Previous
Next

San Francisco + San José + Oakland

Ideas + Action 2022

Ideas + Action, August 22, 2022 at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco

About

Ideas + Action 2022: Mobility for All

Monday, August 22, 2022

1 p.m. - 6 p.m. keynote, panel discussion, working sessions, and reception

The Commonwealth Club

110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

 

This year’s Ideas + Action symposium is designed for Bay Area leaders with the ambition to drive impactful change in our region’s transportation sectors. Join us as we take the first steps toward creating a region where our ability to move isn’t determined by the constraints we encounter today but by the aspirations that we have for tomorrow.

 

Sponsorships are available. Email afasenmyer@spur.org for further information.

 

Sponsors as of May 16, 2022

Agenda

The Bay Area’s transportation system is a vital component of our daily lives. Its freeways and ferries, bike paths and buses, trains and trolleys move residents and visitors alike to homes, jobs and everywhere in between. But this system is also inefficient, underfunded and often fails to effectively serve the people it was designed for, creating an unsteady foundation as the region grows.

How can we break through bureaucratic stalemates to reform governance, change funding mechanisms to finance the right projects, better align state-level transportation and sustainability goals, deliver once-in-a-generation infrastructure and deploy agile policies to guide the changing mobility landscape — all while providing transportation opportunities that serve everyone equitably? Sometimes all it takes is being in the right room at the right time.

 

Ideas + Action 2022: Mobility for All -- Agenda


1 p.m.  |  REGISTRATION


1:30 p.m.  |  INTRODUCTION + KEYNOTE

Kick-off the day with a keynote from one of the nation's most inspiring transportation leaders.

  • Beverly A. Scott, PhD / Beverly Scott Associates

1:45 p.m.  |  DIALOGUE: WHY EQUITABLE TRANSPORTATION IS CRITICAL FOR OUR FUTURE

Hear our keynote speaker in conversation with SPUR's President and CEO, Alicia John-Baptiste, as they discuss what it takes to build a future where transportation is truly equitable.

  • Beverly A. Scott, PhD / Beverly Scott Associates
  • Alicia John-Baptiste / President and CEO, SPUR

2 p.m.  |  PANEL DISCUSSION: HOW DOES THE BAY AREA LEVERAGE CALIFORNIA'S — AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S — TRANSPORTATION AGENDA?

We'll expand on the themes of the dialogue and bring in the leaders of three of California's most influential transportation planning agencies to discuss how the region can capitalize on transportation agendas being developed at the state and federal levels and develop a framework of mobility for all in the Bay Area.

  • Toks Omishakin / Secretary, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)
  • Therese McMillan / Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
  • Jeffrey Tumlin / Director, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)
  • Beverly A. Scott, PhD / Beverly Scott Associates
  • Alicia John-Baptiste / President and CEO, SPUR

3 p.m.  |  BREAK


3:20 p.m.  |  WORKING GROUPS

Join one of the following roundtable discussions with thought leaders from around the Bay Area to find common ground, accelerate action-oriented thinking and tackle some of the biggest challenges facing transportation in the region:

 

SESSION A: FUNDING FUTURE TRANSPORTATION -- Climate change poses an existential threat, but yet we continue to expand our highway systems. Why, and what can we do about it?

  • Facilitated by Jeanie Ward-Waller / Deputy Director of Planning and Modal Programs, Caltrans

 

SESSION B: WELCOME TO THE STREET, YOUR NEWEST PUBLIC SPACE -- Presented by Gensler -- Why is it so difficult to establish inclusive — and permanent — slow street strategies, and how do we encourage their widespread adoption in all communities?

 

SESSION C: INFRASTRUCTURE TO POWER TOMORROW -- Presented by PG&E -- How do we create opportunities for everyone, regardless of income or housing type, to benefit from the electric vehicle revolution without increasing the number of cars on our streets — and how do we fund it?

  • Facilitated by Heather Thompson / CEO, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)

 

SESSION D: ESTABLISHING A NEW MODEL FOR NEW MOBILITY -- What can we do to encourage the extensive use of new transportation solutions, such as bikeshare to electric scooters, in our cities?

  • Facilitated by Kay Cheng / Senior Manager for Micromobility and Transit Policy Strategy, Lyft

 

SESSION E: SEAMLESS TRANSIT FOR A MORE UNIFIED REGION -- Presented by Google -- How do we create a harmonious, coherent experience for transit riders in the Bay Area?

 

SESSION F: REINVENTING TRANSIT FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE -- How do we balance the existential tradeoffs that exist in operating transit and plot a path beyond recovery to success?

  • Facilitated by Claudia Preciado / Director of Engagement, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

5 p.m.  |  RECEPTION

Continue the conversation over drinks.

Speakers

Keynote Speaker:

Headshot of Beverly Scott

Beverly A. Scott, PhD

Beverly Scott Associates

 

Beverly A. Scott, PhD, is a trailblazing leader in public transportation management and a powerful voice for workforce development, diversity, and people-oriented service. Her career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades, including as General Manager for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Rail & Transit Administrator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CEO and General Manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), CEO and General Manager of the Sacramento Regional Transit Authority (SRTD) and General Manager of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA). She has also served in senior level positions at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York), New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and the Houston Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Houston METRO).

