2018-2019 YPT-NYC Board Elections

Dear YPT-NYC Members and Friends,

YPT-NYC relies on a volunteer board of directors that dedicate their time and energy to making YPT-NYC a resource benefitting those of us just starting out in transportation, or midway along in our careers. Each year, we aim to bring in some fresh faces to our board, to broaden the organization’s perspectives, and ensure that we are meeting the needs of our members.

YPT will soon be conducting elections to select the 2018-2019 YPT-NYC Board of Directors. This is an opportunity to add your voice to the organization! Directors typically offer a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week.  Directors must be able to attend in person (or occasionally call in) to monthly board meetings.

This is your opportunity to get involved in building an organization dedicated to the professional advancement and development of young professionals in the field of transportation.  We need your help and look forward to your participation in the elections and your contributions toward another great year ahead!

Alexander Engel
Chair, YPT-NYC


Application Process

Applications are now closed!


Candidate and Voting Eligibility

In order to run for the YPT-NYC board, or to vote in the election, you must be or become a paid YPT Member by the end of Monday, October 1st, 2018.

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2018 Elections Timeline

  • 10/15: Voting begins. All eligible voters will receive an email with voting instructions.  Online voting for International and Chapter elections opens at 9AM. Voting ends on 10/26 at 8PM.
  • 11/1: The new board term for all winning candidates begins.

Leadership Positions

Elections will be held for the following YPT-NYC board positions.  Terms of office are one year, from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019.  There is no limit to the number of consecutive terms a Board Member may serve.  Candidates may run for multiple positions.  If a candidate wins more than one position then that person may choose which position s/he would prefer to serve.

  • Chair
  • Deputy Chair
  • Content Manager
  • Treasurer
  • Communications Manager
  • Sponsorship Director
  • Events and Programs Manager (2 positions)
  • Membership Manager
  • Professional Development Manager

Leadership Position Candidates

Elections will be held for the following YPT-NYC board positions.  Terms of office are one year, from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019.  There is no limit to the number of consecutive terms a Board Member may serve.  Candidates may run for multiple positions.  If a candidate wins more than one position, that person may choose which position s/he would prefer to serve.

Chair

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.

Jeffrey Brauner

Principal Transportation Planner, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Why are you interested in this position?

Having served on the YPT-NYC Board for the past two years, I have gotten to know so many people working on all sorts of projects and efforts throughout our region, drawn together by an interest in better moving people and goods in and around our region. I hope to have an opportunity to lead YPT-NYC to grow and branch out even more moving forward.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I have been the Membership Manager of YPT-NYC for the past two years, and prior to that was an active member.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I have a strong knowledge of what it takes for the group to function, and have experience in marketing, event planning, networking, budgeting, happy-houring, and hiking (a very important YPT-NYC skill).

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I would seek to add further structure to how YPT-NYC operates. In a time where we receive weekly newsletters, bi-weekly podcast episodes regularly, I hope to push YPT-NYC further in that direction. This year, it was monthly happy hours, but there is more we as a board can do to provide the most value to our members.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Serving on the YPT-NYC Board has been a great honor, and a lot of fun. I hope to continue to serve you, leading this group into the future, working together to grow.

Ai Yamanaka

Senior Policy Analyst, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Why are you interested in this position?

I’ve had the privilege of serving on the YPT Board as your Professional Development Vice Chair for two years now, and hope to bring experience and some fresh new ideas to leading an active chapter of transportation professionals in the NY area. I’m interested in facilitating a close knit community of folks devoted to our critical transportation infrastructure..

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

For the past two years, I’ve served as the YPT Professional Development Vice Chair organizing one of the largest student speed networking events (over 50+ attendees), the first student welcome mixer, and other professional development events, such as a museum tour at MCNY, and a sold-out JFK Airport Tour series.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

Friendliness, positivity, creativity, accountability, all the ‘ities’, and a passion to facilitate meaningful connections between people.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I’m proud of all the new programming and events we’ve brought to our YPT chapter in the past few years, and hope to sustain those events, as well as expand our programming to include more formal skill shares, mentoring opportunities, and community involvement through volunteer work.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for being a member of YPT and taking the time to vote in our election. Don’t forget to vote in other elections too!

