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2018-2019 Board of Directors
Ai Yamanaka, Chair
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.
Jeffrey Brauner, Deputy Chair
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. Jeffrey was recognized for his work in support of NYNJR by Progressive Railroading as a 2018 “Rising Star”.
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.
Erik Jensen, Content Manager
Staff Analyst, MTA New York City Transit
Erik Jensen is a staff analyst in the Data, Research, and Development group at New York City Transit. Day to day, his group analyzes large data sets to find new ways to make buses and subways run more efficiently throughout the city.
He originally became passionate about improving transit while waiting for the unreliable Ride On bus outside of Washington D.C. after school. Two years into working for NYCT however, he now has far more esoteric subway knowledge than one could ever need for a dinner party.
Erik has a B.S. in Engineering from Swarthmore College and an M.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning from Northwestern University.
Angello Salazar, Treasurer
Capital Planning Analyst, MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Angello Salazar is a Capital Planning Analyst within the Planning and Analysis group of MTA Bridges and Tunnels. As part of this role, Angello works on business cases, investment justifications, and conducts different analyses to understand the agency’s facilities, their conditions and its users.
Angello holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy where he completed concentrations in Transportation Planning and Urban Design. He also earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Rutgers University.
Angello’s interest in transportation is a direct result of his lifelong observance and experience on how the built environment influences health and social mobility. He is passionate about public health, active transportation, sustainability, and social justice.
Shati Khan, Communications Manager
Transportation Planner, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Shati is a transportation planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the Special Projects and Development team. Her role mainly involves forecasting future ridership to develop the agency’s long-range transportation planning priorities as well as conducting data analysis for ongoing MTA planning studies. Previous to her career in transportation planning, Shati worked in public relations and publishing.
Shati has a graduate degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Tufts University. Outside of work, Shati enjoys kickboxing and improving her Korean.
Dash Henley, Membership Manager
City Planner, New York City Department of Transportation
Dash Henley is an urban planner working for the NYC Department of Transportation as a capital budget analyst, focusing on street reconstruction projects. Prior to this, he was a television producer at CUNY TV for six years, where he produced pieces on the city’s ethnic and immigrant communities. Transportation-related pieces 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.
Josue (Josh) Paul, Events & Programs Manager
Assistant Transit Analyst, MTA New York City Transit
Josue (or Josh) works in Capital Program Management at New York City Transit, as a coordinator for Hurricane Sandy Recovery & Resiliency projects.
Josh’s interest in transportation is rooted from his passion for urban environments and learning more on their ways of functioning. Often you can find him aimlessly exploring parks and waterfront spaces around the New York City.
Josh holds a B.S. in Physical Sciences from St. John’s University and an M.S. in Urban Sustainability from the City College of New York.
Chris Canary, Events & Programs Manager
Leadership Fellow, PANYNJ
Chris Canary is a Leadership Fellow with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Growing up in Oregon, he first discovered his love of public transportation and urbanism while working in Washington DC after college, biking to work and taking the Metro to go rock climbing. He studied public health as an undergraduate at Brown University, and is passionate about advocating for improved public transportation through a public health lens. He received his MPP from the University of Cambridge, writing about strategies taken by transit agencies in Asia and Europe to increase farebox recovery ratios, and prior to grad school he spent six months in Guatemala studying the camioneta system of former US school buses being repurposed for public transit.
Before pursuing a career in transportation, Chris worked in consulting and taught debate at a university in China. When he’s not in transit, he can be found reading in coffee shops, failing to add value to his trivia team, and watching standup comedy. He has read The Power Broker, and expects his medal in the mail any day now.
Rebecca (Ray) Noble, Professional Development Manager
Transportation and Infrastructure Specialist, NYC Office of Emergency Management
Rebecca (Ray) Noble works at New York City Emergency Management as a Transportation and Infrastructure Specialist. She hails from the Midwest and relocated to NYC to pursue a graduate degree in Urban Planning at Columbia University. When she’s not nerding out about transit, you can probably find her running around Prospect Park, reading, or playing board games.
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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.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS MANAGERS (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.
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.
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.