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Opening Plenary Session

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The keynote speaker was Ryan Russo, Director, City of Oakland, CA, USA Department of Transportation (OakDOT). Under Ryan's leadership, OakDOT has become a national model for incorporating equity into transportation planning, policy, programs, and operations. From paving plans to emerging mobility, OakDOT is working to center racial equity in every organizational aspect, and long-neglected communities are now being more authentically engaged and collaborating with government.

This opening plenary session, moderated by ITE International President Alyssa Rodriguez, Ryan talked about how he and his staff are bringing new ideas and approaches to their city, the innovative Open Streets program they advanced as a result of COVID-19, and some of the lessons they have learned about transportation equity.

Contributors

  • Moderator: Alyssa Rodriguez, Director of Information Technology | City of Henderson, Nevada

    Alyssa Rodriguez presently works at the City of Henderson, Nevada as the Director of Information Technology. With nearly 20 years of experience, she has a diverse employment history including municipal engineering, consulting and academia. Her background includes a wide variety of transportation engineering and planning projects including complete streets design, traffic impact studies, traffic signal design, travel demand modeling, maintenance management and asset management systems, safe routes to school, fleet management, and GIS applications. She is a Professional Engineer registered in the states of Nevada and California.

    A proud Montana State Bobcat, Alyssa received her Civil Engineering bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU. Alyssa is also a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, certified by ITE, an organization for transportation professionals. Alyssa’s participation with ITE also includes leadership roles at all levels, and she currently serves as the Vice President on the organization’s international board of direction.

  • Jeffrey Paniati, P.E., Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer | ITE

    In October 2015, Mr. Paniati became the Executive Director and CEO of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, an international membership association of more than 15,500 transportation professionals who work to improve safety and mobility for all transportation system users and help build smart and livable communities.

    Prior to joining ITE, Mr. Paniati had a 32-year career with the Federal Highway Administration, including holding senior leadership positions in the areas of system management and operations, intelligent transportation systems, and highway safety. He served as Executive Director from 2008–2015.
    Mr. Paniati has received numerous honor awards, including the prestigious Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive. He has been inducted into the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers, the ITS America Hall of Fame, and the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame.

    Mr. Paniati has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of ITE and a registered professional engineer.

  • Ryan Russo, Director |City of Oakland, CA, USA Department of Transportation (OakDOT)

    Ryan Russo has 20 years of progressively responsible experience in multi-modal transportation and city planning. He was appointed in May 2017 as the first permanent Director of the Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT). OakDOT pursues a vision of a more equitable, safer Oakland with improved access to housing, jobs, schools and services. It is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the city’s over 800 miles of roads and 1,100 miles of sidewalks and represents Oakland with the region’s transportation partners, such as BART, AC Transit, MTC and Caltrans.

    Under Ryan's leadership, OakDOT has become a national model for incorporating equity into transportation planning, policy, programs and operations. From paving plans to emerging mobility, OakDOT is working to center racial equity in every organizational aspect and long-neglected communities are now being more authentically engaged and collaborating with government.

    Previously, he served as Deputy Commissioner with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). Working under New York City Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, Ryan led innovative and transformative safety, pedestrian, cycling and transit projects over the last decade including North America's first on-street parking-protected bike lanes, the pedestrian plazas at Times & Herald Squares and the nation's first Vision Zero action plans. In total Ryan oversaw the design and implementation of more than 600 miles of bike network enhancements including 70 miles of protected bicycle lanes lanes and projects that reclaimed hundreds of acres of former road space for walking, transit and bike riding—taming some of the city’s most dangerous roads and yielding the fewest fatalities in more than 100 years of record-keeping in New York City.

March 23, 2021
Tue 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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