CicLAvia’s Aaron Paley leads a discussion with policy makers and activists on building a more livable Los Angeles by creating safe streets and vibrant communities.
Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. She is responsible for leading the department as well as day-to-day operations. Ms. Reynolds has over 16 years of experience planning, funding, and implementing transportation projects throughout the United States. Prior to accepting her current position, she led the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Livable Streets section responsible for innovation, policy, and coordination for complete streets projects citywide. Reynolds’ recent projects include protected bike lane design and construction, the launch of a bike sharing system, and the revamp of a citywide traffic calming program. Additionally, during her tenure in San Francisco, a Vision Zero initiative was adopted: zero traffic deaths by 2024. She supervised the team responsible for identifying and tracking all of the engineering projects supporting Vision Zero.
Tafarai Bayne is a Los Angeles native with extensive experience in communications, promotion and outreach, constituency building, stakeholder education, project management, program development, marketing, event production. He is considered a leader in strategic planning & community organizing issues and has worked on development and urban planning issues for over 13 years with an emphasis on the dynamics impacting south Los Angeles. He has extensive organizational development experience having served on the board of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy during a critical executive transition and he recently served on the Board of CicLAvia, having helped spearhead expansion efforts into South Los Angeles. In 2014 he was appointed as a commissioner to the City of Los Angeles Transportation Commission. Tafarai is currently serving as the principle of EMH Creative Group, a consulting firm focused on strategic planning, communications and production. His Current clients include TRUST South LA, The California Endowment and CicLAvia.
Deborah Murphy received her professional degree in Architecture (March I, Urban Design) from the University of California, Los Angeles in and her undergraduate degree in Design (BA) from UCLA. Deborah established Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning (DMUD+P) in Silver Lake in 2003 and serves as an Urban Design/Planning and Grant Preparation consultant to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning and Transportation, the cities of West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Long Beach; and non-profits including the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, the Eco-Rapid Transit Authority, the Playhouse District Association, the East Los Angeles Community Corporation, Little Tokyo Service Center, the Warner Center Association and the Trust for Public Land. Deborah has facilitated the successful award of over $78 million in grant funds for new parks/open space and pedestrian/bicycle/transit improvements. Deborah has contributed her unique skills to a wide range of civic and professional organization task forces, boards, and committees. She is widely recognized for her leadership and vision in community consensus building, comprehensive city and active transportation planning, streetscape design and pedestrian safety issues. In her efforts to make Los Angeles more walkable, she founded a pedestrian advocacy organization, Los Angeles Walks, is the Chair of the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a member of the Green LA Coalition Living Streets Initiative, a board member of the Streetsblog Los Angeles and has conducted Walkabouts in Hollywood, Glassell Park/Cypress Park and Downtown Pasadena. Deborah also teaches an Urban Design Studio at Cal Poly Pomona in the Architecture Program and often is a guest lecturer at other universities and academic institutions as well as for governmental agencies.
Jen Klausner has served as Executive Director of LACBC since summer 2007. Prior to joining LACBC, her career focused on consumer products marketing and branding, in product development/licensing roles with global girl-brands Hello Kitty and Barbie, respectively. Jennifer grew up in Los Angeles, holds degrees from both UCLA and USC, and has commuted by bike throughout her post graduate career. She has diverse bike advocacy experience, is an avid and still occasionally competitive mountain biker, a member of numerous local cycling clubs and a League of American Bicyclists LCI. She mixes and matches among a car, n+1 bikes, a Metro TAP card, and her own two feet to get around LA.
Avital Shavit is a transportation planning manager on the countywide planning and development team at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she focuses on shaping funding policies and bicycle program implementation. A daily transit and bike rider with a flair for “cycle chic” fashion, Avital holds a masters degree in urban planning from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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