Program

Below is the program from the 2019 MIT Sustainability Summit.

Friday 26 April 2019
8:30 AM
Register/Breakfast
9:00 AM
Introductory Remarks
9:20 AM
Opening Keynote
Joe Coughlin
Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab
Dr. Joe Coughlin leads the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab in the Center for Transportation & Logistics. Researcher, teacher, speaker & advisor – his work explores how global demographics, technology and changing consumer behaviors are transforming business & society. He teaches in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School’s Advanced Management Program. A Senior Contributor to Forbes, Coughlin's recent book is The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market (Public Affairs, 2017). Follow him on Twitter @josephcoughlin.
10:00 AM
The Preeminence of the Car and US Exceptionalism
The car has been king for the past 70 years. It is entrenched in our infrastructure, our financial system, and even our cultural heritage. In facing this new world of exciting sustainable options, how do we extract ourselves from the shadow of today’s automobility? And why is this so hard in the US in particular?
Jon Coleman
Director of City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility, LLC
Dr. Jon Coleman is Director, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility, LLC. He leads Ford’s mobility policy and strategy efforts to engage municipalities in the implementation of solutions that address growing urban mobility needs. He plays a key role in connecting Ford’s internal capabilities and thought leadership with external partners to increase accessibility to everyone moving in and around cities and to the goods they need.
Jon has been involved with sustainability at Ford for almost 20 years working to embed advanced technologies into products and services. He has represented Ford at venues such as the United Nations, TED, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Academy of Management. His passion for sustainability is evident in his research focusing on how large organizations engage in sustainable behavior and how that decision making process can be embedded in an organization's day–to-day operations. Jon’s view of sustainability goes far beyond "green" to include human rights, urban mobility and societal well-being, embracing the ideal that true sustainability involves "doing more good, not doing less bad."
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Ohio State, his Master’s degree in Finance from Xavier and his Doctorate in Management from Case Western Reserve University.
Angela Johnson-Rodriguez
Transportation Justice Organizer, Transportation for Massachusetts
Angela Johnson-Rodriguez is the Transportation Justice Organizer at Transportation for Massachusetts. She works with the coalition’s members and community-based organizations to promote equitable access to transportation all across the Commonwealth, and to help ensure fairness and opportunity as technology transforms mobility. Angela is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Boston Cyclists Union, where she works with her fellow board members and BCU staff to promote bicycling as a viable and accessible mode of transportation for all ages and abilities.

