Announcing the Emerging Leaders in Transportation 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 class of Emerging Leaders in Transportation! We are thrilled to welcome these impressive individuals to the NYU Rudin Center to amplify their leadership skills, develop new ideas to bring to their workplaces, and create an innovator network among local transportation organizations. We can't wait to see what they do.

Meet the Fellows:

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  • Zak Accuardi is a program analyst at TransitCenter, where he conducts original research and figures out how to use data to improve planning and empower transportation advocates.
  • Michael Anderson uses big data and big money to improve accessibility, one taxi at a time, at the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.
  • Candace Brakewood, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York, where she teaches and conducts research in public transit and transportation planning.
  • Sutapa Bhattacherjee is a principal planner at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority responsible for maintaining and updating the Congestion Management System of the agency.
  • Theodore Brown is a project manager at Intersection where he works on the LinkNYC deployment team and has focused his career on the interplay between people, place, and technology.
  • Anthony Burton is a Policy Analyst in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation where he works on the TIGER Discretionary Grants program and the Secretary’s pedestrian and bicycle safety initiative.
  • Holly Chase (MIT DUSP ’11) is a transit planner at Sam Schwartz Consulting who gets fired up about bike commuting, running marathons, and enhancing quality of life through transportation choice.
  • Jamison Dague is the Director of Infrastructure Studies at the Citizens Budget Commission, researching the MTA, Port Authority, and New York City and New York States departments of transportations and their facilities.
  • Marc Ebuña is a co-founder of TransitMatters, a Boston-based transit policy advocacy non-profit group focused on working with government and community leaders to win efficient, reliable, equitable transit service throughout Greater Boston.
  • Jacob Friedman is Product Principal at Via, where he works with Via's partners in the public and private sector to incorporate Via's on-demand transit technology into a range of applications.
  • Alexandra Gore is a transportation engineer at WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, focusing on multi-resolution modeling and capacity analysis on projects of all sizes across the region, and recently completed her Master’s degree from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
  • Inna Guzenfeld is a planner, educator and historian, with a focus on waterfront development and ferry transit in New York City.
  • Jonathan Hawkins is a Senior Transportation Planner in Bus Service Planning at MTA New York City Transit; he has a master's degree in urban planning from Rutgers University and prior experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning.
  • Shrisan Iyer is a plangineer at New York City Transit, working on sustaining and improving our public transportation system, while ultimately interested in making our city a better place to live and work.
  • Min Kim is the Supervisor of Ground Transportation Systems in the Aviation Department of the Port Authority of NY & NJ; currently pursuing an MBA at the Stern School of Business, she holds an masters in public policy and has experience in migration policy, urban issues and community development.
  • Nolan Levenson is a project manager at the New York City Department of Transportation's Pedestrian Projects Group, where he designs and manages the implementation of projects that improve multimodal safety and quality of life throughout New York City.
  • Dennis Lytton is the Program Manager for Safety & Security at the American Public Transportation in Washington, DC.
  • Juan Martinez: Prior to serving as a member of NYC DOT's policy office, where he works to advance Vision Zero, Juan was General Counsel at Transportation Alternatives
  • Carmen Oleksinski is part of the Strategic Initiatives group at MTA New York City Transit where she specializes in policy development, data analysis, and innovative projects that cross departmental borders; she has master’s degrees in transportation planning and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Melissa Plaut is a Program Analyst at TransitCenter; she previously worked at the on-demand taxi app, Hailo, and first became interested in transportation issues when she became a NYC yellow taxi driver – an experience she documented in a memoir, Hack, published by Random House.
  • Adam Popper is a Project Manager for the City of Toronto's Transportation Services Division, and is focused on bringing about more sustainable and equitable cities through multi-modal transportation.
  • Renata Silberblatt is an urban planner interested in the intersection between transportation networks and community resiliency; prior to her current position as Policy Director of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program at the [NYS] Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, she was the Senior Analyst at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.
  • Seth Ullman is an Assistant Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where he develops policies and plans that facilitate safe, efficient, and equitable mobility.
  • Jackson Whitmore recently graduated with an M.S. in Public Policy and Data Analytics from Carnegie Mellon and now works as an Associate Planner at Regional Plan Association.

The fellowship will be directed by Sarah Kaufman of the NYU Rudin Center.

This fellowship is co-sponsored by the University Transportation Research Center.