Heather Thompson | Interim Chief Executive Officer
Heather Thompson has stepped in to serve as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of ITDP while the organization looks to fill the role more permanently. Ms. Thompson has been involved with ITDP for more than a decade, and has served on ITDP’s Board of Directors for the last five years.
Ms. Thompson’s career has focused on working within the environmental non-profit sector to design strategies that will have large-scale impact, and help organizations to carry out those strategies. Ms. Thompson is currently focused on finding ways to help our cities and natural systems increase resilience in the face of climate change, population growth, and other development pressures. Ms. Thompson has been advising non-profit clients on these topics, including most recently the Environmental Defense Fund.
Previously, Ms. Thompson was co-founder and Vice President of Programs for ClimateWorks, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams which promote specific sectoral polices to mitigate climate change. Prior to ClimateWorks, Ms. Thompson was a Principal at California Environmental Associates, where she led the firm’s work in philanthropic strategy, covering energy and climate change, marine resource management, biodiversity protection, and land conservation. She wrote strategies for leading foundations and numerous nonprofit organizations including the Walton Family Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Oak Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, and WWF International.
As founder, Ms. Thompson also serves as Board Chair for the Institute for Industrial Productivity and the Global Buildings Performance Network.
Ms. Thompson has lived and worked abroad in China, the U.K., and Denmark. Ms. Thompson holds a MSc in environmental economics from the University of York, U.K. and a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of California, San Diego.
Melinda Eisenmann | Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer, Melinda manages finance, administration, human resources and information technology globally. Since joining ITDP in 2004, Melinda has overseen the organization’s financial management, previously serving as the Chief Financial Officer and as the Director of Finance & Administration. She has managed the organization’s financial and operational growth from a 3 million organization when she joined, to the 9 million organization we are now. Previously, she worked as a researcher at Hunter College on human rights and political persecution projects and as an office manager for a real estate company. Melinda also spent a semester working in Mexico with Dr. Jorge G. Castañeda, ex-Foreign Minister of Mexico and then presidential candidate.
Melinda has lived and studied in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs with a specialization in international finance from Fordham University.
Aimée Gauthier | Chief Program Officer
Aimée has been working at ITDP since 2003. Currently, she manages global projects, communications, and monitoring and evaluation. She began working on Sub-Saharan Africa transport projects in Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. In that capacity, she worked on non-motorized transportation, developing private sector small bicycle businesses and examining the intersection between health care service delivery and transport. She also worked on promotion of bus rapid transit projects in Accra and Dakar, as well as BRT planning in Dar es SPreview Changesalaam and Johannesburg.
Before joining ITDP, Aimée worked at the Moriah Fund as the grants and office manager. Aimée holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and has dual bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and political & social thought from the University of Virginia.
Tristan Braithwaite | Accounting Associate
Initially hired as a temporary Accounting Associate in November 2014, Tristan joined ITDP full time in February 2015. He is primarily responsible for all accounts payable, processing US payroll and benefits’ payments, bank deposits and other general accounting duties as assigned. Tristan is a Graduate of the City University of New York- College of Staten Island School of Business with degrees in Accounting and Business Finance. Previous to ITDP, Tristan worked as an intern at the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island in the Administration Department and the National Grid Tier-3 Grant Program to assist Staten Island businesses impacted by Super Storm Sandy ( the project was assisted by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce). Tristan enjoys spending time watching sports, reading, and being a father to his children.
Bridget Burns | Administrative Assistant
Bridget joined ITDP in the fall of 2014. She works primarily with the Finance Team and also completes daily office tasks. Before coming to ITDP, she held a similar role at a real estate firm and was a cake decorator. Bridget has Bachelors degrees in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Seton Hall University, where her passion for all things book related grew exponentially.
Michael Kodransky | Global Research Manager
Michael is a transport and urban development specialist focused on shaping the built environment to improve economic and social conditions for people in cities around the world. Since joining ITDP in 2008, Michael has overseen a host of special projects on parking management, shared mobility concepts, land use regulations, spatial planning, real estate financing, street design and urban freight. In 2013, he led the Our Cities Ourselves urban visioning charrette program on transit-oriented development with stakeholders in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Chennai, India. He is also Chair of the Sustainable Transport Award (STA) international expert committee. Michael regularly works in partnership with local governments, civil society groups and multilateral financial institutions in advocating for innovative solutions to urban mobility challenges.
Michael began work at ITDP from the former European office in Hamburg, Germany where he managed logistics in the Afribike program, contributed to a cycle infrastructure project in Slovakia and oversaw research on European parking management best practices. He has served on the international advisory board of the ITDP office in Budapest and is currently developing ITDP’s emerging programmatic activities in Central-Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. Michael is bilingual in Russian, proficient in Spanish and has working knowledge of German and French. He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Kathleen Letchford | Development Director
Since joining ITDP in 2009, Kathleen has overseen resource development and fundraising for the organization on a global scale. In this role, Kathleen is responsible for crafting and executing strategies for foundation relations, as well as identifying opportunities with public and multilateral institutions for project support.
Previously, she was in charge of North American marketing and communications for FXB International, where she worked to raise support for community-based programs targeting families affected by HIV/AIDS in low income countries. Kathleen has also consulted with grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa that catalyze and build local microenterprises. A lifelong environmentalist, Kathleen has held positions in the private sector and academia as a researcher and editor in areas ranging from factory farming to environmental tort. Kathleen holds an MPA in international development and nonprofit management from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Gabriel Lewenstein | Communications Associate
Gabriel started at ITDP as an intern in June 2013 before joining the Communications team in October 2013. He is primarily responsible for updating website content, writing the Transport Matters blog, and assisting with publications. Gabriel holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tufts University, where he focused on urban environmental issues. He enjoys all things related to maps, getting lost, and elephants.