Angela hails from the land of twenty-odd lane freeways and Ford F-350s, a.k.a. Houston, Texas, and moved to Boston in 2012 to complete a MS in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University. She likes to probe deeper into how broader American culture has fostered a sense of identity with the transportation modes we’ve chosen - or have been encouraged to choose - for better or worse, and how this manifests itself in planning & policy.
Kate Fichter
Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Kate Fichter is the Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where she has served in various capacities since 2004. Kate is a graduate of the University of Chicago and MIT, and has professional expertise in transportation planning and policy. Prior to her current role, Kate served as the Project Manager for the extension of the MBTA Green Line to Somerville and Medford and the expansion of Boston South Station. She has also worked for the US Department of Transportation, and for the Massachusetts Legislature, where she worked on transportation-related issues. Kate is now responsible for overseeing multiple policy initiatives at MassDOT, including de-carbonization and other issues at the intersection of the transportation and climate arenas.
10:00 AM
Vision 2025: Tech Taking on Government’s Problems
This panel will explore how technology is helping to solve today’s biggest challenges in mobility: one step at a time. This is where MaaS and Last-mile solutions get discussed, exploring what the world of tech is doing to innovate solutions to the government’s biggest challenges and where exciting new areas of investment and innovation lie.
MODERATOR Dante Ramos
Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Dante Ramos is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He was previously an opinion columnist and Ideas editor at The Boston Globe and a reporter, opinion writer, and editor at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He has written extensively about transportation and development. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his editorials on how a buttoned-down culture limits Boston's vitality.
Eleanor Joseph
Director of Business Development, Via
Eleanor Joseph is a Director of Business Development at Via, where she helps lead the company’s public sector portfolio. Eleanor uses her municipal government experience, policy acumen, and business degree to help U.S. cities and transit agencies identify opportunities to deploy Via's on-demand transit technology into public fleets, and on behalf of cities, building increasingly sustainable, equitable, environmentally friendly transportation ecosystems. Eleanor arrived at Via after four years in the private sector, two years at a large international foundation, and a year in public service as a Policy Advisor to City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Eleanor uses her multi-sector experience to foster strong public-private partnerships.
Justin Holmes
Director of corporate communications & public policy, Zipcar
Justin is Zipcar’s director of corporate communications and public policy where he leads efforts to promote Zipcar’s brand of “wheels when you want them” to Zipcar members, city leaders, media and other stakeholders. Leveraging his experience in technology as well as public and government relations, Justin works with cities and policy makers to help accelerate the adoption of car sharing as a vital, sustainable part of the urban transportation ecosystem. Before joining Zipcar, Justin served as chief information officer to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, where he led a number of initiatives to use technology to make the city work smarter and serve its citizens better. He is a native Bostonian and graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.
Josh Sorin
City Innovation Program Leader, BCG Centre for Public Impact
Josh Sorin works for the Centre for Public Impact, a not-for-profit foundation, founded by The Boston Consulting Group, dedicated to improving the positive impact of governments. Josh leads CPI’s City Innovation work in North America, where the team collaborates with cities and their partners to design, prototype, and implement innovative solutions to their most pressing problems. Prior to joining CPI, Josh worked in KPMG’s Public Sector advisory practice, where he supported state and local governments in transforming programs, policies, and processes to improve outcomes for underserved communities.
11:00 AM
Digitizing the Bureaucracy: Can Government Keep Up with Tech?
This panel has two tasks: explore what governments’ existing sustainable priorities are/whether tech addresses those priorities and explore what challenges the tech presented in Transportation in the Future 2.0 presents for governments and whether governments are properly equipped to address those challenges.
Chris Dempsey
Director, Transportation for Massachusetts
Chris Dempsey serves as Director of Transportation for Massachusetts, a diverse coalition of more than 70 member and partner organizations with a stake in improving transportation across the Commonwealth. Chris was formerly Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth. In that role, he co-founded the MBTA’s open-data program, which was named Innovation of the Year by WTS-Massachusetts in 2010. Chris has also worked as a consultant at Bain & Co., on a number of local and statewide political campaigns including that of Congressman Joe Kennedy III, and at a transportation technology startup that provides mobile ticketing for transit systems in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Chris is a graduate of Pomona College (B.A., 2005) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A, 2012). Chris has taught transportation policy at the graduate level at Northeastern University. In 2015, Chris was named Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe Magazine for his volunteer work leading No Boston Olympics. Chris is a lifelong transit rider who has never owned a car.
Chris Osgood
Mayor Walsh's Chief of the Streets, Transportation & Sanitation, City of Boston
Chris Osgood serves as Mayor Walsh's Chief of the Streets, Transportation & Sanitation. He works with the Public Works and Transportation Departments to deliver exceptional City services, build great streets, and implement a transportation plan that works for everyone.
Prior to serving in this role, Chris co- founded, in 2010, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, a nationally replicated civic innovation group that experiments with new ways of using data, design and technology to improve the constituent experience.
Osgood joined the City in 2006, serving as a Mayoral Policy Advisor and working on the team that implemented the City's performance management program and rebuilt its 24-hour hotline. Chris is a graduate of City Year, Haverford College and the Harvard Business School.
Matthew Ciborowski
Senior Planner, Arup
Matthew Ciborowski is a Senior Planner in Arup’s Boston office with 10 years of experience in the public and private sectors. His work to date has focused on the Boston area through positions with the state department of transportation (MassDOT) and transit authority (MBTA), and he has worked across the United States in previous roles. He received both bachelor's and master's degrees from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Matthew’s experience includes service planning, alternatives analysis, economic development, environmental review, and the integration of engineering services. He has extensive project management experience, having managed multi-million-dollar planning studies and P3 efforts, most of which are now in the implementation phase.
Having advised a number of MassDOT Secretaries and MBTA General Managers as well as elected officials in Massachusetts, Matthew is well positioned to understand the interface between technical planning and political reality. His policy work for both MassDOT and the MBTA has progressed into investment strategy for both agencies.
As the leader of Arup’s Boston Planning practice, Matthew delivers projects for public and private sector clients that shape the future of our cities. His key areas of focus include fare and pricing policy, passenger facility design, transit micro-investments, the integration of emerging technologies into existing networks, the interface between planning and engineering, bridging the gap between government regimes, and P3 financing strategy.
11:00 AM
Infrastructure
New mobility technologies are revolutionizing the way people travel and the use of urban space. How should governments be thinking about integrating ridesharing, micromobilty, electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles into the existing urban infrastructure network? How can private companies and governments work together to ensure the optimal rollout of these technologies, especially given the large upfront cost and long lifespan of infrastructure investments? And when should all of this happen? This panel will explore the pertinent opportunities and challenges facing government and companies alike in the sustainable, equitable integration of new mobility technologies into the urban infrastructure.
Colin Murchie
Senior Director of Business Development, Utilities and Public Partnerships, EVgo
Colin Murchie is the Senior Director of Business Development, Utilities and Public Partnerships for EVgo, the nation’s largest fast charging network for electric vehicles.
He brings more than 15 years of experience in the solar energy industry to his new role at EVgo, previously working at the intersection of infrastructure deployment, finance, and public policy. His prior roles span leadership roles during the exponential growth of real-world cleantech infrastructure deployment in the solar energy space, including State and Federal government affairs, business development and commercial sales/account management, and wholesale energy markets in the solar energy and cleantech space. His previous professional history includes positions with Sol Systems, SolarCity (now Tesla), SunEdison, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BS from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Seleta Reynolds
General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ms. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for
Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices for Angelenos and the region.
Ms. Reynolds has over 20 years of transportation experience throughout the United States. She has advised transportation technology companies like WalkScore, contributed to the state-of-the-practice as an Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board Member, mentored young professionals through Women’s Transportation Seminar, and nurtured research on Transportation Research Board committees. Ms. Reynolds serves as the President of the National Association for City Transportation Officials.
Melinda Hanson
Senior Manager for Sustainability, Bird
Melinda Hanson joined Bird from the National Association of City Transportation Officials, where she served as deputy director of NACTO's international programs. Before that, Melinda was a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, helping design and implement public transit projects in Pakistan and the Philippines. Earlier in her career, she was a founding staff member of the ClimateWorks Foundation, where she oversaw the sustainable transport portfolio.
Willa Ng
Director of Mobility, Sidewalk Labs
Willa Ng is Director of Mobility – Streets, Urban Systems at Sidewalk Labs. Her background is in transportation engineering and community engagement, with a focus on parking and transportation demand management.

At the City of Berkeley, Willa implemented a demand-responsive parking program, as well as transit and biking programs, under the city’s goBerkeley pilot. Willa previously worked at the New York City Department of Transportation managing the PARK Smart value-pricing program, the parking technology pilot program, two community-based transportation pilots, and the congestion pricing proposal environmental review.

Willa began as a transportation engineer at AECOM. She graduated from UC-Berkeley with an MS in transportation engineering and from MIT with BS degrees in civil engineering and management. She is a proud native New Yorker and recreational eater.
Adam Gromis
Policy & Communications Team, Uber
Adam is Uber's global lead on sustainability and environmental impact on the Policy & Communications Team. He’s based in San Francisco.

