YPT Atlanta Chapter Leadership

YPT Atlanta logo Skyline whiteYPT Atlanta is governed by a Board of Directors who develops the organization’s mission and activities. Board Meetings are generally scheduled the last Monday of each month. Please contact us if you would like to attend an upcoming meeting. Each position’s responsibilities are outlined in the Chapter Bylaws or Chapter Board Policy. We are looking forward to connecting with you!


2015-2016 YPT Atlanta Board of Directors:

Cherry, PhillipPhillip Cherry, Chair
Traffic Engineer + Transit Planner
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Phillip is a Dallas native with degrees from Purdue and Georgia Tech who has worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff in their Atlanta office for over 3 years. There he works in traffic operations and transit planning, most notably having led the paratransit component of the MARTA Comprehensive Operations Analysis.  He has been a part of YPT Atlanta since just after its founding in April 2012, and has served as a Director at Large, Vice Chair of Membership, and now as the Chair of the Atlanta Chapter.  He looks forward to growing the Atlanta chapter and organizing new events.

Vacant, Deputy Chair





Vacant, Vice Chair for Administration





Matt Pettit, Vice Chair for Finance
Sales Engineer

Matt is a sales engineer with Citilabs in Decatur, Georgia. After studying transportation systems analysis at Northwestern University he gained valuable experience working as a transportation engineer for both a public transit agency and a transportation consulting firm. At Citilabs, Matt has played an integral role in the development of a new transportation accessibility analysis software. He also works with local government agencies to best utilize their transportation modeling software.


Julia Billings, Vice Chair for Membership
Transportation Planner
Georgia Department of Transportation

Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Julia earned a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan in 2012. Since then, she has been a transportation planner for the Georgia Department of Transportation, where she coordinates with the Atlanta and Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organizations in development and updates of planning documents, analyzes data for transportation projects, and serves a project manager on planning studies. She joined YPT in 2015.


Vacant, Vice Chair for Communications and Outreach





Vacant, Vice Chair for Programs





Vacant, Vice Chair for Sponsorship





Panetta, NickNick Panetta, Director At-Large
Landscape Architecture Designer
TSW design

Nick is a landscape architecture designer with professional experience in residential and commercial construction for both public and private spaces. He is heavily invested in New Urbanism, bicycle infrastructure, Green Stormwater Management, and innovative sustainability. With a strong belief that landscape architecture is the art and science of problem solving within the built environment, Nick hopes to build creative, energy-efficient solutions for the world of tomorrow. Nick earned a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of Georgia, Class of 2009. Nick joined YPT in 2014, and joined the Board of Directors in the Spring of 2015.

Rose, ForrestForrest Rose, Director At-Large
Urban Planner
City of Atlanta

Forrest is a Transportation Planner with the City of Atlanta’s Office of Planning. He works with city stakeholders and partners on transportation initiatives and plans such as the Connect Atlanta Plan, the City’s first comprehensive transportation plan, design manuals, and development review. He has a Master’s Degree from Georgia State University in Public Policy-Planning and Economic Development. He has been associated with YPT Atlanta since 2014.

Chris Rome, Director At-Large
Transportation Engineer
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Chris is a transportation engineer with degrees from Louisiana State University and Georgia Tech.  Chris also works at Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Atlanta office in traffic operations and signal and ITS design.  He also has experience in traffic impact studies, traffic signal timing, and multi-modal transportation planning. Outside of work, Chris has interests in urban design, development, and leveraging data and technology to efficiently improve communities. Chris helped found YPT Atlanta along with James Wong and Melody Butler in May 2012, and has served as Chair and Deputy Chair in past years.

Vacant, Director At-Large





Vacant, Director At-Large





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