Jemilah Magnusson | Communications Manager
Jemilah joined ITDP in April 2012 to manage ITDP’s communications and outreach, including public relations, events, websites and social media content. She has a background in media and nonprofit communications, having worked as an editor for the UK-based Peace Child International on UN sponsored publications, and a correspondent for the environmental lifestyle magazine The Green Guide (now part of National Geographic). She has spent the last few years in communications and events for international and NYC-based nonprofit organizations, including Citizens Committee for New York City and The Buckminster Fuller Institute.
She is originally from the Seattle area, but is a New Yorker at heart. She holds an MS in Urban Affairs and Policy from Hunter College, and a BA in Communications from Lewis & Clark College.
Stacy Mayers | Director of Finance and Administration
Stacy joined ITDP in 2006 as ITDP’s administrative assistant. Since then, she has transitioned into working solely in the accounting and finance department. She currently works in overseeing accounts payable and accounts receivable at headquarters, as well as managing payroll. She graduated from Sacred Heart University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She loves to play billiards and PC games.
Luc Nadal | Technical Director, Urban Development
Luc Nadal is an architect and urbanist. Prior to joining ITDP, he contributed to numerous urban planning and design projects, including the La Villette Park and the Charles de Gaulle Airport, in Paris. Luc wrote extensively about the role and functions of urban public space.
He received his doctorate’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University, and his diploma of architecture (DPLG) from Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette. Luc was a Mombusho Scholar at Kyoto University, and he has taught at Columbia University, the New School University, and the Parsons School of Design in New York.
Maxim Novichenko | Finance Manager
Maxim is primarily responsible for overseeing the accounting and reporting by ITDP’s Field Offices. Prior to joining ITDP in November of 2011, he has served as Finance and Administrative Manager of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience for almost five years. Before his engagement in the non-profit field Maxim has worked for several years in the financial services industry. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.
Kyle Rectenwald | Development Associate
Kyle joined the Development team at ITDP in fall of 2014. His role includes managing ITDP’s contact database, leading individual giving efforts, conducting prospect research and assisting with grant reporting, and participating in all aspects of fundraising.
Before joining ITDP, Kyle worked as a woodworker, high school teacher, and environmentally-focused nonprofit administrator, specializing in sustainable marine systems and wooden boat construction. Most recently, he spent two years at the New York Harbor School, a public high school located on Governor’s Island whose primary mission is the restoration of New York Harbor. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Kyle loves everything related to cycling, music, art, and film and you can generally find him at home listening to records or riding around New York searching for the best vegetarian restaurants.
Joe Westcott | IT Director
Joe joined ITDP in 2010 to build ITDP’s IT and knowledge management efforts from the ground up. Since then, ITDP has started to use “Go ITDP“, a social website for private and public collaboration, and ITDP has seen critical technical support incidents drop by 90%, largely due to standardized technology and easier-to-use systems. Joe is excited for 2014’s projects such as getting our data published on www.itdp.org, setting up new tools to increase email subscriptions, and completing IT’s “Save 2014″ effort to sustainably save 50% per year in telecom, hosting, and email service fees.
Since 1996, Joe has used information technology to support and advance the work of ambitious, complex teams. To prepare for this, Joe enjoys staying current through continuing education, research, and experimentation. In 2013, that experimentation led to the “Go Drive”, a Dropbox-like tool that employees use to save their work to Go ITDP for easy sharing, discussion, and online search.
Outside of work, Joe enjoys bicycling, volunteering, and the friendly competition of board games.
Michael Replogle | Managing Director for Policy and Founder
Michael Replogle has more than 30 years of experience in transportation and urban planning, policy, environmental assessment, and finance. Since 2009, he has headed ITDP’s Global Policy Program, which documents global best practices and enhances the capacity of international development organizations and governments to advance environmentally sustainable and equitable transport.
Serving from 1983-1992 as transportation coordinator for the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, he co-founded Bikes Not Bombs and ITDP in 1984-85. He served as ITDP’s President for all but a few years between 1985-2009, hiring Walter Hook as Executive Director in 1991. He co-founded and coordinated ITDP’s Bikes Not Bombs Campaign from 1984-89, recycling 10,000 bicycles to support health and education in Nicaragua.
Replogle is an advisor to the Environmental Defense Fund, where he was transportation director from 1992-2009. He is a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Transportation Statistics and an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation in Developing Countries, which he helped found. He is author of the 1982 book, Bicycles and Public Transportation, a 1992 World Bank report, Non-Motorized Vehicles in Asian Cities: Issues and Strategies, and several hundred other articles and papers.
He holds an M.S.E. and undergraduate honors degrees in Civil and Urban Engineering and Sociology, all from the University of Pennsylvania.
Colin K. Hughes | Director of National Policy and Project Evaluation
Colin directs best practice research on national urban transport policies and works with field offices and national ministries to implement national policies that support sustainable transportation. Colin also directs the project monitoring and impact evaluation at ITDP and is a specialist in research and planning for non-motorized transport and bicycle share systems. Colin is also the team captain of ITDP’s Climate Ride team.
Before joining ITDP full-time in 2011, Colin worked as consultant with the Global Environmental Facility and the Asian Development Bank, to develop improved greenhouse gas analysis methodologies and low-carbon transport projects. He also worked with ITDP’s Guangzhou office to plan bicycle networks and bike-sharing facilities there. Colin has also worked for Arup, Bay Area Rapid Transit, and the U.S. Department of State. Colin is originally from Plymouth, Wisconsin and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Masters of City Planning from the University of California – Berkeley. Before his work in the field of urban planning he lived and worked as a bicycle tour leader in over a dozen countries
Jacob Mason | Transport Research and Evaluation Manager
Jacob is responsible for managing data collection, reporting, and evaluation across ITDP. Before joining ITDP, Jacob worked three years as a Transportation Engineer with Sam Schwartz Engineering in New York City and for the Hoboken Department of Transportation and Parking. Jacob has been fascinated by cities and transportation from a very young age. He enjoys biking, cooking, and all things related to history. Jacob holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.