Sustainability and cross-disciplinary engagement are running themes throughout his work experience in the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Uber, he worked for five years helping investors build impact investing portfolios with positions at Goldman Sachs Wealth Management, Imprint Capital (a boutique investment advisory firm acquired by Goldman), and the Global Impact Investing Network (a research and advocacy nonprofit). Before impact investing, he spent seven years engaged in efforts to commercialize zero emission vehicle technologies with positions at the California Fuel Cell Partnership (a public-private partnership), the California Air Resources Board, and UTC Fuel Cells (a United Technologies Company). He holds an MBA from NYU Stern, an MPA from NYU Wagner, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from UC Davis. Adam is proud to sit on the board of Veloz, a nonprofit dedicated to acceleratIng the shift to electric cars through public-private collaboration, public engagement and policy education innovation.
12:00 PM
Lunch Showcase: A Brave New World of Mobility
Just as the car replaced the horse-drawn carriage in a matter of decades, there are technologies out there that have the potential to totally upend our understanding of transportation today. This showcase will offer an opportunity for participants to interact with cutting edge technologies that have the potential to upend transportation as we know it today. Drones, AV bikes...no cars at all?
12:45 PM
Lunch Keynote
1:40 PM
Who Benefits from Sustainable Mobility?
Employment & equity issues. These are huge topics of discussion when addressing the future of mobility and should not be left out of any discussion about sustainable mobility/innovation. How will the landscapes be changing and how can we ensure that no one is left out of the next generation of mobility?
Paul Healy
JD Candidate at Yale Law, Contributor to oxford Urbanists, Oxford Urbanists
Paul Healy is a student at Yale Law School, where he focuses on the relationship between law and economic development. He also holds a master’s degree in development economics from Oxford University, where he focused on the spatial components of development—for instance, his dissertation evaluated the effect of a national highway project on crop markets in India. He also contributed to the Oxford Urbanists, including writing several articles about mobility. Prior to graduate school, Paul was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., where he worked with transit agencies, city and state governments, and investors on mobility and infrastructure projects. He also did a brief stint at a mobility tech startup in South Africa called WhereIsMyTransport, supporting the company’s social impact team and preparing for future fundraising rounds.
Ammar Malik
Associate Director of Research, Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School
Ammar A. Malik is the Associate Director of Research at Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ammar’s research focuses on spatial urban forms and their economic implications, the political economy of public service delivery, and the distributional effects of urban public transport. For his work on the economic impact of sexual harassment in urban public spaces, he was awarded the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s 2017 Development Marketplace Innovation Award.

Before joining EPoD, Ammar was a Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C. He has also previously worked at the World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority and Standard Chartered Bank.

Ammar holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, MA in Public Affairs from Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris, MA in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore, and BA in Economics and Mathematics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Kathryn Carlson
Director of Transportation, A Better City
Kathryn Carlson joined A Better City in August 2017 as the Director of Transportation. In this role, she directs the transportation research and policy agendas for the organization as well as oversees the two Transportation Management Associations (TMAs).

Prior to joining A Better City, Kathryn founded Buca Boot LLC, a bicycle product company and invented their flagship product, the Buca Boot, a patented bike-mounted storage system that won Inc. Magazine’s “Best In Class” Design Award in 2015.

Previously, her professional experiences encompass research and policy positions. She spent eight years as a research analyst and economist at Fidelity Investments in Boston covering energy and commodity markets. From 2003-2005, Kathryn served in the Administration of Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle as a senior-level appointee at the Department of Financial Institutions – the state banking and securities regulator where she managed all legislative, policy and communications functions of the department.

She is a board member of the LivableStreets Alliance in Boston and holds both Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Science degrees in Economics from Wellesley College and the London School of Economics, respectively.
Joël Hazan
Head of "Future of Mobility", BCG
Joël Hazan is a core member of the Consumer, and the Marketing, Sales & Pricing practices of The Boston Consulting Group. Joël is also a BCG Henderson Institute fellow, exploring the future of mobility. Since joining BCG in 2005, Joël has advised several global leading consumer products, luxury, and transportation and mobility players. Joël launched and piloted Mobility Nation, a unique initiative that brought together public and private, startups and research institutes around the definition of a vision for Mobility in 2030 in the Paris region. Additionally, Joël leads BCG’s work in railways around the world. On this topic, he has deep experience in strategy, network optimization, marketing, and operations.
1:40 PM
Lessons from another world: what passenger transportation can learn from logistics and vice versa
Emissions reduction; curbside usage; supply-chain management; sharing/coordinating freight; last-mile solutions: each sector is grappling with each of these issues. What can the two sectors learn from each other?
Josue Velazquez
Director of MIT CTL Sustainable Logistics Initiative, MIT CTL
Omar Hoda
Principal, Deloitte
Omar Hoda is a principal at Deloitte who serves transportation and automotive clients. As part of the Deloitte’s strategy practice, Monitor-Deloitte, he focuses in the areas of corporate and business unit strategy, innovation, marketing and commercial strategy.
Over the past several years he has served as the Transportation and Automotive Lead for Deloitte’s Future of Mobility Initiative – which focuses on the cross-industry disruption that is occurring as a result of autonomous technologies and the sharing economy. Prior to his focus on the auto and transportation sectors he served clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sector advising them around the disruption driven by internet technologies and the information economy.
Mr. Hoda, began his career as an engineer and entrepreneur with a number of enterprise software and telecommunications equipment manufacturers. Mr. Hoda holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and Boston University respectively, as well as a MBA from Babson College. He lives in the suburbs of Boston with his wife and two daughters.
Patrick Browne
Director of Global Sustainability, UPS
Patrick Browne serves as Director of Global Sustainability for UPS, a worldwide leader in supply chain and logistics solutions. Working with cross-functional teams and executive leadership, Patrick leads strategies and initiatives to advance the company’s long-term sustainability vision.

Patrick has managed UPS’s sustainability programs since 2008, including overseeing the company’s global GHG inventory and reporting, and has held various assignments in Plant Engineering and Environmental Affairs during his 30-year tenure with UPS.

