Meet the 2022-2025 Policy Advisory Council Members
Meet the Policy Advisory Council members who make up the and advise MTC on current and future transportation policies.
Representing the Low-Income/Environmental Justice Community of Napa County
“My many years of service in Napa County provide experience in considering the needs of a diverse range of communities and the impacts of transit policies on economic opportunities.”
Michael Baldini is the chair of the Napa Valley Transportation Authority’s Citizen Advisory Committee. He has also served on the Napa Valley College Board of Trustees since 2002.
Representing the People of Color Community of San Mateo County
"Imagine a world where every child has access to clean neighborhoods, beautiful parks and a quality education that inspires them to better their communities for future generations. I serve on this council to make that world a reality."
Pamela Campos is a Bay Area native, proudly born and raised in San José, CA. With a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development, she has been working in the South Bay as an educator for over a decade, focusing on early care and education (ECE). Her current work involves facilitating cross-sector conversations aimed towards developing ECE facilities that supply the growing shortage and increasing demand for accessible ECE spaces in San Mateo County. She is committed to being a strong advocate for the needs of young children and their families, as well as underrepresented and marginalized BIPOC communities that are affected by redlining and other racist policies.
"Lifting up the perspectives of transit riders throughout the Bay Area will help inform and create policies that best address our region's growing issues of inequality, access to opportunity and climate change."
As the Advocacy Director at San Francisco Transit Riders, Zack Deutsch-Gross works daily with riders — particularly low-income riders, students, seniors, riders of color and those with disabilities — to ensure their voices are centered in transit decision-making. Born and raised in San Francisco, Zack has spent the last decade organizing in communities across the country to speak up for a more just and sustainable world. Zack currently serves on the board of I.T. Bookman Community Center in San Francisco, and holds a Masters in Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley, where he had the pleasure of serving as the Head Graduate Student Instructor for former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
Representing the Communities of Color in Solano County
For more than three decades, Ben Edokpayi has lived and creditably served the local community on many levels as editor at three key newspapers: Rio Vista River News Herald-Isleton Journal, The Dixon Tribune and The Vacaville Reporter, as well as Information Officer at various public offices for the State of California. Mr. Edokpayi got his first journalism stint at The Daily Republic in 1992. Mr. Edokpayi has a son and a daughter.
Mr. Edokpayi, former Corporate Communications Information Officer with State Fund, Caltrans Information Officer for Solano and Santa Clara Counties, and CALEPA-DTSC where he was the Information Officer for the pioneer Safer Consumer Products and CalSafer environmental protection Initiatives brings knowledge and perspective from his previous experiences, including work done with STA staff on various highway projects within Solano County. At Caltrans District 4, he was also responsible for informing the public and stakeholders in Solano and Santa Clara counties about projects ranging from new construction, routine maintenance, groundbreakings and open-house presentation on safety projects. One of his major accomplishments was the successful coordination, with the governor’s office, of the 2009 groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of a portion of Interstate 80 in Solano County.
Anne Olivia Eldred
“The choices we make today form the landscape our children will walk through tomorrow. Equitable outcomes and inclusion in decision-making must be core tenets in both form and function of policy design, transparency and accountability in policy implementation. Climate justice, social justice and racial justice must all be addressed for a policy to be successful. We can build that, we cannot accept less.”
Anne Olivia Eldred focuses on environmental, social and economic justice in housing, transportation and energy policy. A longtime labor advocate, she is dedicated to deepening connections and building cooperation between labor and environmental movements. She has fought to bring social, racial and economic justice into climate policy. She has worked in the U.S and internationally on the public health impacts of policy and law and the corresponding social ramifications when applied to trade, development policy, public works and electoral politics.
Anne Olivia sits on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Community Advisory Committee for East Bay Community Energy, the CCA supplying electricity to Alameda County and Tracy. She served as Elected Council for the Interfaith Council of Alameda County, and on the Equitable Climate Action Plan Ad Hoc Community Advisory Committee for the City of Oakland. She works in affordable housing and has been an outspoken advocate for unhoused residents for over 20 years. Anne Olivia holds a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law.
“Personally, public transportation has been a critical aspect of my growth as an immigrant, a community member and a working adult. It has connected me to opportunities that would have been inaccessible otherwise. Professionally, as a housing and economic policy analyst, I see how accessible and affordable transportation is tied to economic mobility. As such, I hope to support MTC in ensuring this tool connects and serves all communities in the Bay Area, especially those who are traditionally neglected by our government systems.”
