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Andrew Austin is the founding executive director of Americans for
Transit. A political hack turned transit nerd, previously he was the eld
director at Transportation Choices, in Washington State, where he led
numerous transit ballot measures and rider organizing campaigns. Prior
to Transportation Choices, he managed political campaigns and was an
aide in the Washington State legislature.
Jeremy Bertrand is the lead for digital outreach efforts at the Washington
State Department of Transportation. He helped launch a social media pro-
gram for WSDOT that has gained national acclaim for its efforts, receiving
several national awards in the process.
Stacey Bricka, PhD, is a research scientist with the Texas A&M
Transportation Institute (TTI). She has more than 20 years of experience
in designing and conducting transportation-related surveys and ana-
lyzing travel behavior data. She views social media as an important tool
for improving public participation in transportation surveys as well as
in the transportation planning process itself. Stacey earned her doctor-
ate in community and regional planning from the University of Texas
at Austin.
Susit Dhakal is a master of public administration candidate at The
University of Pennsylvanias Fels Institute of Government. Susit has
worked in both for-prot and not-for-prot sectors in the United States
and Nepal, his home country. As an associate consultant at Fels Research
and Consulting, he is currently working with the Wyomissing Foundation
to identify best practices across the United States in urban entrepreneurial
Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP, is the associate dean for academic
affairs and administration for the College of Engineering and a profes-
sor of city and regional planning at The Ohio State University. In 2011,
Planetizen.com, a public-interest information exchange for planners and
designers, named Jennifer among the top 25 leading thinkers and innova-
tors in the eld of urban planning and technology, including her among
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CEOs, developers, and academics around the world. She serves as a popu-
lar speaker on the importance of technology in cities. She earned a BS
and master of urban planning from Texas A&M University and a master
of public administration from the University of North Texas. Her PhD in
urban and regional science is from Texas A&M University.
Tina Geiselbrecht is an associate research scientist for the Texas A&M
Transportation Institute. Tina has extensive experience in public opinion
research. She has facilitated over 100 focus groups ranging from strategic
planning, to roadway safety, to innovative project delivery and nance. Her
recent research focused on using social media to improve the transporta-
tion planning process. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University
of Texas and a master’s degree in geography and planning from Texas State
Samiul Hasan is a PhD candidate in transportation engineering and infra-
structure systems at the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of Civil
Engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
His research interests include human mobility patterns and activity–travel
analysis, urban analytics, machine learning, network modeling, hurricane
evacuation, and agent-based simulation.
Ryan Hollingsworth is the communications and social media manager at
Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) in Ohio. Ryan manages the airport’s social
media and communications including e-mail marketing, press materi-
als, and website online materials. CAK was the rst U.S. airport to join
Facebook and is one of the top airport fan pages in the U.S., with more
than 53,000 fans. CAKs social media has been recognized by MSNBC,
USA Today, airport industry trade publications, and local media. In 2010,
Likeable Media named Akron-Canton Airport one of the top 40 Facebook
fan pages in the country. Ryan has spoken about social media at local and
national conferences and frequently advises airports and businesses on
best social media practices.
Katharine (Kate) Hunter-Zaworski, PhD, PE, is the director of the
National Center for Accessible Transportation at Oregon State University.
She is both a rehabilitation and transportation engineer. Her main
research and development projects are related to improving access to

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