Patrick is an active participant in organizations focused on advancing sustainable business practices around the world, including BSR’s Future of Fuels working group and Global Reporting Initiative’s GOLD Community.
William Chernicoff
Senior Manager, Global Research & Innovation Toyota Mobility Foundation
Dr. Chernicoff currently serves as the Senior Manager of Global Research and Innovation for the Toyota Mobility Foundation. He defines and coordinates the foundation’s research agenda, initiatives, programs, and provides technology guidance to projects. With both near- and long-term perspectives, Dr. Chernicoff helps conceive, identify, and execute new technology approaches that enable and improve the solutions implemented by the foundation and its partners. He brings a strong background across energy, technology, mobility, and climate policy from his prior work as a Manager and Principle Researcher with Toyota North America’s Energy & Environmental Research Group and his eight years with the US DOT’s Research Administration.
Dr. Chernicoff earned a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering at M.I.T., a Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at the George Washington University.
2:40 PM
Plenary Panel: Government vs. Private Sector: Who Should be Responsible for Which Investment Where?
Who is responsible for investing in this new tech that promises to revolutionize the world of mobility? Should governments offer incentives for businesses to ensure that their innovations are sustainable? How can PPPs offer unique solutions? What legacy mobility items need to be preserved and what can we look to the future to solve?
MODERATOR Molly Turner
Professor, UC Berkeley
Molly Turner is an urban innovation pioneer and a leading expert on technology startups and cities. Through her teaching at Haas and her work in the field, she has shaped the contemporary conversation about technology’s impacts on urban life and governance. At Haas, Turner teaches the popular class Tech and the City: How to Get Urban Innovation Right to graduate MBAs. She is also the co-host and co-producer of the podcast Technopolis from Atlantic Media and CityLab. Turner is deeply engaged in contemporary tech and urban policy issues through her advisory role with civic tech startups, and board membership of urban policy think tank SPUR.

Turner was an early employee of Airbnb, where she established the company’s public policy team in 2011 and directed its groundbreaking regulatory collaboration with cities. As the Global Head of Civic Partnerships, Turner directed Airbnb’s partnerships with governments around the world, including its international disaster response program, neighborhood tourism development program, and 2015 launch in Cuba. Before Airbnb, Turner worked for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the UNESCO World Heritage Cities Program, and an urban planning consulting firm. Turner holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Marc Klein
Former Vice President of Microtransit Government Partnerships, Chariot Transit, Inc.
Marc Klein is the former Vice President of Microtransit Government Partnerships at Chariot Transit, Inc., which is owned by Ford Smart Mobility LLC, and he focuses on improving sustainability, accessibility, and automobility options for the residents and visitors of cities. Mr. Klein is a member of the Chairman’s Council at Bette Midler’s “New York Restoration Project” and is on the Executive Advisory Board at Techweek. Mr. Klein was Vice President of National Accounts and Airports at Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for fleets in North America. Mr. Klein is a Co-Founder of The Vehicle Production Group which manufactured the MV-1, the first factory-direct vehicle that meets the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and runs on clean-burning natural gas. More than 500 MV-1’s operate today in New York City as part of the MTA's Access-A-Ride paratransit fleet. In 2011, Mr. Klein was selected by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in the fields of sustainability and accessibility. Mr. Klein also served as President and CEO of the London Fleet Companies that acquired the North American distribution, sales, and advertising rights for the world-famous London Taxi (U.S. left-hand drive model). By trade, Mr. Klein is a commercial business lawyer who represented commercial banks and finance companies and he is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.
Nigel Jacob
Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Boston
Nigel Jacob is the Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel’s work is about making urban life better via innovative, people-oriented applications of technology and design. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked in a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area.
He was also previously the Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaboration of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, is currently a board member at organizations such as Code For America and coUrbanize, and is an Executive-in-Residence at Boston University.
Nigel’s work has been written about extensively in magazines such as Wired, MIT Technology Review, Fast Company and books including The Responsive City, by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford and Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend.
This ground-breaking work has earned Nigel a number of awards including being named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine, a Whitehouse Champion of Change and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012. Nigel is also a 12th level Wizard-Pirate with a special focus on causing chaos in large municipal bureaucracies via befuddlement spells.
Clara Brenner
Co-founder and Managing Partner, Urban Innovation Fund
Clara is co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.
Previously, she co-founded Tumml, a startup hub for urban tech. The organization has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship, and hosts thought leadership events around urban innovation. In 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. Clara’s work energizing urban entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including MSNBC and TechCrunch, among others. She serves on the Board of Tumml, as well as the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Bay Area Local Advisory Committee. Clara earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and BA from NYU.
Rich Davey
Associate Director, BCG
Rich is an Associate Director at the Boston Consulting Group’s New York office working with the Public Sector practice areas, and leads BCG’s State and Local Public Sector Practice. Since joining BCG, Rich has advised public transportation and transit systems, railroads, highway operators and private transportation firms across a wide variety of topics.

Prior to joining BCG, Rich had a 15 years of C-suite experience in high profile, publicly accountable organizations in state government and the private sector. Rich served as the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (“MassDOT”) from September 2011 until October 2014. Under Rich’s leadership, MassDOT was credited with implementing reforms that improved customer service and saved taxpayer money, pushed for accelerated construction procurement and techniques that improved on-time and on-budget metrics, championed P3s, and used innovation and technology to improve service delivery. Rich was also credited with steadily guiding MassDOT through numerous crises, including two historic blizzards and the Boston Marathon bombings.

Prior to serving as Secretary, Rich served as the General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (“MBTA”) the 5th largest public transit system in the United States. Rich was able to effectively manage the MBTA during time of fiscal challenges by achieving both a balanced budget and the highest annual ridership since 1946. And just prior to joining BCG, Rich served as the CEO of Boston 2024, the organization that sought to bring the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to Boston.

He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and holds a juris doctorate, summa cum laude,from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, WA and live in the Back Bay with his wife, Jane Willis.
4:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Friday 26 April 2019
8:30 AM
Register/Breakfast
9:00 AM
Introductory Remarks
9:20 AM

Opening Keynote

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10:00 AM

The Preeminence of the Car and US Exceptionalism

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Vision 2025: Tech Taking on Government’s Problems

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11:00 AM

Digitizing the Bureaucracy: Can Government Keep Up with Tech?

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Infrastructure

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12:00 PM

Lunch Showcase: A Brave New World of Mobility

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12:45 PM
Lunch Keynote
1:40 PM

Who Benefits from Sustainable Mobility?

