Staff

Transportation Policy Analyst

Amy is a transportation policy analyst with a focus on accessible public and active transit systems that connect riders to livable communities, family, work, and recreation.

 

She focuses on campaigns and research that prioritize funding for public transit and active transportation like biking and walking. This includes working to increase funding for frequent and reliable transit service at the state level and research on more accessible micromobility to better serve low-income communities. 

 

She finished a Masters in urban planning at UC Berkeley. During the pandemic she completed research interviewing essential workers about their experiences commuting; separately, she spoke with bus drivers about their experiences continuing essential services. 

 

Before school, Amy was on the communications team at SPUR putting together panel events on inclusive design and how to implement Bus Rapid Transit. She also facilitated design workshops on how Bay Area youth envision the region in 2070.

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Carrie Harvilla (she/her/they/them)

Director of Capacity Building and Community Education

Carrie supports folks in gaining easy, affordable access to environmentally-sustainable transportation choices. Through TransForm's Safe Routes to Schools and Know How to Go programs, she facilitates projects at the intersection of transportation and housing that are responsive to the unique community of each neighborhood in which she works. Knowing that every community member has important ideas and resources to contribute, her work is founded on collaboration with a variety of stakeholders: residents, students, parents, elected officials, and city staff. She is passionate about creative projects that build relationships — such as storytelling through oral history and placemaking through murals — as a means to use culture to influence behavior change.

 

Carrie is a professional Leadership and Life Coach certificated by the University of California at Davis. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and a Masters of Science in Community Development from the University of California at Davis.

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Chuy Mendeola (they/them)

Communications and Development Coordinator

Chuy comes to TransForm with more than two decades of experience in social services, the arts, support for unhoused Bay Area residents, media, and adaptive education. Just prior to working as TransForm’s Communications and Development Coordinator, they worked as a tractor driver, freelance copywriter and editor, researcher, and development consultant for new nonprofits. Chuy holds a BA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University and enjoys adventure travel via mass transit throughout the West Coast, demolition derby, bold and mischievous mutual aid projects, local history, and a really great used bookstore.

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Craig Davini

Operations Manager

Craig works out of the Oakland office supporting staff with HR Administration, IT, Finance, and general office needs. He has had previous experience in entrepreneurial, design, banking, and IT operations both in the private sector and nonprofits.

 

Originally from Worcester, MA, with time spent in Boston during college, Craig now lives in the Castro in San Francisco with his husband/partner of 25 years. Craig uses MUNI and BART to get to the Oakland office and the occasional ferry — his preferred method of transportation.

 

Craig received a B.F.A. in Fashion Design from The Massachusetts College of Art.

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Dave Severy (he/him)

Interim Co-Executive Director & Development Director

As the Interim Co-Executive Director, Dave works to expand the organization’s capacity through securing and stewarding support from individuals, foundations, government agencies, and corporate partners.

 

Previously, he supported the capital campaign and development efforts for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Dave also spent several years working with the Public Interest Network, overseeing teams of citizen outreach and fundraising canvassers, directing voter contact offices in swing states, and cultivating a portfolio of major givers for CALPIRG.

 

Before attaining an International Relations degree from UC Davis, he developed a passion for social justice activism as an organizer with ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), where he mobilized low-income communities on campaigns for renter protections, prison sentencing reform, and better access to public schools and emergency services.

 

A resident of Richmond, Dave enjoys exploring the many biking and hiking routes of the East Bay with his wife and two young daughters.

Jennifer Ledet

Safe Routes to Schools Program
Co-Director

Jennifer is the Safe Routes to Schools program Co-Director at TransForm. She works primarily with elementary and middle schools from Piedmont to Livermore as well, as overseeing work with Oakland Unified School District schools.

Jennifer loves riding her bike and taking the bus, and wants to work to make active and shared transportation options accessible and fun for students. She has a background in health promotion and education and weaves both into her work with the Safe Routes to Schools team. In her spare time, you can catch Jennifer on a hike, cooking a pot of gumbo, eating delicious food, or playing with her daughter.

Jennifer lives in Elk Grove nearSacramento, but still considers Oakland a second home. She has loved working with TransForm since 2013 and making positive changes in communities across Alameda County.

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Jesse Kaplan

Finance Director/Controller

Jesse joined TransForm as the Finance Director/Controller in July of 2021. He attended UCLA and studied Economics and Accounting and is currently on his last year of a Master of Science in Taxation with Golden Gate University.

While growing up in Davis, Calif., Jesse was fortunate to have bike paths and short greenbelt bike routes to ride to school. He has professional experience as a Certified Public Accountant and as a volunteer with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance programs, the Food Literacy Center in Sacramento, and the Sacramento Stonewall Democrats Fundraising Chair.

In his free time, he enjoys live music, sports, wildlife, nature, and traveling our beautiful state of California.