Ilaf Esuf currently serves as a Housing & Economic Policy Analyst at United Way Bay Area, an anti-poverty organization supporting low-income communities and communities of color throughout the Bay Area region. In this role, Ilaf focuses on the intersection of housing, transportation and economic mobility. In her spare time, Ilaf also serves as a Tamil translator to support Tamil refugees and serves on the board of Richmond Promise, a college access and success nonprofit dedicated to helping Richmond youth achieve their full potential, both in and out of a classroom.
Representing the Disabled Community of Santa Clara County
"People should have systems that work well for them. Transportation is no exception!"
Christine Fitzgerald has been in the disability community since birth. Throughout school and beyond, she has been actively interested in social justice issues concerning women, LGBT and disability — you might say, these focuses are so much a part of who she is, to not actively be involved in any of these issues would be like being a fish out of water! Christine firmly believes that lacking good infrastructure that can help people with disabilities get from one place to another would seriously decrease a person’s ability to attain a job, go to school, or in so many other ways be an active participant in the larger community.
Christine serves on many different community commissions and committees including the County Voters Accessibility Advisory Committee, the Committee for Transportation Mobility Access, and the Access and Functional Needs Task Force.
Representing the Older Adult Community of Marin County
"I am committed to environmental justice to include food equity, living, and sustainable life in a healthy lifestyle. I have been involved in preparing for sea level rise and storm water intrusion. My work with Marin Grassroots focuses on the removal of institutionalized racism in our community.”
Veda Florez is a communications consultant for the Marin County Elections Department, who works with underserved communities to inform and instruct them on how to register to vote and vote. She is heavily involved in the Marin community, regularly participating in the Marin Economic Summit, the Environmental Forum, and other events, and working with Shore-up Marin, Sustainable Novato, Impact Novato, the Marin Center for Independent Living, and the Marin Conservation League. Ms. Florez has volunteered for the Red Cross, does communications outreach for the League of Women Voters, is on the Novato Multicultural Commission, and is a member of Marin Latino leaders, among other organizations.
Representing the Older Adult Community of Sonoma County
"The solutions we rely on today worked well for 20th century problems, but now we are in the 21st century. It is time for us to revisit our past assumptions in order to find the best solutions that fit our times."
With a B.S. in physics from C-MU and 3 years of study in architecture, Gerry Glaser has found it easy to apply his technical and design skills in a variety of businesses spanning from architecture, food processing, semiconductor, mini-supercomputer production, manufacturing software systems, and most recently in electric vehicle manufacture and deployment as developer, systems architect and manager.
Living in the Bay Area for more than 50 years, and with a passion for addressing the climate crisis, he has worked in his various civic roles as a planning commissioner (in both the South Bay and the North Bay), a sustainability commissioner and collaborator in authoring Civic Climate Action Plans and General Plan updates. He is currently serving as the President of the North Bay Electric Auto Association.
Representing the People of Color Community of Contra Costa County
“I am determined to help create safer and healthier communities by adopting policies that result in outcomes for clean industry, clean air, less traffic and the ability to utilize green public transportation (as public transportation is good for our environment and open spaces, and offers good-paying jobs to the community).”
William Goodwin is a community advocate who understands the intersectionality between environmental justice, health equity and housing. He has partnered with a number of non-profit organizations throughout the Bay Area to help accelerate the social and economic mobility of underserved families. He is a graduate of the Board and Commissions Leadership Institute (Urban Habitat), and serves as a Board Member with East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO). His advocacy work has allowed him to participate in several areas of interest, including the Pittsburg Unified School District (Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee), Family Independence Initiative (Community Advisor - Social Capital), Hope Solutions - Resident Empowerment Program (Housing Justice), and the Center for Human Development (East County Community Leaders Network), to name a few.
“My goal is to represent needs from across the socioeconomic spectrum. Long-standing residents, immigrants, newcomers and visitors alike can all benefit from innovation and improved connectivity in the Bay Area's transit and transportation systems."
Christina Gotuaco is a director at the California Housing Partnership, an affordable housing finance and policy nonprofit. She also regularly volunteers in workforce development training. Her ongoing ties to economics, universal design, and urban planning bring her to the Policy Advisory Council. Previously, Ms. Gotuaco managed capacity-building projects for a multifamily nonprofit developer, and in her prior role at AC Transit spent five years collaborating with local transit agencies for MTC’s Hub Signage Program. Through a personal and professional network that spans most of the nine-county Bay Area, she has a deep connection to the region’s transit and transportation issues — and its future outlook.
Representing the Disabled Community of Solano County
“I joined the Policy Advisory Board to effect responsible and meaningful change in my local community (Solano County) and the San Francisco Bay Area.”
