Green Streets for Sustainable Communities

Honoring the vision and work of the late Dr. Joseph Kott

Artist: Linda Gass

Links to videos and presentations next to each agenda item below.

Day 1 – Vision and Economics (Thursday, September 10, 2020). (video posted to this website soon)

Day 2 – Case Studies (Friday, September 25, 2020)

Day 3 – Funding Strategies (Thursday, October 8, 2020)

Green streets provide a “roadmap” to our community, ecosystem, and economic future. It’s time to apply a holistic, creative design approach to our street system, our most important public assets and land, located right under our feet in the middle of our cities. Public streets and their right of way convey and distribute to each home and destination:

● people in cars, transit, bikes, scooters and shoes
● goods and emergency services via truck and other vehicles
● energy and data: electricity, gas, fiber optics
● water – wastewater, stormwater, drinking water
● soil, tree canopy, nature-based infrastructure

The intended audience for this Green Streets Symposium is for a mix of city council members and other local elected officials, city staff leaders, stormwater experts, complete street/transportation experts, citizen and environmental activists, public and private utility staff, arborists and tree experts, groundwater and urban ecology experts; and sustainability and real estate leaders for companies and other institutions.

Organizer: Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities or TCSC (

Sponsoring Organizations Include: City of Mountain View, City of Palo Alto, Valley Water, Google, Valley Water, Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP), and County of Santa Clara

Vision: Urban areas of the San Francisco Bay Area (Bay Area) are fully integrated into a “no net impact” system with the larger natural environment. This includes an integrated water system that follows the call to “slow it, spread it, sink it” and brings together the planning for stormwater management, water conservation, and flood prevention. No net climate change emissions means we reduce single occupancy vehicle use and promotion of walking, biking, transit or other shared low- or zero emission vehicles. Human-caused emissions are offset by a rich canopy of trees, grasslands, and chaparral in our open spaces surrounding the urban area and integrated throughout our urban areas – gardens but also greening our infrastructure especially our street grids. Air flows are slowed and softened by trees canopies, our soil systems are protected by and enriched with natural compost.

Desired Outcomes: Participants will (a) learn from experts and peers, (b) be empowered by a community of peers and citizens who support this vision, (c) bring this vision and set of practices to standard policies and design guidelines for their cities and organizations and, of course (d) this will lead to change “on the ground” through both plans, specifications and implementation.

Desired Audience: A minimum of 100-150 participants made up of Bay Area community of policy leaders (city council, county, Valley Water, and others), technical experts (e.g., consultants and agency staff folk), neighborhood and environmental advocates (non-profits, neighborhood associations).

To learn about our accomplished Speakers, please scroll down to the ‘Speaker’ section (after the Agenda section).


Day 1
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Green Streets for Sustainable Communities : Sustainable Water, Transportation, Ecology and Human Habitat
Day 2
Friday, September 25, 2020
Where the (Green) Rubber Hits the Road: Case Studies
Day 3
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Funding Strategies

Day 1 Thursday, September 10, 2020

Green Streets for Sustainable Communities : Sustainable Water, Sustainable Transportation, Ecology and Human Habitat

9:00 am
Introduction and Honoring Dr. Joseph Kott
~ Yoriko Kishimoto, Former Mayor of Palo Alto, and
President, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities
9:10 amOhlone Welcome
~ Kanyon “Coyote Woman” Sayers-Roods,
9:20 amKeynote Speaker
Re-imagining Streets During Pandemic Response and Recovery
~ Zabe Bent, Director of Design, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
9:40 – 9:50 amQ&A
9:50 – 11:50 amFrom Vision to Policy to Practice: Transforming Our Public Street Networks to Integrate Multiple Purposes
Moderator ~ Gita Dev, Sierra Club, Co-chair, Sustainable Land Use Committee and Green Corridors/Linkages Project
Vision of Green Streets for Sustainable Communities and Translation into Practice and Policy
~ Robin Grossinger Scientist and Co-Director of Resilient Landscapes program, San Francisco Estuary Institute

