Transportation Equity Summit & Advocacy Day By TransForm & California Bicycle Coalition

Regional Meeting: 

No

2016 can be the year for equity in transportation, but we need you to be part of the change! Join us as we gather together to discuss, learn, and send a signal to California’s leaders that we want real choices and real change for all of our communities.

The California Transportation Equity Summit is where this happens. Join us for the Summit from 12:00-5:00PM on Monday May 16, with an evening reception until 7:00PM. We are also hosting an optional Advocacy Day on Tuesday May 17. Get the details.

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Sacramento Central Library
828 I St.
Sacramento
California

Let's Get Moving! 2016 Silicon Valley Transportation Choices and Healthy Communities Summit

Regional Meeting: 

No

The Let’s Get Moving! Summit is back for its fourth year in Silicon Valley!

Come be a part of this gathering of hundreds of community and business leaders, practitioners, policy makers, and advocates from Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Whether you're a planning expert, a student who rides the bus, or someone who cares about the future of this region, there's a place for you at our Summit. 

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Microsoft
1065 La Avenida Street
Mountain View,
California

Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution (San Francisco)

Yes

Regional Meeting: 

No
During her time as New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan did what could have been deemed impossible: transform a network of streets that had long been dominated by the car into spaces safe for pedestrian and bicyclists. Starting with simple paint cans, she and her team made the streets quantifiably safer and unquestionably more dynamic, increasing foot traffic, reducing congestion and improving the bottom line of businesses practically overnight.

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SPUR San Francisco
654 Mission Street
San Francisco,
California

The End of Automobile Dependence: Webinar with Peter Newman

Yes

Regional Meeting: 

No

 

We are experiencing the phenomenon of peak car use in many global cities at the same time that urban rail is thriving, central cities are revitalizing, and suburban sprawl is reversing. How can practitioners, public officials, and concerned citizens capitalize on this transformation? What measures must be taken to ensure that multi-modal transportation improves the quality of human and natural life? 

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Free
Online
Webinar
California

LIVE Awards + Benefit

Leadership - Innovation - Vision - Equity
Yes

Regional Meeting: 

No


 

Save the date for our 2nd Annual LIVE Awards + Benefit taking place on Thursday, October 29, 2015.  

We will honor Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board, and Vien Truong, National Director at Green For All, during this special evening.

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Morrison & Foerster
425 Market Street, 33rd Floor
San Francisco,
California

Bring a Friend Mixer – Mountain View

Yes

Regional Meeting: 

No

Great people and great wine come together at our Bring a Friend Mixer!

Are you curious to learn more about TransForm? Want to meet people who care about our environmental and social justice work? Or do you just enjoy a divine glass of wine?

Then you won’t want to miss our 2nd Annual Bring a Friend Mixer on Wednesday, July 29th!

Invite your friends and colleagues to this fun mix-and-mingle!

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Savvy Cellar
750 W. Evelyn Avenue
Mountain View,
California

Bring a Friend Mixer – San Francisco

Yes

Regional Meeting: 

No

Great people and great wine come together at our Bring a Friend Mixer!

Are you curious to learn more about TransForm? Want to meet people who care about our environmental and social justice work? Or do you just enjoy a divine glass of wine?

Then you won’t want to miss our 4th Annual Bring a Friend Mixer on Tuesday, July 21!

Invite your friends and colleagues to this fun mix-and-mingle!

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Press Club
20 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco,
California

Bianca Taylor

Bianca
Taylor
Communications Associate

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510-740-3150x320
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Bianca Taylor is TransForm’s Communications Associate, working within the Communications and Development Team to produce, edit, and manage the organization’s external communications.

Bianca comes to TransForm with deep interest in social and environmental justice, and a background in writing and non-profit communications. She earned her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and French from UC Berkeley, where she also played club water polo and danced in the West African Music Ensemble. Bianca has worked previously with the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) in San Francisco and Bay Localize in Oakland. She has served as a volunteer with the Sacramento Tree Foundation, People’s Grocery in Oakland, and the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley.

Bianca lives by the saying “think globally, act locally". While she loves living in Oakland, she'll never grow tired of visits to her hometown of Sacramento for the hot summers, French Film Festival, and her cats Homer and Marge.

Ruta Abraham

Ruta
Abraham
Staff Accountant

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510-740-3150x319
Ruta Abraham

Ruta Abraham is TransForm’s Staff Accountant.  She comes to TransForm with over ten years of bookkeeping experience working mainly in non-profit sectors in the Bay Area and Eritrea. Prior to her taking some time off to raise her family, Ruta was the Bookkeeper at San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.

Ruta, originally from Eritrea, considers the Bay Area her second home. She is very excited to be part of Transform’s work to provide better means of transportation, a healthier environment and walkable communities for our children.