Dr. Scott is a past chair of the Rail-Volution Board of Directors, currently serves on the boards of the American Public Transportation Association and the Transportation Learning Center and was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity as well as the California High-Speed Rail Peer Review Group. Dr. Scott also serves in an advisory capacity to the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute of Race and Justice at Harvard University Law School in the areas of transportation, infrastructure and equity and as a research associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute at San José State University. She also founded Introducing Youth to American Infrastructure, Inc. (“iyai+”), a national non-profit dedicated to inspiring, educating and engaging today’s youth to be tomorrow’s community builders, with special emphasis on improving the active participation of our most vulnerable youth and historically underutilized groups in infrastructure careers.

Among her many accolades, Dr. Scott received the 2014 Sharon Banks Humanitarian Leadership Award in Transportation from the Transportation Research Board for her advocacy on behalf of public transit users and workers and for her tireless efforts to improve the lives of others, and was named a “Transportation Innovator of Change” by President Barack Obama in 2016.

 

PANELISTS:

 

Toks Omishakin Headshot

Toks Omishakin

Secretary, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)

Toks Omishakin was appointed the Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) by Governor Gavin Newsom and sworn in February 2022. He previously served as Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) since 2019, where he managed a $15 billion budget and nearly 22,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highway, maintain approximately 20,000 bridges, provide permitting of more than 400 public-use airports, fund three of Amtrak’s busiest intercity rail services and provide transit support to more than 200 local and regional transit agencies.

Omishakin’s transportation vision for California features a safe, equitable, sustainable, and multimodal transportation system that builds on strong local partnerships. As Caltrans Director, he and the leadership team established the 5 Priorities for the Department in 2019 and, in 2020, finalized a new Strategic Plan with a focus on Caltrans’ foundational principles of Equity, Climate Action and Safety. He also encouraged a Caltrans culture of innovation and intelligent risk-taking, as transformative innovation will be needed to achieve zero traffic-related deaths and reduce GHGs by 40% by 2030.

Having been immersed in the transportation industry for almost two decades, Secretary Omishakin came to CalSTA and Caltrans following eight years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). There, he successfully established environmental, multimodal and planning policies to make TDOT one of the best state DOTs in the country. As Deputy Commissioner for Environment and Planning, he was responsible for an administrative and project budget of more than $300 million annually. He also led the activities of the divisions of Environmental Services, Long-Range Planning, Multimodal Transportation Resources, and the Freight and Logistics Division.

 

Therese McMillan Headshot

Therese McMillan 

Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Therese Watkins McMillan is Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), assuming the agency's top staff position March 1, 2019. She also serves as the top executive for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).

McMillan previously worked for 25 years at MTC, and for more than eight years as MTC’s deputy executive director for Policy before her 2009 appointment by then-President Barack Obama to serve as deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation. McMillan subsequently served as Acting FTA administrator from March 2014 to March 2016 before taking the position as Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s chief planning officer in April 2016. During the final five years of her original MTC tenure, McMillan also was an instructor of transportation funding and finance in the Transportation Management Graduate program at San Jose State University’s Mineta Transportation Institute.

 

Jeffrey Tumlin Headshot

Jeffrey Tumlin 

Director, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

Jeffrey Tumlin was named Director of Transportation of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in December 2019. He oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni), parking, traffic engineering, bicycle and pedestrian safety, transportation accessibility, and taxi regulation for the City & County of San Francisco. 

Jeffrey is the former director of strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. Previously he served as Interim Director of the new Oakland Department of Transportation. 

For more than twenty years, he has led station area, downtown, citywide, and campus plans, and delivered various lectures and classes in 20 U.S. states and five countries. His major development projects have succeeded in reducing traffic and CO2 emissions by as much as 40 percent, and accommodated many millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic. These projects have won awards from the U.S. General Services Administration, Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, and Urban Land Institute. 

He is the author of Sustainable Transportation: Tools for Creating Healthy, Vibrant and Resilient Communities (Wiley, 2012).

 

 

image-20220517101335-1

Alicia John-Baptiste

President and CEO, SPUR

Alicia John-Baptiste is the president and CEO of SPUR. She is responsible for defining the overall vision and strategy for the organization. A seasoned leader and public policy professional, Alicia has over 20 years of experience reimagining systems to create better outcomes for people. Her optimistic vision and practical approach inform SPUR’s efforts to build a Bay Area where all people can thrive.

Prior to her time at SPUR, Alicia developed deep appreciation for local government and its commitment to the collective good while serving in leadership roles for the City and County of San Francisco, most recently as Chief of Staff at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Locally and nationally recognized for her public policy expertise, inspirational perspective and creative approach to systems change, Alicia focuses her talents and experience on building shared dreams. Alicia holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.

 

 

Sponsorship

Sponsorship Matrix


For information about sponsoring Ideas + Action 2022: Mobility for All, please contact Amanda Fasenmyer at afasenmyer@spur.org

Supporters

Sponsors as of May 16, 2022

Refund Policy

Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

Auxiliary Services

If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to publicprograms@spur.org or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.