Sustainable Human Habitat: Designing Streets for People
~ Honorable Alison Hicks, Mountain View City Council Member

Social Justice and Community Engagement for Sustainable Streets: Oakland Story
~ Marquita “Keta” Price, East Oakland Collective


Sustainable Ecology: How Urban Greening Efforts can Contribute to Regional Biodiversity and Ecological Resilience
~ Erica Spotswood, Ph.D., SFEI Applied Ecologist

Sustainable Water:  Green Infrastructure Planning
~ Jill Bicknell, Managing Engineer, EOA, and Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP)

Sustainable Transportation
~ Jessica Zenk, Deputy Director, Transportation Planning & Project Delivery for the City of San Jose

Bringing it together:  Complete, Green, Sustainable Slow Streets
~ Gita Dev, Sierra Club, Co-chair, Sustainable Land Use Committee  and Green Corridors/Linkages Project
VideoPresentation by Robin Grossinger

Presentation by Alison Hicks

Presentation by Erica Spotswood

Presentation by Jill Bicknell

Presentation by Jessica Zenk

Presentation by Gita Dev
11:30-11:50Panel Discussion and Q&AVideo
11:50 – 12:00Wrap Up and Next Steps
~ Yoriko Kishimoto

Day 2 Friday, September 25, 2020

Putting the Vision into Practice: Overcoming Obstacles and Bridging Boundaries 
Implementation Case Studies

9:00 amIntroduction. Review Three Part Series
~ Yoriko Kishimoto
9:10 – 9:30 amKeynote Speaker
Public Life, Public Health and Post Covid19 Streets for People
~ John Bela, Partner, Gehl San Francisco
Public Space Designer, Urbanist, Sculptor
9:30 – 9:40 amQ&A
9:40 – 11:30 amImplementation:
Working Together to Bring the Vision to Fruition

Moderator ~ Marianna Grossman, Minerva Ventures and
Vice President,
Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities

Oakland’s Slow Streets and Essential Places:  Implementing and Adapting a Covid-19 Transportation Agency Response to Advance Health and Equity
~ Megan Wier, Safe Streets Division Manager, City of Oakland

Palo Alto:
Improving Collaboration and Community Engagement
~ Holly Boyd and Sylvia Star-Lack, City of Palo Alto

San Jose:
Multi-benefit Green Street Projects: Optimizing Solutions
for Community Needs and Cost Effectiveness

~ Jeff Sinclair, City of San Jose
VideoPresentation by Megan Wier

Presentation by Holly Boyd and Sylvia Star-Lack

Presentation by Jeff Sinclair
Visionary Green Streets Master Plans

San Mateo Sustainable Streets Master Plan:
Prioritization of Projects, Community Outreach, Climate Modeling, Project Concepts and Illustrations
~ Matt Fabry, Manager,
San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (C/CAG)

Stanford University:
Holistic Campus Management Supporting Integrated Design
for Traffic Calming, Stormwater Management, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

~ Cathy Deino Blake, Chief Landscape Architect, Stanford

Mountain View North Bayshore Specific Plan:
A New Paradigm for a Whole Area, Using a Specific Plan,
Green Complete Streets, Incentives for Ecology Improvements, Storm Water, Transportation Management Association

~ Josh Mello, District Transportation Lead for Mountain View Google
~ Martin Alkire, Principal Planner, City of Mountain View
VideoPresentation by Matt Fabry

Presentation by Cathy Deino Blake

Presentation by Josh Mello
11:30 – 11:55 amPanel Discussion and Q&A
11:55 – 12:00Next Steps and Closing Remarks
~ Marianna Grossman

Day 3 Thursday, October 8, 2020

Where the (Green) Rubber Hits the Road: Funding Sustainable Green Streets

9:00 amWelcome and Summary of First and Second Sessions,
Introduction of Day 3
~ Marianna  Grossman
9:10 amKeynote Speaker
Vision for Transforming California’s Transportation Future

~ Toks Omishakin,
Director of CA Dept. of Transportation
VideoPresentation by Toks Omishakin
9:30 amQ&A
Moderater ~ Yoriko Kishimoto
9:45 – 10:30 amHow to Pay for It

