LEAH SHAHUMFounder & Executive Director
The Founder and Director of the Vision Zero Network is Leah Shahum, bringing nearly two decades of proven success championing movements to advance active transportation. Leah served as the longtime Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, leading significant change on the streets and in the policies of this leading city. She also served as a policy maker on the Boards of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District and the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, and the national Alliance for Biking and Walking. Leah can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ZACH VANDERKOOYSpecial Projects
Zach works with staff from both Vision Zero Focus Cities and Emerging Cities, as well as with advocates — and help develop useful resources and specific standards to guide cities toward successful Vision Zero efforts. He also guides strategies for the Network overall to advance Vision Zero across the country. Zach brings a wealth of experience in helping innovative cities share urban design and policy innovations. He helped introduce protected bike lanes to U.S. streets as one of the architects of the Green Lane Project and is the founder of Inspired by Cities, a small batch consultancy specializing in leadership development study tours in Denmark and the Netherlands. Zach can be reached at email@example.com.
Bob Dallas is a civil lawyer with extensive experience in developing and implementing public health and safety behavioral programs. In 1989 Bob co-founded Safe Kids of Georgia and has spent 25+ years working on public health and transportation safety initiatives, 20 years as a planning commissioner, and 8 years as Georgia’s highway safety director. Bob currently chairs Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) and was appointed by DeKalb County to serve on the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority board. He also serves on the Road Safe America, Cowart Family Ashford-Dunwoody YMCA, and Dunwoody Planning Commission boards. Bob now works with DEKRA North America to develop and implement Vision Zero policies.
Nicole Ferrara is the executive director of Walk San Francisco, the City's pedestrian advocacy organization working to reclaim San Francisco’s streets as safe, shared public spaces for everybody to enjoy. Prior to working at Walk SF, Nicole worked at Prevention Institute, a national public health non-profit working to prevent injury and illness in the first place, and provided pedestrian and bicycle planning consultation services to the Alameda County Transportation Commission. Nicole holds a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and has served on the Caltrans District 4 Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the City of Berkeley Transportation Commission, and the board of the Alliance for Biking and Walking.
Niko Letunic is a principal at Eisen | Letunic, a transportation, land use and environmental planning firm based in the S.F. Bay Area. Niko has almost 25 years of professional planning experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. A long-time resident of San Francisco, Niko was born in Ecuador and raised in Colombia. He was the founding board president of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, has served on the Citizens' Advisory Committee of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and is currently on the board of directors of Walk San Francisco, a pedestrian advocacy organization.
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age and social, economic, or ethnic background. Gil is the founder and chair of the internationally recognized Canadian non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. He is chair of World Urban Parks, as well as senior advisor to Children & Nature, Vision Zero Network, and America Walks.
Ed Reiskin is the Director of Transportation for the City & County of San Francisco. He leads the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, responsible for operating the Muni transit system, transportation planning and engineering, parking and traffic management, taxi regulation, and bike and pedestrian safety. Ed is past President of the National Association of City Transportation Officials and passionate about making our cities streets better and safer for all who use them.
Martha Roskowski is Vice President of Local Innovation for the national non-profit PeopleForBikes. She runs the Green Lane Project to get better bike lanes on the ground in U.S. cities. Previously, she led the City of Boulder’s innovative transportation planning, policy and program efforts. She ran the America Bikes campaign on the federal transportation bill which created the Safe Routes to School Program and launched the Complete Streets movement. She also spent seven years as the Executive Director of statewide advocacy group Bicycle Colorado.
Margo Pedroso is the deputy director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a national organization dedicated to making it safer for kids and families to walk and bike to school and in daily life. She has twenty years of experience in federal policy, lobbying and grassroots engagement. She currently oversees the organization's regional network project, which advocates for regional policies and funding supportive of Safe Routes to School and active transportation. Margo also directs the organization's operations and finances and assists the Executive Director with partner outreach, fundraising and strategic planning.