YPT San Francisco Bay

Welcome!

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The San Francisco Bay Area boasts an exciting and diverse community, whatever your passion, just like our local chapter of YPT. Our members and friends include a  huge variety of transportation professionals, advocates, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts who share a  common purpose: working toward safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation in the Bay Area.

YPT’s core mission is to ensure that this community is supported with career guidance, fellowship, and networking opportunities. Our events and programs are numerous, varied, always engaging, and truly benefit from the active participation of our members and friends. Don’t be shy! Become a member today, sponsor our programs, and join us at one of our exciting events.

The furious pace of our events and innovative programs can only be sustained with your active participation and with membership and sponsorship support. If you’re not already a member, join us! If you’re already one, let us know how we can make things better. Thanks for your interest in YPT.

SF Bay Chapter Board Elections 

Elections for the 2017-2018 YPT SF Bay Board of Directors are coming up! We are excited to announce the amazing group of board candidates up for election, as well as give you more information on what to expect over the coming weeks with the elections process.

ELECTIONS TIMELINE

  • October 16, 2017:  All eligible voters will receive an email with voting instructions. Online voting for National and Chapter elections opens at 9:00 AM EDT.
  • October 27, 2017: Online voting for National and Chapter elections closes at 8:00 PM EDT.
  • Results will be announced to the YPT membership in early November. The new Board term for selected candidates will begin November 1, 2017.

2017-2018 BOARD CANDIDATES AND STATEMENTS OF INTEREST 

Chair Candidates

Lee Reis – Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers. I have served as the Chair of YPT SF Bay this past year, and it would be my pleasure to take everything I’ve learned and serve as the Chair for a second year. In 2017 we had a full and successful year of programming, including two major speaker events with over 100 attendees, two “YPT Goes to the Ballgame”s (in Oakland and SF), and of course our monthly happy hours. I made sure that the other board members (the real reasons the events were so successful) had the resources they needed and that meetings ran smoothly – and on time! For my second term, I plan to focus on growing the partnerships we have built this past year, along with the important work of improving our organizational systems so that we can continue to put on a variety of fun events for transportation professionals while making work easier for the rest of the board.

Claudia Herrera  Operations Manager, Motivate. My goal in running for the YPT board is to continue to create, and maintain sustainable transportation solutions. I have worked in bike share for the past 4 years, and have been able to aid and guide the operation of 3 different systems. The chance to share my experience working in this emerging industry, with other likeminded individuals, would be a great opportunity. As a recent transplant to the Bay Area, I strive to make tangible change in the way the region moves. I believe my involvement with YPT will help serve that purpose.

 

Deputy Chair Candidates

Alexander Grant – Transportation Planner, Maximus Real Estate Partners. Alex has dedicated his time and energy to growing the YPT organization while serving on the Board as Deputy Chair in 2017. During his term, Alex has raised over $1,750 in sponsorship for YPT, funds that directly contribute to events and scholarships YPT has promoted. Alex’s role at Maximus Real Estate Partners has afforded him the opportunity to improve mobility in new and existing multi-family developments and has led to a plethora of public engagement events within the San Francisco transportation community. Alex looks forward to continuing his place on the Board through 2018.

Claudia Herrera – Operations Manager, Motivate. My goal in running for the YPT board is to continue to create, and maintain sustainable transportation solutions. I have worked in bike share for the past 4 years, and have been able to aid and guide the operation of 3 different systems. The chance to share my experience working in this emerging industry, with other likeminded individuals, would be a great opportunity. As a recent transplant to the Bay Area, I strive to make tangible change in the way the region moves. I believe my involvement with YPT will help serve that purpose.

 

Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance Candidates

Erin McAuliff – Senior Transportation & Mobility Planner, Marin Transit. I am running to continue my current role as Vice Chair for Finance in a second term. I hope to continue working with the Board to preserve YPT SF Bay’s excellent financial health and offer programming that provides members and sponsors an exceptional return on their investment.

Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration Candidates

Arielle Fleisher  Transportation Policy Associate, SPUR. I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue to be a part of Young Professionals in Transportation. For the past year I have served as the Vice Chair for Programming. In this role, I helped plan a variety of events including YPT Goes to the Ballgame, an evening with the CEO of Motivate and Demystifying the Job Hunt. I also helped organize a host of happy hours to provide young professionals the opportunity to network and meet other people in the field. I really enjoy engaging with young professionals who are eager to learn more about transportation and hope to continue to be involved in YPT as the Vice Chair for Administration. I am very organized and feel that I could successfully record all business and proceedings at YPT Board Meetings. Having already been on the board, I am aware of the expectations of the role and feel that I have the time and energy to commit to this position. YPT is a great organization and I would be honored to continue to be a part of it.

Vice Chair for Communications / Membership Candidates

Hemamalini Nagarajan – Engineer II, WSPIn grad school, I was part of 2 different organizations ITE – TAMU Chapter and Civil Graduate Peer Mentoring (CGPM). I was the webmaster for ITE, maintaining the website, event pages as well as details of all members. As Vice President of CGPM, I worked on growing the mentor and mentee list. Hence, I would be able to serve well in this position with assistance from my past experiences.

Alexander Grant – Transportation Planner, Maximus Real Estate Partners. Alex has dedicated his time and energy to growing the YPT organization while serving on the Board as Deputy Chair in 2017. During his term, Alex has raised over $1,750 in sponsorship for YPT, funds that directly contribute to events and scholarships YPT has promoted. Alex’s role at Maximus Real Estate Partners has afforded him the opportunity to improve mobility in new and existing multi-family developments and has led to a plethora of public engagement events within the San Francisco transportation community. Alex looks forward to continuing his place on the Board through 2018.

 

Vice Chair for Programs / SF Focus Candidates

David Zyck – Customer Success Manager, WeDriveU. As an employee at WeDriveU, I’d like to continue facilitating our involvement in the Bay Area planning community.  We’re passionate about reducing SOVs usage and supporting multi-modal transportation options.  It’s a priority for us to be aware of current planning issues so that we can better serve our customers. On an individual level, this would be a great chance to continue building my professional network.  YPT provides a platform to meet planning stakeholders across the public, private and non-prfit sectors.  I’d like to lend my support in organizing engaging events so that YPT continues to make an impact in the local community. Please consider voting for me as Vice Chair for Programs (SF focus)!

 

Vice Chair for Programs / East Bay + South Bay Focus Candidates           

Elynor Zhou – Transportation Planner/Engineer, Fehr & Peers. I am always passionate about involvement in professional organizations not just as a member but as a contributing board officer. Before starting my career, I was active as student officer at EWB(UCLA), ITE(UCLA) and WTS(Philadelphia, both Professional and Student chapter). I had experience in event brainstorming, workshop and field visit coordination, poster design and member recruitment. I just moved to San Jose three months ago but I would love to help organize more events to bring like-minded transportation enthusiasts together in the South and East Bay, so it would be a great opportunity to join YPT as a Vice Chair for Programs. I am based in San Jose but am willing to travel when needed.

 

Vice Chair for Sponsorship Candidates

Alexander Grant – Transportation Planner, Maximus Real Estate Partners. Alex has dedicated his time and energy to growing the YPT organization while serving on the Board as Deputy Chair in 2017. During his term, Alex has raised over $1,750 in sponsorship for YPT, funds that directly contribute to events and scholarships YPT has promoted. Alex’s role at Maximus Real Estate Partners has afforded him the opportunity to improve mobility in new and existing multi-family developments and has led to a plethora of public engagement events within the San Francisco transportation community. Alex looks forward to continuing his place on the Board through 2018.

Sara Barz – Clipper Associate Program Coordinator, Metropolitan Transportation Organization. As a big supporter of YPT, I would like to take on a position of leadership on the 2017-2018 YPT SF Bay Board. While I currently work at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on the Clipper Program, I’ve done some political and non-profit fundraising in my career, and I would like to develop my fundraising skills on behalf of YPT. In 2015, I graduated with a Master of City Planning in Transportation from UC Berkeley. As a volunteer, I’ve worked with SPUR to produce the annual Transit + Design Workshops for the past two years, and I am a co-organizer of the Transit Oriented Beers happy hour series.

 

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