Deputy Chair

The Deputy 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.

Jeffrey Brauner

Principal Transportation Planner, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Why are you interested in this position?

Being a part of the YPT-NYC Board for the last two years has been a great experience. I have had the opportunity to meet some great people and put together some excellent events to truly increase the value that we provide our members. As Deputy Chair, I would hope to build upon this strong foundation.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I have been the Membership Manager of YPT-NYC for the past two years, and prior to that was an active member.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

After serving two years on the board, I believe I have a strong understanding of what our membership expects from YPT, and how we can continue to work towards meeting and exceeding those expectations. I am familiar with how things work here, but also understand where we can improve.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I would like to help make YPT more structured in terms of delivering content and events to members, while continuing to broaden our membership base.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Let me know if you have any recommendations for our next book club book!

Ai Yamanaka

Senior Policy Analyst, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Why are you interested in this position?

I’ve had the privilege of serving on the YPT Board as your Professional Development Vice Chair for two years now, and hope to bring experience and some fresh new ideas to leading an active chapter of transportation professionals in the NY area. I’m interested in facilitating a close knit community of folks devoted to our critical transportation infrastructure.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

For the past two years, I’ve served as the YPT Professional Development Vice Chair organizing one of the largest student speed networking events (over 50+ attendees), the first student welcome mixer, and other professional development events, such as a museum tour at MCNY, and a sold-out JFK Airport Tour series.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

Friendliness, positivity, creativity, accountability, all the ‘ities’, and a passion to facilitate meaningful connections between people.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I’m proud of all the new programming and events we’ve brought to our YPT chapter in the past few years, and hope to sustain those events, as well as expand our programming to include more formal skill shares, mentoring opportunities, and community involvement through volunteer work.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Jeff and I couldn’t decide who should run for either position, so we thought we’d let you, the people, decide. DEMOCRACY! Either way, I’d be honored to serve as a YPT board member. Apologies that you had to read the same thing twice.

Content Manager

The Content Manager shall keep full and accurate records of all business and proceedings at Chapter Board meetings, and follow up on those items. In addition, the Content Manager will assist the Communications Manager with the organization’s overall communications, from drafting blog posts and newsletter items, to social media content.

Erik Jensen

Staff Analyst Trainee II, MTA New York City Transit

Why are you interested in this position?

I am excited for the opportunity to work alongside my fellow professionals in transportation and help NYC’s YPT chapter grow while continuing to support its members. YPT has provided me with many professional development opportunities alongside fantastic tours of transportation projects, and I hope you will choose me as content manager to help give back to this wonderful organization.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I have been a member of YPT-NYC for close to two years now. Thanks to YPT, I have had the opportunity to travel to Seattle on an exchange program, attend tours of East Side Access and the Museum of the City of New York, and go to countless social events where I met many of our fantastic members.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

As my colleagues at NYCT can attest, I keep incredibly detailed notes and always follow up on action items. In college, I took notes for the Swarthmore Society of Engineers and my part time job in the IT department. I have kept a blog of my passion projects since 2013 and I will use that experience to improve YPT communications.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

My primary goal is to improve transparency and record-keeping by posting a summation of board meeting minutes on the YPT website. I also plan to carefully document board members’ responsibilities outside of their defined roles to improve continuity through board personnel changes. I also want to make newsletters more interactive by highlighting members’ work experience and accomplishments.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am truly passionate about transportation and New York City, and I am so excited to be more involved in an organization that serves both. I look forward to being your content manager!

Treasurer

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.

Angello Salazar

Capital Planning Analyst, MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Why are you interested in this position?