Andrés Fingeret | Country Director
Andrés joined ITDP in 2009 after working with the organization as the Buenos Aires City Director for the Clinton Foundation. He holds an Engineering Degree from the University of Buenos Aires and has extensive experience in Project Management in private and public initiatives. He is a board member of Responde, a non-profit organization, and a soccer fan.
Clarisse Cunha Linke | Country Director
Clarisse Cunha Linke is a Brazilian with eleven years experience in social policy, planning and implementation in Brazil, Mozambique and Namibia. She holds an MSc in Social Policy, NGO and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she graduated with Distinction and was the winner of the “Titmuss Examination Prize”. She also holds a MBE in NGO and Civil Society from the Institute of Economics, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil. From 2006-2011, Clarisse was one of the Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia (BEN Namibia) directors, where she played a key role in the expansion of BEN Namibia’s activities, helping it develop the biggest community-based enterprise bicycle distribution network in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2010 she was the winner of the Ashoka Changemakers Challenge “Women, Tools and Technology”. Clarisse joined ITDP Brazil in January 2012.
Danielle Hoppe | Project Manager, Active Transportation and Demand Management
Danielle Hoppe worked as an urban analyst in the public and private sectors in Brazil, and has also participated in urban planning-related initiatives supported by the Canadian International Development Agency in Bolivia and Honduras. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a bachelor’s in Architecture and Urban Design from the Federal University in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Before joining ITDP, Danielle was the local coordinator of the Urban Age Conference 2013, organized by the London School of Economics and Political Science in Rio de Janeiro.
Thais Lima | Communications Manager
Thais Lima has worked on projects, actions and initiatives of information, communication, marketing, orientation and coordination in urban mobility since 2009. She was chosen as a Brazilian delegate for the Climate Generation program that the British Council operated in 60 countries to identify future world leaders in sustainability. In 2012, she participated in the Shell LiveWire program, that promotes sustainable entrepreneurship worldwide. In 2013 she was part of the Visão de Sucesso project, of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Endeavor Brasil, focused on high-impact social entrepreneurship. Thais Lima is doing a MBA on Knowledge Management at COPPE/UFRJ and is graduated in Marketing from Estácio de Sá University, focused on Entrepreneurial Communication by FGV Management program of Fundação Getúlio Vargas and in Graphic Design at Senac Rio.
Iuri Moura | BRT/TOD Manager
Iuri Moura holds a Master Degree in Urban and Environmental Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) and the Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany), and a Bachelor Degree in Geography by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He has worked for more than five years in the private sector as an environmental analyst, developing and coordinating projects for the environmental management of large ventures in the oil and gas, transport, energy and industry sectors.
He has deepened his knowledge on the subject of urban mobility in the last few years, especially on issues related to integrated planning of transportation systems and urban planning in development cities. Iuri joined ITDP Brazil in November 2014 as BRT and TOD Manager.
Ana Nassar | Policy Manager
Ana Nassar holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Brasilia and a bachelor degree in International Relations from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. She is a fellow of the Lead (Leadership for Environment and Development) international network since 2007. She is also a volunteer of the Bike Anjo (“bike angel”) project. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as the environmental manager for the 2014 FIFA World Cup inBrazil, responsible for the implementation of the environmental projects for the competition. She has previously worked for the British Embassy in Brazil, at the Brazilian Ministry of Strategic Affais and at the Museum of the Person.
She has been managing sustainable development projects for the past 10 years, dealing with several topics, including climate change, waste management, urban mobility, sustainable procurement and community development. Ana Nassar joined the ITDP Brazil staff in November 2014 as Policy Manager.
Gabriel Oliveira | BRT Research Coordinator
Gabriel Oliveira is a Brazilian engineer who acquired during a 2-year exchange program at École Centrale de Lyon, France, a deep enthusiasm in urban mobility issues. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Transport Engineering, with an emphasis in Public Transport Planning. Gabriel has a special interest in urban occupation, trip generation and transit public policies, both in developed and developing countries. He is a wannabe balanced person, very fond of nature sports, leisure and elements.
Celia Regina Alves de Souza | Financial and Administrative Director
Celia started at ITDP Brazil in July 2010 as the Financial and Administrative Director. She graduated from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with a bachelor degree in Administration. She worked for many years at the Docas Company (former Docas de Santos Company), a holding company in Brazil, as secretary to the Board and as Chief of Administrative Services. She has been a managing partner of a coffee shop and an administrative/financial manager in a store of parts for jewelry assembling. Previous to joining ITDP in 2010, she worked as the Chief Secretary of the Brazilian Equestrian Society. She loves animals and has five dogs.
Karl Fjellstrom | Regional Director, East & Southeast Asia
After graduating with honors in Urban Geography, Law and Asian Studies from Macquarie University and the University of Sydney in the mid 1990s, Karl Fjellstrom has worked on urban transport projects around Asia, focusing mainly on public transport and bus rapid transit (BRT) but also working on pedestrian and bicycle facility planning, and other areas of urban transport and urban development policy. Karl has worked full time with ITDP since 2003, and has been managing the ITDP-China office in Guangzhou since 2005. He is currently the Director of the Guangzhou Modern BRT and Sustainable Transport Institute, ITDP’s locally registered China office. Karl has worked in-depth in a number of Asian cities, including Guangzhou, Harbin, Changzhou, Lanzhou, Surabaya, Jakarta, Ulaanbaatar, Wuhan, Bangkok, Dhaka, and Ahmedabad. Most recently Karl was team leader for the BRT detailed conceptual plan preparations in Guangzhou, Lanzhou and Ulaanbaatar, and in addition to managing ITDP’s China program he was team leader for the Asian Development Bank-funded sustainable transport study in Harbin and Changzhou. During 2005-2010 Karl was the lead international expert on the Guangzhou BRT planning, design and implementation and during 2009-2012 he has played a similar role in Lanzhou. In 2011 Karl was awarded the Guangzhou Friendship Award, which is the highest honor granted to foreign experts by the Guangzhou City Government. In 2012 Karl was appointed as one of three special consulting experts on urban transport by the City Government of Lanzhou.
