Board Members

Office: Board President



Yoriko Kishimoto serves on the boards of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Ward 2) and TransForm. Yoriko was Mayor and Council member of Palo Alto where she led many initiatives on sustainable transportation and land use.

She has an MBA from Stanford University and BA from Wesleyan University.






Office: Board Vice President

JoeKottDr. Joseph Kott has over thirty years of experience in transportation planning at the local, regional, and state geographic scales for both public agencies and private consultancies. Dr. Kott teaches courses in transportation and the environment and planning for sustainable urban and regional transportation as an adjunct faculty member within the San Jose State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Stanford University Program on Urban Studies, where he also serves as Visiting Scholar.

Dr. Kott holds a B.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, master’s degrees in both transport planning and traffic engineering from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a PhD in urban and regional transport planning from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.




Office: Board Secretary-Treasurer

michellederobertisMichelle DeRobertis  is a licensed Traffic and Civil Engineer in California specializing in bicycle, pedestrian and sustainable transportation issues. She holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Transportation Engineering, both from the University of California at Berkeley. Michelle was a transportation engineering consultant for over twenty years managing nonmotorized and traffic calming projects in California as well as in Charlotte NC, Chicago IL and Lima Peru.

She is an Instructor for U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies Technology Transfer Program and has guest lectured graduate courses at UC Berkeley and CSU San Jose in City and Regional Planning.

She serves on the Bicycle Technical Committee which advises the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. She received a fellowship from the German Marshall Fund to study TOD and land use in Italy and Germany in 2009



John Eells  is a transportation planner with 34 years of experience preparing comprehensive transportation plans and developing sustainable transportation projects at the local and regional level. John’s experience includes 2 years in the Legislative Analyst Office in the California State Legislature, 5 years with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), 7 years as the Transportation Planning Coordinator for Marin County and 20 years as a consultant. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

John has assisted in the preparation of Regional Transportation Plans for Sacramento and Lake Tahoe and reviewed Regional Transportation Plans throughout California for conformance with State greenhouse gas reduction requirements for the California Attorney General’s Office.

He participated in a joint effort by Caltrans and the California Council on Science and Technology to develop a proposal for a new California Center for Transportation Innovation to coordinate transportation research activities in California.

John has also managed major multi-modal transportation studies, evaluated the feasibility of proposal ferry services, and worked on the implementation of several rail transit projects including the Sacramento Light Rail project, the ACE Commuter Rail Service from Stockton to San Jose, the SMART Commuter Rail Service from Cloverdale to Larkspur, proposed AMTRAK service from Oakland to Reno, and the proposed high speed Maglev Service from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.



Sue Prant has been involved in bicycling for over 20 years. In the early nineties she became the first Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition and grew the organization from a handful of committed folks to over 1,500 members. As director she increased funding, added events, established a center city office and lobbied for over 40 million dollars of federal funds for bike projects in the region, including the Philadelphia Bicycle Network of over 300 miles of bikes lanes- one of the largest in the country and the first large scale US city bike network of its kind.

In 2006, Sue moved to Boulder Colorado, where she re-vamped the city Bike to Work Day and Walk & Bike Month programs, dramatically increasing participation and local sponsorship. In 2006, she also served on the founding board of Community Cycles, Boulder’s first nonprofit bicycle organization. Community Cycles is a community bike shop offering Earn-a-Bike and safety and education programs, as well as bike advocacy.

Each year, Community Cycles recycles over 2000 bikes, putting those bikes into the community. In 2008, Walk & Bike Month/ Bike to Work Day became a program of Community Cycles under Sue’s leadership. In 2010, Sue took on the additional role at Community Cycles of Development and Advocacy Director. In her first year in that position, Sue increased Community Cycles budget by 50% through federal and local funding sources.



John Renne
Dr. John L. Renne, AICP is an Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans (UNO) and Director of the Merritt C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute. Dr. Renne is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). His research focuses on transportation and land use planning, including livable communities, sustainable transportation, and evacuation planning.

Dr. Renne is an author and editor of Transit-Oriented Development: Making It Happen (Ashgate, 2009). Since moving to New Orleans in August 2005, Dr. Renne has shown leadership in the city’s recovery. He serves on a number of local and national boards within the transportation and planning fields.

