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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies
at University of California, Berkeley present the:
2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation:
Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

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Breakout Session [clear filter]
Wednesday, May 3

4:00pm PDT

1A - MAP-21 Performance Management and Federal Affairs Update
This panel will provide an update on efforts to implement Federal MAP-21/FAST Act Performance Management Regulations.

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Giles Giovinazzi

Federal Liaison, Caltrans
In July 2014, Giles Giovinazzi started as the Federal Transportation Liaison for the Caltrans & California High-Speed Rail Authority. He has spent more than 17 years focusing on federal policy, legislative and regulatory issues in the areas of transportation, infrastructure and economic... Read More →

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Matt Hardy

Program Director for Planning and Performance Management, AASHTO
Matthew Hardy is the Program Director for Planning and Performance Management. In this role, he supports AASHTO’s Committee on Planning, Committee on Performance-Based Management, and SHRP2 implementation. Matt also leads AASHTO’s policy and planning work related to connected... Read More →
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Harlan Miller

Team Leader, Planning Oversight & Stewardship, FHWA
Harlan Miller is the Team Leader, Planning Oversight & Stewardship at the Federal Highway Administration.
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Thomas Schriber

Chief, Office of Performance, Division of Traffic Operations, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Thomas Schriber is registered as a civil engineer and traffic engineer in California. He is currently an office chief at Caltrans Headquarters and is responsible for the highway safety improvement program, mobility improvement program, and the strategic highway safety plan. He represents... Read More →
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David Vautin

Senior Planner/Analyst, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
David Vautin, AICP is a Senior Planner/Analyst at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in San Francisco, California, leading the agency’s efforts in the fields of performance assessment and performance monitoring over the past seven years. His analytical work informs... Read More →

Wednesday May 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
California Ballroom

4:00pm PDT

1B - Transportation and a Vibrant Economy: Economic Assessment's Role and Application in Transportation Investments and Economic Development

There is a concerted effort to expand economic analysis into transportation infrastructure planning, design and programming processes. Newly adopted legislation, regulations, executive orders and policies that are requiring the State and local transportation agencies to incorporate economic analysis, including benefit-cost analysis, life-cycle cost analysis and economic impact assessment into long-term planning development, project prioritization and selection.  The analyses, in some instances, must consider economic impacts from public health, climate change adaptation, social equity and environmental effects. The challenge is to develop an effective approach to conducting economic analysis within the various division and programs, and at various stages of project planning and implementation.  This session will discuss the best approach for developing comprehensive and consistent methodologies for conducting economic analysis within and/or across multiple programs and stages of transportation infrastructure planning, design and construction.


Barry Padilla

Chief, Transportation Economics Branch, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Barry Padilla is Chief of the Transportation Economics Branch (TEB), Division of Transportation Planning for the California Department of Transportation.  In this position, Mr. Padilla leads a staff of economist in conducting economic and financial research; development of investment... Read More →

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Matthew J. Holian

Associate Professor of Economics, San Jose State University
Matthew J. Holian is an Associate Professor of Economics at San Jose State University.  He joined the faculty at SJSU in 2008 after earning his Ph.D. in Economics at Ohio State University.  He teaches courses in Cost-Benefit Analysis, Econometrics, Industrial Organization and Regional... Read More →
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Jim Miller

Senior Regional Economist, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
Jim Miller has been a Senior Economist with SANDAG (the San Diego Association of Governments) since 2013; he researches the effects of transportation and land-use decisions on the regional economy. He has worked in economics for over twenty years, in government, academia, and the... Read More →
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Dr. Emily Wimberger

Chief Economist, California Air Resources Board
Dr. Emily Wimberger is the chief economist at the California Air Resources Board where she leads the economic analysis of California’s climate change and criteria pollution regulations and policies. Previously, Emily served as a researcher at the University of California Center... Read More →

Wednesday May 3, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Contra Costa Room
Thursday, May 4

10:30am PDT

2A - Transportation Equity
Transportation equity is a primary objective in public policy for all levels of government in California, but it remains elusive due to the lack of practical guidance and tools on how to achieve it in real life, particularly for long-term transportation infrastructure investments.  This panel focuses on the continuing challenge of engaging all sectors of the traveling community to provide mobility, access, and safety for all Californians.

