USGBC-LA and BuroHappold
Innovations in Health and Wellness Series
The great Missing Persons song from the early 80's says, "Walkin' in LA, nobody walks in LA", which is luckily a trend of the past.
However, LA has a lot of room of improvement around traffic and getting Angelenos moving around the city. A new report from the Auto Insurance Center states that in the span of 40 years, LA drivers spend an estimated 6.7 months of their lives stuck in traffic. With another 500,000 residents expected to move to LA over the next 20 years, transit has significant challenges and opportunities to improve the quality of life of residents.
Please join us for a lively panel discussion focused on public transit, active transportation, advanced mobility, pedestrian safety and advocacy around these issues.
Jessica Meaney, Managing Director, Investing in Place
Jessica Meaney is the Managing Director of the non-profit, Investing In Place, which promotes aligning public investments and policy goals to create walkable, bikeable streets and sidewalks with access to high quality transportation options for people of all resources and abilities. Academically trained as a sociologist, Jessica's approach to transportation policy began with looking at the key roles public transit, walking and bicycling play in social cohesion and community health. And most recently, Jessica worked a the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on State and Regional Transportation policy, and before that as a transportation planner at the Southern California Association of Governments.
Speakers:Cris B. Liban
, D.Env., P.E.
Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Dr. Cris B. Liban, P.E. is LA Metro’s Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability. Cris oversees LA Metro’s internationally recognized Environmental, Sustainability, and Energy initiatives. A published author and national speaker, he is also very involved with transportation and environmental industry and research activities particularly as Chair of several American Public Transportation Association sub-committees; Member of the Transportation Research Board ADC60 Resource Conservation and Recovery Committee; Chair of two National Academies’ Transportation Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) studies related to Climate Change Impacts to transit; and a Member of the National Cooperative Highways Research Program (NCHRP) study to determine a lifecycle and cost framework to determine climate change solutions implementation. He holds concurrent political appointments as an Adviser to the US Environmental Protection Agency, Commissioner to the Los Angeles County Beach Commission, and Commissioner to the Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners. He is also the Board Chair of the Filipino American Services Group, Inc.; and is involved in a number of civic causes through the American Society of Civil Engineers, US Green Building Council and City of LA. Dr. Liban has degrees in geology (magna cum laude), civil and environmental engineering, and environmental science and engineering.
Sara Potts Ashton,
Associate Director, Government Relations & Public Policy,
- Sarah Ashton serves as Faraday Future’s Associate Director of Government Relations & Public Policy, where she oversees FF’s global government affairs portfolio. Previously, Sarah was with the Obama Administration, where she was the Director of the White House Climate Action Champions Program, launched by the President to accelerate sub-national climate action via cross-agency solutions. In addition, Sarah also served on the President’s Community Solutions Task Force, a team developed to re-examine Federal programs to improve how the government designs and implements efforts to support local communities across environment, health, economic development, etc.
Prior to joining the Administration, Sarah was appointed to the executive team of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group to launch and lead a new department, managing global partnerships, the C40 Board of Directors (Board President, Michael Bloomberg), the C40 Steering Committee (Chair, Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janeiro), C40 fundraising and grant management, and all aspects of C40’s city diplomacy strategy and UN engagement in the lead up to COP 21. Sarah also previously served as the Deputy Director for Global Strategy for C40, and the Los Angeles City Director of the Clinton Climate Initiative.
Deputy Executive Director: Project Development and Coordination
Los Angeles World Airports
Sarah Bricker was appointed Deputy Executive Director for Project Development and Coordination for the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in July 2016. She is responsible for coordinating with external agencies and stakeholders in support of LAWA's Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP). The LAMP program includes the development of an Automated People Mover system, a Consolidated Rental Car Facility and two Intermodal Transportation Facilities. In this role, she will be working with the Cities, Metro, stakeholders and other third parties to coordinate activities and develop agreements necessary for the implementation of the project.
Prior to joining LAWA, Bricker was the Chief Operating Officer for the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority from 2006 to 2016. In that role, she managed to budget of $2.5 billion and directed the Authority's procurement process, contract compliance, real estate program as well as legal and third party agency coordination. Bricker also led the Authority's government and community outreach efforts and the environmental and planning process for the Phase 2 expansion.
Prior to joining the Authority, Bricker worked for almost 15 years as a senior policy advisor to former Los Angeles County Supervisor, Zev Yaroslavsky. As an advisor to the Supervisor, she focused on transportation, environmental and other policy issues that impacted the residents of Los Angeles County. During her tenure, she worked on major transportation projects such as the Red Line subway to Hollywood and North Hollywood as well as the Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley.
Samantha hold a master's degree in Political Science from UCLA and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Northwestern University
Bart Reed, Executive Director, The Transit CoalitionBart Reed
is the Executive Director of The Transit Coalition
, A Sylmar, CA based non profit engaged in educational programs, transportation advocacy, land use planning and goods movement. In this capacity, he is a nationwide advocate for effective transportation systems and solutions. Reed addresses citizen and community groups about public transportation issues, including autos, rail bus, bicycles, roads, toll lanes, ADA, goods movement and rail / pedestrian safety.
Reed currently runs the California State University, Northridge Transportation Tiger Team Internship Program in partnership with the University.
Reed has served as a consultant to the CEO of Metrolink to provide an independent review, assessment and strategic look at the SCRRA service plan and schedule.
In the railroad safety capacity, Reed was a member of the Metrolink Peer Review Rail Safety Panel. Reed is versed in Heavy and light Rail operations, construction issues, transportation planning, economic and community development, the EIR/S process, urban design and station area planning and was a key figure in bringing the Exposition Light Rail from concept to reality.
Networking begins at 5:30 pm. Program begins promptly at 6:00 pm and will conclude at 7:30 pm.
Refreshments provided by our host, BuroHappold
Continuing Education Credits available for LEED and AIA.