Bi Lei | Office Manager
Bi Lei joined ITDP-China after graduating from Tianjin University of Technology and Education, initially as an office assistant and currently as the office manager. She has worked previously as an office assistant and translator in the Guangzhou Construction Engineering Supervision Co., Ltd. and as an English teacher in the Guangdong Foreign Language University.
Li Wei | Engineer, BRT & NMT Program
Li Wei is a traffic and transportation engineer. She has worked mostly on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and non-motorised transport (NMT) since graduating from the South China University of Technology. Li Wei worked on the planning and design of the Guangzhou BRT on a near full-time basis since 2005, as a key engineer in the core design team. She was also involved in the Harbin BRT conceptual plan and is one of the lead engineers on the team doing the detailed planning and design of a BRT system in Lanzhou.
As well as working for ITDP and formerly for the Guangzhou Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute, she has worked as a consultant to both Asian Development Bank and World Bank-funded urban transport projects in China, and she was part of ITDP’s team working on the BRT conceptual plans in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Li Wei has also provided expert input to the ongoing re-design of corridors 1 and 6 in Jakarta’s BRT system, and was one of the key engineers working on the Yichang BRT preliminary design completed by ITDP in early 2013.
Yang Liuqingqing | Administrative Assistant
Yang Liuqingqing received a Bachelors Degree in Business English from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. After graduating in 2011, she worked for Poly Film Investment Co. Ltd as an office assistant and also worked on marketing programs. She joined ITDP China as administrative assistant in February 2013.
Yun Luo | Publications and Multimedia Expert
After graduating from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts with a first-class scholarship, Luo Yun got a Bachelor’s degree of Printing & Art. Then she worked in several magazines and websites as an Art Director. She joined ITDP-China in October 2011 and is in charge of graphic design and publications.
Jiangnan Ma | Communications and Development Officer
Jiangnan Ma joined ITDP in February 2012 as a communications and development officer. She completed her Bachelor study in the U.K. in International Business from The University of Central Lancashire in 2008. She then received her Master Degree from the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 2010, majoring in Marketing. After graduating, she worked as a marketing promoter and event planner in Australia in a travel agency. She returned to China in April 2011 and worked as a buyer consultant for an e-commerce company.
Hu Manying | Urban Design & Planning Program Manager (Part Time)
After graduating with a BA in Architecture from Guangdong University of Technology in 2000s, Hu Manying worked on real estate projects in Shenzhen-GDADRI (Architectural and Design Research Institute of GuangDong Province) for three years. In 2006, she was hired by l’Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme and was involved in the Paris Velib public bicycle project. In the same year Manying received a Masters, DPEA in Urban Design from Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville. After the study in France, she joined Guangzhou-GDADRI and works as Chief Architect on a regeneration project for urban villages. Since early 2009, she has worked part time with ITDP-China, managing the Urban Design Program in Guangzhou and Harbin.
Li Shanshan | Bike Sharing Program Manager
Since graduating with a Masters in Transportation Engineering from Kunming University of Science and Technology, Li Shanshan worked in Zhejiang Enjoyor Electronics Co., where she mainly focused intelligent transportation system design. She participated in many projects, including parking guidance projects in Jiangyin, Intelligent Transportation Systems of Zhengzhou BRT, traffic guidance in Beijing road in Kunming, and monitoring system design in Dongguan Changping. She also worked as an intern in Kunming Traffic Police Detachment for about half a year, researching traffic impact assessment, public transportation network evaluation and parking charging, and traffic organization of Kunming’s west second ring road. Her work for ITDP focuses on bicycle sharing and bike parking, and aspects of the Guangzhou BRT.
Liu Shaokun | Greenways & Parking Program Manager, Vice Country Director
Since graduating in Traffic Engineering from Shanghai’s Tongji University, Liu Shaokun has worked in the Huizhou Urban Planning & Design Institute (HUPDI). During his time with HUPDI, he worked as transportation planner and an engineer of road construction design, and completed numerous urban planning & transportation planning & road construction designs in Huizhou, and served as project manager in four transportation planning projects. His work won numerous awards for excellence in urban and rural planning and design of Guangdong Province in 2007. He has worked for ITDP-China since mid 2009, focusing on the NMT & Urban Planning Program. Recently, he has worked on the pedestrian facility survey and report for the city center in Harbin, and on pedestrian and bicycle facility planning and design in Guangzhou.
Li Shuling | Urban Development Program Associate
After attaining her Master Degree of Planning from the University of Manchester (UK), Shuling started her career with ITDP in November 2011 as a junior expert of urban design and parking. Since then, she has been working on urban development and design projects, best practices studies and parking research. During her undergraduate studies of architecture and urban planning in South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, Shuling worked for Academy of Oriental Archiculture as an intern. She was involved in programs of strategic planning and urban regeneration.
Bram van Ooijen | Engineer: NMT, Road Design and Parking
Bram van Ooijen received a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Twente University in the Netherlands. He has been working on NMT projects in Guangzhou and Lanzhou since mid-2010. Bike network planning, intersection designs and bike parking facilities are his main focus. In 2006 Bram lived in Guangzhou for three months and wrote a bicycle access plan for the BRT system in Guangzhou. Before being hired by ITDP, he was managing director of a small civil engineering consultancy firm in the Netherlands.
