Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
Shana Baker, Community Planner, Federal Highway Administration
Shana Baker is currently a Community Planner with the Metropolitan Planning and Programs Team of the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Planning, Environment, and Real Estate Services. Ms. Baker is assisting in the development and implementation of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) for metropolitan planning. She provides program guidance to internal and external customers on metropolitan planning issues such as freight, public involvement, and certification reviews. Ms. Baker holds a Master of Arts degree in Urban Planning from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman College. Ms. Baker is currently pursuing a Logistics Professional Certificate from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) was born, raised, and educated in Portland, Oregon, and has been an Oregon elected official for his entire career. First elected to the US House in a special election in 1996, Mr. Blumenauer has carved out a unique role for himself as the Congress' proponent of Livable Communities. From his seat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he has focused on creating policies and partnerships that will make communities and the families that live in them safer, healthier, and more economically secure. Mr. Blumenauer has been described as the "Johnny Appleseed" of livability. Since his election to Congress, he has traveled to nearly 50 communities, working with local citizens and organizations on ways they can build more effective civic partnerships to improve land use, environment, and transportation. He is equally committed to partnerships with his colleagues: he works with them through the Bike Caucus, which he founded, the Task Force on Livable Communities, which he co-chairs, and other member organization such as the House Sustainable Development Caucus. In addition to being named a German Marshall Fellow in 1995, Mr. Blumenauer has won numerous awards from environmental, education, and community groups. In 2000, he received two of the highest awards offered by the planning community: the National Building Museum's Apgar Award and the American Planning Association's Legislator of the Year Award. His academic training includes undergraduate and law degrees from Lewis & Clark College in Portland and graduate studies at Portland State University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Joe Crossett, Senior Associate, Transtech Management, Washington, D.C.
Joe Crossett is a Senior Associate with Transtech Management, Inc. a transportation consulting firm with offices in Washington, DC, and North Carolina. Mr. Crossett has ten years of experience in the field of transportation policy and planning, and he specializes in quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the interactions between land use, environment, and transportation. Mr. Crossett has recently led projects including the development of an analysis and brochure for the US Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Mobile Sources, and an assessment of the land use impacts of three proposed New Starts transit projects in the metropolitan Chicago region for the Federal Transit Administration's Office of Planning. Mr. Crossett began his career in transportation planning as an air quality planner with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Prior to joining Transtech, he was a consultant with Apogee Research.
Mortimer L. Downey, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
Mortimer L. Downey is the Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Transportation and serves as the Department's Chief Operating Officer. In office since 1993, he is the longest-serving Deputy Secretary in the Department's history. He is a member of the President's Management Council, the Amtrak Board of Directors, the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, and the Deputies' Committees of the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. Prior to accepting President Clinton's appointment, Mr. Downey served as executive director and chief financial officer at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York, the nation's largest independent public authority, overseeing the turnaround of New York's transit system. Mr. Downey graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1958, received a Master's degree in public administration from New York University in 1966 and attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 1988. He served in the US Coast Guard Reserve holding the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Deeohn Ferris, President, Global Environmental Resources. Inc.
Deeohn Ferris is President of Global Environmental Resources Inc. (GERI), a professional services firm that provides expert design, management, and support of multi-stakeholder initiatives on environment, natural resources, and public health. Ms. Ferris' career specializing in environmental law, public health, and public policy began with eight years at the US Environmental Protection Agency, first in the Office of Legislation and later in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Monitoring. Next, leaving government for the private sector, she was environmental liability counsel with the American Insurance Association serving as industry regulatory policy liaison to Congress and the states. Ms. Ferris worked for the National Wildlife Federation as Director of Environmental Quality focusing on building grassroots campaigns in areas such as pollution control, biotechnology, and natural resources conservation. While with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Ms. Ferris launched the Environmental Justice Project, one of the first pioneered by a major civil rights group. Next, she established the Washington Office on Environmental Justice, an international nonprofit organization representing a coalition of multicultural, community-based and grassroots groups and networks. Ms. Ferris is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.
Roy Kienitz, Executive Director, Surface Transportation Policy Project
Roy Kienitz is the Executive Director of the Surface Transportation Policy Project, a premier voice in the country's policy debates on Transportation. For the last two years as Deputy Director for Federal Affairs, Mr. Kienitz led STPP's successful efforts to build coalitions in regions around the country to support the federal transportation spending program that makes highway funds available for alternative fuel vehicle fleets, bike paths, and public transit. Mr. Kienitz has 12 years experience in the fields of general environmental policy, air quality, and transportation on both the national and international levels. His experience includes eight years of service as a Senate staff member, including a key role in writing the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1999 and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, and nearly two years as Chief of Staff to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. His experience also includes one year as the Director of a United States / European outreach program on transportation, air quality, and land use policy. Mr. Kienitz holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
William Lyons, Senior Project Manager and Operations Research Analyst, U.S. Department of Transportation, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
William Lyons is a senior project manager and operations research analyst at the US Department of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA. He specializes in urban transportation planning, environmental policy, and public transit management. Current projects include the Federal Highway Administration TEA-21 TCSP Program to demonstrate innovative transportation and land use projects, implementation of the metropolitan and statewide planning provisions of TEA-21, analysis of national trends in response to ISTEA and TEA-21, and development of applications of the National Transit Database. Mr. Lyons is a graduate of Carleton College and has graduate degrees from the University of California, Institute of Transportation Studies; the University of Lancaster in Great Britain; and has completed additional graduate studies in transportation and civil engineering at MIT.