Dr. Renne has convened several national conferences and workshops on issues related to transit-oriented development and livability, sustainable transportation, and evacuation planning. He is a founding host of the National Evacuation Conference and he chairs the City of New Orleans Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee.



Marianna Grossman joined in 2009 the Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV),  a consortium of more than 100 businesses, governments, research and civic organizations founded in 2000 inspiring innovation for a more sustainable region and world.  Under her leadership SSV has developed the EcoCloud™ platform for collaboration and innovation, and contributed to “smart communities” projects, such as assisting Santa Clara University to implement a smart micro grid for their campus, facilitating long-term planning for a state-of-the-art business park in Silicon Valley.

She led creation of a Roadmap for Implementing Sustainability, initiated a Cooperative Agreement with NASA Ames Research Center for a Showcase of Solutions for Planetary Sustainability and founded the WEST Summit, an annual event about science, technology and implementation of solutions. Previous roles include Partner for Sustainability and Innovation at Minerva Consulting; investor in high tech start-ups; and corporate roles in the automotive, computer and semiconductor industries. She earned an MBA from Yale University and a BA, cum laude, with distinction in Policy Studies from Dartmouth College where she studied under mentors Dennis and Donella Meadows.



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John Duncan  is the Executive Director of Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (MPO) in Portland, ME 1989 to present; Regional Transit Planner at Greater Portland Council of Governments in Portland, ME 1982 to 1989; Regional Transit Planner at Capital Region Council of Governments in Hartford, CT 1979 to 1982. BA in Geography from Middlebury College in VT in 1974;

Masters in Regional Planning from UMass Amherst in 1978; MBA from U. of Southern Maine in 1990.






Reid Ewing, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and columnist for Planning magazine, writing the bi-monthly column Research You Can Use. Earlier in his career, he was director of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, research professor at the National Center for Smart Growth, state representative from northwest Tucson, and analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. He holds master’s degrees in Engineering and City Planning from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Ewing’s eight books include Pedestrian and Transit Oriented Design, just co-published by the Urban Land Institute and American Planning Association; Growing Cooler – Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, published by the Urban Land Institute; and Best Development Practices, listed by the American Planning Association (APA) as one of the 100 “essential” books in planning over the past 100 years. His 70 peer reviewed articles include “Travel and the Built Environment: A Meta-Analysis,” given the 2010 Best Article of the Year award by APA; “Relationship Between Urban Sprawl and Physical Activity, Obesity, and Morbidity,” the most widely cited academic paper in the Social Sciences as of late 2005, according to Essential Science Indicators; and “Is Los Angeles-Style Sprawl Desirable?” listed by APA as a Classic Article in urban planning.





Richard W. Lee PhD, AICP (Rick)  is a certified planner, transportation consultant and academic with a longstanding and wide-ranging interest in sustainable transport and human-scale cities. He has over 30 years of diverse experience in transportation and urban planning. His consulting experience includes management of regional transportation plans, general plans, rail and bus transit projects, smart growth transportation studies, and a wide variety of traffic forecast studies. His fundamental career aim is to integrate the best academic research into the practice of transportation planning.

He holds a Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning as well as master’s degrees in both city planning and civil engineering from the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and a BA (History) from Carleton College. He has taught transportation planning and led major research projects at several universities, including Massey University in New Zealand (where he lived from 1995 – 1998), UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, UC-Davis, UCLA and San José State University (his current appointment). He is a Mineta Institute Research Associate and serves as an advisor to TransForm’s GreenTrip certification program.

He has authored or co-authored dozens of professional and academic publications, including Sustainable Transportation Indicators for California, Mineta Transportation Institute (2004), and “Smart Growth Parking Requirements Review,” ITE Journal, December, 2010.




Celia-ChungCelia Chung

Shas over twenty years of experience in transportation planning in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on transportation fund  programming, grant program management, bicycle and pedestrian planning, transit and long range planning.

Her clients included most of the Bay Area’s major transit agencies, as well as the county-level congestion management agencies and sales tax authorities.  She is a keen believer in bicycling, walking and transit as the most sustainable forms of transportation.

She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science, and an M.S. in Transportation Engineering, both from the University of California, Berkeley.  Starting autumn 2016, Celia will be based in Bangkok, Thailand.