Announcing the 2022 Emerging Leaders in Transportation


Congratulations to the 2022 class of Emerging Leaders in Transportation!  The NYU Rudin Center is thrilled to welcome these accomplished individuals to amplify their leadership skills, develop new ideas to bring to their workplaces, and create an innovator network among transportation organizations.


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Meet the 2022 cohort:

  • Casey Barrett (Michael Baker): Casey is a civil engineer in Michael Baker’s Transportation Planning Department, who focuses on active transportation and sustainable infrastructure projects.
  • Philip Betheil (NYC Department of Transportation): Philip Betheil is a transit enthusiast and planner who loves working to improve bus service for all New Yorkers as Deputy Director for Bus Priority at NYCDOT.
  • Abraham Calderon-Rodriguez (Steer): Abraham is a transport decarbonization enthusiast that works for governments, financing institutions, and multilateral development agencies in Latin America.
  • Gloria Campbell (NYC Economic Development Corporation ): Gloria is a transportation planner and problem solver who leverages policy, infrastructure, and technology to create a more sustainable and fair future for people and cities.
  • Modou Cham (ICF): Modou Cham is a Senior Sustainable Mobility Specialist at ICF.
  • Hayden Clarkin (TransitCon): Hayden Clarkin is the Founder/CEO of TransitCon, a free and virtual transit conference platform focused on uplifting all voices.
  • Peter Drivas (Port Authority of NY & NJ): Peter Drivas is a supervising analyst at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where his work focuses on business process improvement and customer experience enhancement.
  • Lisa Fiedler (MTA): Lisa Mae Fiedler, Acting Manager of Reporting & Analytics for MTA HQ, manages data visualization tools, open data, and metric reporting for the MTA.
  • Kemal Gafar (Mitsubishi): Kemal is a systems engineer at Mitsubishi Electric with 8 years of experience working on transportation infrastructure and is actively developing train control systems for the MTA.
  • Shanti Gonzales (Transit App): Shanti manages Partner Communications for the Transit app, working closely with transit agencies and mobility operators to develop impactful rider-facing campaigns.
  • Ian Hartz (MTA Bridges and Tunnels): Ian Hartz, AICP is a Senior Policy Planning Analyst at MTA Bridges & Tunnels working on policy, operations, and data analysis for the Central Business District Tolling Program, commonly known as congestion pricing.
  • Sarah Jampole (VHB): Sarah is a Traffic Engineer at VHB focusing on traffic analysis and modeling who is passionate about understanding the policies that drive decision making and their impact on our ever-evolving transportation needs.
  • Shati Khan (Replica): Shati is a native New Yorker (recent Brooklyn transplant) currently working at the intersection of tech and transportation.
  • Anne Krassner (NYC Department of Transportation): Anne is an urban planner in NYC working to forward transportation equity and make our city more livable.
  • David Mejia (NY State Department of Transportation): David Mejia is an Assistant Engineer with the Intelligent Transportation Systems group at the New York State Department of Transportation; his research interests include sustainable city planning and multimodal transportation.
  • Mark Perelmuter (Hatch): Mark is a transportation professional who is passionate about combining engineering, operational, and social knowledge to improve the efficiency and sustainability of transit systems.
  • Katie Radin (Lacuna): Katie Radin is a passionate urbanist and start-up leader working at the intersection of technology and urban planning to bring sustainable, equitable, mobility solutions to cities across the US. 
  • Jacqueline (JQ) Ramos (Solutions 4 New Mobility Education): Jacqueline (JQ) Ramos is a sustainability and equity focused consultant with a business development and government affairs background in the autonomous and electric vehicles industries. 
  • Patrick Scalise (MTA NYCT): Patrick Scalise is a Transportation Planner at MTA-NYCT who is committed to improving people's transportation options and access to their cities.
  • Siddharth Shah (Sam Schwartz): Siddharth Shah is an urban planner and engineer who focuses on improving people's quality of life by delivering analyses and projects that enable them to walk, bike, or drive in a city safely. 
  • Sam Sklar (Econsult): Sam is a Director at Econsult Solutions, a Philadelphia-based firm, leading the development of the firm's collaboration with transit and transportation agencies around the United States.
  • Yumika (Miki) Takeshita (Via): Miki is a transportation policy and planning professional committed to ending reliance on personal vehicles and providing a sustainable transportation network for society's most vulnerable residents.
  • Yanisa Techagumthorn (Nelson/Nygaard): Yanisa Techagumthorn is a transportation planner focused on transit equity and climate justice and is currently working as a Senior Associate at Nelson\Nygaard.


The fellowship is directed by Sarah M. Kaufman, Interim Director of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation.

This fellowship is co-sponsored by the C2SMART Center, a USDOT University Transportation Center, at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.


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