Investing for Sustainability: Funders’ View
Moderator ~ Josh Bradt, San Francisco Estuary Partnership
~ Becky Frank,
Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program

~ Theresa Romell,
Metropolitan Transportation Commission, One Bay Area Grants Program

~ Peter Skinner, Director, Grants and Fund Management
San Mateo County Transportation Authority
VideoPresentation by Caltrans

Presentation by Theresa Romell

Presentation by Peter Skinner
10:40 – 11:30 amBringing it All Together: Local Perspectives on Advancing and Funding a New Vision for Streets

Investing for Sustainability : Applicants Point of View
Moderator ~ Matt Fabry, C/CAG

Re-thinking City Budgets in Post-COVID World
~ Kimbra McCarthy,
Mountain View City Manager

Funding for Multi-Purpose Uses and Benefits (from the applicants view)

~ Jennifer Chen, Economic Development Manager, City of San Mateo

~ Aaron Aknin,
Co-Principal Good City Company, Former Assistant City Manager Redwood City, Former Planning and Community Development Director
11:30 – 12:00Galvanizing Transformational Change for Sustainable Communities: Dialogue for Next Steps
~ moderated by Yoriko Kishimoto and Marianna Grossman


Allison Hicks

Alison Hicks

Alison Hicks is a Mountain View City Council Member. She has a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from UC Berkeley. Her planning jobs included downtown art and theater district development with Oakland’s Community and Economic Development Agency under Mayor Jerry Brown and current planning in San Jose’s Downtown and Willow Glen districts. She worked to create permanently affordable housing programs through the nonprofit Northern California Land Trust and greened schoolyards and city parks through the nonprofit Living Classroom.

Aaron Akinin

Aaron Aknin

Co-principal Good City Company, former Assistant City Manager Redwood City, former planning and community development director.

Aaron Aknin, AICP, is a Principal and Co-Owner of Good City Company. He has nearly two decades of Bay Area municipal experience, including serving in an executive capacity for several different Peninsula cities. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the American Planning Association.  Aaron has frequently spoken at regional events, as well as served on panels at national conferences on topics related to development, downtown planning, transportation, parking, affordable housing, and related issues.
Most recently, Aaron was the Assistant City Manager and Community Development Director with the City of Redwood City. In this capacity, he oversaw a 70+ member department, which included the Planning, Housing, Engineering, Transportation, Front Counter Services, and Code Enforcement divisions.  As the Assistant City Manager, he led key Citywide initiatives and also served as Interim City Manager in 2015.

Becky Frank

Becky Frank

Chief, Community Planning Branch, Caltrans District 4
Ms. Frank manages Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants within District 4.
The grant program encourages stakeholder and community engagement in project planning to achieve State emission reduction targets.  Ms. Frank has provided technical assistance to facilitate bicycle, pedestrian and transit projects on the state highway system and has coordinated Caltrans input on local and regional plans that impact the state transportation network.

Cathy Blake

Cathy Blake

Cathy Blake has been active in Landscape Architecture for 40 years, the past 25 as Stanford’s University Landscape Architect and Director of Campus Planning. She is responsible for bridging the campus’s Olmsted and Church heritages with modern designers, environmental concerns and significant circulation improvements. The campus, landscape and infrastructure have received awards and acknowledgements and is the top Platinum U.S. Bike Friendly University.

Erica Spotswood

Erica Spotswood

Ms. Spotswood is an Applied Ecologist in the Resilient Landscapes program at the San Francisco Estuary Institute where she leads projects related to urban ecology and ecological resilience. Current projects address how regional planning can integrate with local project-scale design, and how urban greening efforts can be coordinated to contribute to broader regional goals for biodiversity and ecological resilience. Erica received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in the department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.

Gita Dev

Gita Dev

Gita Dev, FAIA, is Co-Chair of the Sustainable Land Use Committee of the local Sierra Club and a professional architect. After serving as national Chair of the American Institute of Architects’ Housing Committee’s campaign on Sustainable Growth, she has volunteered with the Sierra Club on focusing growth and sustainable land use within the urban footprint in order to avoid sprawl.