I would like to get more involved with YPT and I think it is a great opportunity to meet and interact with like minded people. I also believe a position on the board will set a foundation and assist in my preparation for leadership positions in the future.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I have attended a speed networking event as well as Transportation Camp 2017. Both events were great, I really enjoyed getting to know people in the NY metro area that are doing interesting things to improve transportation in the region.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I have good communication skills, very observant as well as analytical. I have the ability to think critically about problems in efforts to come up with viable solutions. I have no problem taking tasks on by myself but I also work well within group settings.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I have not been as involved as I would have liked to be in the past and so I am not completely sure on the extent of activities that the organization takes part in. Regardless, I would like to push the organization to get more involved socially. Having a presence at city events such as NYCDOT Summer Streets or creating opportunities for members to propose/collaborate on research projects made for public consumption. I think these things would give the organization more exposure and ultimately more interest by prospective members.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am a dedicated and trustworthy individual that takes pride in the work that I do. I have always lived close to NYC and truly believe that many of the opportunities I have benefited from would not have been there if lacked the access. This is one of the main reasons why I decided to get into transportation and why I remain dedicated to improving mobility for people from all walks of life.

Communications Manager

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.

Chris Canary

Leadership Fellow, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Why are you interested in this position?

As a YPT member, you want regular emails and timely reminders about YPT events without being inundated. You want a website that’s up-to-date and easily navigable. That’s what I’ll aim to provide, while also working to communicate the benefits of YPT with prospective members and increasing the diversity of people from different backgrounds in our chapter.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

All the things! I’ve participated in YPT’s site visits, author talks, transit-oriented hikes, and happy hours. I’ve enjoyed absorbing different perspectives on transportation and getting to know colleagues in a variety of contexts. Additionally, while traveling I’ve participated in YPT DC, Portland, and Baltimore chapter events. Not strictly YPT-related, I’ve also participated in multiple Transportation Camps.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

My background is in public policy, communicating important ideas to policymakers with an emphasis on brevity. I am good at writing with clarity, look forward to help updating the website based on my experience maintaining a website of my own, and recognize that communication is a two-way street involving strong listening skills and an ability to incorporate feedback.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

In addition to timely communications about upcoming YPT events, I’d like to create a “This Month in Transportation” email digest that highlights other non-YPT events: comedy shows about the MTA, university-sponsored transit events, author talks, and more. There are an incredible number of transit-related events in the city but they’re easy to miss!

Anything else you’d like to add?

When I first discovered YPT I felt like I had found my tribe. It has been great to realize that I’m part of a nationwide network of people working to improve transportation in the US – transportation systems in this country should be so much better, and the next generation of leaders makes me hopeful.

Nicholas Hlat

Project Manager, Sam Schwartz Pedestrian Traffic Management

Why are you interested in this position?

I am interested in this position because I believe communications and having a strong online presence is an important part of modern-day networking. It would be a very rewarding experience to be a part of that and lend my skills to the position.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

Previously, I have attended several happy hours and a few other YPT-hosted events. They have allowed me to strengthen my network in transportation and have fun doing it!

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I currently manage the content and upkeep of my current company’s website, which has been a very rewarding experience. I also work in the transportation field and for a private company, so I can lend that unique perspective to this group.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I believe that my being in the private sector could allow for a different perspective to be incorporated into this group and keep things fresh and balanced. I also just have a genuine appreciation for networking and this field, which makes me excited to contribute in any way I can.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Just that I appreciate this group and what it’s doing for all those in the field or looking to break into the field. I would love the opportunity to be involved myself and believe I can bring a unique perspective and a great attitude! Thank you.

Shati Khan

Transportation Planner, MTA

Why are you interested in this position?

Communications Manager is a position I am interested in because I generally enjoy writing and consider it to be one of my stronger skills. It would also be a good way to get more involved with YPT and meet more members within the organization.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I’ve been a member of YPT for about a year and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet colleagues in the industry. I’ve attended a few happy hours and have attended two tours. I know a few members of the board and would say I’m pretty familiar with YPT programming and events.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

Previous to my career in transportation planning, I worked in PR where I handled media relations for several clients in various fields from technology to fashion to entertainment. So I have experience writing press releases and newsletters, managing social media accounts, etc. I also minored in Communications and Media Relations at Tufts University.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

YPT should definitely have a stronger social media presence and that is something I would be interested in spearheading. We put on a lot of cool events and those should be shared via Twitter, Instagram, etc. It could potentially also be a good way to boost membership.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Pick me!