Zhu Xianyuan | BRT Modeling, Vice Country Director
After graduating with a Masters in Transportation Engineering from Shandong University, Zhu Xianyuan worked in the Transportation Research Center of Shandong University, where she mainly focused on BRT systems and non-motorized transportation. She participated in many projects, including Jinan’s BRT System Evaluation, Sustainable Urban Planning, Jinan Pedestrian and Bicycle System Analysis and Optimization, and a Blueprint for Sustainability. She was also a traffic engineering teacher at Shandong University. Her work for ITDP focuses on BRT modeling, aspects of road design improvements in Lanzhou, BRT impact analysis, and research into transportation demand management policies.
Liu Xianwei | Junior Transportation Expert
Liu Xianwei joined ITDP in 2013 after graduating with a Masters in Traffic Engineering from Shanghai’s Tongji University. She works mostly on aspects of the BRT and bike sharing programs.
Duan Xiaomei | Chief Technical Officer
Since graduating with a Masters from Shanghai’s Tongji University Xiaomei Duan has worked on numerous urban transportation projects in Guangzhou, and in other Chinese cities including Kunming, Harbin, Changzhou, and Taiyuan. She is currently Chief Engineer of the Guangzhou Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute and Head of the transportation section of the Guangzhou Municipal Technical Development Corp. During the last two years, as well as working on the ADB urban transport study in Harbin and Changzhou, Xiaomei has focused on the Guangzhou BRT planning and design, as the Chief Engineer and Project-In-Charge. She also reviewed many of the BRT project studies and designs in other Chinese cities, and has worked on the Lanzhou and Harbin BRT designs (both currently in development). Xiaomei is now a nationally accredited Senior Engineer, and has worked closely with ITDP since late 2004.
Shreya Gadepalli | Regional Director, India
Shreya started her career with ITDP in the late 1990s as a non-motorized vehicle designer on the Indian cycle rickshaw modernization project, which led to the introduction of over 300,000 modern cycle rickshaws to the streets of a dozen cities in India. She continued non-motorized vehicle design work as the lead design consultant on the Indonesian Becak Modernization Project in Yogyakarta.
She has since expanded her areas of professional interest to BRT and non-motorized transport planning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial Design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Shreya is passionate about photography and is an ardent collector of handicrafts from across the world. She enjoys listening to various genres of classical music, including works of fusion between Eastern and Western forms.
Harshad Abhyankar | Senior Associate-Maharashtra Programs
Harshad is an electronics engineer from IIT Bombay. Having worked as an IT professional for 18-odd years, since 2002 he has also been an active member of Save Pune Traffic Movement, an NGO in Pune promoting safe and sustainable transportation. He has been the mastermind in preparing the “Citizens’ Transportation Status Report” for Pune, perhaps the first report of its kind for any city in India. He is interested in liaising with city officials and other stakeholders to promote “safe and sustainable mobility for all”. Harshad is an amateur astronomer and likes to listen to Indian classical music and old Hindi film songs.
Prabhakar Balasubramanian | Administrative Assistant
Prior to joining ITDP, Prabhakar worked as an administration executive for Hewlett Packard. Key strengths include managing all administrative needs for the smooth functioning of operations with attention to the minutest detail. He has also worked as a secretary and subsequently in medical documentation. Prabhakar has a bachelor’s degree in commerce with a post-graduate diploma in Information Technology from Symbiosis.
Suraj Bartakke | Surveyor and Data Entry Operator
Suraj joined ITDP in April 2011. Currently he is working as a Surveyor and Data Entry Operator with ITDP on various transportation progams in Pune Metropolitan Region. Suraj completed his Industrial Training Institute Course of ‘Computer Operator’ from Pune University. Prior to joining ITDP, he worked with Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation as Computer Operator. Currently he is pursuing Bachelors Degree in Arts (General) from Pune University. Suraj enjoys playing cricket and reading.
Jaya Bharathi Bathamaraj | Senior Associate – Transport Systems
Bharathi joined ITDP in November 2013. She is currently working as a Senior Associate, Transport Systems. Prior to joining ITDP India, she worked on various projects related to public transportation and mass rapid transit systems. She has real time work experience in regional government offices, MPOs, Cincinnati area GIS, transportation data analysis and other transportation related studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from JNTU and completed master’s coursework in community planning with specialization in transportation planning from the University of Cincinnati. Her major strength is the knowledge of both Urban/Transportation Planning and GIS.
Pranjali Deshpande | Program Lead, Pune
Pranjali joined ITDP in June 2009. Currently she is assisting with operational planning for the Pune/Pimpri-Chinchwad BRT system. Prior to joining ITDP, she was associated with an architecture firm and worked on large-scale industrial projects.
Pranjali completed her undergraduate studies in architecture at Bharatiya Kala Prasarini Sabha’s College of Architecture in Pune, and earned a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT University, with a thesis on transportation sector finance in Pune. Pranjali enjoys painting, calligraphy, reading, and photography.
Aswathy Dilip | Senior Associate, Communications
Aswathy joined ITDP in March 2014 to manage ITDP India’s communications and is currently setting up their website. She is an architect – urban designer, who finds communicating ideas relating to these fields more appealing than creating ideas. She holds a postgraduate degree in Urban Design from Cardiff University, UK and a graduate degree in Architecture from Anna University, India.
Before joining ITDP, she worked as the Communications Manager at HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd. in Ahmedabad where she set up and managed the Communications and Knowledge Centre. At HCP, she also worked as an Urban Designer on the Sabarmati Riverfront Project and represented the firm at programs aimed at improving awareness of the project. Aswathy enjoys travelling, listening to music and photography.
Kashmira Medhora Dubash | Associate, Transport Planning
Kashmira recived a bachelor’s in planning and a master’s in urban design from the University of Auckland in 2011. Soon after graduating, she worked for Auckland Transport as a transport planning consent officer before moving to Chennai in 2013. Her role at Auckland Transport entailed assessing development consents against any effects on the Auckland road network and working with Auckland Council and developers to mitigate any adverse effects. Her interest for transport planning grew with this experience. After moving to Chennai, She taught urban design at Hindustan University and soon after joined ITDP in November 2013 as a Transport Planner.
