The AARP Livable Communities Transportation Workshop featured three distinguished speakers, each of whom had to participate via computer — as did all workshop attendees — due to social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Veronica O. Davis: "How Do You Eat an Elephant? One Bite at a Time"
- Co-Founder, Nspiregreen | Co-Founder, Black Women Bike DC
A self-described "transportation nerd," Davis believes all people should have access to safe, reliable and affordable transportation. As the co-owner and principal of Nspiregreen, Davis is responsible for the management of transportation planning, policy development, master planning, sustainability analysis and long-range planning.
Toks Omishakin: "Three Pandemics"
- Director, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Omishakin manages a $15 billion budget and nearly 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 authorities.
Karina Ricks: "Innovate + Iterate — Pittsburgh Mobility"
- Director, City of Pittsburgh, Department of Mobility and Infrastructure
As the department's inaugural director, Ricks leads the city's efforts to design and implement a "complete network," establish resiliency projects around landslides and flooding, create policies and programs to manage emerging transportation (including shared services and autonomous vehicles) as well as strategies to address long-term sustainability.
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