Total Mobility Project Voucher funding requests = $62,339,967.

Clean Mobility Forum Speakers

Shalem Aboody-López (Founder + Artist + Cultural Strategist – Pueblo Planning) They/Them

Shalem Aboody-López, Founder of Pueblo Planning, is an Artist and Cultural Strategist who facilitates community storytelling and provides visual and audio art services to advance social justice advocacy and uplift the experiences and vision of Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (QTBIPOC) and other communities who have been marginalized. Shalem utilizes storytelling and participatory art-making to engage communities in the planning and policy process to dismantle unjust systems and co-develop equitable communities. Additionally, they offer workshops on justice-centered storytelling and participatory planning and policymaking rooted in repair, relationships, reciprocity, and respect.

Brytanee Brown (Founder & Principal – emergent labs) She/Her

Brytanee has over 10 years of experience centering people, especially the healing of racialized people through the lens of transportation, arts & culture, and economic development. Currently, she works as the principal and founder at emergent labs, a justice-oriented design studio that uplifts the multi-layered Black, Indigenous, and People of Color experience to navigate complex issues. Brytanee seeks to leverage her passion for the built environment to develop justice-oriented organizations, governments, and companies while building power in communities of color. Before starting emergent labs, she launched several regional and local initiatives. Brytanee has complementary work experience in the fields of health equity and affordable housing and has led community engagement projects focused on addressing racial disparities. This unique experience has honed her ability to design comprehensive and crosscutting transportation-related programs, projects, and policies, build coalitions, and deeply understand how vital it is for transportation infrastructure to create healthy communities and connect residents to economic opportunity. Brytanee is a McNair Scholar, Next City Vanguard Alum, and the daughter of the Black Feminist movement. She has spoken and moderated panels for the American Planning Association, PolicyLink Equity Summit, National Association for City Transportation Officials (NACTO), SPUR, and the North American Bikeshare Association. 

Steffani Charkiewicz (Associate Air Quality Engineer – Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District) She/Her

Steffani Charkiewicz is an Associate Air Quality Engineer for the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. She has worked at the District for 17 years in the Vehicle and Engine Technology (VET) Section of the Transportation and Climate Change Division. While at the District she has worked on  transportation incentives to help reduce air pollution through attrition of higher polluting equipment. Most recently she has been the lead staff of the Our Community CarShare Sacramento (OCCS) program. The OCCS program, with grant funding from CARB, provides low income residents of disadvantaged communities with zero and near zero emission carsharing. This effort has required Steffani to implement new sites, design new program features, apply for future funds, write and edit reports, and adaptively manage the program.

 
Christine Corrales (SJCOG) She/Her

Christine Corrales is a planning manager with the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) where she leads a diverse team on regional housing, climate resiliency, clean mobility, and community partnerships. SJCOG is the lead agency for the Stockton Mobility Collective, which is comprised of a group of partners with the mission of increasing transportation options and access in Stockton with a focus on assisting disadvantaged and low income communities. The Stockton Mobility Collective is funded with a $7.5 million Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP) grant from the California Air Resources Board.

Benjie de la Peña (CEO – Shared-Use Mobility Center) He/Him

Benjie is the CEO of the Shared-Use Mobility Center; he chairs the Global Network for Popular Transportation; is the founder of Agile City Partners; and writes and curates Makeshift Mobility, a fortnightly newsletter covering innovations in informal transportation. He also convenes the Shared Mobility 2030 Action Agenda and edits and produces Pop Transport. Benjie serves on the board of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the US Advisory Committee of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, the UITP Informal Transportation Working Group, the Digital Transport for Africa Partners Committee, the MobiliseYourCity Steering Committee, and is a Senior Fellow for Mobility for the Canadian Urban Institute. He served as the first-ever Chief of Strategy and Innovation for the Seattle Department of Transportation. He and his team drafted the city’s Transportation Information Infrastructure Plan. He also led the development of Seattle’s New Mobility Playbook. 

Denée Evans (Transportation Services Project Manager – City of Richmond) She/Her

Denée Evans is a Transportation Services Project Manager for the City of Richmond’s Transportation Department. She is responsible for the citywide parking management programs, electric micromobility programs, leads the city’s public electric infrastructure expansion, champions local and regional multimodal green transportation, and serves on various local, regional and state parking and transportation electrification technical committees. Denée has over 20 years in the public sector and incorporates an entrepreneurial approach to developing programs, managing systems and seeking innovative public private partnerships to deliver services to benefit the community.

