Board of Directors

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Board Chair:  Fanta Kamakaté — Senior Program Officer, Pisces Foundation
Treasurer: Stephaney Kipple — Northern California Community Loan Fund, Real Estate Consultant
Secretary: Alice Chen – Vice President, Emergent Transportation Concepts
Vice Chair, Board Excellence CommitteeJame Ervin – Senior Manager, Marketing Operations and Insights, Marqeta
Vice Chair, Board Recruitment CommitteePaolo Cosulich-Schwartz – Public Affairs Specialist, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District
Vice Chair, FundraisingEarl Kaing – Transportation Partnerships Lead, Winter Consulting
Vice Chairs, Social Justice Committee 
– Barnali Ghosh – Landscape Architect; Founder, Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour
Shireen Malekafzali – Senior Manager for Policy, Planning, & Equity, San Mateo County Health System

Board Members

Michele Beasley – Executive Director, San Mateo County Parks Foundation
Alice Chen – Vice President, Emergent Transportation Concepts
Pedro Galvao – Regional Planning and Policy Manager, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
Curt Johansen – Board President, Council of Infill Builders; Managing Partner, Sustainable Communities Partners LLC 
Laurie Jones Neighbors – Principal, Laurie Jones Neighbors Consulting

Board Bios

Michele Beasley

Seated October 2017. Michele Beasley is a San Mateo County native and has dedicated her career to creating sustainable and equitable communities. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation in 2015, Michele spent 11 years as Greenbelt Alliance’s Regional Director in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. She has also worked as an advocate for the homeless in Contra Costa County and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana supporting eco-tourism efforts in the late 1990s. Michele has served as a board member for Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Alice Chen, Secretary

Seated February 2014. Alice Chen is a Vice President with Emergent Transportation Concepts. 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. Her work includes incorporating Complete Streets into local practices, incorporating Caltrans’ Smart Mobility Framework into transportation planning practices, and engaging in the 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 and a member of the California Planning Roundtable. Alice lives in the walkable, transit-oriented Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland with her husband, who is a transit planner with San Francisco Muni, and daughter, Annika.

Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz, Board Recruitment Vice Chair

Seated December 2014. Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz is the Outreach and Communications Manager at Bay Area Bike Share and brings extensive experience in planning and community development. Paolo directed the planning and outreach for an award-winning street and public space plan in downtown San Francisco in 2011 and has years of experience working with businesses to create better neighborhoods. He spearheaded the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's land use and planning programs while managing major multi-modal corridor campaigns and citywide business engagement. Paolo is also a member of the 2014-15 class of Leadership San Francisco. A Berkeley native, Paolo grew up with an AC Transit pass in his wallet and Cheeseboard Collective pizza and later graduated from Occidental College with honors in Urban and Environmental Policy. Paolo lives next to the Pacific Ocean in the Sunset district of San Francisco and spends much of his free time surfing Ocean Beach.

Jame Ervin, Board Excellence Vice Chair

Seated January 2014. 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. Jame works in Marketing Operations where she is responsible for marketing systems, integration, process and analytics. 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 bikes around town and is 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."

Pedro Galvao

Seated October 2017. Pedro Galvao is the Regional Planning and Policy Manager of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), a 39-year old organization that activates its 750 members — affordable housing developers, advocates, community leaders and businesses — to make the Bay Area a place where everyone has an affordable and stable home. Pedro leads NPH’s regional work, building coalitions across the Bay Area and conducting innovative policy research to make the Bay Area a more affordable place to live. He has successfully championed the incorporation of an affordable housing-focused Action Plan for the region’s 25-year strategic Plan Bay Area and authored “On Track Together,” NPH’s plan for linking transportation and affordable housing investments. Before joining NPH, Pedro worked with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) on Plan Bay Area and creating technical resources for local governments. Prior to that, he worked as a policy advisor for two San Francisco Supervisors and founded El Proyecto Voz Latina, a grassroots organization focused on Latino voting and representation. Pedro holds a B.A. in Politics from Whitman College and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Barnali Ghosh

Seated December 2011. Barnali joined the TransForm Board in 2011, and currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Social Justice Committee. For over a decade, Barnali worked as a LEED-certified California landscape architect, specializing in the e design public parks, schoolyards, and streetscapes, with an emphasis on sustainability and universal design. 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 ,a href="http://www.yearofnoflying.com/">Year Of No Flying. She co-founded and runs the award-winning Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, a community history project that takes participants on an interactive journey of the secret histories of South Asian resistance and organizing in Berkeley and beyond for 100+ years. As an immigrant who was 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.

Curt Johansen

Seated December 2014. Curt Johansen’s professional career as an infill community developer spans thirty years. His recent mixed use conservation communities emphasize high degrees of sustainability. In California he has entitled/built thousands of residential units including significant commercial space. Curt is also a recognized leader in the pursuit of best development practice.