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Joy Massey (she/her)

Interim Co-Executive Director & Mobility Hubs Program Manager

Joy Massey is committed to developing and implementing equitable and sustainable clean transportation programs and policies that benefit and build power in racialized communities. 

At TransForm, Joy leads the Electric Vehicle Carsharing and Mobility Hubs in Affordable Housing pilot project and provides equity advising on other clean transportation projects. 

Joy possesses over 10 years of professional experience in program development, project management, data analysis, creation of unique partnerships with diverse stakeholders, and facilitating strategic decision-making processes that center people first. 

A Bay Area native (Berkeley), Joy holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. During her free time Joy enjoys bike rides, drinking wine and mezcal with friends, and exploring the Bay Area’s backroads.

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Kendra Ma (she/her)

Housing Policy Analyst

Kendra is TransForm’s Housing Policy Analyst. Growing up in the East Bay Area, she saw how the built environment reflected landscapes of race and power. She is dedicated to establishing and promoting more equitable outcomes for all people regardless of race, class, and identity.

 

Her early days of providing resident services to youth, families, and seniors living in affordable housing led her to a career in land-use and housing policy. Kendra enjoys roller skating, making tea lattes, playing music, and building abolitionist solidarity with incarcerated folks to dismantle the prison industrial complex. 

 

Kendra holds a Bachelors of Science in Community and Regional Development from University of California, Davis and a Master of Urban and Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco.

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Mario Valadez 

Safe Routes to Schools Site Coordinator

Mario is the Safe Routes to School Site Coordinator serving elementary schools in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). As a former OUSD student, Mario understands the struggles families face traveling to and from school. He is excited to be working with students, families, and schools to support their vision for pedestrian-friendly campuses. He previously supported OUSD schools throughout the Kindergarten to College Program, helping schools and families build a college-going culture. He holds a degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley.

Michele Walker (she/her)

Safe Routes to Schools Program Specialist

Michele works primarily with middle and high school students across Alameda County.

 

As an East Coast native, Michele always dreamed of moving to sunny California. She began her trek across the country via Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Master’s in Social Work. 

 

Eventually she made it to Oakland, where prior to working for TransForm, Michele trained youth from low-income backgrounds in leadership skills, facilitated college and career readiness lessons at a local nonprofit, and taught math at a small middle and high school. Michele is excited about being part of the Safe Routes to School team, where she can encourage youth to make healthy choices that will lead to more active communities. 

 

She is passionate about spending time outdoors and getting places on her own two feet. In Michele's free time, you can find her playing with her rescue dog, visiting the playground with her daughter, and voraciously reading thrillers.

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Michelle Campbell

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Staff Accountant

Michelle joined TransForm as the Staff Accountant in November of 2021. She has a B.S. in Management and Ethics and has over 10 years of experience in nonprofit financial and tax accounting working in areas of anti-human trafficking and immigration law.

 

Michelle also contributes her time to consulting and mentoring young POC creative entrepreneurs in the areas of financial literacy, business development, and creating equitable value systems.

 

Outside of work, she runs the independent record label Lake Merritt Girl Records and is a professional concert and festival photographer.

Sheila Islam (she/her/they/them)

Safe Routes to Schools Program Specialist

Sheila was previously Clean Water Action CA’s first Environmental Justice organizer, spending much of her time focusing on social justice throughout the Bay Area. 

Sheila was born and raised in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley where she witnessed the direct health effects living next to a freeway had on her community. She believes that change happens through community empowerment and works to support people in making the best decisions for themselves, their neighborhoods, and the environment.

In their free time, Sheila consumes sci-fi and fantasy media, cuddles with their cat, bikes, and spends time with loved ones (preferably outdoors with some snacks).

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Stephanie Jim (she/her)

Safe Routes to Schools Program Co-Director

Now a Program Manager, Stephanie was a Program Specialist for Alameda County’s Safe Routes to School program at TransForm. Her work is focused on elementary and middle schools in Castro Valley, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, and San Lorenzo.

 

Stephanie is passionate about building healthier and more active communities. An expert in community health education, she lifts up the strengths of community members in her engagement efforts. Stephanie is particularly inspired by the voices of youth, whose fresh perspectives grow our communities and move us towards a better future. 

Stephanie was raised primarily in the Central Valley, and has lived in the East Bay for over 15 years. She appreciates and is proud of the bike culture, beautiful weather, and connected streets of the East Bay, and looks forward to sharing her love of bikes with her growing family.

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Board

Alice Chen (she/her)

Past Co-Chair
Vice President, Emergent Transportation Concepts

Alice Chen brings her expertise as a multimodal 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 and Caltrans’ Smart Mobility Framework into transportation planning practices and supporting Caltrans' efforts to implement Senate Bill 743 and integrate equity into the Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

 

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 MTA.

