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2017-2018 Board of Directors


Alex Engel, Chair
Senior Program Associate, NACTO

Alex Engel joined NACTO in 2016 as a Senior Program Associate. He leads NACTO’s strategic communications work, and manages the annual Designing Cities conference. You’ll also see him riding transit and trying out bike share in all the NACTO member cities.

Prior to NACTO, Alex worked at the Municipal Art Society, developing online tools to help demystify New York City’s planning process, and at the NYC Department of Transportation, where he oversaw the agency’s social media presence, managed advertising and outreach campaigns, helped manage Summer Streets, and introduced New York City’s first pothole mascot.

Alex has a B.A. in Metropolitan Studies from New York University.


Alex Aiello, Deputy Chair
Strategic Analyst, MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Alexandra Aiello is a Strategic Analyst at MTA Bridges and Tunnels, specializing in GIS. Prior to starting her career in transportation policy and analysis, she was a Field Organizer for various Democratic political campaigns, including Organizing for America- Florida’s 2012 campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama.

When she’s not at a YPT event, you can catch her riding her bike, training for her next marathon, or knitting on the subway. Alexandra is a native of Upstate New York and even though her hometown of Callicoon Center does not have a traffic light, she became passionate about transportation when she started bike commuting and got involved in her local government to advocate for complete streets.

In 2017, Alexandra was recognized as an Emerging Leader in Transportation by NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. She graduated with a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University and holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Philosophy from SUNY Oneonta.


Robert Abugel, Secretary
Data Science Intern, NYC DOT

Robert Abugel is a College Aide with Strategic and Agency Services at the New York City Department of Transportation. He is currently working towards his M.A. in Geography at Hunter College.


Darian Jefferson, Treasurer 
Staff Analyst, MTA NYCT

Darian is an Operations Research Analyst for New York City Transit. He works on projects to assist with the subways dispatching and tracking ridership through the system.

Darian completed his B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Northwestern University and can be found reading on a train headed just about anywhere.


Tyler Green, Communications Manager
Software Engineer, Intersection

Tyler Green is a Software Engineer at Intersection, where he builds products to improve the rider experience for major transit agencies across the United States. Prior to moving into transportation, Tyler worked on microprocessor verification for Advanced Micro Devices in Fort Collins, Colorado. While there, he organized a group of local transit advocates known as the Fort Collins Public Transit Enthusiasts.

After deciding he was more passionate about moving people than moving electrons, Tyler moved to Brooklyn in 2017. Today, you can find him riding trains to the end of lines, reading about urban history, and visiting baseball stadiums.

Tyler holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Kentucky and an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University.


Anne Patrone, Sponsorship Director
Senior Transportation Planner, Arup

Anne Patrone is a Senior Transportation Planner with Arup, where she focuses on projects in transit policy and planning. Before Arup, Anne worked in various roles at Transport for London for five years. She first discovered her love of transportation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her masters’ degree in City and Regional Planning. This is her second year on the YPT board.


Dash Henley, Events & Programs Manager
Public Affairs Broadcast Associate, CUNY TV

Dash Henley is an urban planner and television producer. His transportation-related pieces at CUNY TV have included profiling dollar van operations, e-bike delivery cyclists, linguistics research on the subway, and comparing the High Line and Lowline transformations. Prior to that, he worked in nonprofit management and community outreach for the Waterfront Alliance. He has also done previous freelance work and internships in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Dash holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he focused on transportation, and a BA from McGill University.

He likes transit passes named after animals and is always up for a Barnes Dance.


Olya Arakhouskaya, Events & Programs Manager
Field Engineer, NJ Transit

Olya Arakhouskaya moved to the United States from Minsk, Belarus.  She studied Civil Engineering at the Belarusian National Technical University and now works as a Field Engineer for NJ TRANSIT in Construction Management Department.

