Angela Glover Blackwell
President and CEO, PolicyLink
Angela Glover Blackwell, President and Chief Executive Officer, started PolicyLink in 1999 and continues to drive its mission of advancing economic and social equity. Under Angela’s leadership, PolicyLink has become a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color, particularly in the areas of health, housing, transportation, education, and infrastructure.
Prior to founding PolicyLink, Angela served as senior vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s domestic and cultural divisions. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council, where she pioneered new approaches to neighborhood revitalization.
President and CEO, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
Anne S. Ferro was named President & CEO of AAMVA after a 5-year assignment as the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In her AAMVA role, Ferro leads the North American association that provides solutions and services to government agencies in the United States and Canada who are responsible for driver licensing, vehicle registration & title services, and traffic law enforcement. Through best practices, model programs, and a state of the art technology network that connects its members, the association supports member agencies to deliver safe drivers, safe vehicles, and secure identities. She has also been the President and CEO of the Maryland Motor Truck Association and served as the State of Maryland's Motor Vehicle Associate Administrator.
President, The Dream Corps
A former Green Jobs Advisor to President Barack Obama, Van Jones is a CNN political contributor and fellow at the MIT Media Lab, regularly appearing across the network’s programming and special political coverage. Jones has founded and led numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, Rebuild The Dream, and The Dream Corps. He is the author of two New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008) and Rebuild the Dream (2012). A primary advocate for the Green Jobs Act, signed in 2007, Jones has been honored with numerous awards including: the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”; and TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World.”
Professor at Columbia University SIPA
Former Mayor of Philadelphia
After serving on the Philadelphia City Council, Michael A. Nutter was elected the Mayor of his hometown in November 2007. With his stewardship through the Great Recession, Philadelphia’s credit rating was upgraded to the “A” category for the first time since the 1970s. He has served as President of the United States Conference of Mayors and the Pennsylvania Municipal League. In affiliation with the National League of Cities, Mayor Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu launched Cities United, an initiative aimed at creating partnerships between cities, non-profits, and other stake holders to combat violence and crime among African-American men and boys. He also serves on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Council. Since leaving public service, he was appointed to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, is a Professor at Columbia University SIPA, a CNN Contributor, Bloomberg Philanthropies Senior Fellow and a national spokesperson for the What Works Cities program
Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D.
CEO , Beverly Scott Associates, LLC
Past Chair, American Public Transportation Association
Named a “Transportation Innovator of Change” by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2012 Bev Scott (affectionately “Dr. Bev”) is noted for her laser focus on the importance of American infrastructure to access and opportunity for all “people and communities.” A former Transit CEO/General Manager, her public service career spans 30-plus years serving— MBTA (Boston), MARTA (Atlanta), Sacramento RTD, Rhode Island, Washington Metro (DC), MTA/New York, New Jersey Transit, Houston Metro and Dallas Area Rapid Transit. A past Chairperson of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), she was also appointed in 2011 to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Immediate Past Chair, American Public Transportation Association
Phillip A. Washington, formerly of Denver’s Regional Transportation District, was unanimously selected CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) by the LA Metro Board of Directors on March 12, 2015. In Denver, Washington implemented the FasTracks program, one of the largest voter-approved transit expansion programs in the country. He was responsible for a total agency budget appropriation of $2.8 billion and managed more than $5 billion in active transit expansion projects. Washington was named 2013-2014 Outstanding Public Transportation Manager of the Year in North America by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and was awarded a White House Transportation Innovators Champion of Change award in 2012. Washington, a 24-year active duty veteran of the United States Army where he held the rank of Command Sergeant Major was awarded the prestigious Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) for exceptional service to his country.
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Clemson University
James H. Spencer is Professor of City & Regional Planning, and Chair of Clemson’s Department of Planning, Development, and Preservation. His current research focuses on international urbanization and planning issues, with a particular focus on water supplies, infrastructure and inequality. His research has been published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Environment and Planning A, the Journal of Urban Health, Economic Development Quarterly, and elsewhere. His (2014) book titled Global Urbanization: The Global Urban Ecosystem is a part of the Rowman & Littlefield series on Globalization. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Social Science Research Council, among others.Prior to Clemson, he was an Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning, and of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, and has held staff positions at the Ford Foundation and non-profit organizations working on community development.
Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians
Jacqueline Pata is the Executive Director of NCAI. She is a member of the Raven/Sockeye Clan of the Tlingit Tribe and is the 6th Vice President for the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Mrs. Pata serves as Vice President for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Board Member for the George Gustave Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian. She is also the Vice Chair of Sealaska Corporation, an Alaska Native regional corporation. In her commitment to American Indian youth development, Pata sits on the Native American Advisory Council for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Prior to joining NCAI in June 2001, Pata served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, Pata served as the Executive Director of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority and she is a former Vice-Chair of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. She served as Chairperson of the National American Indian Housing Council and was appointed to the National Commission on American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Housing. She also has served on the National Community Development Financial Institution Fund Advisory Board, an advisory board to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Mr. Joe Grengs, Ph.D
Professor University of Michigan Urban and Regional Planning
Joe Grengs serves as the Coordinator of the Transportation Planning concentration for the Urban and Regional Planning program, and is the Director of Doctoral Studies in Urban and Regional Planning. His research focuses on transportation planning and how metropolitan land-use patterns contribute to uneven economic development and social inequalities. He focuses on showing how the concept of accessibility offers a more effective evaluation tool for advancing social justice than current planning practices, developing methods for making intermetropolitan comparisons of accessibility, and explaining how accessibility is experienced differently by race, ethnicity, gender, age, and income. He serves on the Steering Committee and is Treasurer for the progressive planning organization Planners Network, and he also serves on the Executive Committee and is Treasurer for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).
Executive Director, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
Billy Altom is the Executive Director of the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living. APRIL is a national membership organization dedicated to advancing the rights and responsibilities of people with disabilities in rural America. APRIL provides leadership and resources on rural independent living through a national network of rural centers for independent living, programs and individuals concerned with the unique aspect of rural independent living. Altom is a member of the Easter Seals Project Action National Steering Committee, the Rural Transportation Policy Group, the Transportation Equity Caucus and the National AgrAbility Advisory Committee . He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Disability Coalition, past Chair of the Arkansas Independent Living Council and has served on the boards of both APRIL and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL). He recently served as chair of the Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee of the United States Access Board.
President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation
Robert Puentes is President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation a non-profit think tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Prior to joining Eno, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program where he also directed the program’s Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. He is currently a non-resident senior fellow with Brookings. Prior to joining Brookings, Robert was the director of infrastructure programs at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Robert serves on a variety of boards and committees including, most recently, New York State’s 2100 Infrastructure Commission; the District of Columbia’s Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force; the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee; and the Falls Church, Virginia Planning Commission where he lives with his wife and three sons.