The San Francisco Bay Area boasts an exciting and diverse community, whatever your passion, just like our local chapter of YPT. Our members and friends include a huge variety of transportation professionals, advocates, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts who share a common purpose: working toward safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation in the Bay Area.
YPT’s core mission is to ensure that this community is supported with career guidance, fellowship, and networking opportunities. Our events and programs are numerous, varied, always engaging, and truly benefit from the active participation of our members and friends. Don’t be shy! Become a member today, sponsor our programs, and join us at one of our exciting events.
As the 2014-2015 chair, I feel incredibly lucky to be joined on the YPT Board by a smart, capable, and passionate group of transportation professionals. We are working together to offer a stellar lineup of events including great opportunities to meet your industry peerss and discussions touching on almost every transportation issue in the Bay Area. This year, we’ll also be taking a special look at what we can do as a board and a community to further diversity and opportunity for underrepresented and disadvantaged groups; if you have thoughts and ideas on how we can create a more equitable transportation space, please get in touch.
The furious pace of our events and innovative programs can only be sustained with your active participation and with membership and sponsorship support. If you’re not already a member, join us! If you’re already one, let us know how we can make things better. Thanks for your interest in YPT.
2014-2015 Chair, YPT San Francisco Bay Area
ELECTIONS FOR YPT SF BAY 2015-2016 BOARD
- October 12, 2015: All eligible voters will receive an email with voting instructions. Online voting for National and Chapter elections opens at 10:00 AM EST.
- October 23, 2015: Online voting for National and Chapter elections closes at 6PM local time.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Policy Research Data Scientist
“I’m a transportation enthusiast at heart. Currently I work at Uber, where I’m a policy-research data analyst. I work on a variety of data research projects (using Uber’s data and many external transportation datasets) for stakeholders in policy, planners, communications experts, and executives. I was previously a geospatial data and technology specialist at Fehr & Peers, a transportation consulting firm focused on improving transportation in our communities. I’ve truly enjoyed bringing together data and maps to serve transportation research and planning over the course of my career so far, and had the awesome opportunity to bring those interests to YPT SF Bay this past year as the Vice Chair for Administration. In this role, I not only got to work with an amazing team on important administrative elements, but also had a chance to lend a hand in event planning, including our annual kickoff event, the Maptime + YPT mashup on OpenStreetMap, and our panel on Paratransit. I think this next year will be a very exciting one for YPT. On the 2015/2016 board, I would continue to draw from the legacy of high quality YPT events and efforts and work with the board, as well as our members, to plan and deliver top notch events, networking opportunities, and professional development resources that help young professionals in transportation in the Bay Area keep up with, and shape, how transportation is changing in the Bay Area. Thank you for considering my nomination for the 2015/2016 board!”
Policy and Financial Analyst
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
“Thank you for taking the time to read my candidate statement. My name is Bill Bacon and for the last year I have been the Vice Chair of Programs for our Young Professionals in Transportation San Francisco Bay Chapter. Professionally I work at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) where I work on financial planning for the region, various planning studies, and the Regional Transportation Plan (Plan Bay Area 2040). Over the last four years YPT has quickly established itself in the Bay Area as a resource for transportation advocates, engineers, planners, students, and others interested in mobility. Our organization’s greatest strength is our phenomenal membership who bring tremendous experience in our field along with a youthful openness to experiment with new ideas for which the Bay Area is well known. Thanks to the dedication of YPT’s past Boards and our members our organization excels at providing fellowship, professional networking opportunities, and topical programming. I believe that YPT provides the greatest value to our members by organizing opportunities for them to expand their knowledge of our profession, to educate each other, and to serve as ambassadors for the profession by expanding opportunities to underrepresented communities within our field, especially women and people of color. My priorities as your Chair for YPT SF Bay during the 2015-2016 year would include:
-Continuing the work of this year’s Board in establishing a formal professional develop program for YPT members covering topics like environmental review, project funding, and public outreach. -Expand YPT’s efforts to work with underrepresented communities in the Bay Area, including students at community colleges, in K-12 education, and by co-presenting programs with other organizations like the Women’s Transportation Seminar, Causa Justa Just Cause, and Mission Bit.
-Shining a spotlight through events and programming on the Bay Area’s housing crisis and the role transportation plays in both exacerbating and helping to solve in the crisis. -Recognizing the fantastic projects and work of young professionals and students in our field through the establishment of an annual awards event.
-Provide value to YPT’s members and generous sponsors by ensuring the organization hosts at least two programs or events per month, every month. -Support the hard work of the other Board members by ensuring they have the support and resources needed to serve the membership -Draw upon the expertise of our newly formed Board of Advisors (which brings in established transportation leaders to advise YPT) to develop programming, sponsorship opportunities, and strategic direction for YPT as our organization continues to grow.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions, suggestions, or if you just want to talk transportation at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
“For the past year and a half, I’ve served as YPT’s vice chair for communications, which has necessitated frequent contact and coordination with all members of the board. The tasks of my current role have prepared me to serve as deputy chair: I know the ins and outs of the organization and what’s appropriate for our board to tackle, and bring a wealth of institutional knowledge about our CRM and nonprofit functions. In my role as deputy chair, I’m prepared to serve as a backup to and support for not only for our chair, but for any other role that might need it. I’m well-versed in the needs of YPT event planning, communications, and membership, and would be thrilled to provide steady assistance to any of the board chairs.
