Introducing the 2015 Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellows

Congratulations to the 2015 class of Emerging Leaders in Transportation! The NYU Rudin Center is thrilled to work with this prestigious group to amplify their leadership skills, help them bring tangible improvements to their workplaces, and create an innovator network among local transportation organizations. We’re eager to see what they do.

Meet the 20 Fellows of 2015:

HS_Anbinder,JakeJacob Anbinder is a policy associate at The Century Foundation, a non-partisan, progressive think tank based in New York, where he researches and writes about transportation policy with a focus on urban mass transit.


HS_Calbitaza,MargaritaMargarita Calbitaza is currently a Project Manager of Special Projects in the Capital Engineering Department of MTA Metro-North Railroad; she has over 9 years of experience in bridge engineering and a keen interest in capital programming.

HS_Coleman,HayleyHayley Coleman is a Transportation & Infrastructure Project Manager at NYC Emergency Management; a native New Yorker who spent 6 years living abroad studying and working in urban, infrastructure, and sustainable development policy, she enjoys making cities stronger and sharing global best practices.

HS_Decker,TabithaTabitha Decker is a Program Analyst at TransitCenter, a foundation committed to improving urban mobility; she has a PhD in sociology and previously researched the political significance of Dubai’s urban rail system and the experiences of women taxi drivers around the world.

HS_Greenidge,HenryHenry L. Greenidge is the Senior Policy Advisor for Budget at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, where he focuses on tracking and monitoring the City’s portfolio of resiliency projects and initiatives.


HS_Haber,StaciStaci Haber is the Mobility Management Coordinator at NYC DOT, coordinating with transportation service providers, project managers, and the community to improve mobility opportunities for people with disabilities, older adults, and low-income individuals.


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Ellis Kim (Sam Schwartz Engineering): Multi-modal traffic engineer, year-round bicycle commuter, consumed by the minutiae, but seeks to see the forest for the trees.



HS_Labadie,MadelineMadeline Labadie holds an MPA from NYU Wagner and serves as a Strategic Planning Analyst for the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, where she focuses on policy development and project management for Vision Zero.



HS_Mani,DenisDenis Mani (Arup) works in the Americas and beyond to improve urban quality of life through advancing innovative technologies and policies in transportation and land use.

HS_Moody,RachelRachel Moody has professional experience in public policy, transportation planning, environmental law and economic analysis, and is currently working as a Leadership Fellow in the Aviation Department of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

HS_Myers,ShaneShane Myers is currently the Senior Associate at Kasirer Consulting where he assists clients in the real estate and infrastructure development industry and has previous experiences working with government officials.


HS_Nguyen,StephanieStephanie Nguyen is the CEO of Landmark, a navigation app for walking directions using crowdsourced photos of landmarks and physical markers; she is a designer focused on the intersection of walkable cities, active transportation and urban design.

HS_Pangilinan,ChristopherChris Pangilinan has a background in civil engineering and transportation planning. With a passion for data and innovation, he works to improve subway and bus service as Manager of Service Data Analysis at New York City Transit.


HS_Paul,ElizabethElizabeth Paul is a project manager with the Strategic Initiatives group at MTA Bridges and Tunnels in New York City, specializing in innovative fare and toll payment technologies; she has a master’s degree in transportation from MIT.


HS_ReissGouge,TaylorTaylor Reiss Gouge is a Senior Project Manager at the New York City Department of Transportation, where she works on transit-related projects including the development and implementation of new Select Bus Service routes.


HS_Salama,PaulPaul Salama is a Senior Urban Planner at WXY architecture + urban design where he focuses on, among other topics, the future of mobility in cities, especially vehicle electrification and last-mile freight solutions.



HS_Thayne,JuliaJulia Thayne is the Director of Urban Development at Siemens Center for Cities, where she is pioneering a new type of knowledge-based public-private partnership by sharing with local governments worldwide Siemens technical expertise, global best practices, and data-driven infrastructure planning approach.

HS_Thomopoulous,EftihiaEftihia Thomopoulos is the Program Director for the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), a nonprofit civic organization, where she works with both the public and the private sectors to promote policies that aim to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in New York City’s five boroughs.

HS_Sokol,MaxwellMaxwell Sokol, AICP is a Senior Planner at Parsons Brinckerhoff, and also serves as Vice President of Committees for the American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter, a professional association that represents 1,400 practicing planners in New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley.

HS_Untermyer,AdrianAdrian Untermyer (NYU Wagner ’15) is Deputy Director of the New York City Historic Districts Council and began his career representing Welfare and Food Stamp applicants as a Legal Advocate with the Urban Justice Center.

The Emerging Leaders in Transportation program is funded by a grant from the University Transportation Research Center at the City College of New York.

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online this week:

  • Super-commuting takes hold for more workers (Link)
  • Is Uber really about the transport? (Link)
  • Once again, the 7 train takes the top spot in subway rankings (Link)
  • Urban streetscape redesigns: before and after (Link)
  • Mayoral leadership and the 7 train opening  (Link)
  • Tour the Second Avenue Subway construction via drone (Link)
  • Peace of mind for walking home with this new app (Link)

Photo by: Linh Nguyen                                                                                                       Post by: Sean Lewin (signing off from his internship today. Thanks for your fantastic work, Sean!)

What We’re Reading This Week

What we’ve read online:

  • With school back in session, a crackdown on lead-foot drivers (Link)
  • E-hails are legal, judge rules (Link)
  • Pilot for bus-mounted bike racks begins in Staten Island (Link)
  • In China, opting to kill pedestrians over maiming them (Link)
  • The bus system that has saved South Africa millions (Link)
  • 7 train extension set to open Sunday (Link)
  • Fun facts about the 7 line branching out to 11th ave (Link)

Photo above by: Nekenasoa                                                                                          Post by: Sean Lewin

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