2016 Presenter Bios
Angela is currently the Executive Director of Get Women Cycling, a program she created to service and support women in bicycling. Angela relies on 18yrs of expertise in customer experience and service design to solve many of the challenges women face in today’s environment. Prior to working in the bike industry she was principle designer and strategist in user experience and interaction design for global advertising, communication, and technology firms. In 2008 she formed her own company extending her design capabilities to the nonprofit sector where she designed solutions for organization’s that focus on women’s health and immigration issues. Angela believes employing user-centered design principles in business can positively shape human experiences, transform services, and foster organizational change that benefit customers and employees.
Jean-Sébastien is the technological visionary behind 8D Technologies’ world-class solutions in the parking industry and in public bike sharing. As Chief Technology Officer of 8D, he began the adventure 20 years ago. In 2000, he joined forces with his sister, CEO Isabelle Bettez, and transformed 8D into the accomplished product and solutions enterprise it is today.
A graduate of computer management and software development at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in Montreal, Canada, Jean-Sébastien is primarily responsible for the architecture and R&D of the 8D system, bringing his vision for greener cities to life by effectively implementing numerous bike share systems around the world.
For the past 7 years, Nicolas Blain has been a Planning and Development Analyst at BIXI Montréal. He has also planned and operated bicycle-sharing systems in Ottawa and Toronto. He holds a B.A. in urban planning from Université de Montréal and a specialization in geographic information systems.
Nick is the Executive Director of Denver B-cycle, and has been with the organization since 2009. His responsibilities have included system planning & implementation, contracting & licensing, and operational analysis. Currently, Nick’s focus is building stronger municipality & transit authority partnerships to help solidify B-cycle as a first-and-final-mile transit solution in Denver.
Executive Vice President for Programs at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Tracey Capers oversees program planning and implementation for the nation’s first community development corporation with a focus on the strategic areas of health as well as workforce development and asset building. She has over 15 years of experience in the private sector having held a number of leadership posts in nonprofits and government including Chief of Staff for the NYC Department of Small Business Services and Vice President for Development at Local Initiatives Support Corporation. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Yale University and studied public policy at University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Center of Government.
Jessica Aurelia Carr, J.D. is a skilled and experienced applied researcher and attorney with primary interests in healthy communities, social justice, and social science research. She brings expertise in a variety of psychological research methods, including both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, to her work involving membership surveys, needs assessments, and focus groups. Jessica is dedicated to achieving data-driven solutions to organizational and policy challenges.
Laura Cornejo is the Deputy Executive Officer of Active transportation for Metro in Los Angeles. She leads a multi-disciplinary team in planning, implementing and managing projects and programs that encourage people to bike, walk and use transit. Most recently, Laura led the launch of a Countywide Bike Share program, the first in North America to be led and integrated with transit.
Manuel Darveau is Director of R&D at 8D Technologies and software engineer at heart. His extensive experience in systems engineering at 8D has contributed to innovative solutions to the bike sharing system, including system scalability and performance optimization. He is an avid cyclist and spends his spare time microbrewing.
Paul DeMaio is a Washington, D.C.-based transport planner, whose specialties include bike and pedestrian planning, traffic calming, car-sharing, and bike-sharing. In 2004, DeMaio founded MetroBike, LLC – the first bike-sharing consultancy in the U.S. – and has since worked with public and private sector clients on developing bike-share systems in the U.S. and abroad. MetroBike’s clients include Arlington County, VA; Perth, Australia; and Copenhagen, Denmark. DeMaio co-authored a public tender which became the U.S.’s first government-owned bike-share system, called Capital Bikeshare, in the Washington, D.C. area and serves as the manager for Arlington’s portion of the growing service.
Fundenberger is the director of Topeka Metro Bikes, the first bikeshare system in Kansas. He has been working in advocacy and marketing for years, and he’s thrilled to help the Midwest discover a greater love for bicycling.
Brian oversees the planning and implementation for Citi Bike’s system expansions in addition to the ongoing removal and relocation of stations throughout the year due to public works projects, private construction, and special events. Prior to joining Citi Bike Brian worked in landscape architecture, community guided planning, and forestry and fire management across the western states.
Justin Ginsburgh is Vice President for Business Development at Motivate, the operator of the largest bike share systems in North America. Prior to his current role at Motivate, Justin led the launch and day-to-day operations of Citi Bike. Currently, Justin works with cities and clients to launch, expand and finance new bike share systems across North America.
Prior to Motivate, Justin Ginsburgh served as Chief of Staff of Empire State Development, New York State’s economic development agency. He also served as an associate at Goldman Sachs, Urban Investment Group, where he worked on economic development and real estate projects in low-income communities across the United States.
Justin Ginsburgh holds a Bachelors of Arts degree with honors in History and Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.