Holly Boyd

Holly Boyd

Holly Boyd is the Assistant Director for Public Works Engineering Services for the City of Palo Alto. She oversees the development of the City’s capital infrastructure including buildings, streets, bridges, parks, and storm drain system, while supporting the City’s sustainability efforts. She has spent her entire career with the City of Palo Alto working on a variety of infrastructure projects. She can’t help but take pictures of infrastructure when she travels internationally, and recently completed a Vespa tour of her favorite city, Rome.

Jeff Sinclair

Jeff Sinclair

Jeff Sinclair is currently acting Environmental Program Manager and oversees the Stormwater Management Group within the City of San Jose’s Environmental Services Department. He was the project manager for San Jose’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan which was approved in September 2019 and worked on three green street grant projects in coordination with the City’s Departments of Transportation and Public Works. Jeff has worked in the stormwater field for close to 10 years and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science Degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University.

Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen has almost 20 years of economic development experience. Her work has ranged from business outreach and retention, mixed-use and industrial development, public/private partnerships, and business improvement districts for the Cities of San Jose, Fremont, and San Mateo. She has helped grow the local economy, increased job opportunities, and enhanced the quality of life for all residents in Silicon Valley.
Jennifer immigrated to the U.S. when she was six years old and grew up in New York City. Growing up she worked for her parents in their small Chinese restaurant. This experience added to her intimate understanding of the difficulties small, minority businesses face accessing capital, overcoming language barriers, and keeping a sustainable business in a new country. She is bilingual in Mandarin and English. Despite her upbringing, she unfortunately did not inherent her parents’ culinary skills.
She received her undergraduate education at Barnard College and graduate education from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Jessica Zenk

Jessica Zenk

Jessica Zenk is Deputy Director for the City of San Jose Department of Transportation. She is an urban planner with expertise in economic development, transportation, infill and redevelopment, and the arts. Jessica is an avid dancer, performer and advocate for the arts and urbanism. She lives with her husband and two children in Downtown San Jose, enabling fun but complex multi-modal, multi-generational commutes.

Jill Bicknell

Jill Bicknell

Jill Bicknell, Managing Engineer, EOA, Inc. and head of SCVURPPP, is a recognized leader in the areas of low impact development techniques, green infrastructure planning, stormwater treatment, and hydromodification management. Ms. Bicknell specializes in providing guidance and assistance to municipal agencies regarding compliance strategies for addressing water quality and quantity issues associated with land development projects.

John Bela

John Bela

John Bela is an urbanist and public space designer with Gehl Studio San Francisco. He combines a background in art, science and environmental design to create vibrant, dynamic and resilient urban human habitat.

Josh Bradt

Josh Bradt

Senior Project Manager, San Francisco Estuary Partnership Josh Bradt is a professional environmental planner and project manager who has worked on Bay Area creek and watershed issues for over 20 years. Josh’s work at the San Francisco Estuary Partnership focuses on green infrastructure policy, planning, and practice.  Josh spearheaded the creation of the City of Berkeley’s Citywide Watershed Management Plan in 2012. Josh was Executive Director and Restoration Director of the non-profit Urban Creeks Council. He has also worked as a Watershed Specialist for the Contra Costa Countywide Clean Water Program, developing and managing collective programs facilitating municipal compliance with federal Clean Water Act requirements.

Josh Mello

Josh Mello

Josh is the District Transportation Lead for Mountain View Google, with over 15 years of public and private sector experience focused on bettering the urban environment by building comfortable, safe and effective multi-modal transportation networks. His expertise includes complete streets, innovative bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian safety, transit-oriented development, transportation planning, funding, engineering and construction, and urban traffic calming.

Kanyon Sayers Roads

Kanyon Sayers-Roods

Kanyon Sayers-Roods is Costanoan Ohlone-Mutsun and Chumash; She also goes by her given Native name, “Coyote Woman.” Kanyon’s art has been featured at the De Young Museum, The Somarts Gallery, Gathering Tribes, Snag Magazine, and numerous Powwows and Indigenous Gatherings. She is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of California, Sunnyvale.