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Eduardo Serafin

Technical Program Manager, Tech Transfer, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Berkeley
Mr. Serafin serves as Technical Program Manager at the Technology Transfer Program (Tech Transfer) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. At Tech Transfer, Eduardo manages training and professional development programs to address the... Read More →

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Asha Weinstein Agrawal

Director National Transportation Finance Institute, Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) San Jose State University (SJSU)
Asha Weinstein Agrawal is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at San José State University and Director of MTI’s National Transportation Finance Center (also at SJSU). Her research agenda is guided by a commitment to the principles of sustainability and equity: what... Read More →
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Joan Chaplick, AICP

Principal, MIG
Ms. Chaplick brings more than 25 years of experience in public engagement, facilitation and collaborative planning. She has worked throughout the country to design and facilitate outreach strategies at the state, city and local levels. She is skilled in a wide range of outreach tools... Read More →
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Jonathan Overman

Transportation Analyst, Cambridge Systematics
Jonathan Overman is a Transportation Analyst with Cambridge Systematics (CS) with experience in multi-modal and performance-based planning.  Mr. Overman is the Deputy Project Manager on the California Statewide Social Equity Analysis Methodology and Tool. For this project... Read More →
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Vikrant Sood

Senior Social Equity Planner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
Mr. Sood is a Senior Planner at MTC, the metropolitan planning organization for the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Sood has over 20 years of experience in land use, housing, transportation, economic development and education policy and planning at the local and regional level. At MTC... Read More →

Thursday May 4, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
California Ballroom

10:45am PDT

2B - Rural Transportation: The Road to Rural Sustainability

The rural areas of California are critical to the economic and social health of the state. As the state struggles with issues of drought, groundwater management, climate change, and fire prevention, its diverse rural regions provide opportunities to improve California's sustainability. In order to realize statewide environmental, health  and economic benefits for all of California, the state needs to invest in rural communities around transportation infrastructure  and systems that support mobility, access and active living.


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Julia Lave Johnston

Program Manager, Institute for Local Government
Julia Lave Johnston is a Sustainability Program Manager at the Institute for Local Government leading the Land Use and Healthy Neighborhoods components of the Institute’s Sustainable Communities Program. Previously she was Director of the Land Use and Natural Resources program at... Read More →

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Jamie Dean

Program Director, The 11th Hour Project
Jamie Dean is Program Director for The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, and directs the Foundation’s program in renewable energy and climate. Previously, Jamie led the Agriculture subprogram at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and worked for... Read More →
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Caroline Rodier

Associate Director, Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS),UC Davis
Caroline Rodier is the Associate Director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS) at the University of California at Davis. Her major areas of research include transportation and land use planning and environmental policy analysis. Her interests include the development... Read More →
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David Shabazian

Program Manager, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
David Shabazian was named Program Manager for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments’ Rural-Urban Connections Strategy in 2007. This unprecedented program strives to enhance rural economic viability and environmental sustainability through strategies that support and enhance... Read More →

Thursday May 4, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Contra Costa Room

1:30pm PDT

3A - California Demographic Trends: How People Structure Society and Decision Making

Demographic, technological and economic trends in the State of California are changing rapidly and will influence transportation and community planning needs. Where people choose to live and work and how they will make choices about transportation will change the future landscape of our urban, suburban and rural areas.  This panel will explore the dynamic between economic, demographic (diversity, age, income factors) and population distribution and their effect on the future of California.

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Kate White

Deputy Secretary of Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination, CalSTA
Kate White was appointed Deputy Secretary of Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination by Governor Brown in September 2013 at the California State Transportation Agency.   Prior to her appointment at the Agency, Kate spent two decades in the sustainable development field, including... Read More →

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Giovanni Circella

Senior Research Engineer, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Giovanni Circella is a professional researcher at the National Center for Sustainable Transportation and the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California, Davis, who currently shares his time with the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is a senior research... Read More →
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Cynthia Kroll

Chief Economist, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
Dr. Cynthia Kroll became ABAG's Chief Economist and Principal Research Analyst in July 2013. At ABAG, Cynthia oversees economic analysis, directs research activity, oversees Projections methodology, and supervises a team of research professionals. Cynthia's emphasis is on understanding... Read More →
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Tess Lengyel

Deputy Executive Director of Planning and Policy, Alameda County Transportation Commission
Tess Lengyel, deputy executive director of planning and policy for the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), has over 24 years of transportation-related experience. She directs all short- and long-range transportation planning for Alameda County and is responsible... Read More →

Thursday May 4, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
California Ballroom

1:30pm PDT

3B - Healthy Friendships: Building Health and Transportation Partnerships for Shared Outcomes

This panel will explore ways that health departments have worked effectively with transportation to help achieve transportation goals with health co-benefits.  Speakers from both transportation and public health will share their perspectives on the interface between transportation and health agencies; how relationships are established; the opportunities for mutual benefits; and emerging tools for data and modeling.