Orval Elliott Jr. (Roads & Transportation Director – Hopland Band of Pomo Indians) He/Him

Orval Elliott Jr. (OE), is a member of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians. The Reservation is located approximately 100 miles north of San Francisco in Mendocino County. Orval went back to school in 2011 and in 2013 obtained an A.A. in Natural Science. In 2019, he went on to Sonoma State and obtained his B.A. in Liberal Arts. Orval has worked for his Tribe for the past 30 years in various positions. In 2014, he became the Roads & Transportation Coordinator, and in 2018, the Roads & Transportation Director. It is his responsibility to maintain the roads in a safe and reliable manner. Orval is excited to be a part of the Tribe’s first Zero Emissions Project and he’s looking forward to collaborating with the Clean Mobility Options program. 

Dennis Gakunga (Chief Sustainability Officer – City of Chula Vista) He/Him

As the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chula Vista, Dennis leads the City’s Office of Sustainability and Smart City campaign. His responsibilities include managing the implementation of a wide range of sustainability programs and smart city initiatives. His previous experience includes serving as a department director and assistant director for multiple municipalities and public agencies in Texas and California. Dennis has also worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting and PWC Consulting. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a B.S. in Information Systems and Management Sciences from the University of Texas, Arlington. 

 
Shasta Gaughen (Environmental Director & Tribal Historic Preservation Officer – Pala Band of Mission Indians) She/Her

Shasta Gaughen is the Environmental Director and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pala Band of Mission Indians in Pala, California. She has worked for Pala since January 2005, and established Pala’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office in 2008. Dr. Gaughen received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2011, and her Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous Peoples’ Law from the University of Oklahoma in 2021. She is Chair of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and a member of the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals’ Climate Change Advisory Committee. Dr. Gaughen is also the director of Pala’s Tribal Climate Health Project.

Fedolia “Sparky” Harris (Principal Planner – City of Sacramento) He/Him

Fedolia “Sparky” Harris holds a B.A. in Geography/Ecosystems and an M.A. in Urban Planning both from UCLA and has been a planner for the City of Sacramento for over 20 years following a 7-year stint in regional transportation planning with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). He has managed a variety of efforts for the City from establishing and managing the carshare program to working with Congresswoman Doris Matsui to bring back the electric streetcars. In 2016, Sparky ended 8 years of service on the City of Elk Grove Planning Commission in anticipation of relocating his family to Midtown Sacramento to enjoy a more walkable and car-light lifestyle.

Cesar Hernandez (CMO Program Manager – CALSTART) He/Him

Cesar Hernandez joined CALSTART in 2021 as a Program Manager. He works on the Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO), the first program in the nation to provide zero-emission mobility to underserved communities and improve people’s health and quality of life. He manages the CMO team members and all aspects of the CMO program deliverables including developing a model that could be replicated in other states or at the national level. He oversees industry engagement and collaboration with multiple partners including the California Air Resources Board (CARB).  He aims to embed racial equity in program design, team operations, implementation, partner development, outreach, and support. He leads key elements of voucher processing to launch, manage, and continuously improve operations of Clean Mobility Options (CMO) Voucher Application and Processing division. Cesar holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Cesar considers himself a commuter cyclist and enjoys navigating through the urban landscape on his bike.

Gloria Huerta (Chief Operating Officer – Míocar) She/Ella

Gloria Huerta is the Chief Operating Officer for Míocar. She currently oversees the day-to-day operational and administrative functions of Míocar. Her primary focus has been on the strategic development, deployment, management, and expansion of Míocar’s electric vehicle carsharing program available in Richmond, Stockton, Tulare County, and Kern County. As someone who grew up in Orosi, an unincorporated community where Míocar originally launched, Gloria has been able to see the impact that Míocar has had in her community.

Joey Juhasz-Lukomski (Program Manager – Shared-Use Mobility Center) He/Him

Joey is a Program Manager at Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC). Prior to joining SUMC, he was the Executive Director of BikeVentura, a grassroots bicycle education and advocacy nonprofit. Previously, he was the Operations Manager at the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition. 

