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YPT SF Bay 2017 Kick Off

“The Right to Transportation”

Please join us for an evening of engaging conversation

with BART Director Lateefah Simon 

Limited spots remain for this event. Get your ticket now.  If you’ve already signed up, please consider inviting a friend, you know, the one all fired up about more equitable and robust transit.

YPT SF Bay is excited to present BART Board Director Lateefah Simon in a conversation moderated by Sage Vista’s Sarah Syed on “The Right to Transportation.” Transportation is vital. The Supreme Court has recognized the right to travel as one of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Millions of low-income and working-class people, people of color and people with disabilities live in communities where quality transportation choices are unaffordable, unreliable, or nonexistent. As we work toward the goal of a fairer and more equal transportation system, let’s come together in conversation on transportation and civil rights, intersectionality, and the future of BART.

We’re looking forward to seeing you Monday and celebrating another year of fantastic outreach, networking, and education for young professionals in Bay Area transportation.

Drinks and Mediterranean appetizers will be served. 

When: Monday January 30, 2017, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Where: PlanGrid, 2111 Mission Street, Suite 404, San Francisco

ICYMI, Lateefah Simon wants to hear from you, please take her BART Accessibility Survey here. It takes less than five minutes and will help her get to know BART riders.

*Please submit your advance questions for Lateefah Simon on the Event listing on Facebook or on Twitter with hashtag #yptkickoff. We’ll also take questions in person on the night. 

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Lateefah Simon is President of the Akonadi Foundation, an organization based in Oakland, CA, that funds and nurtures racial justice movement building to eliminate structural racism and expand opportunity for youth of color. In 2016, Lateefah won election to the BART Board of Directors, representing District 7, where as a transit-dependent woman she is fighting for equitable mobility. She is also an California State University Trustee, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve the largest public university system in the world. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice, Lateefah has over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area.  She has been on the frontlines for the most vulnerable communities in the Bay Area since age 15, when she was recruited to be an organizer for the Center for Young Women’s Development (CYWD). At 19-years-old she was appointed Executive Director of CYWD, where she served 11 years and brought the organization to national acclaim.

At 26, her work earned her the distinction of the youngest woman ever to receive a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. She went on to lead the creation of San Francisco’s first reentry services division under the leadership of then District Attorney Kamala D. Harris. Lateefah later served as Executive Director of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Program Director at the Rosenberg Foundation. Lateefah has received awards for her work including Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World, the Remarkable Woman Award from Lifetime Television, the Levi Strauss Pioneer Activist Fellowship, the New Frontier Award from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, “Woman of the Year” by the California State Assembly, and inclusion in Oprah Magazine’s first ever “Power List”, Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 40 Under 40, and the Root 100.  An avid speaker, Lateefah lectures across the country at top conferences and universities on community leadership and social change. Lateefah lives in West Oakland and is a mother of two daughters.

Our kick off event is graciously hosted by PlanGrid.


February Happy Hour, February 2nd

What: Acronym Happy Hour with TOB, YPT, SoQU, and QMB

When: Thurs. Feb. 2nd, 5:00-8:00pm

Where: The Port Bar, 2023 Broadway, Oakland

Transit Oriented Beer (TOB), Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), the Society of Queer Urbanists (SoQU) and Queers Makin’ Beers (QMB) and are throwing an acronym happy hour in the back room at the Port Bar. Come have a drink IRL!  Let us know you are interested and see who else is coming here!

The Port Bar is just north of 20th Street at Broadway in downtown Oakland. It is accessible by BART and the free B bus, other transit lines, bikes, roller skates, electric scooters, etc.! The space is wheelchair accessible.


Past Events

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Check out flyers and photos from our past events below and in our Picasa web albums.

There are four key components of YPT’s program of events:

Networking Events
These are a great way to get to know your fellow transportation professionals and students in a relaxed, informal setting. We meet at various venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Networking events generally feature an invited distinguished guest who is a leader in transportation. YPT SF Bay events are free, unless otherwise noted.

Leadership Seminars
Seminars present an opportunity meet and interact with distinguished leaders in transportation. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about speakers’ work, career path, and for advice to today’s young professionals. Speakers invited to attend have included prominent transportation practitioners.

Technical Tours
Tours offer members the opportunity to explore transportation in practice.

Board Meetings
The YPT SF Bay board of directors meets regularly. At these meetings, we discuss the group’s goals and strategies and plan events.

YPT SF Bay’s goal is to hold large events with guest speakers quarterly, as well as smaller more intimate events every four to six weeks.  These can include things like technical tours, seminars, trivia nights, or the always fun YPT Beers with Peers events, where you can learn about the exciting things your peers are working on!

If you have any ideas for other types of events, if you’d like to lead a YPT Beers with Peers event, or for more information, please feel free to contact us!

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