Marilee Mortenson

Air Quality, Environmental, and Health Planning Branch Chief, Caltrans

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Matt Carpenter

Director of Transportation Services, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)
Matt Carpenter is the Director of Transportation Services at the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. In this role he is involved in planning and implementation efforts that include allocating over $150 million in funding each year towards the operation, maintenance and expansion... Read More →
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Tracey Rattray

Director, Community Wellness and Prevention Program, Contra Costa Health Services
Tracey Rattray, MPH, MSW, has over 15 years experience leading nationally recognized chronic disease prevention programs at Contra Costa Health Services Department. In this role, she oversees projects that reduce risk factors for chronic diseases and injuries focusing on issues... Read More →
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Judy Robinson

Sustainability Manager, Sacramento County
Judy Robinson is a Principal Planner and the Sustainability Manager for Sacramento County. She has over 25 years of experience with local government, community planning and smart growth development. She facilitated the construction of the County’s first complete, green and sustainable... Read More →
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Vikrant Sood

Senior Social Equity Planner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
Mr. Sood is a Senior Planner at MTC, the metropolitan planning organization for the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Sood has over 20 years of experience in land use, housing, transportation, economic development and education policy and planning at the local and regional level. At MTC... Read More →

Thursday May 4, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Contra Costa Room

3:30pm PDT

4A - Changing Technologies: Developing a Infrastructure Driven by Human Choice
New technologies hold great promise to expand the number of choices available to the travelling public. These new technologies also have the potential to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and lower greenhouse gas emissions. How must our transportation infrastructure evolve to help usher in these new technologies? Our panel of experts will open your eyes to tomorrow’s technologically-driven transportation infrastructure needs.

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Randy Iwasaki

Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Iwasaki was appointed by the CCTA Board on April 16, 2010. In his role as Executive Director, he administers the one-half percent sales tax program. The Authority is also the Congestion Management Agency. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Iwasaki was appointed by Governor... Read More →

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Tom Baloga

Senior Director, Government Affairs, Audi of America, Inc.
Tom Baloga came out of retirement in January 2016 to become a Senior Director and head of the Sacramento Government Affairs office for Audi of America. Prior to Audi, Tom had retired in December 2012 from BMW as concurrently: VP of Engineering US, President of BMW Technology Corporation... Read More →
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Melanie Crotty

Director of Operations, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
Ms. Crotty is the Director for Operations at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Melanie is responsible for implementing innovative, cost-effective solutions to improve the travel experience throughout the Bay Area.  Melanie’s responsibilities include delivery of... Read More →
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Lauren Isaac

Director of Business Initiatives, Easy Mile
Lauren Isaac is the Director of Business Initiatives at EasyMile. Easymile provides electric, driverless shuttles that are designed to cover short distances in multi-use environments.  Prior to working at EasyMile, Lauren worked at WSP where she was involved in various projects involving... Read More →
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Paige Tsai

Transportation Research & Policy, Uber
Paige joined Uber’s Policy and Research team in January 2016, and focuses on the future of mobility and transportation. As part of her work, Paige helps local teams foster collaboration with public transit agencies to improve access to transportation for people living in and around... Read More →
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Wei-Bin Zhang

Research Engineer and Program Manager, California PATH Program/UC Berkeley
Wei-Bin Zhang joined the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Berkeley in 1987, and participated in the early founding of the PATH Program. His research covers a broad spectrum of ITS, with considerably more emphasis on technologies and deployment issues... Read More →

Thursday May 4, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
California Ballroom

3:30pm PDT

4B - Planning for Extremes: Adapting Transportation to a Changing Climate

This panel discussion will provide the audience with first-hand experiences and lessons learned in preparing for climate change from the perspectives of the state, local, regional, and private organizations. Presenters will highlight the plans, actions, partnerships, and policies developed to protect the traveling public and the transportation system.

