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2019-2020 Board of Directors
Jeffrey Brauner, 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.
Dash Henley, Deputy Chair
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.
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.
Josue (Josh) Paul, Membership 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.
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.
Scott Middleton, Events & Programs Manager
Senior Planner, EBP US
Scott Middleton is a Senior Planner and Analyst at EBP US (formerly known as EDR Group), where he evaluates on the economic impacts of transportation programs with a special emphasis on resilience planning and emerging transportation technologies. Scott holds a Master of City Planning and M.S. in Transportation from MIT. At MIT, he wrote his thesis on discrimination in shared rides and also conducted research into the feasibility of implementing high-speed rail in the United States.
Previously Scott worked as a Community Planner at the U.S. DOT’s Volpe Research Center in Cambridge, MA, where he managed the FHWA/FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program. He also worked as an intern at Fehr & Peers, helping to draft master bicycle/pedestrian plans and evaluating the safety impacts of Vision Zero efforts. Scott is a passionate cyclist who biked across the United States twice (same direction each time) with the non-profit organization Bike & Build.
Matt Kroneberger, Events & Program Manager
Account Supervisor, Ogilvy
Matt Kroneberger is an infrastructure communications specialist. He currently manages community engagement for FEMA’s Risk MAP Program for Region II (NJ, NY, PR, USVI) and encourages flood resiliency across tiers of government and with primary stakeholders. As a transportation planner, project manager, and outreach coordinator for the NYC Department of Transportation, he designed bus priority and bike infrastructure projects in coordination with MTA New York City Transit with the direct feedback of thousands of New Yorkers. He has been a lifelong infrastructure professional and enthusiast, and has lived and worked America’s most urban geographies – Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and is a proud Brooklyn resident of five years.
An avid multimodal traveler – if a prolific eater – you may find him metro-ing, bus-ing, cycling, scooting, or even walking the roads and rails of Madrid, Taipei, LA, DC, or Queens.
Rayn Riel, AICP, Communications Manager
City Planner, NYC Environmental Protection
Rayn Riel is a project manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and he is passionate about improving the New York region’s physical infrastructure. He is from Brooklyn and has previously worked for MTA NYC Transit and for the NYC Department of City Planning. He studied urban policy and planning at Tufts University, where he founded a student group that helped plan for the MBTA Green Line extension to campus. He enjoys traveling, making GIS maps, and volunteering for the Riders Alliance.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.