Sponsorship Director

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. Previous sponsorship and/or fundraising experience for non-profit organizations is helpful, but not required. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they will have no potential conflicts of interest; generally speaking, public sector workers are unfortunately ineligible for this position.

Robert Abugel

GIS Consultant, Capalino + Company

Why are you interested in this position?

I am interested in working with other companies in the transportation sphere to help YPT grow financially.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I have been a member of YPT for two years and I am currently the secretary.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I work in the private sector so there is little conflict of interest. I also have a willingness to learn about sponsorship and making this work with these companies.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I plan to bring a mix of sponsorship in the way we work with them and what we receive.

Anything else you’d like to add?

YPT is the best!! It has allowed me to travel and meet lots of great people.

Morton Lin

Senior Analyst- Network Planning, JetBlue

Why are you interested in this position?

I recently joined JetBlue in NYC, and I’d love to help grow the transportation community by furthering YPT NYC’s sponsorship program and increasing partnerships within the airlines & aviation space.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I co-spearheaded a behind-the-scenes tour of JFK airport. This included a visit to JFK’s Air Traffic Control Tower, and an all-access tour of JetBlue’s newest aircraft (including the cockpit & first class seats) led by a former F-18 and current JetBlue pilot!

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

In my last role with PwC Consulting, I created partnerships between groups of 12-200 colleagues that enabled multiple events (including a public speaking workshop with UCB, a comedy school founded by Amy Poehler!), and funded those events through several sponsorships.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I’d love to help broaden YPT’s reach and membership by exploring partnerships with additional transportation-centric organizations in the greater NYC area.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’m really looking forward to meeting and learning from everyone!

Events and Programs Manager (2 Positions)

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.

Chris Canary

Leadership Fellow, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Why are you interested in this position?

Events are the bread and butter of YPT, and I’d like to make them as fun and useful as possible. Before entering the field of transportation I worked as a teacher, and am a strong believer in experiential learning. I’d like to create events that draw people from a variety of backgrounds and cater to a variety of learning styles.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I’ve participated in YPT’s site visits, hikes, and happy hours. I’ve enjoyed learning more about the field and my colleagues in a variety of contexts. Additionally, I’ve snuck down to a few YPT DC events, including a TNC panel discussion with reps from Lyft, Via, and Capital Bikeshare. Not strictly YPT-related, I participated in multiple Transportation Camps.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I’m good at reaching out and making connections across organizations – and following through on my outreach efforts. I’m the kind of person who’s not afraid to write that follow-up email (those dreaded “Hi, just following up…”) that’ll get us in the door. I’m also good at making lists of new ideas and leaning on my friends to refine the ideas.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I’d like us to experiment with a wider variety of event formats, such as problem-solving workshops and technical skill building sessions. Additionally, I’d like to pair some of the site visits with talks on “best practices” within an organization, with representatives from host organizations sharing what they do well, such as efficiently running meetings or improving employee engagement.

Anything else you’d like to add?

When I first discovered YPT I felt like I had found my tribe. It has been great to realize that I’m part of a nationwide network of people working to improve transportation in the US – transportation systems in this country should be so much better, and the next generation of leaders makes me hopeful.

Sydney Chan

Transportation Analyst, VHB

Why are you interested in this position?

I’ve been so involved with attending YPT happy hours and events that I feel it is time to give back and start planning some events!

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I’ve been a YPT member for about three years now, and I try to make as many YPT events as possible, around once a month. Through YPT, I’ve met so many people who are now dear friends of mine, and I’ve recommended other friends to join!

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I have been involved with the mentorship committee in the local ITE section, and with planning the annual TransportationCamp NYC event!

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

Let’s get some more Jersey representation here! I would love to bring a YPT event to Newark!

Anything else you’d like to add?

As an enthusiastic and involved member of YPT, I would be a great asset to the board!