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Lessons from another world: what passenger transportation can learn from logistics and vice versa

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2:40 PM

Plenary Panel: Government vs. Private Sector: Who Should be Responsible for Which Investment Where?

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4:00 PM
Closing Remarks


Session descriptions


Opening Keynote

Joe Coughlin
DIRECTOR, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab
Dr. Joe Coughlin leads the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab in the Center for Transportation & Logistics. Researcher, teacher, speaker & advisor – his work explores how global demographics, technology and changing consumer behaviors are transforming business & society. He teaches in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School’s Advanced Management Program. A Senior Contributor to Forbes, Coughlin's recent book is The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market (Public Affairs, 2017). Follow him on Twitter @josephcoughlin.


The Preeminence of the Car and US Exceptionalism

The car has been king for the past 70 years. It is entrenched in our infrastructure, our financial system, and even our cultural heritage. In facing this new world of exciting sustainable options, how do we extract ourselves from the shadow of today’s automobility? And why is this so hard in the US in particular?

Jon Coleman
DIRECTOR OF CITY SOLUTIONS, Ford Smart Mobility, LLC
Dr. Jon Coleman is Director, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility, LLC. He leads Ford’s mobility policy and strategy efforts to engage municipalities in the implementation of solutions that address growing urban mobility needs. He plays a key role in connecting Ford’s internal capabilities and thought leadership with external partners to increase accessibility to everyone moving in and around cities and to the goods they need.
Jon has been involved with sustainability at Ford for almost 20 years working to embed advanced technologies into products and services. He has represented Ford at venues such as the United Nations, TED, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Academy of Management. His passion for sustainability is evident in his research focusing on how large organizations engage in sustainable behavior and how that decision making process can be embedded in an organization's day–to-day operations. Jon’s view of sustainability goes far beyond "green" to include human rights, urban mobility and societal well-being, embracing the ideal that true sustainability involves "doing more good, not doing less bad."
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Ohio State, his Master’s degree in Finance from Xavier and his Doctorate in Management from Case Western Reserve University.


Angela Johnson-Rodriguez
TRANSPORTATION JUSTICE ORGANIZER, Transportation for Massachusetts
Angela Johnson-Rodriguez is the Transportation Justice Organizer at Transportation for Massachusetts. She works with the coalition’s members and community-based organizations to promote equitable access to transportation all across the Commonwealth, and to help ensure fairness and opportunity as technology transforms mobility. Angela is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Boston Cyclists Union, where she works with her fellow board members and BCU staff to promote bicycling as a viable and accessible mode of transportation for all ages and abilities.

Angela hails from the land of twenty-odd lane freeways and Ford F-350s, a.k.a. Houston, Texas, and moved to Boston in 2012 to complete a MS in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University. She likes to probe deeper into how broader American culture has fostered a sense of identity with the transportation modes we’ve chosen - or have been encouraged to choose - for better or worse, and how this manifests itself in planning & policy.


Kate Fichter
ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POLICY COORDINATION, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Kate Fichter is the Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where she has served in various capacities since 2004. Kate is a graduate of the University of Chicago and MIT, and has professional expertise in transportation planning and policy. Prior to her current role, Kate served as the Project Manager for the extension of the MBTA Green Line to Somerville and Medford and the expansion of Boston South Station. She has also worked for the US Department of Transportation, and for the Massachusetts Legislature, where she worked on transportation-related issues. Kate is now responsible for overseeing multiple policy initiatives at MassDOT, including de-carbonization and other issues at the intersection of the transportation and climate arenas.


Vision 2025: Tech Taking on Government’s Problems

This panel will explore how technology is helping to solve today’s biggest challenges in mobility: one step at a time. This is where MaaS and Last-mile solutions get discussed, exploring what the world of tech is doing to innovate solutions to the government’s biggest challenges and where exciting new areas of investment and innovation lie.

MODERATOR Dante Ramos
SENIOR EDITOR, The Atlantic
Dante Ramos is a senior editor at The Atlantic. He was previously an opinion columnist and Ideas editor at The Boston Globe and a reporter, opinion writer, and editor at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He has written extensively about transportation and development. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his editorials on how a buttoned-down culture limits Boston's vitality.


Eleanor Joseph
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, Via
Eleanor Joseph is a Director of Business Development at Via, where she helps lead the company’s public sector portfolio. Eleanor uses her municipal government experience, policy acumen, and business degree to help U.S. cities and transit agencies identify opportunities to deploy Via's on-demand transit technology into public fleets, and on behalf of cities, building increasingly sustainable, equitable, environmentally friendly transportation ecosystems. Eleanor arrived at Via after four years in the private sector, two years at a large international foundation, and a year in public service as a Policy Advisor to City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Eleanor uses her multi-sector experience to foster strong public-private partnerships.


Justin Holmes
DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLIC POLICY, Zipcar
Justin is Zipcar’s director of corporate communications and public policy where he leads efforts to promote Zipcar’s brand of “wheels when you want them” to Zipcar members, city leaders, media and other stakeholders. Leveraging his experience in technology as well as public and government relations, Justin works with cities and policy makers to help accelerate the adoption of car sharing as a vital, sustainable part of the urban transportation ecosystem. Before joining Zipcar, Justin served as chief information officer to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, where he led a number of initiatives to use technology to make the city work smarter and serve its citizens better. He is a native Bostonian and graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.


Josh Sorin
CITY INNOVATION PROGRAM LEADER, BCG Centre for Public Impact
Josh Sorin works for the Centre for Public Impact, a not-for-profit foundation, founded by The Boston Consulting Group, dedicated to improving the positive impact of governments. Josh leads CPI’s City Innovation work in North America, where the team collaborates with cities and their partners to design, prototype, and implement innovative solutions to their most pressing problems. Prior to joining CPI, Josh worked in KPMG’s Public Sector advisory practice, where he supported state and local governments in transforming programs, policies, and processes to improve outcomes for underserved communities.


Digitizing the Bureaucracy: Can Government Keep Up with Tech?

This panel has two tasks: explore what governments’ existing sustainable priorities are/whether tech addresses those priorities and explore what challenges the tech presented in Transportation in the Future 2.0 presents for governments and whether governments are properly equipped to address those challenges.