Caressa Givens lives in Milwaukee Wisconsin where she serves as the community engagement coordinator for Bublr Bikes.
Prior to her current role, she served as a bicycle safety intructor for Safe Routes to School with the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation.
Caressa is solely a bicycle commuter in Mileaukee, and also serves as a board member as a Friend of the Hank Aaron State Trail as a voice in reaching out to a broader audience in trail use and accountability.
Her current pursuit is to engage more adolescents helping them broaden their perception of their transportation choices in order to help build healthier and more sustainable urban centers.
Recent UCLA Masters in Urban Planning graduate with studies focused on transportation. While with CycleHop he has worked on station siting and planning in various smart bike systems including Vancouver, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Atlanta and Cleveland.
Ted Graves is the Program Manager of NACTO’s Bike Share Program, a multi-year, grant-funded initiative to evaluate best practices in bike share programs throughout North America, with a focus on strategies for reaching under-represented groups. He has detailed knowledge of the state of the practice in bike share, as well as the technical aspects and design of bike share systems in the United States and Canada. His work at NACTO has ranged from analyses of bike share system design, pricing, and station siting to developing guidance for improving data collection and management.
Ted holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and has expertise in GIS analysis, statistical methods, and survey design.
Cassie Halls is a project associate at the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC), a public-interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility (including bikesharing, carsharing, ridesharing and more) and help connect the growing industry with transit agencies, cities and communities across the nation. Through SUMC’s collaboration with Shared Mobility Inc., Cassie conducted research on smart-bike or “flexible” bikeshare systems and their growing prominence in small and midsize cities in the US. This research primarily focused on flexible bikeshare models that could be adapted to small and midsize cities in Upstate New York through a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Since this research, three upstate communities have now begun implementing flexible bikeshare systems.
As the Founder and CEO of Mixte Communications, Jamie specializes in the development of strategies that help nonprofit organizations and small businesses maximize limited marketing resources. She’s a lead strategist, commuter of the year and localist, where she uses her creative thinking and extensive experience to help good companies tell their stories.
Katy works to advance PeopleForBikes’ federal policy goals in Washington, DC. She enjoys visiting members of Congress and telling them how federal policy can promote bicycling as part of the solution to the nation’s transportation challenges. She wishes that she could be a set of bicycle handlebars so she could steer bike policy in the right direction!
Ms. Heckl currently works as the Director of Expansion Initiatives for Shared Mobility Inc. where she primarily coordinates business development for shared mobility services in Buffalo and other cities, coordinates bike sharing demonstrations.
Shared Mobility Inc. is a Buffalo-based nonprofit that advances innovative transportation services that focus on a shared model.
Using cutting-edge technology and best practices, Shared Mobility Inc. builds mobility systems that serve neglected communities and smaller, more challenging markets. SMI was incubated by Buffalo CarShare – which was sold to Zipcar in 2015 – and this same core staff continues their commitment to the expansion of carsharing in Buffalo. From ridesourcing companies to bikesharing systems, SMI focuses on community-based strategies to improve mobility for everyone and grow these networks for lasting impact.
Peter Hoban, COO of Bicycle Transit Systems, is dedicated to the improvement of urban environments through the development of sustainable transportation solutions. Peter managed the critical path to launch for eight bike share systems consisting of over 13,000 bicycles at over 1,100 stations. Peter specializes in the direction of critical early stage activities including planning, marketing, supply chain and logistics. Previously, Peter established a car-sharing program in Australia and worked in the early stage low carbon sector. Peter has been implementing and operating sustainable shared transportation programs since 2004.
Steve Hoyt-McBeth is the interim Operations Manager at the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Active Transportation Division. He manages Portland’s bike share program, along with PBOT’s employer and commuter Transportation Demand Management program, SmartTrips Business. He has 17 years experience working with local governments and neighborhoods in Oregon and California on land use, energy and transportation issues.
Colin K. Hughes directs global research and strategy on new mobility services, national transport policy, and sustainability evaluation at the Institute for Transportation Policy and Development. Colin’s previous work includes researching global transportation financing patterns, authoring the Bikeshare Planning Guide, designing bicycle networks and bikeshare systems, planning high-capacity Bus Rapid Transit, and mobility analytics. Colin has also worked with Bay Area Rapid Transit, the Global Environmental Facility, and the Asian Development Bank.
Zoe Kircos brings more than 16 years of development and grant writing experience to her position at PeopleForBikes. As Director of Grants and Partnerships, she has helped develop multiple funding programs to support bicycle infrastructure, research, and innovative efforts to make bicycling safer and easier. Zoe manages the Challenge Grant program as part of PeopleForBikes’ participation in the Better Bike Share Partnership, a collaboration funded by The JPB Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems. Zoe has a BA from the University of Michigan and lives and rides with her husband and two daughters in Boulder, Colorado.