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Ellen Greenberg

Deputy Director for Sustainability, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Governor Jerry Brown appointed Ellen Greenberg as the California Department of Transportation's (Caltrans) Deputy Director for Sustainability, a position the Caltrans Director created to lead the department's efforts in developing and implementing initiatives to align with California's... Read More →

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Louise Bedsworth

Deputy Director, California Office of Planning and Research
Prior to joining the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, Louise Bedsworth was a Policy Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California where she focused on climate action at the local level, adaptation to climate change, and transportation and air quality. She has also... Read More →

Lindy Lowe

Chief Planner, Bay Area Conservation District
Lindy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and public health and a Master of Urban Planning degree with an emphasis in law and environmental policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has also worked for the Los Angeles Regional Planning Department in... Read More →

Dan McElhinney

Chief Deputy District 4 Director, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Liz O’Donoghue

Director of Infrastructure and Land Use, The Nature Conservancy
As Director of Infrastructure and Land Use, Liz O’Donoghue oversees The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter’s policy agenda on infrastructure development and land use, mitigation, transportation policy, and integration with natural resource protection. Previously, she served... Read More →

Thursday May 4, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Contra Costa Room
Friday, May 5

10:30am PDT

5A - Freight Operations and Innovation

From the ports to the farms, the freight transportation system includes the highways, the local roadways and the last mile for freight deliveries to our homes and stores. The panelists will highlight innovations at both scales – the statewide interregional and the local last mile, and provoke discussion on what innovative technologies are out there and what partnerships need to be fostered to put plans into action.

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Chris Schmidt

Chief, Division of Transportation Planning, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Chris Schmidt became the Division Chief of Transportation Planning in February 2017 overseeing over three hundred traditional planning positions and a budget of $200 million.  He previously worked in District 11, San Diego, Planning Division since 2000.  As Chief of Multi-modal... Read More →

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Matt Davis

Director of Government Affairs, Port of Oakland/Oakland International Airport
Matt Davis was appointed Director of Governmental Affairs on April 23, 2015. He has been with Port of Oakland's Governmental Affairs team serving in several leadership capacities since 2004 and is responsible for advocating Port development projects and policies across all Port divisions... Read More →
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Barbara Ivanov

Chief Operating Officer, Supply Chain, Transportation and Logistics Center at the University of Washington
Barb Ivanov is the Chief Operating Officer of the Supply Chain, Transportation and Logistics Center at the University of Washington, where she leads research for the powerful nexus of industry, transportation agencies, and policy makers.  Ms. Ivanov is also the Director of the UW... Read More →
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Aravind Kailas, Ph.D

Principal Technology Planner, The Volvo Group
Dr. Aravind Kailas is employed by the Volvo Group and a member of the Chief Technology Officer’s Research and Technology Office. He guides Volvo’s preparation for the emerging connected and autonomous vehicle ecosystem in collaboration with pertinent business units. Dr. Kailas... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
California Ballroom

10:30am PDT

5B - Transit/Rail Connectivity and Accessibility

As California works to deliver quality, cost-effective mobility choices that help meet our climate goals, the need to support a seamless network for rail, transit, walking, and biking will continue to grow. We can physically link these “allied modes”, but the devil is in the details.  “Network Integration” is the term that is often used to describe how these modes will work together, but what does it mean, exactly?  The panel will discuss three aspects of Network Integration – physical connections, service coordination, and first/last mile access – by describing current investments, plans, and policy efforts.

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Kyle Gradinger

Assistant Division Chief, Rail and Mass Transportation, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Kyle Gradinger is the Assistant Division Chief of the Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation overseeing network integration efforts among rail and transit services throughout California. Kyle serves as a liaison with the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA... Read More →

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Arielle Fleisher

Transportation Policy Associate, SPUR
Arielle supports SPUR's efforts to create a high-quality transportation system in the Bay Area. Previously, she worked at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, where she managed a number of bicycle and pedestrian safety education programs in support of the city's Vision... Read More →
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Ulrich Leister

Ulrich Leister obtained a Master of Science in transportation engineering from the Institute of Technology Berlin (Germany). Ulrich started to get involved with California’s transportation system in 2010 when he wrote a thesis that analyzed the opportunities of integrating California’s... Read More →
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Jennifer Donlon Wyant

Active Transportation Program Specialist, City of Sacramento
Jennifer has over 10 years’ experience in active transportation. Before joining the City of Sacramento, Jennifer served as a Principal at Alta Planning + Design where she managed projects from small intersection improvements, to corridor studies, to citywide planning efforts... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Contra Costa Room