Kimbra McCarthy

Kimbra McCarthy

Kimbra McCarthy began her tenure as City Manager for the City of Mountain View on March 2, 2020, less than two weeks before declaring a local State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Since that time, Kimbra has focused the organization on COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, including serving the most vulnerable residents; enhancing economic development and small business resiliency; and launching a comprehensive Racial Equity and Justice Action Plan for the community and city organization. Kimbra came to Mountain View from the City of Redwood City, where she served as the Assistant City Manager, leading citywide policy initiatives and overseeing all administrative operations including Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Revenue Services. Kimbra returned to Mountain View after serving as Deputy City Manager from 2014-2016.  Kimbra also held leadership roles at the County of Santa Barbara in the County Executive Office and the District Attorney’s Office. Prior to entering government service, Kimbra worked in the legal field. Kimbra has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washburn University, a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law, and a Masters of Law in European Law from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Kimbra currently serves as a member of the Housing, Community and Economic Development Policy Committee for the League of California Cities.  She is a member of the International City/County Management Association, where she is on the Assistants and Deputies Advisory Board, as well as a member of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California, California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, and Women Leading Government. Kimbra and her husband Colin have one daughter.

Mallory Atkins

Mallory Atkins

Metropolitan Transportation Commission, One Bay Area Grants Program

Mallory Atkinson is a Senior Funding Policy Analyst at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and manages MTC’s federally-funded One Bay Area Grant program. A recent transplant to the Bay Area, Mallory started her career in the Pacific Northwest, after graduating with a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boise State University.

Marianna Grossman

Marianna Grossman

Marianna Grossman is Board Vice President for TCSC, organizing this Green Streets Symposium. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Minerva Ventures, a consultancy focused on climate solutions.

Marquita Price

Marquita Price

Keta is Director of Urban and Regional Planning and Chair of the Economic Empowerment Committee at the East Oakland Collective. Keta has a background in computers and technology, business processes, chemistry, math, and community organizing. She has formerly interned for the City of Oakland’s Department of Planning and Building and University of California, Berkeley’s College of Chemistry biochemistry lab. Keta previously worked part-time as the Constituent Liaison of City of Oakland Council member Abel Guillen, focusing on the immediate needs of the San Antonio and East Lake communities.

Martin Alkire

Martin Alkire

As the Long Range Planning Manager of the Planning Division for the City of Mountain View, Martin Alkire oversees the implementation of the General Plan and the North Bayshore Precise Plan. Due to the plan’s complexity and innovative aspects, such as the Bonus FAR program, implementation requires extensive collaboration. Martin expertly navigated these intricacies and incorporated excellent planning principles, which are being used as a template for the city’s current work on developing the East Whisman Precise Plan.

Matt Fabry

Matthew Fabry

San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program Matthew Fabry serves as Manager for the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program, a program of the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, which assists the 21 San Mateo municipalities with stormwater compliance issues.  He is currently Chair of the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association and has over 24 years of experience in water quality and stormwater management.  Matthew has worked in municipal, regulatory, and consultant capacities, holds degrees in environmental engineering and music, and is a registered civil engineer in the State of California.

Megan Wier

Megan Wier

Megan Wier, MPH, is the Safe Streets Division Manager for the City of Oakland’s Transportation and oversees the bike and pedestrian program, traffic engineering, traffic maintenance, and signal operations teams to strategically advance a safe, equitable transportation system for the Oakland community.  Prior to starting at OakDOT in early 2020, Megan was the Director of the Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability at the San Francisco Department of Public Health where she worked for over a decade at the intersection of health, equity and transportation in partnership with city agencies and community stakeholders. Ms. Wier has a Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.

Pete Skinner

Peter Skinner

Director of Grants and Fund Management for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority
Peter Skinner is the Director of Grants and Fund Management for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority and is responsible for overseeing the programming and allocation of the Authority’s Measure A and Measure W sales taxes for transportation projects throughout San Mateo County.  He is also responsible for the grants portfolio of SamTrans and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain).  Peter has over 20 years of experience in transportation policy, program management and transportation funding.

