Michael K. Manville
Michael Manville has two primary areas of interest: the relationship between transportation and land use, and local public finance. He studies the willingness of people and communities to finance different government services, and also studies the tendency of local governments to hide the costs of transportation in the property market. He is particularly interested in how land use restrictions intended to fight traffic congestion can influence the supply and price of housing. His research has been published in a variety of transportation and planning journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Urban Studies, and Transport Policy. In addition, Manville has advised local, state, and federal officials about transportation policy and has consulted with both developers and environmental organizations about land use regulation. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Steven E. Polzin
University of South Florida
Steven Polzin is the director of mobility policy research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida and is responsible for coordinating the Center's involvement in the University's educational program. Dr. Polzin carries out research in mobility analysis, public transportation, travel behavior, planning process development, and transportation decision-making. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Transportation and serves on several Transportation Research Board and American Public Transportation Association Committees. He recently completed several years of service on the board of directors of the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (Tampa, Florida) and on the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization board of directors. Dr. Polzin worked for transit agencies in Chicago (RTA), Cleveland (GCRTA), and Dallas (DART) before joining the University of South Florida in 1988. Dr. Polzin holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Northwestern University.
New York City Department of Transportation
Bruce Schaller is Deputy Commissioner for Traffic and Planning for the New York City Department of Transportation, a position he has held since January 2012. In this capacity, Mr. Schaller is responsible for the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible movement of people and goods on the City's streets. He is responsible for development and implementation of programs and projects to enhance the city’s bus, bike, pedestrian and truck networks, including the implementation of the transportation elements in Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC and key initiatives in DOT's Sustainable Streets Strategic Plan. He also oversees DOT’s art and urban design initiatives including liaison with the Public Design Commission, and clean fuel initiatives focused primarily on trucks, other commercial fleets, ferries and taxis/for-hire vehicles. From June 2007 through 2011, Mr. Schaller served as DOT’s first Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Sustainability, spearheading implementation of key PlaNYC initiatives including Select Bus Service (SBS), innovative parking pricing policies, public space planning including the DOT's Plaza Program; neighborhood planning studies; and publication of the Department's annual Sustainable Streets Index. Prior to his tenure at DOT, Mr. Schaller was Principal of Schaller Consulting. He consulted extensively for local governments, transit and airport authorities, university and non-profit organizations, for-profit companies and federal agencies on identifying transportation needs, developing effective transit programs, taxicab regulation, transit fare policy, road pricing, transportation finance, customer communications and bus rapid transit. Mr. Schaller has also served as Deputy Director for Marketing Research and Analysis at New York City Transit, where his work was instrumental in fare policy initiatives, expansion of the paratransit program, developing customer communications and design of new subway cars and buses, and as Director of Policy Development and Evaluation at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. He holds a M.A. in Public Policy from UC Berkeley and a B.A. from Oberlin College.
University of California, Berkeley
Susan Shaheen is an adjunct professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California (UC), Berkeley. She is also co-director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies’ Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC). She served as the Policy and Behavioral Research Program Leader at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways from 2003 to 2007, and as a special assistant to the Director’s Office of the California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004. She has worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and as a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley. She has authored 50 journal articles, over 100 reports and proceedings articles, three book chapters, and co-edited one book. She has also served as a guest editor for Energies and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (IJST). Her research projects on carsharing, smart parking, and older mobility have received national awards, and she was the chair of the Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) from 2004 to 2011. In addition, she is a member of the National Academies’ Transit Research Analysis Committee and chair of the subcommittee on Shared-Use Vehicle Public Transport Systems of TRB. She holds an M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in ecology from UC Davis.
University of California, Davis
Daniel Sperling is Professor at the University of California (UC), Davis, in the Departments of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy. He is also the founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis (ITS-Davis). He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Air Resources Board in February 2007 and was co-director of California's Low Carbon Fuel Study. Dr. Sperling is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy, and he was recently honored as a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies. He is author or editor of 200 technical articles and 10 books. He advises senior executives of many automotive and energy companies and environmental groups and has testified many times to the US Congress and California Legislature on alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology. Dr. Sperling holds a B.S. in environmental engineering from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
California Public Utility Commission
Marzia Zafar is currently the Director of Policy & Planning Division with the California Public Utilities Commission. PPD consists of a small group of policy analysts charged with identifying and analyzing utility industry issues, internal and external procedures, and interagency relationships that would not ordinarily be addressed by the CPUC’s industry divisions in their course of operations. PPD provides Commissioners, the Executive Director, and the Management Team with independent analysis and advice focusing on CPUC practices, procedures, issues, and policies. Marzia joined the Commission in June 2007 as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Simon. Most recently she managed the Commission’s Business & Community Outreach Branch. Marzia has been in the regulatory and energy industries for over sixteen years. She started her career with Southern California Gas Company as a cost accountant, then moved to regulatory case management where she focused on cases related to the energy crisis of 2000-2001, affiliate transactions, general rate cases, and also gas industry restructuring. Marzia is one of the Smart Grid team members at the Commission and wrote the first draft of the Smart Grid Rulemaking. She has been working in the Smart Grid team since its inception in 2008. She holds a B.A. in business from California State University, San Bernardino.
University of Michigan
Susan Zielinski is managing director of Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation (SMART), a cross-disciplinary initiative at the University of Michigan that advances sustainable transportation systems in an urbanizing world. Just before joining SMART/CARSS, Susan spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focusing on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Prior to 2004, she co-founded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a Canada-wide “link tank” that works to catalyze and support sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as New Mobility industry development, an integrated industry approach developed at MTE. As a transportation planner for the City of Toronto, she worked for over 15 years developing and leading transportation and livability policies and initiatives. She has advised on a range of local, national, and international initiatives, including the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, Transport Canada’s Sustainable Development Advisory Committee, the Gridlock Panel of the Ontario Smart Growth Initiative, the OECD’s Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Project, the King of Sweden’s jury of the Stockholm Partnerships for Sustainable Cities, and the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT). She was also a long-time board member of Canada’s Center for Sustainable Transportation and founding board member of the Green Tourism Association. She holds a M.S. in environmental studies from York University.