Marcelo Loureiro, Brazilian born entrepreneur, Ceo of Spinlister
Heath Maddox is a Senior Planner in the Livable Streets Subdivision of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). He has a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning with a focus in transportation planning and policy from the University of California Berkeley, and has served professionally for the past 15 years as a bicycle and pedestrian planner for local and regional government agencies. Over the past nine years with the City of San Francisco, he has managed a variety of bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs. He currently manages the SFMTA’s Bicycle Sharing and Parking Programs and serves on the boards of both NABSA and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
Alexander Marks is Assistant Manager for Non-Motorized Redistribution at NYC’s Citi Bike and has worked at Citi Bike since its launch in Spring 2013. He manages Citi Bike’s Non-Motorized Division, a team of 70+ that operates valets, pedicabs and contract courier operations and moves 4000+ bikes daily. Prior to joining Citi Bike, Alex served as a catastrophic logistics planner for NYC, where he authored regional logistics plans later used in response to Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. Alex has also worked on large-scale construction logistics, supporting high-profile projects in Russia, Qatar and NYC. Alex is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and a B.A. degree with the university’s Plan II Honors Program.
Dorothy Mitchell has been the General Manager of BIKETOWN since March of 2016. She holds an MBA in sustainable systems from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and has worked previously for the Portland Bureau of Transportation and as the Sales and Marketing Director for a Portland, Ore-based pedal-powered delivery company. In a former life, she worked with local government and non-profits to develop accessible emergency food programs for children and families.
Waffiyyah Murray is a Temple University graduate who has worked with non-profits throughout Philadelphia in the fields of college and career readiness before arriving at the Bicycle Coalition. A Philadelphian born and raised, she remembers how biking around the neighborhood with friends, and walking to and from school as a child, was often the highlight of her day because it gave her an opportunity to interact with peers and her community. As Education Programs Manager she hopes to share that same enjoyment with the people she serves, while exploring the city she loves by bicycle.
Dwight Norton is a reformed engineer who has been working in transportation planning for over a dozen years. He recently joined the City of New Orleans in a newly created position focused on improving mobility and access of residents by working across departments and agencies. He is leading implementation of New Orleans’s bike share program, run by Social Bicycles, which will launch with 70 station and 700 bicycles in the Fall of 2017.
Kara Oberg is the Bike Share Coordinator at the City of Berkeley. She oversees the bike share launch, including contract administration, siting, permitting, and public outreach. In addition to bike share, she also coordinate’s the City’s one-way car share launch.
Prior to the City of Berkeley, she was the Program Manager at LivableStreets Alliance in Boston.
Aaron Ritz is the Transportation Programs Manager at the City of Philadelphia.
With a background in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a lifelong passion for biking and walking, for the past 5 years, Aaron has found himself in the enviable position of working for the leading large city for cycling and walking in the United States.
In his current role, Aaron is manager of the City of Philadelphia’s bike share system, Indego. Along with his colleagues, he is in charge of system planning efforts, coordination with other agencies, and contract management for Indego.
Aaron’s bicycle passion has taken him on rides around the country and around the world, including Japan, China, Europe and the UK.
Claudia works with the Better Bike Share Partnership team to help make Indego accessible to all Philadelphians. She created and oversees the cash membership program, and sorts through piles of data to get a better understanding of usage patterns. Prior to joining the Bicycle Transit Systems team, Claudia spent 6 years at Please Touch Museum, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia, where she ran the department of Community Learning and developed programs to reach underserved communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, and a Master of Public Health from Temple University.
JD brings over 30 years of experience in executive level management in small to medium size businesses with a proven ability to create and build new concepts. She is accomplished in managing high growth environments through development of sustainable process controls and infrastructure design and maintenance in addition to a proven sales and marketing track record.
JD was involved in the initial launch of San Antonio B-cycle bike share program in March, 2011 with 14 stations. She was instrumental in the expansion of the system to 52 stations by August 2013. JD then left San Antonio for the opportunity to be an integral part of the executive team in developing and launching the Austin bike share program. Austin B-cycle launched in Dec 2013 with 11 stations and quickly grew to 40 stations by March 2014. Her primary responsibilities were the day to day operations of this innovative program and continued to expand to 50 stations by August 2015. Austin B-cycle offered a unique opportunity for operations due to the large and frequent events such as SXSW (South-by-Southwest) every March and ACL (Austin City Limits) every October in addition to the monthly on-going festivals.
In September 2015, JD returned to San Antonio to take over the position of Executive Director for the now 5+ year San Antonio B-cycle program offering another unique opportunity to evaluate an older program and tackle the challenges of sustaining and growing that system.