Nicholas Hlat

Project Manager, Sam Schwartz Pedestrian Traffic Management

Why are you interested in this position?

I am interested in the Events and Programs Manager because I have attended and enjoyed many of these events hosted by this group in the past. I also already enjoy seeking out and organizing fun and interesting activities in my personal life, so it would be great to combine these two passions of mine.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I first learned about the group through my Urban Planning graduate program at Hunter College. Since then I have attended multiple happy hours, transportation camp, and a site tour of Grand Central. Every event has allowed me to meet some great people in the field and expand my network.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I currently possess a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and work in the field of transportation – giving me the passion for all things transportation. In my personal life, I enjoy organizing barbecues and hosting other get-togethers. When combined, I believe I’d be well qualified for this position.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I would love to take a more technology-focused approach towards the events and programs that we organize. I have always been interested in that aspect of the transportation world. I would also like to organize some fun outdoor activities to encourage comradeship.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Just that, as I mentioned before, it would be a great opportunity to be involved in a group of individuals that helped me get into this field. To be able to reciprocate that passion and optimism, during what I know is a hard time for many young adults, would be a very rewarding experience.

Malaika James

ATMA, Malaika James

Why are you interested in this position?

I am interested in the being a program manager as I like to meet other professionals like myself and networking. I have a passion for interior design and organizing events

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I have no previous experience with YPT

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

People person and love receive a challenge

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I will bring ingenuity and fresh new vibrant relatable current ideas

Anything else you’d like to add?

I would like bring awareness of YPT to other programs

Morton Lin

Senior Analyst- Network Planning, JetBlue

Why are you interested in this position?

I recently joined JetBlue in NYC, and I’d love to help grow airlines & aviation with the transportation community.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I co-spearheaded a behind-the-scenes tour of JFK airport. This included a visit to JFK’s Air Traffic Control Tower, and an all-access tour of JetBlue’s newest aircraft (including the cockpit & first class seats) led by a former F-18 and current JetBlue pilot!

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

In my last role with PwC consulting, I created multiple programs for groups of 12-200 colleagues, including a public speaking workshop with UCB (comedy school founded by Amy Poehler) and a leadership workshop for 100+ executives in Germany.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I’d love to organize events with venues both large (possibly the massive airplane hangars at EWR/JFK, where airplanes are taken apart and put back together) and small (such as the Downtown Manhattan Heliport).

Anything else you’d like to add?

I can’t wait to meet and learn from all of you!

Josue Paul

Transit Analyst, MTA New York City Transit

Why are you interested in this position?

I’m interested in taking the role as an Events/Programs Manager because I’d like to be a part of the team dedicated to ensuring that YPT members are continuously engaged with our transportation community so that we have exposure to opportunities that we can learn and grow from.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I’ve been a member of YPT since 2015 and have enjoyed attending the assortment of gatherings with members of the chapter and transportation community. Getting to know different people, and the variety of perspectives from all different journeys, has always been a great way to learn about the industry’s past, present and future.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I’m a team player, I take initiative and I keep a positive attitude. An effective events/programs manager is one who makes the effort to hear and consider all voices, and listening has always been a priority of mine in the different leadership positions I’ve held through/since College – I look forward to sharing my abilities with the YPT Board.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I’d like to bring ideas of new events for members to attend such as lecture series at different institutions and venues across the city – like the Museum of the City of New York. I’d like to also come up with new suggestions on locations for monthly events, like happy hour, in places that can help members explore our metropolis.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I’ve enjoyed my ride thus far with YPT as a member and look forward to the opportunity of continuing as one of the next events/programs manager – let’s keep the good times going!

Rayn Riel

Subway Performance Analyst, MTA New York City Transit

Why are you interested in this position?

I’m ready for a new challenge and opportunity to connect New Yorkers interested in transportation & cities. I enjoy bringing people together to learn from each other and solve problems. YPT is greater than the sum of its members when it comes to organizing events; it’s a lot easier to reach out as a group.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I’ve been an active member for a few years, mainly annoying people with too many questions during site visits!