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Daniel Wu (he/him)

Treasurer
Senior Planner, Bay Area Rapid Transit District

Daniel has over a decade of experience developing and implementing transportation and land use policies in the private and public sectors through an inclusive, community-based approach. Most recently, Daniel was a Senior Transportation Planner at San Francisco International Airport and managed the airport's Transit First and Clean Vehicle Policies. Daniel lives in San Francisco with his partner, and enjoys gardening, adventures via transit/bike/walking, and anything coffee related.

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Danielle J. Harris (she/her)

Managing Director of Engagement & Innovation | Elemental Excelerator

Danielle J. Harris is a passionate advocate for environmental and racial justice. She believes a more inclusive and collaborative approach is the key to tackling big problems like social inequity and climate change. Her overlapping, and at times contradicting, identities have empowered her to activate unconventional teams that together develop people-centered, innovative solutions. Danielle leads with empathy because an acceptance and understanding of differences will support more equitable social structures and sustainable environments.

Danielle is a natural at finding our audiences, her authenticity, vulnerability and humor captivates and inspires people to reimagine our lives, cities and society. As Managing Director of Engagement & Innovation at Elemental Excelerator, she invigorates hearts and minds to achieve an equitable and resilient transition of markets, environments and neighborhoods in response to the climate crisis. Previously, Danielle led Elemental’s mobility strategy as Director of Mobility Innovation, enhancing the breadth and depth as well as founder diversity of the portfolio. Prior to joining Elemental, Danielle had a nine-year career at the City and County of San Francisco where she witnessed first hand the impact of tech on the city. That led to her shaping the SFMTA’s Office of Innovation — a unique team rooted in genuine curiosity, collaboration, and compassion responsible for assessing and integrating emerging technologies in San Francisco and facilitating the evolution in the transportation sector.

 

She chooses empathy and innovation as her magic wand to resolve the challenges of today, while striving to unlock the potential of tomorrow.

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Jame Ervin (she/her)

Manager, Stripe

Jame Ervin uses 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.

 

Jame works in demand marketing at Stripe. 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."

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Linda Rhine

Chair
Principal, Nelson
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Linda Rhine is a retiree after 35-plus years in transportation planning. She was a public sector employee at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) before joining Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates in 1992. Linda was a principal, shareholder, and longtime member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Her planning practice was dedicated to transit and paratransit planning including budgeting, funding, auditing, fare policy, and inter-agency service coordination.

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Michele Beasley (she/her)

Secretary
Executive Director, San Mateo County Parks Foundation

Michele Beasley grew up in San Mateo County and has spent her career fostering sustainable and equitable communities. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation in 2015, Michele was 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.

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Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz (he/him)

Past Co-Chair
Public Affairs Manager, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District

Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz is the Public Affairs Manager at the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District where he is the spokesperson and media relations officer for all three divisions: the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Transit, and Golden Gate Ferry. He​ brings extensive experience in planning, communications, outreach, and community development to TransForm's Board. Prior to working at the Bridge District, Paolo led the planning and outreach for the (re)launch of the Bay Area Bike Share system, worked as an organizer at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and provided communications and strategy consulting for numerous public transit agencies and non-profits.

 

A Berkeley native, Paolo grew up with an AC Transit pass in his wallet 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.

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Rachel Zack

Chief of Staff, Felt

Rachel Zack has spent over a decade working for increased spending on public transit and ending automobile and highway-building subsidies. She has co-authored groundbreaking white papers with leaders in the transportation field, and built technologies that achieve more equitable outcomes. Rachel is currently Chief of Staff at Felt, the best place to make a map on the internet, and lives in Oakland with her partner and two cats, Tex and Ruby.

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Sally Greenspan

Director, Enterprise Community Partners

Sally Greenspan is a Director at Enterprise Community Partners, where she leads Enterprise’s Building Sustainable Communities program. In this role, Sally works to implement programs that address the joint challenges of housing affordability and climate change and create more sustainable, resilient, equitable communities.

 

Sally’s background also includes positions in private real estate, architecture, public policy & research, and urban planning. She holds a B.A. in urban studies from Stanford and a M.U.P. in urban planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

 

In her free time Sally loves to make a huge mess in the kitchen, and go on short, slow bike rides around the East Bay with her husband and two young children.

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Warren Logan (he/him)

Partner, Lighthouse Public Affairs

Warren Logan is an Oakland resident with a strong history of public service and community engagement. Professionally, Warren is a partner at Lighthouse Public Affairs where he manages government relations and strategic communication projects. Before working in the private sector Warren worked in several public agencies including the City of Berkeley’s Transportation Division managing parking and travel demand management, the City and County of San Francisco managing shared mobility policy, and the Mayor’s Office of Oakland managing local, regional and state transportation policy.

 

Personally, Warren enjoys exploring Oakland neighborhoods on his electric bike, playing with his corgi QE and German shepherd Frankie, and spending time with friends. Warren received his Master’s in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design in 2013 and his B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College in 2011.

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