Transforming Our Transportation Ecology

A Symposium

Thursday, September 19, 2019 • 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. • Reception and After Dark to follow

Invitation only

The Bay Area embodies both the opportunities and the challenges inherent to new transportation. Micromobility, responsive transit, and smart infrastructure are already being deployed across the region in new and exciting ways. This invitation-only symposium will explore ways of leveraging new technology and existing infrastructure to foster collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries and increase capacity while ensuring equitable transportation access.

The symposium also marks one year since the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The Exploratorium provides an inspirational setting for leading mobility innovators and thinkers, policy and decision makers, scientists, and public advocates to continue work on modernizing and decarbonizing transportation as a path to achieving a sustainable climate future. For more information about the symposium, please email



Welcome and Introduction
Bay Area transportation systems are already at or over capacity, and stresses are poised to become even more acute as the regional population grows by an expected two million people over the next 30 years. Quick action and longer-term transformation is needed to ease congestion while also slashing pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions by the levels needed to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. 

Chris Flink, Executive Director, Exploratorium
Mary Miller, Environment Program Director, Exploratorium
Paul Dodd, Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives, UC Davis
Austin Brown, Executive Director, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy


What's New: Innovations in Technology, Data, and People
Automated vehicles and other new-mobility technologies are transforming our cities and communities. At times, our streets can seem like the Wild West. How can private investors and transportation companies help achieve public goals of reducing congestion and pollution, improving safety and access, and enhancing affordable transit?

Moderator: Regina Clewlow, CEO and Co-Founder, Populus
Panel: Eric Danko, Senior Manager of Public Affairs, Cruise
Darton Ito, Deputy Director of Innovation and Program Delivery, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Megan Richer, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Via


Public Investment and Policy Challenges
California and the Bay Area are leaders in reducing carbon pollution, but our work is far from over. What more do public agencies need to do to create a better, more efficient, equitable, and sustainable transportation system? Are we keeping up with transportation demand—and if not, how can we improve? How can agencies work together better to solve regional challenges?

Moderator: Jennifer Gress, Division Chief, California Air Resources Board
Panel: Mollie Pelon McArdle, Co-Director, Open Transport Partnership & SharedStreets
Warren Logan, Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations, Oakland Mayor’s Office
Karen Schkolnick, Strategic Incentives Division Director, Bay Area Air Quality Management Distric


Keynote: Framing a Response to California's Transportation Challenge
State Assemblymember Phil Ting, District 19


Transportation for All: Building Equity and Access
How do we ensure that all communities and people benefit from emerging transportation systems? How do we balance sustainability and equity when rethinking Bay Area transportation systems?

Moderator: Mary Miller, Environment Program Director, Exploratorium
Panel: Scott Blanks, Senior Director, Programs, Lighthouse for the Blind
Clarrissa Cabansagan, New Mobility Policy Director, TransForm
Michelle Arango, New Voices Are Rising Fellow, student at Oakland Military Institute


Moving Forward: What Are the Priorities?
California and the Bay Area has made progress on reducing transportation emissions since the Global Climate Action Summit, but much work remains to be done. This session will address how we build on our successes, collaborate across the region, and measure our progress.

Moderator: Laura Bliss, CityLab West Coast Bureau Chief, The Atlantic magazine
Panel: Sarah Jones, Planning Director, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Ian Griffiths, Director, Seamless Bay Area
Kelly Obranowicz, Policy Manager, Transportation, Bay Area Council
Elliot Martin, Research & Development Engineer, UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Resource Center


The Transforming Our Transportation Ecology Symposium is part of Transportation/Transformations Week. This event is made possible with generous support by General Motors.

General Motors

The Transforming Our Transportation Ecology Symposium is made possible by working in partnership with the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, and the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.