Chris Dempsey
DIRECTOR, Transportation for Massachusetts
Chris Dempsey serves as Director of Transportation for Massachusetts, a diverse coalition of more than 70 member and partner organizations with a stake in improving transportation across the Commonwealth. Chris was formerly Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth. In that role, he co-founded the MBTA’s open-data program, which was named Innovation of the Year by WTS-Massachusetts in 2010. Chris has also worked as a consultant at Bain & Co., on a number of local and statewide political campaigns including that of Congressman Joe Kennedy III, and at a transportation technology startup that provides mobile ticketing for transit systems in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. Chris is a graduate of Pomona College (B.A., 2005) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A, 2012). Chris has taught transportation policy at the graduate level at Northeastern University. In 2015, Chris was named Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe Magazine for his volunteer work leading No Boston Olympics. Chris is a lifelong transit rider who has never owned a car.


Chris Osgood
MAYOR WALSH'S CHIEF OF THE STREETS, TRANSPORTATION & SANITATION, City of Boston
Chris Osgood serves as Mayor Walsh's Chief of the Streets, Transportation & Sanitation. He works with the Public Works and Transportation Departments to deliver exceptional City services, build great streets, and implement a transportation plan that works for everyone.
Prior to serving in this role, Chris co- founded, in 2010, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, a nationally replicated civic innovation group that experiments with new ways of using data, design and technology to improve the constituent experience.
Osgood joined the City in 2006, serving as a Mayoral Policy Advisor and working on the team that implemented the City's performance management program and rebuilt its 24-hour hotline. Chris is a graduate of City Year, Haverford College and the Harvard Business School.


Matthew Ciborowski
SENIOR PLANNER, Arup
Matthew Ciborowski is a Senior Planner in Arup’s Boston office with 10 years of experience in the public and private sectors. His work to date has focused on the Boston area through positions with the state department of transportation (MassDOT) and transit authority (MBTA), and he has worked across the United States in previous roles. He received both bachelor's and master's degrees from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Matthew’s experience includes service planning, alternatives analysis, economic development, environmental review, and the integration of engineering services. He has extensive project management experience, having managed multi-million-dollar planning studies and P3 efforts, most of which are now in the implementation phase.
Having advised a number of MassDOT Secretaries and MBTA General Managers as well as elected officials in Massachusetts, Matthew is well positioned to understand the interface between technical planning and political reality. His policy work for both MassDOT and the MBTA has progressed into investment strategy for both agencies.
As the leader of Arup’s Boston Planning practice, Matthew delivers projects for public and private sector clients that shape the future of our cities. His key areas of focus include fare and pricing policy, passenger facility design, transit micro-investments, the integration of emerging technologies into existing networks, the interface between planning and engineering, bridging the gap between government regimes, and P3 financing strategy.


Infrastructure

New mobility technologies are revolutionizing the way people travel and the use of urban space. How should governments be thinking about integrating ridesharing, micromobilty, electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles into the existing urban infrastructure network? How can private companies and governments work together to ensure the optimal rollout of these technologies, especially given the large upfront cost and long lifespan of infrastructure investments? And when should all of this happen? This panel will explore the pertinent opportunities and challenges facing government and companies alike in the sustainable, equitable integration of new mobility technologies into the urban infrastructure.

Colin Murchie
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, UTILITIES AND PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS, EVgo
Colin Murchie is the Senior Director of Business Development, Utilities and Public Partnerships for EVgo, the nation’s largest fast charging network for electric vehicles.
He brings more than 15 years of experience in the solar energy industry to his new role at EVgo, previously working at the intersection of infrastructure deployment, finance, and public policy. His prior roles span leadership roles during the exponential growth of real-world cleantech infrastructure deployment in the solar energy space, including State and Federal government affairs, business development and commercial sales/account management, and wholesale energy markets in the solar energy and cleantech space. His previous professional history includes positions with Sol Systems, SolarCity (now Tesla), SunEdison, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BS from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Seleta Reynolds
GENERAL MANAGER, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ms. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for
Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices for Angelenos and the region.
Ms. Reynolds has over 20 years of transportation experience throughout the United States. She has advised transportation technology companies like WalkScore, contributed to the state-of-the-practice as an Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board Member, mentored young professionals through Women’s Transportation Seminar, and nurtured research on Transportation Research Board committees. Ms. Reynolds serves as the President of the National Association for City Transportation Officials.


Melinda Hanson
SENIOR MANAGER FOR SUSTAINABILITY, Bird
Melinda Hanson joined Bird from the National Association of City Transportation Officials, where she served as deputy director of NACTO's international programs. Before that, Melinda was a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, helping design and implement public transit projects in Pakistan and the Philippines. Earlier in her career, she was a founding staff member of the ClimateWorks Foundation, where she oversaw the sustainable transport portfolio.


Willa Ng
DIRECTOR OF MOBILITY, Sidewalk Labs
Willa Ng is Director of Mobility – Streets, Urban Systems at Sidewalk Labs. Her background is in transportation engineering and community engagement, with a focus on parking and transportation demand management.

At the City of Berkeley, Willa implemented a demand-responsive parking program, as well as transit and biking programs, under the city’s goBerkeley pilot. Willa previously worked at the New York City Department of Transportation managing the PARK Smart value-pricing program, the parking technology pilot program, two community-based transportation pilots, and the congestion pricing proposal environmental review.

Willa began as a transportation engineer at AECOM. She graduated from UC-Berkeley with an MS in transportation engineering and from MIT with BS degrees in civil engineering and management. She is a proud native New Yorker and recreational eater.


Adam Gromis
POLICY & COMMUNICATIONS TEAM, Uber
Adam is Uber's global lead on sustainability and environmental impact on the Policy & Communications Team. He’s based in San Francisco.