Pete Lauer (Program Manager – Shared-Use Mobility Center) He/Him

Pete is a Program Manager at Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) supporting a range of research projects, including the Mobility-On-Demand Learning Center, a national analysis of mobility partnerships, and a variety of needs assessments and evaluation reports. Pete brings a data-driven approach to problem solving from his previous career as an engineer.

Joe Martin (Partner Success Principal – Via Transportation) He/Him

Joe Martin is a Partner Success Principal with Via Transportation. He is based in Los Angeles and leads Via’s West Coast Partner Success Team, which manages Via’s current services in the Western United States. Joe supports both the Richmond Moves and Calexico On-Demand microtransit services. Relevant for his session, Joe has a background in data and analytics, majoring in math as an undergrad and previously working at a predictive analytics company.

Lauren N. McCarthy (Director and Strategic Lead – Shared-Use Mobility Center) She/Her

Lauren is the Director and Strategic Lead of California and Western States Programs at Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC). Her work includes managing and contributing to various dimensions of the Clean Mobility Options Program and supporting multiple SUMC research initiatives. Lauren is also a Ph.D. Candidate at the Schar School for Policy and Government. Her dissertation work investigates the applicability of established policy process models in the introduction of novel technologies, with a focus on micromobility.

Josh Meyer (Community Design Program Director – CivicWell) He/Him

Josh Meyer is Director of Community Design Programs at CivicWell. Over the last decade he has directed numerous transportation corridor, downtown and rural community public design charrettes in California that included mobility assessments, focus meetings and collaborative workshops. He has presented at national and state conferences, workshops and public hearings, taught at the UC Davis Extension program, and developed educational materials on form-based codes, pedestrian-friendly street design, compact development, green streets and infrastructure, and energy-efficient neighborhood design. Josh has a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from California State University, Long Beach. He received his Masters degree in American History from the University of California, Irvine, with a focus on politics and the history of urban development in California.

Natalia Perez-Bobadilla (Research Communications Coordinator – Shared-Use Mobility Center) She/Her

Natalia is an Urban Studies professional specializing in Communications and Urban narratives. Natalia Joined the Shared-Use Mobility Center as Research Communications Coordinator in March 2023 where she uses storytelling to engage communities, evaluate projects, and communicate lessons learned. With a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Journalism from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, she was granted an Erasmus Mundus Partner country scholarship to study for a Master’s degree in Urban Studies in the four European cities of Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid. She interned at the Mexico City Lab and worked in Berlin for an urban planning firm for three years, where she worked on projects for relevant institutions like GIZ, and the BBSR, UNDP and Cities Alliance. 

Grace Person (Senior Project Manager – CivicWell) She/Her

Grace is a Senior Project Manager at CivicWell, she provides technical assistance to communities to pursue funding opportunities, conduct community planning, and coordinates engagement and collaboration on community infrastructure projects. For the past nine years, her work has included public engagement process design, small and large group facilitation, and public outreach on a range of public policy issues. Prior to joining CivicWell, Grace worked with federal, state, and local government agencies and nonprofit clients to engage a range of stakeholders. Grace has a Master’s in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School in Vermont and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Colorado College in Colorado.

Miriam Pinski (Research Analyst – Shared-Use Mobility Center) She/Her

Miriam comes to Shared-Use Mobility Center with a background in equitable transportation research. Her scholarship focuses broadly on travel and the built environment (including parking), transportation economics and finance, and travel among demographic groups that face barriers to mobility, including women, older adults, and people with low incomes.

Angelina Rahimi (Founder & President – Aura Planning Inc.) She/Her

Angelina Rahimi is the Founder and President of Aura Planning Inc. She has practiced transportation planning, urban design, project management, and community engagement for over 20 years. Aura Planning’s mission is to create a transformative impact by providing sustainable mobility solutions to underserved communities while actively involving them in the clean economy.

Creighton Randall (Mobility Development, Inc.)

Biography will be added soon.