Currently, I’m the marketing manager at Remix, where I help cities plan better transit through technology. Previously, I worked for Gensler, the world’s largest design firm; the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the D.C. area’s only region-wide cycling advocacy group; and in journalism as an editor at Washington City Paper. I’d be proud to serve on the YPT board once again for the 2015-2016 term.”
Vice Chair for Administration
Policy Research Data Scientist
Please see candidate statement above.
“Dear YPT SF-Bay Chapter Board of Directors, Greetings! My name is Chris Wightman and—as you may have already guessed—I am a young professional working in transportation for the last 8 years. I’m nominating myself for the position of Vice Chair for Administration in your upcoming board election because I’ve been excited about YPT for several years, I’m passionate about public transit here in the Bay Area, and I have excellent qualifications for the position of Vice Chair for Administration. A little about my background: I started my career working for NJ Transit, the nation’s largest statewide transit agency which provides more than 895,000 weekday trips on 261 bus routes, three light rail lines, and 12 commuter rail lines. I made many lasting relationships with the executives at NJT while advancing through their executive leaders training program. My proudest project while on the east coast was THE Tunnel, which was a project to build a new station under 34th street in Manhattan along with two connecting tunnels under the Hudson River. As a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades,” I was involved in many efforts on THE Tunnel such as locomotive field tests, fire/smoke analyses, project controls, as well as liaison to the FTA and Federal grant advisor to the project Chief. Alas, Governor Christie shut this project down several years ago and I followed my passion for historic projects to California where I now work on California High-Speed Rail as the change manager through WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.
WSP|PB is a $2.2B global consulting firm that assists clients to plan, design and construct critical transit infrastructure. I also work on several BART projects and have direct involvement with some of their capital projects to improve their system capacity and renew their assets. I feel as though I am an excellent fit with your board of directors because I have energy, proven leadership, and the ability to motivate your members. I’m a take-charge individual that can help you build lasting relationships with industry leaders. Also, I qualify well as the Vice Chair for Administration because I’m well organized and I have been managing people, expectations, and meetings for a living for the last 8 years. One last important point. I am not a YPT member now but I will be before the stroke of midnight (EST) tonight. In the past, I have just paid the non-member fees to attend YPT events in San Francisco. This is my short one page introduction, but I’m happy to discuss my qualification further by phone or in person.”
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
“I am interested in the role of Vice Chair for Administration because I am organized, enjoy keeping people and teams on task and would like to be more involved with YPT in my native San Francisco Bay Area! I have event planning and organizing experience from a previous role as Director of Events with Junior Achievement of Northern California Young Professionals Board. I just recently completed all of my course work for my double masters at Cal Poly and am wrapping up my thesis. I am extremely passionate about transportation and equity and want to serve you!”
Vice Chair for Membership Growth
Ingrid Ballus Armet
Fehr & Peers
“I have lived in the Bay Area and been an active member of YPT for three years. I’ve been lucky enough to attend many of the YPT happy hours, and they are LEGEN………wait for it………DARY! So I plan on continuing to attend them and wish to be able to bring more fun and add more brilliant transportation enthusiasts to an already exciting group. If elected, I hope to bring more diversity to YPT and help connect transportation professionals from across the spectrum: from transportation professionals in private firms and public agencies to advocacy group representatives, startup entrepreneurs, and tech savvies. Get all these brilliant minds in a room, add a few drinks, and boom goes the dynamite! I have previously been involved in several professional organizations. As the outreach director of the Society of Women Engineers-IPFW Branch, I created and led a successful mentoring program to encourage and support young girls to pursue studies in STEM. I also served as the UC Berkeley student liaison for Women’s in Transportation Seminar and yada, yada, yada… I’m dedicated and have a wide variety of experiences that will allow me to be a successful member of the YPT-SF Bay Area Chapter Board of Directors. In terms of my secret power, I managed to convince a group of transportation nerds to play soccer with me once a week and they’re enjoying it – bazinga! But, if all else fails, I could employ the oh-so- powerful and always-successful “hey, how you doin’?” to get people to join YPT. In all seriousness, I’d love to help this group of young transportation professionals grow, so vote for me if you’d like me to do so (and/or have enjoyed any of the references and links above).”
“I want to channel my enthusiasm for transportation by enabling people to collaborate, network, and share ideas in a fun, casual setting. YPT is an organization I look to for interesting expert panels with that provide learning opportunities, forums on the impeccable work happening in our region, and acronym happy hours that help transponerds connect freely. I’m a transportation planner from East LA, currently documenting animal use of multimodal infrastructure around Oakland in my spare time. I have a B.A. in Urban Studies from Stanford University and a Masters in Planning from the University of Southern California. I utilize geospatial, analytical, and multilingual skills to help shape effective and innovative solutions to transit issues.
