Advisory Board2018-06-25T14:19:35-07:00

Advisory Board

The Institute of Transportation Studies depends on the involvement of leaders and experts to advance research and public education and to solve complex transportation challenges. Advisory board members actively participate in the ongoing development and promotion of UCLA ITS, ensuring that our research is timely and relevant to the policymaking, rulemaking, and practitioner communities. Some specific examples include providing guidance on program activities and research, particularly in identifying programmatic needs and useful research materials and products, participation and cosponsorship of conferences, research, and other activities congruent with their organization’s mission and goals, and assistance with distribution of research findings to relevant audiences, including agency staff or other constituencies. The ITS advisory board meets at least once each year and membership is a three-year appointment.


Jean Armbruster
Director, Los Angeles County PLACE Program

Jean Armbruster, MA, is the director of the PLACE Program (Policies from Livable, Active Communities and Environments) at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The program’s mission is to foster policy change that supports the development of safe, healthy, active environments for all Los Angeles County residents. PLACE makes grants and provides technical assistance to cities and communities to promote the development of policies such as bicycle and pedestrian master plans, complete streets, and safe routes to schools plans. Jean received her bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and her master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach.

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Richard Bloom
Assembly Member, 50th District of California State Assembly

Before he was elected to the California State Assembly, Richard Bloom served on the Santa Monica City Council for 13 years as mayor and mayor pro tempore. Shortly after his election, Richard was appointed chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation. As chair, Assemblymember Bloom has pushed for increasing renewable energy development to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and promote smart, sustainable planning that expands affordable housing and reduces traffic congestion and commute times. Richard received a bachelor’s degree in communication and public policy from UC Berkeley and a law degree from Loyola Marymount University.


Michael Bonin
Councilmember, City of Los Angeles

Michael Bonin represents the 11th District on the Los Angeles City Council, bringing a powerful voice for neighborhood empowerment and common sense solutions to city government. He is working to promote public transit and traffic relief, protect the environment, and use technology to make government more effective, efficient, and transparent. In addition to his transportation portfolio, Mike is also vice chair of the Council’s Innovation, Technology & General Services Committee, and serves as a member of the Budget & Finance, Public Safety, and Trade, Commerce & Tourism Committees.

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Emily Castor Warren
Senior Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Lime

With extensive transportation policy experience in the public and private sectors, Emily has cemented herself as one of the nation’s foremost thought leaders and advocates for shared mobility. She currently works as Lime’s Senior Director of Policy and Public Affairs where she is continuing to advance shared mobility throughout the country. Emily has previously lead autonomous and urban mobility policy for the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. She previously served as director of transportation policy for Lyft, and was a member of the original Lyft team. Emily started her career as a transportation policy aide for a U.S. Congresswoman and later worked as a financial advisor for municipal infrastructure projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and gender studies from the University of California San Diego and master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Stuart Cohen
Executive Director, TransForm

Stuart Cohen is the co-founder and executive director of TransForm. By combining high-quality policy analysis with coalition building and strategic media efforts, TransForm has become a powerful and effective voice for world class transit and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. Previously, Stuart worked with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability as a researcher on the climate impacts of alternative transportation policies and fuels, and at New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) as a toxics campaign coordinator and statewide canvass director. Stuart received a master’s degree in public policy from UC Berkeley.


Steve Heminger
Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Steve Heminger is the executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). He was appointed by U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi to serve on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission. As chairman of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, Steve oversaw construction of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the largest recent public works project in the country. He is also vice president of the board of trustees for the Mineta Transportation Institute and president of the board of directors for the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Steve received his master’s degree from the University of Chicago and bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.

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Borja Leon
Transportation Director, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Before becoming the City of Los Angeles’ Deputy Mayor for Transportation, Borja began his career in transportation while working on rail, highway, structural bridge, and port infrastructure projects for AECOM Inc. As a former Caltrans employee, Borja was involved in project development and engineering for major highway and interchange projects. Leon is a registered professional civil engineer in California and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from UC Davis. Currently, Borja is responsible for developing and implementing Mayor Garcetti’s transportation agenda at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and the City’s Department of Public Works.


Trent Lethco
Principal, ARUP 

Trent Lethco is a principal and leader of ARUP’s Integrated Planning Group in New York. He has more than 15 years of experience working in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has led transportation planning projects both large and small, most of which emphasize multimodal transportation solutions and sustainable street designs. Trent’s areas of specialization are transit-oriented developmen, multimodal corridor studies, downtown master plans, transportation policy, and funding issues. He also has extensive experience directing public involvement for projects involving multiple stakeholders.


Kurt Luhrsen
Vice President of Planning, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

Kurt oversees short and long-range service planning, system and environmental planning, ridership analysis and reporting, emergency evacuation planning and coordination, and fixed route scheduling for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County in Houston, Texas. Kurt holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.


