Bianca Taylor

Communications Associate



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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.

Geoffrey Johnson

Community Planner



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Geoffrey is a Community Planner facilitating and organizing community outreach for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), as well as land use and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects in Oakland and throughout the region.

Before joining TransForm, he was a stay-at-home dad to his 5-½ year old son Carter and a regular volunteer for TransForm and the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland.

He has worked as a Senior Constituent Services Coordinator & Community Liaison for former Oakland city council member Jane Brunner (District 1, North Oakland).  At the council, his transportation portfolio included pedestrian safety, traffic calming measures and public transit related advocacy and policy development. Additionally, he worked on the MacArthur BART Transit Village project and the implementation of bike lanes in the district.

Prior to his time with Council Member Brunner, he served on the Transportation Task Force for former Oakland Mayor Ronald V. Dellums. In addition, he headed the 9/11 Response Project for United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13).

Geoffrey is a lifelong Oakland resident who loves to walk, hike, and take public transportation around the Bay Area. He has a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies from the University of California at Davis.

Ruta Abraham

Staff Accountant



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

Development Associate



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

Online Communications Manager



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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

Community Planner



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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

State Cap-and-Trade Campaign Manager



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Ryan is the State Cap-and-Trade Campaign 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




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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.

Christopher Escárcega

Executive Assistant and Board Liaison



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Christopher is the assistant to Executive Director Stuart Cohen. Christopher has six years of public and non-profit sector experience in both energy and transportation, assisting with an array of projects ranging from direct install energy efficiency to regional trail development.

His professional skills include administrative support, environmental planning, information technology, and spatial analysis. He recently relocated to North Oakland from Arcata, and his favorite multi-modal trip is biking to BART.

Jennifer West

GreenTRIP Policy Analyst



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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.

Jessica Cruz

Safe Routes to Schools Site Coordinator



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Jessica is the Site Coordinator for the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Partnership. 

Jessica previously worked in New York City for a nonprofit focused on affordable housing, where she provided trainings and technical assistance to assist residents in Manhattan in creating and sustaining low-income co-ops. 

Jessica's interest in creating walkable and healthy communities is both a cause and reaction to growing up in Los Angeles, where access to transportation and other resources was always limited. Jessica has a B.A. in Urban Studies with a Minor in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. 

Joshua Stark

State Policy Director



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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

High School Program Manager, Safe Routes to Schools



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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

Safe Routes to Schools Program Manager



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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

Communications Director



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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.

Chris Lepe

Senior Community Planner, Silicon Valley



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Chris Lepe is the Silicon Valley Senior Community Planner for TransForm. Chris engages community leaders, elected officials, transit riders, and the broader community in public transportation plans, projects, and policies such as Plan Bay Area and VTA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects. He is also the co-host of the Bay Area Health in Transportation (BAHT) webinar and is the primary organizer for the annual "Let's Get Moving, Silicon Valley Transportation Choices and Healthy Communities Summit". 

Chris' previous work with TransForm includes coordinating a survey of merchant perspectives on transit, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements along the Alum Rock BRT corridor, implementing a community-based input process for safe routes to transit in the Mayfair neighborhood in San Jose (see the report), and organizing the campaign to stop VTA's proposed fare increases in 2003. Chris also translated TransForm's Access Now! guide from English to Spanish.

Chris has taught courses in the Environmental Studies, Health Science, and Intercultural Studies Departments at De Anza College and San Jose State University (SJSU). He received his BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Latin American/Latino Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his Masters in Urban Planning at San Jose State University.

Sara Marcellino

Development Director




Sara brings almost fifteen years of non-profit management and development experience to TransForm, where she designs and implements a comprehensive fundraising strategy to ensure TransForm has the resources to advance its program and policy work. She also has experience in program and financial management, communications and outreach. As the Executive Director of the Friends of Sausal Creek from 2004-2009, Sara doubled the size of the organization and was instrumental in the creation of a state-funded science-based watershed plan, and the implementation of several pieces of that plan. 

Sara is currently active with the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as well as the Development Executives Roundtable. Sara serves as the Co-Fundraising Chair of the nonprofit organization SchoolCARE and sits on the fundraising committee of Nia House Learning Center in Berkeley, where she is helping with a capital campaign.

She is affiliated with the Women's Environmental Network and has a strong interest in education, world cultures and public radio (check out her latest KQED Perspective here, Sara holds a M.A. in Geography and Human Environmental Studies from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College. Sara has written for magazines such as Leadership and Bay Nature, as well as for the Sierra Club Books publication Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World.

Terry Kelley-Farias

Safe Routes to Schools Site Coordinator



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Terry is a Site Coordinator for the Safe Routes to Schools program with a focus on Oakland.  He joined TransForm to help improve the well-being of communities, with a particular interest in educating low-income communities about the importance of active living plus helping students achieve their best personal and academic potential.

He is a native Spanish bilingual and bicultural public policy/relations professional specializing in urban and social policy, public affairs, and social marketing with the Latino community in the U.S.

Terry is originally from Mexico and has lived in the East Bay for over two decades. He holds a Master of International Affairs Degree in Urban and Social Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from U.C. Berkeley. 

Joël Ramos

Regional Planning Director



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Joël began his professional career as an assistant planner for the Spanish Speaking Unity Council in East Oakland, where he gained his initial community planning experience. He then moved on to build a coalition of labor, environmental and social justice groups to win community and political support for economic development around one of the largest transit-oriented development (TOD) projects in California.

For the past seven years, Joël has been working with the Great Communities Collaborative on several transit-oriented development planning processes, and is helping to maximize community involvement and build awareness and support for Bus Rapid Transit in the East Bay. He has also been appointed to serve on the East Oakland Building Healthy Communities Steering Committee, the Contra Costa County Transportation Agency's Priority Development Area Working Group, and the Bay Area Rapid Transit System's Title VI / Environmental Justice Committee.

In his spare time, Joël serves via mayoral appointment from San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the City agency that oversees public transportation, bicycling, and parking in San Francisco. Joël received this appointment after serving on the Community Advisory Committee for the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project.

Joël's family was transit dependent while he was growing up. Childhood memories, daily transit use, and his professional experience working in diverse, low-income communities strongly reinforce his commitment to his work.


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