Board of Directors

Board Co-Chairs

      Alice Chen – Vice President, Emergent Transportation Concepts​
      Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz – Public Affairs Manager, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District​

Board Officers:

Treasurer: Stephaney Kipple — Senior Project Manager, Mission Economic Development Agency
Secretary: Michele Beasley – Executive Director, San Mateo County Parks Foundation
Chair, Board Excellence CommitteeJame Ervin – Senior Manager, Broadly
Chair, Board Recruitment CommitteeMichele Beasley – Executive Director, San Mateo County Parks Foundation
Chair, Fundraising Committee: Linda Rhine — Founder and former principal, Nelson\Nygaard (bio coming soon)
Chair, Social Justice Committee: Shireen Malekafzali – Senior Manager for Policy, Planning, & Equity, San Mateo County Health System

Board Members

Autumn Bernstein — Associate, Integrated Planning at ARUP (bio coming soon)
Pedro Galvao – Policy Director, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
Rachel Lu — Organizational Sustainability and Fundraising Consultant (bio coming soon)
Danielle J. Harris — Management Director of Engagement at Innovation, Elemental Excelerator (bio coming soon)
Daniel Wu — Senior Transportation Planner, San Francisco International Airport (bio coming soon)
Rachel Zack —Director of Policy, Remix (bio coming soon)

Board Bios

Michele Beasley, Board Recruitment Committee Chair

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, Board Co-Chair

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 Co-Chair

Seated December 2014. Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz is the Public Affairs Manager at the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District​ and brings extensive experience in planning and community development to TransForm's Board of Directors. 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 Committee Chair

Seated January 2014. 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 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 Policy Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), a 40+ year-old organization that activates its 750 members — affordable housing developers, advocates, community leaders and businesses — to make Northern California a place where everyone has an affordable and stable home. Pedro leads NPH’s policy work, building coalitions across the state and conducting innovative policy research to make the Bay Area and California more affordable places 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.

Stephaney Kipple, Treasurer, Finance Chair

Seated December 2016. Stephaney Kipple is a Senior Loan Officer at Housing Trust Silicon Valley. She 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, Vice Chair, Social Justice Committee Chair

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.