Advait Jani | Program Coordinator, Chennai
Advait joined ITDP in November 2012 as a Program Coordinator for Chennai. Prior to joining ITDP, he had worked as an Urban Designer with HCP Design and Project Management Pvt Ltd on the Sabarmati Riverfront Project (SRFD)in Ahmedabad. He was part of the team from Environmental Planning Collaborative (EPC) which worked on the Street Design Manual and the Our Cities Ourselves exhibition for Ahmedabad in 2010. Advait has attended the European Postgraduate Masters in Urbanism (EMU) program at IUAV Venezia, Italy and TU Delft, The Netherlands from 2010 – 2012. His thesis focused on creating a Transit Oriented Development around the Rotterdam The Hague Airport. After living in the Oranje land during his masters, Advait has come to enjoy Biking, Ultimate Frisbee and Football the most.
Chris Kost | Technical Director
Chris joined ITDP as a full-time staff member in 2008 after being involved as a consultant since 2004, focusing on transportation projects in Africa and India. In Cape Town and Accra, he performed greenhouse gas assessments of proposed BRT systems. In Johannesburg, he helped the city apply for certification of the Rea Vaya BRT system under the Clean Development Mechanism. Before joining ITDP, Chris worked for the Transportation and Land Use Coalition (now Transform) in Oakland; the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, also in Oakland; the City of Berkeley’s Planning Department; Meyer, Mohadddes Associates, Los Angeles; and Delin Consult in Accra.
Chris received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental policy from the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University. He currently resides in Ahmedabad where he helped develop a public transport demand model and operational plan for the city’s BRT system. His present work includes cycle and pedestrian projects in Chennai and Surat.
Apoorva Mahajan | Program Associate, Maharashtra Programs
Apoorva joined ITDP in June 2014. She completed her bachelor’s of architecture from B.K.P.S College of Architecture, Pune and received a master’s degree in Environmental Planning from CEPT University, Ahmadabad. Her interest for transport related planning developed while completing her undergraduate thesis, “City Bus Terminus for PMPML (Local public transport), Pune.” Prior to joining ITDP, she was involved with an architectural firm practicing sustainable design solutions in Bangalore and as an intern for a planning firm working on the Eco Village Development Programme, Maharashtra.
Dominic Mathew | Associate, Jharkhand Programs
Dominic is an architecture graduate from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Having been raised and educated in the capital city of India, New Delhi, he has grown up experiencing the pros and cons of various public transport mediums. He has an active interest in the use of sustainability in design and planning to help promote social development and integration among communities. His thesis involved aspects of urban planning and conservation in a Tibetan refugee settlement in New Delhi named Majnu ka Tilla. Books and music have been constant companions helping him unwind and focus. Writing, traveling and photography are other areas of interest.
Kokilavani Ravi | Accounts Associate
Vani joined ITDP in February 2013 as an Accounts Associate. She assists the finance team with keeping accounts up to date, reviewing bills and making payments to staff. Before joining ITDP, Vani completed a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras in 2012 and worked as a computer operator in the sales and marketing field. Vani enjoys listening to western and folk music and creating craft works and painting during her free time.
Shriram Ramaratnam | Consultant
Shriram joined ITDP, Chennai as a consultant in March 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and a master’s degree in civil engineering with specialization in transportation engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa. He has more than 8 years of private consulting experience in the U.S. and has worked on a number of projects for various State Department of Transportation (DOT’s) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
His areas of expertise include traffic modeling and simulation, travel demand forecasting, traffic operations analysis, intelligent transportation systems, data extraction & analysis, statistical modeling and GIS. His current work focuses on performing a Bus Rapid Transit feasibility study for Ranchi, Jharkhand and also on developing a methodology for establishing on-street and off-street parking caps for Ahmedabad City.
C. Ranga Rohini | Urban Development Associate
Ranga Rohini joined ITDP as a full time staff from 2012, following an internship and consultancy work with ITDP since May 2011. A graduate of architecture from the School of Architecture & Planning, she is interested in urbanism /town planning and visual arts and the use of one to inform the other. Current work with ITDP includes communication/graphic design as well as providing technical support for the urban programs undertaken by ITDP.
Sriram Surianarayanan | Technical Assistant
Sriram joined ITDP in February 2014 as a Technical Assistant. He currently works on surveys in the Chennai metropolitan region. Sriram completed his mechanical engineering degree from Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Viswa Maha Vidyalaya University in 2013. In his free time, Sriram enjoys playing cricket and listening to music.
Rajendra Verma | Program Manager
While studying for his masters in Economics from Banaras Hindu University, Rajendra was inspired to contribute his part to preserving the environment, choosing to work with social groups that promote environmental issues.
Before joining ITDP, Rajendra worked for nearly ten years on community development programs for cycle rickshaw drivers in several Indian cities in association with ITDP’s local partners in India. In addition, Rajendra was part of a non-motorized transport advocacy team that has pushed for policy changes in Delhi, India. He is an active member of the Delhi Cycling Club, helping to make Delhi a cyclist-friendly city and creating a buzz around cycling in India’s capital.
Rajendra gets satisfaction by helping underprivileged communities to make them more aware, educated, and empowered.
Yoga Adiwinarto | Country Director
Yoga has been with ITDP since 2009, initially as transport specialist managing the BRT improvement in Jakarta and Pekanbaru. Over the last three years he has worked on public transport planning and operational, Demand Management, Pedestrian improvement as well as some management and financial aspects of BRT operation. He was involved in planning and preparing the operation, tender and contracts for the opening of the last three BRT corridors in Jakarta, which is now the longest BRT system in the world.
Yoga holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Institute Technology Bandung, and a master’s degree in Transport Planning from Leeds University, England, where he spent three years working in transport consultancy firm after finishing his degree.