Sustainability and cross-disciplinary engagement are running themes throughout his work experience in the nonprofit, government, and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Uber, he worked for five years helping investors build impact investing portfolios with positions at Goldman Sachs Wealth Management, Imprint Capital (a boutique investment advisory firm acquired by Goldman), and the Global Impact Investing Network (a research and advocacy nonprofit). Before impact investing, he spent seven years engaged in efforts to commercialize zero emission vehicle technologies with positions at the California Fuel Cell Partnership (a public-private partnership), the California Air Resources Board, and UTC Fuel Cells (a United Technologies Company). He holds an MBA from NYU Stern, an MPA from NYU Wagner, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and materials science from UC Davis. Adam is proud to sit on the board of Veloz, a nonprofit dedicated to acceleratIng the shift to electric cars through public-private collaboration, public engagement and policy education innovation.


Lunch Showcase: A Brave New World of Mobility

Just as the car replaced the horse-drawn carriage in a matter of decades, there are technologies out there that have the potential to totally upend our understanding of transportation today. This showcase will offer an opportunity for participants to interact with cutting edge technologies that have the potential to upend transportation as we know it today. Drones, AV bikes...no cars at all?

Who Benefits from Sustainable Mobility?

Employment & equity issues. These are huge topics of discussion when addressing the future of mobility and should not be left out of any discussion about sustainable mobility/innovation. How will the landscapes be changing and how can we ensure that no one is left out of the next generation of mobility?

Paul Healy
JD CANDIDATE AT YALE LAW, CONTRIBUTOR TO OXFORD URBANISTS, Oxford Urbanists
Paul Healy is a student at Yale Law School, where he focuses on the relationship between law and economic development. He also holds a master’s degree in development economics from Oxford University, where he focused on the spatial components of development—for instance, his dissertation evaluated the effect of a national highway project on crop markets in India. He also contributed to the Oxford Urbanists, including writing several articles about mobility. Prior to graduate school, Paul was a consultant at McKinsey & Co., where he worked with transit agencies, city and state governments, and investors on mobility and infrastructure projects. He also did a brief stint at a mobility tech startup in South Africa called WhereIsMyTransport, supporting the company’s social impact team and preparing for future fundraising rounds.


Ammar Malik
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH, Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School
Ammar A. Malik is the Associate Director of Research at Evidence for Policy Design at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ammar’s research focuses on spatial urban forms and their economic implications, the political economy of public service delivery, and the distributional effects of urban public transport. For his work on the economic impact of sexual harassment in urban public spaces, he was awarded the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s 2017 Development Marketplace Innovation Award.

Before joining EPoD, Ammar was a Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C. He has also previously worked at the World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority and Standard Chartered Bank.

Ammar holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, MA in Public Affairs from Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) Paris, MA in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore, and BA in Economics and Mathematics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.


Kathryn Carlson
DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION, A Better City
Kathryn Carlson joined A Better City in August 2017 as the Director of Transportation. In this role, she directs the transportation research and policy agendas for the organization as well as oversees the two Transportation Management Associations (TMAs).

Prior to joining A Better City, Kathryn founded Buca Boot LLC, a bicycle product company and invented their flagship product, the Buca Boot, a patented bike-mounted storage system that won Inc. Magazine’s “Best In Class” Design Award in 2015.

Previously, her professional experiences encompass research and policy positions. She spent eight years as a research analyst and economist at Fidelity Investments in Boston covering energy and commodity markets. From 2003-2005, Kathryn served in the Administration of Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle as a senior-level appointee at the Department of Financial Institutions – the state banking and securities regulator where she managed all legislative, policy and communications functions of the department.

She is a board member of the LivableStreets Alliance in Boston and holds both Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Science degrees in Economics from Wellesley College and the London School of Economics, respectively.


Joël Hazan
HEAD OF "FUTURE OF MOBILITY", BCG
Joël Hazan is a core member of the Consumer, and the Marketing, Sales & Pricing practices of The Boston Consulting Group. Joël is also a BCG Henderson Institute fellow, exploring the future of mobility. Since joining BCG in 2005, Joël has advised several global leading consumer products, luxury, and transportation and mobility players. Joël launched and piloted Mobility Nation, a unique initiative that brought together public and private, startups and research institutes around the definition of a vision for Mobility in 2030 in the Paris region. Additionally, Joël leads BCG’s work in railways around the world. On this topic, he has deep experience in strategy, network optimization, marketing, and operations.


Lessons from another world: what passenger transportation can learn from logistics and vice versa

Emissions reduction; curbside usage; supply-chain management; sharing/coordinating freight; last-mile solutions: each sector is grappling with each of these issues. What can the two sectors learn from each other?

Josue Velazquez
DIRECTOR OF MIT CTL SUSTAINABLE LOGISTICS INITIATIVE, MIT CTL


Omar Hoda
PRINCIPAL, Deloitte
Omar Hoda is a principal at Deloitte who serves transportation and automotive clients. As part of the Deloitte’s strategy practice, Monitor-Deloitte, he focuses in the areas of corporate and business unit strategy, innovation, marketing and commercial strategy.
Over the past several years he has served as the Transportation and Automotive Lead for Deloitte’s Future of Mobility Initiative – which focuses on the cross-industry disruption that is occurring as a result of autonomous technologies and the sharing economy. Prior to his focus on the auto and transportation sectors he served clients in the technology, media and telecommunications sector advising them around the disruption driven by internet technologies and the information economy.
Mr. Hoda, began his career as an engineer and entrepreneur with a number of enterprise software and telecommunications equipment manufacturers. Mr. Hoda holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts and Boston University respectively, as well as a MBA from Babson College. He lives in the suburbs of Boston with his wife and two daughters.


Patrick Browne
DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY, UPS
Patrick Browne serves as Director of Global Sustainability for UPS, a worldwide leader in supply chain and logistics solutions. Working with cross-functional teams and executive leadership, Patrick leads strategies and initiatives to advance the company’s long-term sustainability vision.

Patrick has managed UPS’s sustainability programs since 2008, including overseeing the company’s global GHG inventory and reporting, and has held various assignments in Plant Engineering and Environmental Affairs during his 30-year tenure with UPS.

Patrick is an active participant in organizations focused on advancing sustainable business practices around the world, including BSR’s Future of Fuels working group and Global Reporting Initiative’s GOLD Community.