Ruta holds an AA Degree in Banking and Finance and is currently studying to be a Certified Bookkeeper.

Anjali Mehta

Anjali
Mehta
Development Manager

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510-740-3150x315
Anjali Mehta
Anjali Mehta is TransForm's Development Associate. She comes to TransForm with over 4 years of fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining TransForm, Anjali was the Development Coordinator at Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY).
 
Although Anjali has spent time growing up in different parts of the States and India, she considers the Bay Area home. TransForm makes Anjali's heart sing because of our advocacy work to make our community more accessible through public transportation, walking and biking. Anjali has a Bachelor's degree in Global Economics with an emphasis on Southeast Asian Economies from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jenn Lavelle

Jenn
Lavelle
Online Communications Manager

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510-740-3150x310
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Jenn manages TransForm’s website, database, and social media, all of which play a key role in the organization’s programs, advocacy and fundraising.

Jenn comes to TransForm after working with Fenton, a social change communications firm. At Fenton, Jenn managed client billing using Salesforce and several online and social media platforms for clients. Prior to working with Fenton, Jenn worked on grassroots campaigns with the Public Interest Network (CALPIRG, OSPIRG, and the Fund for the Public Interest). She played various roles in her three years with the PIRGs, including direct advocacy, grassroots organizing, fundraising, communications, program management and administration. It was through this diverse work that she became passionate about non-profit communications.

Jenn earned her BA in English and Environmental Policy from Muhlenberg College in 2009. When she’s not geeking out on Salesforce and Twitter, Jenn is exploring the Bay Area with her bike, surf board, or hiking boots.

Clarrissa Cabansagan

Clarrissa
Cabansagan
Community Planner

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510-740-3150x333
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As a Community Planner, Clarrissa is currently working on local transit-oriented development planning efforts in South San Francisco and Concord. Clarrissa also manages the Safe Routes to Transit Grant Program. She is our regional advocate to ensure equity, choice, and innovation in the region’s adopted Sustainable Communities Strategy and future Express Lanes Network.

Previously, Clarrissa provided campaign and research support to Urban Habitat and the Los Angeles-based Bus Riders Union to evaluate public transportation service for disadvantaged communities. Clarrissa was introduced to the world of transportation planning at Asian Neighborhood Design through Central Subway design charettes with SF Chinatown community members. And she has experience as a consultant to a diversity of government agencies in policy evaluation, stakeholder engagement, organizational development, and project management. She is passionate about improving the built environment for community health and distilling complex data into meaningful visuals to enrich the discussion around policy decisions and planning processes. She owes her love of data analysis to a couple of summers working at Google, where she learned to navigate her way around an Excel spreadsheet.

Clarrissa enjoys the thrill of exploring cities as a pedestrian, cyclist, and transit enthusiast, and can be found most days in an Oakland cafe or roaming the streets of Emeryville with her dog, Poppy. Clarrissa received her BA in Ethnic Studies with a minor in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and her Masters in Urban Planning with concentration in Transportation Policy and Planning at UCLA. 

Ryan Wiggins

Ryan
Wiggins
Climate Policy Manager

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760-707-7019
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Ryan is the Climate Policy Manager, coordinating a statewide movement to ensure that revenues from California's landmark Global Warming Solutions Act are reinvested in world-class transit systems and livable communities that improve the health and prosperity of all Californians.

Ryan joined TransForm in 2013 with experience leading both federal and local efforts to establish policies and funding streams that provide more transportation choices, reduce oil dependency and air pollution, and promote sustainable economic development. He previously worked with Transportation for America, coordinating a statewide coalition to shape the federal transportation bill, and with Southern California organizations focused on reducing diesel pollution around the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Before entering the transportation advocacy world, Ryan lived in Washington D.C., Costa Rica, and Guatemala, studying and working on international development issues and human rights. He also is a veteran of the United States Navy.

Ryan is originally from New Mexico. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from UC Davis and a dual M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington D.C. and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. 

Stanley Lam

Stanley
Lam
Controller

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510-740-3150x309
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Stanley is responsible for TransForm's day-to-day accounting operations and assists TransForm's management in financial oversight of the organization.

Stanley comes to TransForm with over ten years of experience in accounting and finance for community-based nonprofit organizations, most recently as Finance Officer of the San Francisco Community Music Center, an organization dedicated to providing high-quality music education regardless of ability to pay. His previous nonprofit finance experience includes work for groups focused on progressive health education and job skills training in poor communities.

Stanley has built electronic accounting systems from scratch; developed tools to help directors and managers make informed financial decisions; and overseen budgeting and financial reporting for government contracts and private foundation grants.

He began his work in the nonprofit sector while completing his BA at Wesleyan University under a public service internship program where he was a caseworker and a tenants advocate.