Bella Aryani | Transport Assistant
Bella completed her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the Institute Technology Bandung in 2012. After graduation, she worked in an insurance loss adjusting company as an adjuster in the property division. In January 2014, she got the opportunity to be a part of the ITDP team as a transport assistant, which suits her passion for public transportation and urban development. During her spare time, she loves promoting tourism and culture in Jakarta, and she is also active in Abang None theater.
Udayalaksmanakartiyasa Halim | Transport Assistant
Holding a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University Indonesia, Uday is pursuing his passion in public transportation and urban development at ITDP as a Transportation Assistant. He joined ITDP in October 2011. During his spare time, he enjoys reading non-fiction, listening to japanese music, and watching movies.
Rosyadah Hariyadi | Finance & Administrative Associate
Rosy joined ITDP in April 2008 as the Secretary / Office Manager. Rosy received her bachelor’s degree in the Faculty of Economics from National University, Jakarta in 1992. Before joining ITDP, Rosy worked as a Secretary and a Finance Officer for private companies and consultant services. She loves sports, especially badminton and volleyball.
Priscilla Fabiola | Communications Associate
As a part of the ITDP team, Yolla is involved in communication strategy through her passion of art and design. In 2011 she completed her bachelor’s degree in Visual and Communication Design at Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). After graduation, she worked on Hollywood movie projects as a visual effects artist. The opportunity to work for ITDP allows Yolla to use her passions to help design a smart, creative public transport system in Indonesia, particularly in Jakarta. She loves doing adventure and extreme sports and enjoys the beauty of nature.
Assafa Sufiani | Transport Assistant
Assafa Sufiani joined ITDP in January 2012 as Transport Assistant. Prior to joining ITDP, she worked for GIZ Sustainable Urban Transport Improvement Project (SUTIP) in their Jakarta office. Safa holds Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Indonesia majoring Civil Engineering. She loves reading, drawing, and watching anime.
Ria Roida Minarta Sitompul | Transport Assistant
Ria holds an Urban and Regional Planning Degree from Gadjah Mada University. In her final year at UGM, through her passion for public transport and urban development, Ria was involved in projects at GIZ Sustainable Urban Transport Improvement Project (SUTIP) in Yogyakarta. After graduation, she joined ITDP in December 2013 as a Transportation Assistant. She loves listening to music, adventures and watching movies.
Faela Sufa | Transport Program Manager
Faela joined ITDP because she is interested in ITDP’s work to improve the TransJakarta BRT system. She graduated from Gadjah Mada University in 2000 and received a master’s degree in Transport Planning and Engineering from Leeds University, UK. She also worked as a transport modeller at Mott MacDonald Birmingham for 2.5 years. During her time at Mott MacDonald, she was involved in various international projects.
Bernardo Baranda | Regional Director, Latin America
In his more than 10 years of professional experience, Bernardo has been involved in urban sustainable mobility projects working in the private and non-governmental sectors. He is one of the founding members of Bicitekas an urban cycling advocacy group in Mexico City.
Bernardo holds master’s degrees in Transport Engineering from IHE-TU in Delft, The Netherlands, and in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from UMIST in Manchester, United Kingdom. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In his spare time, he enjoys sports, reading novels and traveling.
Xavier Treviño | Country Director
Xavier joined ITDP in 2007. He holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from El Colegio de México, and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the National Autonomous University (UNAM). Always an ecologist and cyclist advocate, he worked previously in environmental and urban law enforcement at the Mexico City Environmental Protection Agency. He is an active member of Bicitekas, and his interests are mostly in non-motorized mobility, civil participation, law and regulation, and seeking to include strict environmental and social criteria in urban public policy.
Verónica Ortiz Cisneros | Communications and Development Director
Verónica is responsible for generating communication strategies and alliances that promote the organization’s initiatives. She has a degree in Communication Studies and ten years experience in both broadcasting and public relations. Verónica’s focus is on cultural projects and communication initiatives that represent a positive transformation in the inhabitant’s quality of life. Verónica has been a founding member of the Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo (International Contemporary Cinematography Festival) of Mexico City, Communications Director at the Festival de Mexico, and Director of the broadcasting and programming area of the Cineteca National (National Film Archive).
Jorge Cáñez | Community Manager
Jorge has a degree in Political Science from ITAM, specializing in Political Communication from Sciences Po, Aix-en-Provence. He has collaborated on the creation of microsites on sustainable urban mobility, 77 Urban and Federal Funds. Co-founder of the urban cycling club at his university, Jorge considers himself a bicyclist at heart, and advised on Bicired for ITDP. He promotes information technology and open data, and today manages ITDP Mexico’s social media and coordinates the content of the website. In addition, he studied conflict resolution while at the Center for Civic Partnerships. This training is highly relevant, as he is sensitive to the rural problems of the country, where he did fieldwork with a marginalized community in the high mountains of Veracruz, as well as being passionate about solving the mobility problems in Mexican cities by fighting in academia and in the streets.
Javier Garduño | Public Policy Coordinator
Javier has a bachelors degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) and a Masters in Urban Studies from the College of Mexico. He is passionate about cycling and public space, and has experience in the public sector in the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit and the Ministry of Finance for the Federal District. He is a specialist in public finance, public policy and urban development. He has worked on such ITDP projects as “Strategies to reduce car use in Mexican cities” and “low carbon growth for Mexican cities using Transit Oriented Development (TOD)”, where the first document prepared financial and budget analysis of the country’s federal funds for urban transport issues and accessibility.
Jonathan González | GIS and Technology Developer
Jonathan has a BA in Urban Studies and has worked with ITDP since 2011 on several projects. He is currently working on modeling the metropolitan areas of Mexico City and Guadalajara. His specialty, and one of his passions, is the development and creation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the world of mobile applications. He works to improve our environment and prefers to use a bike and public transport, rather than a car.