In addition to his service with TransForm, Curt is a founding Board Member and President of the Council of Infill Builders, formerly on ULI’s Socially Responsible Investment Council, and he participates on numerous other regional boards and committees promoting sustainable communities. Curt is a former Planning Commission Chair for the City of Petaluma, CA. He is a frequent speaker on S.B. 375 compliance issues and market-driven sustainable communities.

Curt began his career developing planned communities. Early on he founded his own custom residential construction company. He became Development Director and Executive Vice President for Triad Communities, where for many years he managed the award-winning California portfolio for that highly successful Seattle-based company. His 2006 downtown Vallejo project was awarded Best Specific Plan in California by the American Planning Association. Curt’s most recent project is the award-winning TOD community known as Prairie Crossing just north of Chicago.

Earl Kaing, Fundraising Vice Chair

Seated December 2015. Earl Kaing brings years of experience as a transportation planner and management consultant to help TransForm expand transportation choice for all Californians. By day, he helps public agency clients partner with elected leaders, city staff, business, advocacy groups and other stakeholders to refine loose project ideas into politically-acceptable proposals. By night, Earl advocates for taxi-­transit integration: a tactical alternative to conventional transit projects that acknowledges our car­ centric reality, helps keep more riders riding even after they have the choice not to, and recruits the car service industry in the fight for a more sustainable future. Earl studied engineering at UC Berkeley (2006) and urban planning at UCLA (2012). Earl is a closeted writer who enjoys Star Trek reruns and pet­-sitting in his free time.

Fanta Kamakaté, Board Chair

Seated December 2014. Fanta Kamakaté is an expert on climate, air quality, and transportation policy. She currently serves as the Senior Program Officer for the Climate and Energy Program of the Pisces Foundation. Prior to joining the Pisces Foundation, she was the Chief Program Officer for the International Council on Clean Transportation. Over the last twenty years, she has led projects to overcome the technical, political and economic barriers to progress on clean fuel and vehicle policies in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Fanta holds an M.S. in Energy and Resources, with a focus on air quality and transportation, from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. In her travels, Fanta has discovered that walking or taking public transportation is her favorite way to get to experience a city’s sights and sounds and get a glimpse of its soul. She is inspired by TransForm’s dedication to equity and inclusion and vision for transportation in the Bay Area, California and beyond.

Stephaney Kipple

Seated December 2016. Stephaney Kipple is a real estate consultant at the Northern California Community Loan Fund, where she specializes in nonprofit commercial real estate and tax credit financing. She structures and deploys capital and subsidies to mission-driven and social purpose real estate, leveraging complex financial tools into coherent and workable solutions for her clients.

Stephaney is passionate about promoting economic development and facilitating investment of capital to support community revitalization, the nonprofit sector, and underserved markets. She also has experience in urban policy analysis, nonprofit organizational development, and nonprofit financial management.

Stephaney holds a M.Sc. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School for Public Engagement with an emphasis in Community Development Finance. She also holds a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Japanese Language from Eastern Michigan University.

Shireen Malekafzali

Seated February 2016. Shireen Malekafzali is Senior Manager for Policy, Planning and Equity at the San Mateo County Health System leading the Health Policy and Planning Program (HPP), Epidemiology Unit, and the Get Healthy San Mateo County Initiative. HPP focuses on building healthy, equitable communities by supporting the conditions that enable everyone in San Mateo County to reach their full potential. HPP's work includes an emphasis on a healthy local economy, stable and affordable housing, safe and complete neighborhoods, and healthy schools with strong educational opportunities. Shireen has over 15 years of experience advancing health and equity through community partnerships, policy, research, advocacy, grantmaking and technical assistance. She is currently appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Policy Advisory Committee representing the interests of low-income people in San Mateo County in regional transportation planning and policy decisions. Previous to her position in San Mateo County Health System, she was an associate director at PolicyLink, a national policy and research institute advancing economic and social equity. She has a master’s degree in public health, an undergraduate degree in environmental science and a passion for a just democracy. 

Laurie Jones Neighbors

Seated October 2018. Laurie is an independent consultant who specializes in developing and evaluating programs that transform structural barriers impacting low-income communities and communities of color. She first became interested in transportation justice during her years working for Urban Habitat, where she served on the organization’s management team and was the architect of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI). Prior to her work at Urban Habitat, Laurie taught in and directed a number of academic programs for under-represented students at universities in Texas, Oregon, and California. When her schedule permits, she still enjoys teaching, most recently in the Health Education Department of San Francisco State University, where she focuses on structural inequalities and public health.

Laurie enjoys living car-free in San Francisco's transportation-rich Duboce Triangle, a definite contrast to her unwalkable upbringing in rural communities in Louisiana and Texas. She is recipient of many teaching awards and, in 2016, was proud to be included on the Living Cities list of 25 Disruptive Leaders working to improve economic outcomes for low-income people in America's cities.