Shirin Sadrpour (Environmental Affairs Officer – Los Angeles Department of Transportation) She/Her

Shirin Sadrpour is an Environmental Affairs Officer with LADOT’s Bureau of Transportation Technology who has more than 15 years of experience in the environmental industry, providing both technical and managerial support for a variety of environmental projects.  Shirin supports LADOT’s Chief Sustainability Officer with the city’s newly established Shared Mobility Group. Shirin also supports and coordinates sustainability related initiatives from the Mayor’s Green New Deal, and manages the CARB Sustainable Transportation Equity Project grant, a multi-agency and inter-departmental LADOT team that will develop and manage mobility wallet, community micro-mobility, on-demand micro-transit, an electric vehicle charging network, active transportation infrastructure and community outreach.

Judis Santos (Equity Officer and Assistant Director – Metropolitan Transportation Commission) She/Her
Judis Santos is an Equity Officer and Assistant Director with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Association of Bay Area Governments where she oversees key equity-center initiatives ranging from regional funding policy to program delivery.  Judis supports the agency’s newly established Access/ibility, Culture, and Racial Equity Office (ACRE), which is focused on building a comprehensive culture of equity that provides everyone in the Bay Area the opportunity to participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Judis leads the agency’s Lifeline Transportation Program, the inaugural Community Action Resource and Empowerment (CARE) grant programs and is supporting a multi-agency and inter-departmental income/means-based regional collaborative (transit, transportation) to improve mobility and affordability.
Tejus Shankar (Lyft)
Tejus Shankar is passionate about the intersection between transportation and land-use to create equitable futures for our cities. As a Policy Development Manager, Tejus leads Lyft’s transit, bike and scooter policy development while further solidifying opportunities for public-private partnerships in mobility. Tejus brings nearly a decade of experience working in both public and private sectors. As a former management consultant, he has a background in analytics, thought leadership, project management, and mobility innovation and has worked as an innovation fellow with both the MBTA and LA Metro. His academic background also integrates business and public policy. Tejus holds an MBA from UCLA with a focus on real estate and supplementary coursework in urban planning. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelors in economics and public policy. Tejus currently lives in San Francisco and can be found often riding a bike on the slow streets!
Will Sowers (Zipcar)

Biography will be added soon.

Raúl Ureña (Mayor – City of Calexico, Calexico On-Demand) He/She/They

Raúl Ureña was born in Salinas, California to a father who migrated between the Imperial Valley to Salinas following the lettuce fields. Mayor Ureña is currently the youngest and first transgender, nonbinary person to serve in this position. Raúl graduated UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Economics. They are a relentless activist for social justice in the Imperial Valley.

Sydney Vergis, Ph.D. (Deputy Executive Officer – Mobile Sources & Incentives, California Air Resources Board) She/Her

Dr. Sydney Vergis was appointed Deputy Executive Officer at the California Air Resources Board in June 2023. Dr. Vergis’ responsibilities include overseeing new and emerging air pollution control programs and policies related to mobile emissions sources. In addition, she oversees the incentive programs in the Sustainable Transportation and Communities Division and the Mobile Source Control Division (MSCD). Previously, Dr. Vergis was the Division Chief of MSCD, overseeing the development and implementation of medium-duty, heavy-duty and off-road emissions regulations, as well as many of CARB’s incentive programs. She previously led CARB’s Legislative Office and is a former Senior Land Use Planner and former Yolo County Planning Commissioner. She is also a member of the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club. Dr. Vergis received a B.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, a B.A. in Economics and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy, from the University of California Davis.

Melisa Walk (Policy Associate – Pacoima Beautiful, Electro-Bici Program) She/Her

Melisa graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with majors in Environmental Economics and Policy and Environmental Studies with an emphasis in environmental justice. Her goal is to increase access to green spaces, clean water, air, economic opportunities and clean energy. Melisa works as the Policy Associate at Pacoima Beautiful. Her role is to position frontline communities at the forefront of policy decisions at the state and local levels.

Join us at the Clean Mobility Forum for a one-day in-person networking event!

The Clean Mobility Forum will be composed of a keynote plenary, panels, workshops, and a closeout plenary and reception. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and connect in person with clean mobility project awardees, experts in the field, and other potential partners, as well as learn about and share project lessons and successes. 

A scholarship of up to $650 is available to qualified attendees. Click here to apply for the scholarship.

The deadline for receiving a discounted hotel room rate of $130 has been extended to September 18th!