William Chernicoff
SENIOR MANAGER, Global Research & Innovation Toyota Mobility Foundation
Dr. Chernicoff currently serves as the Senior Manager of Global Research and Innovation for the Toyota Mobility Foundation. He defines and coordinates the foundation’s research agenda, initiatives, programs, and provides technology guidance to projects. With both near- and long-term perspectives, Dr. Chernicoff helps conceive, identify, and execute new technology approaches that enable and improve the solutions implemented by the foundation and its partners. He brings a strong background across energy, technology, mobility, and climate policy from his prior work as a Manager and Principle Researcher with Toyota North America’s Energy & Environmental Research Group and his eight years with the US DOT’s Research Administration.
Dr. Chernicoff earned a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering at M.I.T., a Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at the George Washington University.


Plenary Panel: Government vs. Private Sector: Who Should be Responsible for Which Investment Where?

Who is responsible for investing in this new tech that promises to revolutionize the world of mobility? Should governments offer incentives for businesses to ensure that their innovations are sustainable? How can PPPs offer unique solutions? What legacy mobility items need to be preserved and what can we look to the future to solve?

MODERATOR Molly Turner
PROFESSOR, UC Berkeley
Molly Turner is an urban innovation pioneer and a leading expert on technology startups and cities. Through her teaching at Haas and her work in the field, she has shaped the contemporary conversation about technology’s impacts on urban life and governance. At Haas, Turner teaches the popular class Tech and the City: How to Get Urban Innovation Right to graduate MBAs. She is also the co-host and co-producer of the podcast Technopolis from Atlantic Media and CityLab. Turner is deeply engaged in contemporary tech and urban policy issues through her advisory role with civic tech startups, and board membership of urban policy think tank SPUR.

Turner was an early employee of Airbnb, where she established the company’s public policy team in 2011 and directed its groundbreaking regulatory collaboration with cities. As the Global Head of Civic Partnerships, Turner directed Airbnb’s partnerships with governments around the world, including its international disaster response program, neighborhood tourism development program, and 2015 launch in Cuba. Before Airbnb, Turner worked for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the UNESCO World Heritage Cities Program, and an urban planning consulting firm. Turner holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a BA from Dartmouth College.


Marc Klein
FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF MICROTRANSIT GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS, Chariot Transit, Inc.
Marc Klein is the former Vice President of Microtransit Government Partnerships at Chariot Transit, Inc., which is owned by Ford Smart Mobility LLC, and he focuses on improving sustainability, accessibility, and automobility options for the residents and visitors of cities. Mr. Klein is a member of the Chairman’s Council at Bette Midler’s “New York Restoration Project” and is on the Executive Advisory Board at Techweek. Mr. Klein was Vice President of National Accounts and Airports at Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for fleets in North America. Mr. Klein is a Co-Founder of The Vehicle Production Group which manufactured the MV-1, the first factory-direct vehicle that meets the vehicle guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and runs on clean-burning natural gas. More than 500 MV-1’s operate today in New York City as part of the MTA's Access-A-Ride paratransit fleet. In 2011, Mr. Klein was selected by the White House as a “Champion of Change” in the fields of sustainability and accessibility. Mr. Klein also served as President and CEO of the London Fleet Companies that acquired the North American distribution, sales, and advertising rights for the world-famous London Taxi (U.S. left-hand drive model). By trade, Mr. Klein is a commercial business lawyer who represented commercial banks and finance companies and he is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.


Nigel Jacob
OFFICE OF NEW URBAN MECHANICS, City of Boston
Nigel Jacob is the Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel’s work is about making urban life better via innovative, people-oriented applications of technology and design. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked in a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area.
He was also previously the Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaboration of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, is currently a board member at organizations such as Code For America and coUrbanize, and is an Executive-in-Residence at Boston University.
Nigel’s work has been written about extensively in magazines such as Wired, MIT Technology Review, Fast Company and books including The Responsive City, by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford and Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend.
This ground-breaking work has earned Nigel a number of awards including being named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine, a Whitehouse Champion of Change and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012. Nigel is also a 12th level Wizard-Pirate with a special focus on causing chaos in large municipal bureaucracies via befuddlement spells.


Clara Brenner
CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING PARTNER, Urban Innovation Fund
Clara is co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.
Previously, she co-founded Tumml, a startup hub for urban tech. The organization has provided 38 startups with seed funding and mentorship, and hosts thought leadership events around urban innovation. In 2014, Forbes listed her as one of its “30 Under 30” for Social Entrepreneurship. Clara’s work energizing urban entrepreneurship has been featured in numerous press outlets, including MSNBC and TechCrunch, among others. She serves on the Board of Tumml, as well as the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Bay Area Local Advisory Committee. Clara earned her MBA from MIT Sloan and BA from NYU.


Rich Davey
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, BCG
Rich is an Associate Director at the Boston Consulting Group’s New York office working with the Public Sector practice areas, and leads BCG’s State and Local Public Sector Practice. Since joining BCG, Rich has advised public transportation and transit systems, railroads, highway operators and private transportation firms across a wide variety of topics.

Prior to joining BCG, Rich had a 15 years of C-suite experience in high profile, publicly accountable organizations in state government and the private sector. Rich served as the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (“MassDOT”) from September 2011 until October 2014. Under Rich’s leadership, MassDOT was credited with implementing reforms that improved customer service and saved taxpayer money, pushed for accelerated construction procurement and techniques that improved on-time and on-budget metrics, championed P3s, and used innovation and technology to improve service delivery. Rich was also credited with steadily guiding MassDOT through numerous crises, including two historic blizzards and the Boston Marathon bombings.

Prior to serving as Secretary, Rich served as the General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (“MBTA”) the 5th largest public transit system in the United States. Rich was able to effectively manage the MBTA during time of fiscal challenges by achieving both a balanced budget and the highest annual ridership since 1946. And just prior to joining BCG, Rich served as the CEO of Boston 2024, the organization that sought to bring the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to Boston.

He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and holds a juris doctorate, summa cum laude,from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, WA and live in the Back Bay with his wife, Jane Willis.