

Alice Chen joined the board in February 2014. Alice is a Principal Planner with Kittelson & Associates. She brings her expertise as a transportation planner having worked with several cities in the Bay Area on the circulation elements of their General Plans, bicycle master plans, and pedestrian plans. More recently her work has been addressing the Complete Streets requirements of AB 1358, incorporation of Caltrans’ Smart Mobility Framework into transportation planning practices, and engaging in the most recent efforts to reform the CEQA guidelines for transportation analysis. Originally from small rural towns in New England, she has a degree in Urban Studies from Brown University. She came to the Bay Area for her master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of California Berkeley. She is a certified planner (AICP) with the American Planning Association. Alice lives in the walkable, transit-oriented Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland with her husband, who is a transit planner with San Francisco Muni, and two children, Karl and Annika. On weekends, Alice can be found on the sidelines of soccer field rooting for the kids or running around the neighborhood with her whippet, Zephyr.

Mike Daley

Mike Daley

Mike Daley works as a consultant to nonprofits providing both communications and database services. In the past Mike worked at EAH Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer and manager that believes that the smartest growth must include housing affordable to all segments of our communities.  Before EAH, he worked nine years with Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter, working with TransForm and BOSS on improving Alameda County Measure B 2000, among other campaigns.  He is an active board member and volunteer with several other environmental and social justice organizations, including the local Sierra Club, East Bay Housing Organizations, League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay and the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative. Mike holds a BA in Philosophy from University of California at Berkeley and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from California State University, Hayward.


Jame Ervin

Jame Ervin is looking forward to using her marketing expertise to help connect and outreach to our communities on the need for smarter development and mobility to support our region's growth and maintain its diversity. After attending city meetings and planning sessions over the past couple of years, Jame realized that our government agencies (and governing bodies) do not always hear from constituents who most need and desire more inclusive communities and improved transit. She joined the Transform Board in January 2014, and looks forward to assisting with outreach and East Bay transit and development initiatives. Jame is the marketing operations analyst at Mojave Networks and responsible for demand generation and marketing campaign ROI analysis. She formerly worked as a sales and marketing consultant focusing on helping organizations connect marketing and sales by implementing tools and processes to and help marketers provide better ROI for marketing campaigns. Jame studied American Studies at UC Berkeley. She is a newbie to biking for transport, and is increasingly using her bike to get around town. She's anxiously awaiting the day we have efficient transit options across the whole region. Jame lives in Oakland and stays Oaklandish by checking out the latest developments, restaurants and eateries around the Town; her unofficial nickname is "walking Yelp."


Chione Flegal

Chione Flegal

Chione L. Flegal, is an Associate Director at PolicyLink, where she works to ensure that infrastructure policy, and public investments in infrastructure, promote social, economic and environmental equality. Chione leads the organization’s California policy work, as well as efforts to address disparities faced by low-income unincorporated communities. Prior to joining PolicyLink Chione was a Senior Program Manager for Latino Issues Forum. In this capacity she directed the organization’s work on issues of environmental health and justice and managed a team of staff members working to promote solutions to the unique environmental problems impacting California’s Latino communities. She has worked as a consultant for organizations in the United States and abroad including, among others, CARE International and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Currently, Chione serves on the board of directors for the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, a statewide coalition of water justice advocates. Chione is a recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR Fellowship and received both a Masters in City Planning and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley. Chione lives in Oakland, California with her husband Gabriele and her children, Mateo and Adriana.

Dan Luscher

Dan Luscher

Dan Luscher, who joined the board in December 2012, is a passionate believer in TransForm’s work to promote vibrant and healthful communities through smart transportation and land use decisions. He is a finance and operations executive with 20 years of experience helping small, purpose-driven organizations grow in scope, impact, and geographic reach. Dan is currently Chief Operating Officer of Water.org, a growing international NGO dedicated to using market-based solutions to accelerate access to safe water and sanitation worldwide. Previously, Dan was CFO of BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), where he built and led BSR's global shared services functions. Earlier in his career, Dan worked as an environmental consultant on transportation, land use, and air quality issues; clients included the U.S. EPA, the Sacramento and South Coast Air Quality Management Districts, and the California Air Resources Board. Dan has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, where his master’s thesis evaluated transit-oriented development in the Bay Area. Dan, who lives in San Francisco with his wife and three kids, is a trail runner who can occasionally be found in local music clubs playing drums with his rock band.

Deborah Schoenbaum

Deborah Schoenbaum

Deborah is the Senior Director, Marin County with the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), an innovative leader in the field of youth development for over 20 years, working in many capacities—from advocating for national policy change, to organizing on a community level. Since 2003, she has served on the faculty at the Center for Whole Communities, facilitating residential retreats and trainings that focus on encouraging leaders in their aspiration to work more holistically within their communities. These retreats initiate values-based inquiries that help social and environmental change agents better understand and communicate the values that hold them together and, later, inform better strategies and tactics to work collaboratively and see their potential in a new light. Through prior leadership positions with Social Venture Network, Conservation Corps North Bay, The Nature Conservancy, and Trust for Public Land, Deborah has devoted her non-profit career to working for organizations that align directly with her personal values: youth leadership, social equity, public policy and education and environmental justice. A native of the Bay Area, Deborah currently resides in Novato, California with her husband and two daughters. They enjoy making music, camping, traveling, cooking and exploring the outdoors with their two dogs.


Advisory Council

Professor Donald Shoup, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Professor Elizabeth Deakin, Univ. of California, Berkeley and Univ. of California Transportation Center

Philip Erickson, Community Design + Architecture

Jean Fraser, Health System for San Mateo County

Deb Hubsmith, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Doug Linney, The Next Generation

Jeremy Nelson, Nelson\Nygaard

Victor Rubin, PolicyLink

Sharon Sprowls, Housing California