Alejandra Leal | Non-motorized Transport Coordinator
Alejandra has a Masters in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, a Bachelors in Economics from CIDE, as well as a diploma in Consultant Training for Public Administration from INAP. She is a specialist in the analysis, design, management and evaluation of public policies on mobility and sustainable urban development. She has experience in local government, where she coordinated several projects as part of the Recovery of Public Space and Habitat program. She has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank on environmental issues, and collaborated with the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities in Manila, Philippines in the development of a walkability index. Current, she works on the design of public policy on non-motorized mobility for cities, promoting pedestrian mobility and safe, efficient, and accessible cycling. The strategy includes issues of road design, road safety, universal accessibility and mobility culture.
Salvador Medina | Urban Development Coordinator
With a Masters in Urban Planning and Economics from the Autonomous National University of Mexico, Salvador completed his postgraduate studies at the The Complutense University of Madrid and a specialty in the Environmental Management of Cities at the International Cooperation Agency of Japan in Osaka and Tokyo. He has worked for the Ministry of Finance and the National Institute of Ecology. At ITDP, he is the project leader for transit-oriented develoment (TOD). He collaborates with magazines Comercio Exterior y Nexos, as well as writes and co-writes articles and publications on economics, sustainability transportation and foreign trade. Among his publications include ITDP’s Guía de estrategias para la reducción del uso del auto en ciudades mexicanas” and “Planes Integrales de Movilidad: Lineamientos para una movilidad urbana sustentable”, the first of their kind in Mexico.
Angelica Mora | Administrative Assistant
Results oriented, Angelica has 25 years of experience in developing and implementing strategies that help companies grow and prosper. Angelica enjoys learning about people, culture, and the natural environment.
Ulises Navarro | Public Transport Director for Latin America
With almost thirty years of experience working in transport, Ulises started his career studying Transit and Road Engineering at IUPFAN University, in Venezuela. For the last twenty years he has been convinced about the necessity of transforming transport, promoting public, massive and non motorized options and restricting the use of automobiles. He joined ITDP in 2012. Previously, he participated as a counselor for ITDP and at numerous projects of public transportation, urban planning and regional planning. Ulises has a masters degree in urban and transport planning and a doctorate in civil engineering specialized in transport, from Nebraska-Lincoln University.
Xtabai Padilla | Climate Change Coordinator
Xtabai holds a bachelor degree in International Relations from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and join the ITDP team in 2010. From her academic traning, she became concerned about environmental issues from a multidisciplinary approach. She has participated in environmental programs coordinated by the Mexico City Government. She has also played a professional role at SEMARNAT, completed a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy and one in Political Ecology, both at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and has written several articles related to the environment, indigenous peoples, biodiversity, water, and climate change. At ITDP, Xtabai is involved in projects related to climate change, finance, public policy and regulation.
Laura Ruiz | Administration and Finance Coordinator
Laura studied Tourism and Hospitality in Zacatecas, Mexico, and has twelve years of experience working in both fields. Laura also has eight years of administrative experience, and has worked for the board of trustees at a private assistance institution in the medical industry. She is convinced about the importance of nature for the wellbeing of humanity. This is why she promotes the environmental conservation and enjoys outdoor activities likes hiking, cycling and swimming. She joined ITDP to be the administration and finance coordinator in 2012.
Andrés Sañudo | Parking Policy Coordinator
Andrés studied Applied Mathematics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is an urban cyclist, a user of public transit, and does not own a car, although he uses one when necessary. His passion for the functioning of cities and sustainable transport led him to work in the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing. In late 2011, he joined ITDO Mexico as coordinator of parking policies, where he has led baseline studies for the implemention of parking meters in the Polanco and Hipódromo neighborhoods of Mexico City. He has created terms of reference for the implementation, operation, maintenance and evalutation of a system for parking meters in Mexican cities, as well as a diagnosis of rules governing parking and their economic, social and environmental impacts in the Federal District. He has collaborated in developing the Implementation Guide for Parking Meter Systems for Mexican Cities, and the Parking and Travel Demand Management Policies in Latin America, prepared by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
United States & Africa
Annie Weinstock | Director, US and Africa
Annie joined ITDP in May 2009 to oversee its work in Africa. Annie has been working with governments in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa to implement Bus Rapid Transit. In addition to her work in Africa, in 2010, Annie helped to launch ITDP’s US program. She has been working in Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and elsewhere to bring true, gold-standard BRT to American cities and is increasingly working on both continents to help develop a true, gold-standard transit-oriented development (TOD) around one of these BRT projects. Annie played a key role in the creation of The BRT Standard, as well as ITDP’s most recent report More Development For Your Transit Dollar: An Analysis of 21 North American Transit Corridors.
Since 2002, Annie has worked in public, private, and academic transportation settings in Boston, Seattle, New York City, Stockholm, and Africa. She holds a master’s degree in transportation from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s from the University of Massachusetts.
Stephanie Lotshaw | Manager, US & Africa
Stephanie joined ITDP in March 2010 to work on ITDP’s special projects and has since transitioned to working in the US & Africa office. Her work focuses on helping cities to implement gold-standard BRT, and has recently also focused on working with cities to develop high quality transit-oriented development (TOD) around BRT corridors as well. Stephanie has managed and overseen the development of The BRT Standard over the past few years as well as co-authored ITDP’s report More Development For Your Transit Dollar: An Analysis of 21 North American Transit Corridors. Prior to joining ITDP, Stephanie worked at international and domestic policy think tanks in New York and London.
Stephanie holds an MSc in international development economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a bachelor’s degree in Latin American development from Colorado College.
Chris Van Eyken | Sr. Planner, U.S. & Africa Program
Chris joined ITDP in September 2011 as an intern. He joined the US and Africa programs as an associate in February 2013, following the completion of his graduate studies. As a member of the US & Africa program, he provides technical assistance for bus rapid transit projects in Boston, Chicago, and Nairobi. He holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Hunter College and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University.