Tim Papandreou
Founder, City Innovate 

Tim Papandreou is the former head of transportation partnerships for Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project. He previously served as chief innovation officer for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, where he supported the city’s economic competitiveness through emerging transportation policy and innovative technology partnerships to enhance the customer experience and optimize use of the public rights-of-way.


Robert Puentes
President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation

Robert Puentes is the president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a nonprofit thinktank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Prior to joining Eno, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, where he also directed the program’s Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. He is currently a non-resident senior fellow with Brookings. Prior to joining Brookings, Robert was the director of infrastructure programs at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Robert has worked extensively on a variety of transportation issues, infrastructure funding and finance, and city and urban planning. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, where he served on the Alumni Advisory Board, and is an affiliated professor with Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. He currently serves on the committee for New York State’s 2100 Infrastructure Commission, the District of Columbia’s Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee, and the Falls Church, Virginia Planning Commission

David Raney
Corporate Manager, Toyota Motor Sales

David Raney has extensive experience in corporate sustainability and environmental management, product planning, transportation emissions modeling, and products liability management. A native of Oklahoma, Raney earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Oklahoma. His professional career includes diesel engine development work at John Deere’s Product Engineering Center, managing environmental and safety technical affairs at Saab-Scania AB and General Motors, and directing Honda’s North American environmental and energy policy and regulatory product compliance strategy for 18 years. In semi-retirement, David provided consulting services to BP, RAND, and IHS-CER on transportation related environmental and energy policy, which led to his latest position at Toyota as corporate manager in the Regulatory Affairs and Powertrain Planning division. David was a federal appointee to the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and a member of EPA’s Mobile Source Technical Research Subcommittee. He completed UCLA’s Anderson School Executive MBA program in 2007. 

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Seleta Reynolds
General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Seleta Reynolds is the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ms. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices for Angelenos and the region. She has more than 17 years of transportation experience throughout the United States and has advised transportation technology companies like WalkScore, contributed to the state-of-the-practice as a NACTO and APBP Board member, mentored young professionals through WTS, and nurtured research on Transportation Research Board committees. 


 Robert Skinner
 Former Executive Director, Transportation Research Board 

In February 2015, after 20 years of service, Robert Skinner retired as the executive director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies. Robert now works as a part-time transportation consultant. Prior to becoming the TRB executive director, Skinner directed TRB’s policy study activities. Before joining TRB, Robert was a vice president of Alan M. Voorhees and Associates, a transportation consulting firm. Robert also served on the Metrolink (Los Angeles) Commuter Rail Safety Review Panel and chaired the Special Advisory Panel for the Stem-to-Stern Safety Review of the Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project. In addition, he served on a number of university and research advisory groups, including the advisory board for the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida and the advisory council for the Carnegie Mellon/University of Pennsylvania University Transportation Center. Robert is a registered professional engineer, and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and master’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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Jarrett Stoltzfus
Director of Policy and Strategic Sourcing, Foothill Transit

Jarrett is the director of policy and strategic sourcing at Foothill Transit, where he leads internal and external national policy efforts and serves as the agency’s chief contracting officer for a system of more than 360 vehicles. Prior to joining Foothill Transit, Jarrett worked in the Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation at the Federal Transit Administration, where he led policy and strategic planning efforts for the federal transit research program. Jarrett holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations and a master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University.

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Phillip A. Washington
CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Washington is the CEO of LA Metro, the nation’s largest modern public works program and the lead transportation planning and programming agency for Los Angeles County. In his position, Washington oversees an agency that transports 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday, riding on a fleet of 2,000 clean-air buses and six rail lines. He was appointed by the mayor of Denver as head of the Host Transportation Committee for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He has testified before U.S. Congressional Transportation Subcommittees and was awarded a White House Transportation Innovators Champion of Change award in 2012. Washington is a 24-year active duty veteran of the United States Army, where he held the rank of Command Sergeant Major, the highest non-commissioned order rank an enlisted person can achieve. He is a disabled veteran and retired from active duty being awarded the prestigious Defense Superior Service Medal for exceptional service to his country. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia College and a master’s degree in management from Webster University.

Allison Yoh
Director of Transportation Planning, Port of Long Beach

Dr. Allison Yoh serves as director of transportation planning at the Port of Long Beach and manages the development of transportation policies that balance Port interests and needs with those of the region, state, and nation. She is also responsible for working with a range of internal, external, public, and private stakeholders to facilitate the integration of transportation, environment, and energy policy related to goods movement. As part of her work in policy development and interagency coordination, she manages the Port’s active transportation program. Prior to joining the Port in June 2013, Dr. Yoh served as associate director of UCLA ITS and the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and served two years as a mayoral appointee to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) Board of Directors. Dr. Yoh was also an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and her master’s and doctoral degrees in urban planning from UCLA.