Robin Grossinger

Robin Grossinger

Robin Grossinger is a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where he co- directs, with Letitia Grenier, SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes program. Robin leads efforts throughout the state to reintegrate natural processes within our highly modified landscapes including restoration strategies for San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta, urban landscapes such as the Google campus, and rivers throughout California.

Sylvia Star Lack

Sylvia Star-Lack

Sylvia Star-Lack is the Transportation Planning Manager for the City of Palo Alto. She supports community wellness by enhancing mobility for people of all ages. Her transportation planning career includes stints at Alameda County, VTA, Stanford, and as a Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the City of Palo Alto. She is also a birth doula and childbirth educator.

Toks Omishakin

Toks Omishakin

Toks Omishakin was appointed the 33rd Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by Governor Gavin Newsom and sworn in October 2019. As Director, he manages a $15 billion budget and more than 21,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highways, maintain 13,000 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, sustainable and multimodal transportation system that builds on strong local partnerships. Transformative innovation will also be needed to achieve zero traffic-related deaths and reduce GHGs by 40% by 2030. All local communities must be heard and share in the benefits of Caltrans projects, and he encourages a Caltrans culture of innovation and taking intelligent risks. He came to 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 DOTs in the country. As Deputy Commissioner for Environment and Planning, Director Omishakin 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. Prior to that, he served as Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Nashville Mayor’s Office. In that capacity, he led development of Metro Nashville’s Complete Streets Policy and helped establish a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design. This included spearheading creation of two bicycle sharing programs. In December 2019, Omishakin became Chair of the Active Transportation Council for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). This came after two years serving as committee vice chair and serving as chair of AASHTO’s Multimodal Task Force. He is also on the Board at America Walks and has advised the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through its Transportation Council Board. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Omishakin and his wife have two children. He is completing a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University; and a bachelor of arts in Engineering Technology from Mississippi Valley State University.

Theresa Romell

Theresa Romell

Director of Funding Policy and Programs, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

As Director of the Funding Policy and Programs Section of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Theresa oversees policy development and investment decision-making including $1.5 billion annually in federal, state, and regional transportation funds. These investments and policies implement Plan Bay Area 2040, a comprehensive blueprint for the development of transit, highway, local streets and roads, rail, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities that integrates planning for transportation, land use, and housing. Other areas of focus include road safety/Vision Zero, transit operations and fare policies, project delivery, and timely use of funds and asset management.

Theresa has been with MTC since 2001.

Theresa has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley and a Master’s in Business Administration from Cal Sate East Bay. 

Yoriko Kishimoto

Yoriko Kishimoto

Yoriko Kishimoto is Board President of Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities, organizing this Green Streets Symposium. She is also on Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors and Former Mayor of Palo Alto.

Zabe Bent

Zabe Bent

Zabe Bent is Director of Design for the National Association of City Transportation Officials. She has nearly 20 years of experience in multimodal planning and urban development. She is skilled at conceptual design, transit planning, and communications. As a Principal Planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, Zabe managed a range of efforts including advancing two of San Francisco’s key bus rapid transit corridors, its congestion pricing feasibility study, the update to SF’s long range countywide transportation plan, as well as several neighborhood transportation plans. Zabe also worked across the US as a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard and independently, focusing on design and policy for complete streets, bus rapid transit, and demand management and more.

Sponsorship and Support


City of Palo AltoGoogle
Sierra Club Loma Prieta ChapterValley Water

Supporting Organizations

ActerraCanopyCounty of San MateoCCAG
County of Santa ClaraFriends of CalTrainGrass Roots EcologyGreen Belt Allaince
Joint Venture Silicon Valley NetworkMinerva VenturesSanta Clara UniversitySilicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
SF Bay Estuary InstituteSustainable Silicon ValleySustainable StanfordSan Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority
County of San MateoCool Block Santa Clara Co.CaltrainBillanecenter
SamTransProspect Silicon ValleyPalo Alto TMASafe Routes Partnership