Kathleen McCabe, Consultant, Capitol Region Council of Governments, Hartford, CT
Kathleen McCabe, AICP, specializes in strategic planning in community and economic development, especially for neighborhoods and citizen-driven planning processes. A practicing planner for over 20 years, Ms. McCabe founded her own firm, McCabe Enterprises, in 1990. Recent projects include: facilitation of grassroots community planning process for 15 vacant parcels in Boston; examination of smart growth issues for urban neighborhoods; a brownfields redevelopment; industrial retention projects; and work on the TCSP Program-funded, Picture It Better Together Project: Taking Transportation Goals from Policy to Reality in Hartford working with the Parkville neighborhood. Before starting her own firm, Ms. McCabe was the Executive Director of the nationally acclaimed and award winning Roslindale Village Main Street organization for five and one-half years. Ms. McCabe earned her degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
William W. Millar, President, American Public Transportation Association
William W. Millar is president of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), North America's foremost organization dedicated to the advancement of public transit. Mr. Millar became chief executive officer of APTA in November 1996 after 24 years in transit operations. Mr. Millar was executive director of the Port Authority of Alleghany County (PAT), Pittsburgh, for 12 years prior to joining APTA. As head of PAT, one of the country's largest public transit providers, he directed a system that operates bus, light rail, exclusive busway, demand response, and inclined plane transit service. Mr. Millar's philosophy has been to build partnerships by working together with organizations traditionally associated with transportation, as well as those typically not connected with transit. Mr. Millar led the APTA organization in working with this broad coalition of interests to vigorously make the case for transit to Congress and the Administration. These efforts paid off with the enactment in June 1998 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, the largest public transit funding legislation ever.
Linda Osten, Principal Planner, Capitol Region Council of Governments, Hartford, CT
Linda Osten, AICP, is Principal Planner with the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) and Project Manager for the regional component of the TCSP Program Picture It Better Together project. CRCOG is an organization of the local Chief Elected Officials from the 29 communities in the Capitol Region who work together to expand voluntary cooperation among the region's municipalities and address many of the region's governmental and public challenges. Ms. Osten has a Master's degree in Community Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and has worked in the community planning field since 1996. In addition to planning, she has many years' experience running and managing small businesses, through her own company and a family operation.
Christopher D. Porter, Associate, Cambridge Systematics
Christopher D. Porter is an Associate of Cambridge Systematics with expertise in transportation and land use relationships, economic analysis, and air quality analysis. Mr. Porter was the lead author of both the December 1998 TCSP Program Evaluation Guidance and the TCSP Program First Year Accomplishments report. Also for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Mr. Porter developed an Internet-based toolbox illustrating methods to assess the regional impacts of transportation and land use policies. The toolbox includes case studies of analytical methods to measure a variety of environ-mental, economic, accessibility, and social equity impacts that may result from alternative transportation and land development scenarios. Other FHWA and Federal Transit Administration sponsored projects involve transit-supportive land uses, pedestrian and bicycle travel, and congestion management. Mr. Porter received a Master's degree in Transportation and a Master's degree in Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Patricia Rincon-Kallman, City of Houston, TX
Patricia Rincon-Kallman has over 20 years experience in planning, including long-range, operational, comprehensive, and economic development. She has received numerous planning awards and has made various presentations at the American Planning Association conferences, NUSA conferences, and at last year's TCSP Program workshop. She was formerly in charge of the Long-Range Planning Section for Palm Beach County and has worked in several communities in Colorado. Ms. Rincon-Kallman is currently Assistant Director in charge of the Long-Range Planning Division for the City of Houston, Texas, with a staff of 32. Ms. Rincon-Kallman heads up the Main Street Revitalization Program, which received two TCSP Program grants totaling almost one million dollars. She has a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Community Development from the University of Colorado
Mary Kay Santore, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency
Mary Kay Santore is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Development Community and Environment Division. Since joining EPA in June of 1999, Ms. Santore has worked on efforts to harmonize transportation and environmental policies and to provide communities with tools to support their Smart Growth efforts. Ms. Santore is the EPA coordinator for TCSP Program and the Project Manager for EPA's Smart Growth INDEX pilot program. Ms. Santore has a Master's degree in public policy and administration from Columbia University, with a focus on urban and environmental affairs. Prior to joining EPA, Ms. Santore worked at New York City's Department of City Planning--Transportation Division, where she assisted in the development of the city's Greenway master plans.
