SEBNEM TUGCE PALA
CONTACT // PROGRAMS@YPTRANSPORTATION.ORG
YPT SAN FRANCISCO
Sebnem joined YPT International as the Director of Programs in 2020. Sebnem has been working in the field of sustainable transportation policy since she moved to the Bay Area in 2016. She believes in the power of technology to provide accessible, affordable, sustainable, safe and equitable transportation for everyone. She is one of the policy wonks who can translate policy into tech talk. Previously, she worked for Miami’s first unicorn startup, REEF Technology, as the Energy Grant Strategy Director and she led AmpUp’s Public Policy and Government Affairs team. Her previous work experience includes: the European Union’s non-profit lending institution (European Investment Bank) in Luxembourg, a rural development case study in Kenya at the International Labor Organization in Switzerland, and an internship with top 100 artificial intelligence startup Iris Automation’s public policy and regulatory affairs team in San Francisco and with the third largest micro-mobility startup Spin Electric Scooters.
While studying at UC Berkeley, she did policy research on autonomous drones and autonomous vehicles at UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center. Sebnem studied Professional Diploma Program in Business Administration and Project Management at UC Berkeley, MA in Development Studies at Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (IHEID) and another MA in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. She speaks seven languages. Her interests include traveling to exotic places as an avid traveler, practicing yoga and meditation, and playing with clay.