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I founded an urban planning student group in 2012, which continues today. The group organizes meetings, lecture events, professional development opportunities, research and conference trips, advocacy work, and social events. We brought in planners from firms, government, and advocacy organizations, such as the director of the MoveNY congestion pricing campaign.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I’d like to collaborate with other advocacy organizations to plan more lecture and networking events. Back in school, I worked with my student group to organize film screenings, charrettes, panels, and lectures with professors, planners, architects, community members, and elected officials.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Please feel free to visit the links below to see some events that the student group, which I founded back in school, has created since 2012.

https://www.facebook.com/TuftsUP3/events
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/up3attuftsuniversity

Membership Manager

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.

Dash Henley

City Planner, NYC Department of Transportation

Why are you interested in this position?

I have engaged dozens of members at author events, speed networking sessions, and happy hours. I have learned their ideas and concerns, and have translated some of them into creating well-received events this year as a board member. I want to transition to the Membership Director position to continue the chapter’s growth and provide maximum value to its members.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I have been a member for several years and currently serve as one of the board’s Events and Program managers. I have organized happy hours, several of our summer tours, and our upcoming scavenger hunt.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

In addition to my work as a current board member, my background in tv reporting/production as well as nonprofit management speaks to my ability to manage membership lists, engage members on issues and concerns, and follow up until I get answers.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I’d like to work with our new Professional Development Manager to engage employers and universities, encouraging them to have their employees and students become members. I’d also like to work with our new Events and Program Managers to produce high-quality events that benefit our members. I’m particularly interested in our author talks and summer tours.

Anything else you’d like to add?

It’s been a pleasure to work with dedicated, down to Earth, fun group of people this year on the YPT board and I would welcome the opportunity to do more of the same next year.

Professional Development Manager

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.

Sydney Chan

Transportation Analyst, VHB

Why are you interested in this position?

I feel that YPT-NYC can do so much more with professional development and mentorship, from formal mentoring programs to seminar and workshops. Let’s make more professional development happen!

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I’ve been an enthusiastic member of YPT-NYC for the past three years now, and I’ve met so many new friends at YPT who have become dear friends and colleagues. I’ve also recommended YPT to other friends within the transportation industry as a great place to network and grow professionally!

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

I have been involved with the mentorship committee in the local ITE section, including helping plan their Emerging Professionals event. I’ve also been heavily involved with planning the annual TransportationCamp NYC event!

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I feel YPT should especially look into supporting its LGBT members, on a professional level and on a personal level, especially since there are not as many professional resources out there for young LGBT professionals working in transportation.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I love YPT, and I will work hard to make it the best that it can be!

Rebecca (Ray) Noble

Transportation and Infrastructure Specialist, New York City Emergency Management

Why are you interested in this position?

I’m interested in being YPT’s Professional Development Manager because I like connecting people to opportunities that help them grow and allow them to contribute to something they’re excited about. I’ve benefited from professional development opportunities offered through schools and trade organizations in the past; I’d like to pay it forward and pass on the knowledge I’ve gained from those experiences.

Please describe your previous experience with YPT.

I joined YPT as a grad student. The first event I went to was Board Game night (!), where my team was absolutely crushed playing Pandemic. I’ve attended several happy hours and run into YPT members at other events (TransitCenter, TransportationCamp, etc.). My favorite event was YPT’s speed mentoring– so good to meet people in an energetic but low-stress environment.

What skills do you possess that qualify you for this position?

During my graduate studies, I helped organize a series of professional development events, such as resume clinics, interviewing workshops, alumni networking events, and a career fair. As a recent graduate of an Urban Planning program here in New York, I already have connections to a few student groups that I could leverage to partner on events and maximize YPT’s exposure.

What new ideas will you bring to the board?

I’d like to see YPT offer a mini-mentorship program. Depending on interest, I think there could be a variety of forms such a program could take, from higher levels of one-on-one mentoring to small group sessions. I’d also like to take a more active role in maintaining the job posting board on the Greater NYC chapter’s YPT website.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Looking forward to serving on the Board!