I’m passionate about the intersection of mobility and livability, especially as it relates to vulnerable communities. As a native Spanish speaker, I work to ensure communities of color maintain access to transportation and provide input for the enhancement of their local systems. Recently, I joined the team at Remix Software, Inc.— a technology company that helps transit agencies plan complex scenarios in seconds and communicate their ideas visually. At Remix, I help connect transit agencies across the world with technology that is transforming our traditional transit planning processes. My role at Remix directly relates to the Vice Chair for Membership Growth role in that I connect with planners and agencies on a daily basis, help them understand the value of a partnership, and ensure they have what they need to be successful. And, I do it all while smiling.
As an alumni of a local university, I’m happy to help guide collegiate members into the professional world and ensure they are on their way to exciting careers in transportation. My undergraduate experiences at various organizations at Stanford have helped me perfect my public speaking, event planning, and member-wrangling skills. I’d also love to help people venture into the East Bay for workshops, transit tours, socializing, and more. I’d be honored to continue pushing YPT’s mission forward by continuing to engage transportation professionals of all sectors and backgrounds through professional development, networking, discussion forums, and happy hours.”
Vice Chair for Special Programs
Please see candidate statement above.
Vice Chair for Programs (SF Focus)
Please see candidate statement above.
Co-Vice Chair for Programs (East/South Bay Focus)
Alameda County Transportation Commission
“I am a transportation planner at the Alameda County Transportation Commission where I work in diverse areas including bicycle/pedestrian coordination, performance monitoring, goods movement planning, and implementation of a major regional trail project. I have been a YPT member since shortly after the Bay Area chapter was formed and have found the organization to be a valuable part of my professional and social life. I am excited at the prospect of contributing to YPT as a Programs Vice Chair. Programs are an essential part of YPT that provide opportunities for networking, professional development, and fun. Past YPT programs chairs have set the bar high with an impressive menu of speakers, panel discussions, happy hours, tours, and other events. The next Programs team will need to work plan interesting events that capture cutting edge transportation topics and to keep the calendar full enough to match YPT’s growing membership. As a YPT Programs Vice Chair I would seek input from YPT members to identify types of events and topics most of interest. I will also seek to plan events related to the upcoming election year (which will feature many important Bay Area transportation ballot measures) and other timely topics as they arise. Lastly, I will bring attention to detail to ensure that event logistics are well coordinated. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to serve you as a Programs Vice Chair next year.”
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
“I am currently an attorney with BART’s Office of the General Counsel where I work on a number ofmatters pertaining to Operations, Safety, Real Property and Procurement. I am very familiar and interested in public transportation issues throughout the East Bay and the Bay Area and would like to share that passion with as many professionals as possible by serving on the Young Professionals in Transportation San Francisco Bay Chapter Board of Directors. I have over 6 years of experience with various transportation agencies, including the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, I am very knowledgeable of issues and developments in the area of intercity, commuter rail (Caltrain included), heavy and light rail. I know a number of transportation professionals around the East Bay and within BART who are either interested or willing to mentor or speak to young transportation professionals about various topics and current issues facing their respective agency or field. If I am Co-Vice Chair for Programs, I will work tirelessly to only schedule workshops but to arrange tours of various transportation facilities across the East and South Bays so that young transportation professionals can better understand and appreciate how their hard work is instrumental in sustaining and developing the transportation system we have.”
BART Modernization Panel
When: Tuesday, September 29, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: The Women’s Building, Audre Lorde Room, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco
Join YPT SF Bay for a panel discussion about the BART Modernization program with BART Planning staff and BART Board of Director’s member Nick Josefowitz.
Please RSVP here, but feel free to turn up at the event as RSVP’s are not required.
APTA/YPT SF Bay Fall Event – FREE BEER AND WINE!
When: Tuesday, October 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Impact Hub San Francisco, 901 Mission Street, Suite 105, San Francisco
YPT SF Bay is proud to welcome the 2015 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Annual Meeting to San Francisco! Join us for free food from La Mediterranee, free beer and wine, and conversations
Please RSVP here to guarantee your spot, but feel free to stop by the event as RSVPs are not required.
YPT Professional Development Series: Transportation Project Finance
When: Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 p.m.
Where: San Francisco County Transportation Authority, 1455 Market Street, 22nd Floor, San Francisco
Do you ever wonder how great transportation projects get funded? Not sure what the terms Prop K, Measure BB, OBAG, STP, STIP, and Section 5309 mean? Come learn from some of San Francisco’s experts in transportation project funding and finance.
Please RSVP; we need your name on the list to get in you in the building, and spots are limited and will sell out!
Ridesharing Operations Discussion
When: Tuesday, October 20, 6:00-8 p.m.
Where: Lyft, All Hands Room, 2300 Harrison Street, San Francisco
An interactive panel discussion between ride-sharing specialists, exploring current models and future prospects of ride-sharing, as well as possible complements with public mass transit. This is a members-only event, and drinks and snacks will be provided. Look for a signup soon!