Olya became passionate about transportation shortly after joining NJ TRANSIT as an Environmental Technician as she had an opportunity to visit multiple rail and bus facilities throughout the state of New Jersey while gathering environmental data.  Olya believes in the positive impact of women in business and serves as a Chapter Leader at Ellevate Network, a global network for professional women.  She is also a member of WTS International.


Jeffrey Brauner, Membership Manager
Principal Transportation Planner, PANYNJ

Jeffrey Brauner is a Principal Transportation Planner with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Port Rail Program. Within the Port Rail Program, Jeffrey leads several initiatives in support of New York New Jersey Rail, LLC, a short line railroad and wholly-owned entity of the Port Authority, including project capital planning and development, operational analysis, grant and financial management, and marketing efforts.

Prior to joining the Port Rail Program, Jeffrey was a Leadership Fellow at the Port Authority, working in Aviation Noise and Sustainability and Capital Planning.

Jeffrey attended the University at Albany, where he received both a B.A. in Political Science and an MPA focusing on Public Finance. He also played in a pretty sweet ska band.


Ai Yamanaka, Professional Development Manager
Senior Policy Analyst, PANYNJ

Ai Yamanaka is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Aviation Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where she works on performance management and data analytics. Ai holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree with a concentration in Transportation and Land Use from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

Previously, she worked as a transportation planning fellow with the Louis Berger Group, where she conducted prefeasibility and cost-benefit analyses on port projects in Latin America. She also worked as an intern with the MTA Enterprise Asset Management Division, where she helped implement a pilot of an agency-wide EAM system. Before returning to graduate school, Ai worked as a team leader in a multi-national real estate firm in Japan. As a Posse Scholar, Ai received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and East Asian Studies from Colby College.

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Board Position Descriptions

The Chair is responsible for day-to-day implementation of the policy and guidelines of the Board of Directors. The Chair shall preside over Chapter Board meetings, create and appoint members to Committees, and act as chief official representative of YPT-NYC. The Chair shall have served at least one full-year term on the YPT-NYC Board of Directors, or have equivalent experience serving on the Board of Directors of any other YPT chapter or the YPT-International Board of Directors.

The Deputy Chair shall help to coordinate activities involving multiple Officers and assist the Chair in his or her responsibilities. In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Chair shall act in the official capacity of the Chair and perform all duties of that office.

The Secretary shall keep full and accurate records of all business and proceedings at Chapter Board meetings. The Secretary shall prepare meeting minutes, keep accurate organization records, and manage the election process.

The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of dues, budget forecasting, and the safekeeping of funds, including reporting of receipts, expenditures, and balances at the request of the Chapter Board.

The Communications Manager shall run YPT-NYC’s communications, including its website, newsletter, and social media presence. (S)he should have a background or interest in graphic design and/or photography, and an ear for inspiring language.

The Sponsorship Director shall be responsible for coordination and management of YPT-NYC’s sponsorship program, as well as partnerships with other organizations. As such, (s)he will: actively pursues sponsorships; maintain/update the list of prospective and active sponsors; be knowledgeable about YPT-NYC’s sponsorship policies; provide recommendations to amend the sponsorship policies; act as the liaison between YPT-NYC and these sponsors; and report on updates at monthly board meetings. The position will also help liaise between YPT and like-minded organizations, broadening YPT‘s reach and membership.

The Events and Programs Managers are responsible for the planning and execution of all events, including event registration management, and the development of a full year schedule of engaging events, while drawing upon other board members for event ideas and logistical support. Events range from tours to lectures to social opportunities.

The Membership Manager utilizes the resources of YPT to manage the membership records and works to provide maximum value for all members, increase the membership of YPT-NYC, increase the visibility of YPT, explore business development opportunities and provide other services to meet the needs of the members of YPT, and support the Events and Programs Managers where necessary.

The Professional Development Manager shall work with the Membership and Events and Programs Managers to create professional development programming, including student outreach. The ideal candidate would have connections with local schools/student groups that could be leveraged.