OUR STAFF

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LEAH SHAHUM

Founder & 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 serves on the Steering Committee for the national Road to Zero campaign. Leah 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.

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KATHLEEN FERRIER

Policy & Communications Director

Kathleen works with staff from Vision Zero Focus Cities and Emerging Cities, and advocates around the country to advance, measure, and maintain meaningful Vision Zero commitments and actions. She is an urban planner who brings demonstrable experience in advancing successful active transportation policies, projects, and programs, including the creation and mobilization of Vision Zero in San Diego. Kathleen has used her expertise in transportation and land use policy to create successful partnerships and coalitions, and work with communities and advocates to build leadership skills and advocate for better local transportation networks.

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JENN FOX

Advisor

Jenn is a non-profit professional who applies her science expertise to improve public policy. She is the former Executive Director of the Bay Area Space Open Council, a network of 65+ nonprofit and public agencies serving tens of millions of Bay Area residents through the trail maintenance and stewardship of 1 million acres of publicly accessible park lands. Over the last 20 years, Jenn has worked internationally as a Director at the ClimateWorks Foundation, and locally, writing the first greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan for the City of Oakland.

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BOB DALLAS

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.

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NAOMI DOERNER

Naomi Doerner is a transportation equity strategist with 10-years of national experience across the non-profit, private, and public sectors. Since May 2017, Naomi has been working as the City of Seattle's Department of Transportation's lead on the newly established Transportation Equity Program, among one of the first programs of its kind in the country, focused on addressing access and affordability. Prior to Seattle, Naomi co-founded Seneca Planning, a transportation equity research, planning, and advocacy consultancy. Naomi is also a co-organizer of The Untokening, a national collective and professional development network of leaders of color working to create fair and just streets and communities. She also serves on the Boards of ioby and PlayBuild.

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NICOLE FERRARA

Nicole Ferrara is Chair of the Vision Zero Network's Advisory Committee. She is a leader in the City of Oakland Department of Transportation's Great Streets Division and the manager of Oakland's Vision Zero initiative. Prior to Oakland, Nicole was 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. Nicole 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.

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CARLOS HERNANDEZ

Carlos Hernandez is a Transportation Planning Associate at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation working on the City's Vision Zero initiative through street design and project development. Prior to working at LADOT, Carlos managed the launch of the 70-station bike share program with the City of Oakland's Department of Transportation and focused on instituting a more accessible and equitable program. His commitment to create active streets in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color led him to develop youth bike programs in southern California and serve as a board member for Cycles of Change, an Oakland-based organization that creates young leaders through bicycle and environmental programming.

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NIKO LETUNIC

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.

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GIL PEÑALOSA

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.

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ED REISKIN

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.

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MARTHA ROSKOWSKI

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.

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MARGO PEDROSO

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.

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