Jake Sion is the Chief Operating Officer at Transit, one of the leading urban transport apps in North America. Prior to joining Transit, Jake worked for Transdev where he managed customer technology initiatives, notably leading the deployment of mobile ticketing solutions for Long Island’s NICE Bus, and the New Orleans’ RTA. Jake has also worked for Boston’s transit authority, the MBTA, where he was part of the small innovation team that launched the first smartphone rail ticketing solution in the US in 2012. Jake holds a B.A from Cornell University in Urban Studies and International Relations. He is based in Montreal.
Chris has played an integral role in launching Bikeplus, the UK equivalent to NABSA, a representative body for bike sharing. He has supported the Shared Electric Bike Programme analysing report data, the electric bikes’ GPS data feed and providing communications support. He is particularly interested in understanding the role that electric bikes can play in attracting new markets to cycling for their mobility.
He is also responsible for publishing the UK’s monthly newsletter Shared Mobility News.
Kiera makes sure everyone’s talking about Indego. You can find her at events promoting bike share or behind Indego’s social media accounts engaging with our awesome riders! Kiera also oversees 20 employees who make up Indego’s outreach and events team. When she’s not promoting Indego, she’s leading bootcamps and run clubs throughout the city for her fitness company, City Fit Girls. New to biking in the city, Kiera has fallen in love with using Indego as her main form of transportation.
Carter Stern is the Executive Director of Houston Bike Share, the non-profit operator of the Houston B-Cycle program. He attended undergrad at Bates College and law school at the University of Houston. After law school, Stern was a trial attorney for five years and during that time, became actively involved with local non-profits. He’s a currently a member of the Houston Parks Board, The Immunization Partnership, and the NextGEN Leadership Committee for the Holocaust Museum Houston.
After five years in private practice, Stern took over as Executive Director of Houston Bike Share in June of 2016. The B-Cycle program currently consists of 33 stations and 235 bikes. Over the next 16 months the bike share program is scheduled to triple in size, adding 71 new stations and 575 bikes.
Nate Taber leads Zagster’s marketing department in designing and executing promotional and engagement programs for both Zagster’s corporate business and its partner bike sharing systems. His background includes high-tech services and international product marketing.
A native Seattleite, Nate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western Washington University and is an avid cyclist, biking year-round in and around Boston.
Mitch Vars is the IT Director at Nice Ride Minnesota. He has been working in the bike share industry since 2008. Since the launch of Nice Ride in 2010 he has advised cities throughout the U.S. on bike share system development and optimization. In 2014 he wrote a draft specification for real-time bike share data feeds which eventually became the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS) now in use in 47 cities.
Eric is the Programs Manager at BikeWalkKC, managing both the bike share and bike parking consulting programs. He is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor, a mountain bike enthusiast, and helped start the bike program at the University of Central Missouri. He finished his graduate degree in government policy in 2010 before joining BikeWalkKC. Eric lives in Lee’s Summit Missouri and is currently serving his third term as Chair of the city’s Livable Streets Advisory Board. He also serves on the local Historic Preservation Commission.
Dianna Ward was named the Executive Director of Charlotte B-cycle when it was launched in 2012. In this role, she is responsible for managing the growing bike share system in Charlotte’s urban core. Dianna regularly collaborates with sponsors, city leaders and biking advocates and is a forward-thinking champion focused on Charlotte’s goal of becoming a “City of Bikes.” She was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA).
Dianna has experience in operations research, statistics and management, and is a passionate leader. She has served in a number of roles with Bank of America and Wells Fargo. In addition to serving as Executive Director for Charlotte B-cycle, she owns Charlotte NC Tours, Greenville Glides, Bike the Rabbit, and Kansas City Segway Tours.
A native of Albuquerque New Mexico, Dianna holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Grinnell College and a Masters in Operations Research and Statistics from NC State University.
Sean started work at the City of Toronto as a Cycling Ambassador in 1997 and has worked for 20 years on a number of exciting Cycling initiatives, including the Toronto Bike Share program, Bicycle Parking, Bicycle User Group Network, Bicycle Friendly Business Awards, Cycling Ambassadors and Bike Week/Month.
Fred Young is a Landscape Architect with over 15 years of experience working on public projects that enhance the livability of communities. He works collaboratively with artists, engineers, and planners to develop projects that maximize public benefit by creating places that are aesthetically pleasing and integral to the functional built environment. His work includes bike share feasibility studies, bike share network planning and bicycle infrastructure planning and design.
Andrew Zalewski, AICP is a Boston based transportation planner at Foursquare ITP. As the Bike Share Practice Lead at Foursquare ITP he assists communities in the system design, financial planning and implementation planning of bike share programs. He has been involved in bike share initiatives in a number of contexts, ranging for big cities like Philadelphia to suburban communities like Howard County, MD. His work emphasizes the role of bike share as part of the larger transit system.
He holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and BS in Urban Studies from Cornell University.