Stanley enjoys long-distance bicycling and makes use of the time to generate new ideas for songwriting. He appreciates the joys of living in the Bay Area, from how much easier it is to reach its various communities to how it is still possible to enjoy a stunning natural environment alongside an urban one. He looks forward to the day when there are even a wider range of options for people to get around as they pursue their goals, passions, and happiness.
 

Jennifer West

Jennifer
West
GreenTRIP Policy Analyst

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510-740-3150x305
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Jennifer assists with the GreenTRIP certification program, ushering in new standards for future low-traffic development with tools such as unbundled parking and transit passes for residents. She lead the data collection effort for the GreenTRIP Parking Database (released 2014).

As a former public school teacher and a parent, Jennifer knows first hand how kids and families form transportation habits. As a city council member in Emeryville (2009-2014), she worked on putting in place alternative transportation policies to encourage smart growth development and community-based decisions.

Jennifer rides her Xtracycle with her daughters on the back, or next to her on their own bikes, as much as possible. She completed her B.A. at Wesleyan University and her Master’s degree in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley.

Joshua Stark

Joshua
Stark
State Policy Director

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916-706-2035x302
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Joshua advocates for TransForm's statewide goals at the Capitol and through building coalitions with our many allies. Before coming to TransForm, Joshua represented a number of nonprofit environmental and environmental justice organizations at the state and federal levels, including the National Parks Conservation Association. He helped build diverse alliances at the state level and in the Central Valley, and represented organizations through Spanish language media. Before taking on policy work Joshua worked in agriculture, education, park management and outdoor guiding. 

Joshua and his family live in West Sacramento, where they enjoy the Delta river life - paddling, fishing, hunting and camping. And, though he enjoys his two mile walk to work, he can't wait for the trolley service to start. Joshua received his BA in Social Science in 1998 and his teaching credential in 2000, both from California State University at Sacramento.
 

Alissa Kronovet

Alissa
Kronovet
High School Program Manager, Safe Routes to Schools

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510-740-3150x329
Alissa Kronovet

Alissa serves as High School Program Manager for our Safe Routes to School program.  In her role, she engages teens throughout Alameda County as leaders in the effort to reduce carbon emissions around schools by increasing shared and active transportation.  She enjoys facilitating planning processes with school community and traffic engineers to improve safety around schools, and is proud of several infrastructure projects that have been successfully implemented as a result.

Alissa brings a great deal of experience engaging young people in planning and policy-making locally, regionally, and nationally.  In 2008, she received her Masters of City Planning degree at the University of California at Berkeley.  While earning her degree, Alissa co-founded the Young Planners Network – a national network of youth and adults engaged in urban planning.  She also worked with the Center for Cities & Schools at UC Berkeley, assisting with the Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now!) program.  After graduate school, Alissa spent several years with the California Center for Civic Participation, serving as technical assistance for youth engagement with the national Kellogg Food & Fitness Initiative.

Originally from New York City, Alissa has been an Oakland resident for almost ten years.  She is excited to work for TransForm, and partner with youth and families in the heart of the city she loves so much.  

Carrie Harvilla

Carrie
Harvilla
Safe Routes to Schools Program Manager

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510-740-3150x326
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Carrie works in Southern and Eastern Alameda County to help parents and their children make healthy, environmentally-friendly choices about getting to school. She's had previous experience engaging communities in active transportation issues at the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and Urban Ecology.

Living by Lake Merritt, Carrie's work commute is almost too short... so she enjoys traveling to schools throughout Alameda County on her bicycle, with a little help from BART.

Carrie received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in Community Development from the University of California at Davis.

Shannon Tracey

Shannon
Tracey
Communications Director

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510-740-3150 x303
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As Communications Director, Shannon helps TransForm's advocacy, program, and development teams maximize their impact through the strategic use of words, images, and actions. She oversees online and print communications and supports campaigns with media and advocacy efforts.

Shannon previously served as the Communications and Development Manager, building TransForm's community of support by overseeing fun, engaging events and other fundraising efforts.She originally joined TransForm staff in 2009 to coordinate the Transportation For America campaign's partner organizations in northern California.  These partners (including TransForm) are working together to win federal transportation policy that actively supports a nation of world-class public transportation and neighborhoods that require less driving - all while keeping our current transportation infrastructure in great shape. 

Shannon has worked for over a decade in California as a community organizer on issues ranging from forest protection to economic democracy.  She has served in communications, development, and management roles at various organizations in the Bay Area and Humboldt County.
 
Shannon enjoys her bike commute from north Oakland to TransForm's downtown office.  She participates in people-powered transportation on land and sea as a hiker, cyclist, swimmer, and rower.  Shannon is originally from the northeast and holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.S. in Environmental Education from Lesley University.

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