Ken Snyder, Community Development Project Specialist, Department of Energy
Ken Snyder is Community Development Project Specialist for the Department of Energy's Denver Regional Office. He works on land-use planning issues, community development, and renewable energy technologies for the DOE. In the area of land-use planning, he has provided training to communities on spatial-analysis and land-use planning tools, including Geographic Information System (GIS) programs, which help communities quantify the impact of different development scenarios and assist communities in the decision-making process. Lately, he has been the principal organizer of several workshops across the country on Tools for Community Design and Decision-Making. Mr. Snyder also works with Empowerment Zone Communities offering workshops on sustainable development principles and practices. With a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, he has a background in energy issues, resource conservation, and development
Richard Steinmann, Director, Office of Policy Development, Federal Transit Administration
Richard Steinmann is Director, Office of Policy Development in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). He was appointed to the position in January 1996 after serving as Acting Director since August 1995. His Office is responsible for FTA's policy and program development activities, including policy research, assessment of transit investment requirements, developing policy on major transit investments, conducting transit industry analysis, developing legislation, and preparing regulatory analyses. Prior to being named Director, Mr. Steinmann served as a Program Analysis in FTA's Office of Policy. Mr. Steinmann has been with FTA (and its predecessor, the Urban Mass Transportation Administration -- UMTA) since 1976, serving in the Offices of Planning and Policy. Prior to joining UMTA he worked for an engineering consulting firm in its transportation planning practice. He has a Bachelor of Science CE from Lehigh University (1972) and a Master of Science CE in Transportation Planning from Northwestern University (1974).
John H. Suhrbier, Principal, Cambridge Systematics
John H. Suhrbier, a Principal of Cambridge Systematics, has more than 30 years of experience working with transportation and environmental agencies at the national, state, regional, and local levels of government. Mr. Suhrbier is managing the evaluation support work being provided to the TCSP Program and is the Deputy Contract Manager for the firm's support services contract with the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Planning and Environment. Mr. Suhrbier has worked extensively on issues involving the relationship between transportation and land use, including work for FHWA, Federal Transit Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency at the federal level; and state and local work in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, California, Oregon, and New Jersey. Mr. Suhrbier received a Master's degree in Transportation and a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kristin Thompson, Coalition for Utah's Future, Salt Lake City, UT
Kristin Thompson, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Utah. Ms. Thompson served as a VISTA volunteer for one year after receiving her degree. She then returned to the University of Utah to work on her Master's degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management. Upon completion of her M.P.A. Ms. Thompson worked for the American Heart Association (AHA) as the Regional Director of Northern Utah. After one year with the AHA, she moved to Minnesota where she became the Volunteer Coordinator for People Serving People, the largest homeless shelter in Minnesota. In 1998, MS. Thompson returned to Utah where she is currently working as the Development Manager for the Coalition for Utah's Future, a non-profit organization that addresses critical long-term issues with the goal to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Utah. The Coalition sponsors the Envision Utah project.
Hannah Twaddell, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Hannah Twaddell joined the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (PDC) staff as a Senior Planner in 1987, and was promoted to Assistant Director in 1999. She is the chief staff for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization, and she assists with the Thomas Jefferson Rural Area Transportation planning program. Her work involves coordination of land use and transportation plans; traffic reduction; bicycle, pedestrian, transit, and rail planning; development of intelligent transportation systems; citizen involvement in roadway design; and updates of the 20-year transportation plan and annual transportation improvement funding program. During 1999-2001 she is managing a major transportation/land use planning project, funded by a TCSP Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration, which will result in an innovative computer model to be distributed nationwide, and a 50-year land use/transportation vision for a portion of the Thomas Jefferson region. She holds a Master's degree in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor's degree in English and Music from Oberlin College.
Carol Wayman, Director of Policy, National Congress for Community Economic Development
Carol Wayman is Director of Policy at the National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED). She plans and manages NCCED's public policy, legislative, and administrative activities including lobbying, coalition building, media outreach, policy research, and opportunities for grassroots advocacy. Ms. Wayman monitors federal and state policy and programs in collaboration with more than 30 state and 20 city associations and numerous policy committees. She is the author of At Your Fingertips: An Annotated Bibliography for CED Practitioners. A nationally recognized expert on state tax credit programs, she co-wrote Neighbors Building Community: A Report on the Neighborhood Assistance Program. She is also extensively involved in NCCED's development, research, and membership services. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is completing a Master's of Public Policy degree at American University.
Felicia B. Young, Team Leader, Community Programs, Federal Highway Administration
Felicia B. Young is currently the Team Leader for Community Programs in Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Office of Human Environment. She is responsible for managing the TCSP Program and coordinating FHWA's livability initiatives. During her four-year tenure with FHWA, she has also managed strategic planning, congestion pricing and transportation research programs. She has over 18 years of experience in transportation and community development at the national, federal and local level. She has a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Howard University and a Bachelor's degree in Community Development from Pennsylvania State University.