Dwayne Hankerson has worked for the Oakland Housing Authority in several different roles for the last twenty years. Staring as a Housing Manager, he was responsible for several tasks on developing solutions to resident problems surrounding self-sufficiency. Additionally, in this role he served as a resource for public and private agencies and individuals in the community concerned with the housing of low-income people.
He has worked on several Hope VI projects, which have resulted in more quality and affordable housing for the residents of Oakland.
As a Housing Assistance representative, he analyzed obstacles and devised strategies to eliminate barriers, while providing direct assistance to program participants and property owners regarding resources and HUD regulations.
Representing the Older Adult Community of San Mateo County
Richard Hedges was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and has lived in San Mateo, California since 1970 with his wife Linda. He worked as a substitute teacher and attended San Francisco State University, where received his Master of Arts degree in 1973 in American urban history with an emphasis in urban planning.
He worked for the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union as a Union Representative where he remained for nearly three decades, and had the honor of working for Congressman Tom Lantos from 2004 until the Congressman’s death in 2008. He has served San Mateo in many ways, serving on advisory bodies, a homeowners association, the Central Labor Council, the workforce investment boards, political campaigns, the Kiwanis and the San Mateo County civil grand jury.
In addition to his service on MTC's Policy Advisory Council, Rich currently serves on the Measure S Oversight Committee and the Neighborhood Watch Board for the City of San Mateo. He is active in Sustainable San Mateo, Silicon Valley Joint Venture and the San Mateo County Economic Development Association.
Rich is a life-long member of the Methodist Church as was five generations of his family. He currently is a member of the Hillsdale United Methodist Church. Rich and his wife Linda have a daughter who resides in Kansas City, three adult grandchildren and two great grandsons.
“I feel very passionately about providing people with the opportunity to choose greener transportation modes, whether it is creating more walkable and bike-able communities, improving access and efficiency of public transit, or creating land use patterns that allow people to live close to work, transit and/or services.”
Wendi Kallins is the co-founder of Safe Routes to Schools in Marin County, the national pilot program, and she currently serves as the Programs Coordinator in charge of organizing and facilitating task forces and providing support services for the program. As part of the national Safe Routes to Schools movement, Ms. Kallins trained and consulted with over 45 communities across the country and presented at national and international conferences. She is President of Sustainable Marin and is on the steering committee of Coalition for a Livable Marin (CALM), an organization that promotes green transportation alternatives and affordable housing near transit/services.
Representing the Low-Income Community of Santa Clara County
“I have been working extensively with low-income communities for almost 20 years...I helped establish a local neighborhood organization and a multi-neighborhood organization in low-income underserved areas.”
Randi Kinman, a former planning commissioner for the City of San Jose, worked as a volunteer in the City of San Jose’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative program. She represents and works with communities of color and low income individuals, developing residents’ leadership skills while providing training and education. Ms. Kinman is currently chair of both the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Association and the Burbank/Del Monte Neighborhood Advisory Committee, as well as a trustee for the West Valley-Mission Community College District. She has served as chair of the Policy Advisory Council and chaired the Regional Transportation Plan 2035 Equity Analysis subcommittee that supported inclusion of a snapshot analysis of data gathered on regular intervals between regional transportation plans.
Representing the Older Adult Community of Napa County
“I am motivated to serve on the Council to help the greater Bay Area create a truly multimodal transportation system.”
As President/CEO of Korve Consulting LLC, Hans Korve provides strategic advice for the financing, design and construction of major infrastructure projects throughout the western United States. Hans is currently focused on assisting with the implementation strategy for the Xpresswest (formerly called DesertXpress) high speed rail project, specifically on the Victorville to Los Angeles segment, and the development of the renewable energy resources and environmental restoration of the Salton Sea Area, primarily through the investment of private capital.
“Transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in our area; increasing mode share of sustainable transportation is the most important thing we can do in the area to fight climate change.”
As the Executive Director of Friends of Caltrain, Adina Levin leads an organization dedicated to increasing the share of sustainable transportation on the Peninsula Corridor from San Francisco through San Jose. The organization supports a modernized Caltrain, well-connected to a regional transit network, supported by sustainable transportation policies that include transit-oriented development and transportation demand management. Ms. Levin currently serves on the Menlo Park Transportation Commission, the Congestion Management Environmental Quality (CMEQ) Advisory Committee to the San Mateo City/County Association of Governments, as well as several other local committees.
Representing the People of Color Community of Alameda County
"As I grow older, I want to see more low-income Southeast Asian females from the Bay Area seek public office and be appointed to boards and commissions. Like thousands of other Vietnamese refugees who call the Bay Area home, my family resettled in west Oakland in section 8 housing in the early 1980s. I am interested in the possibilities when we, as residents, share common goals in valuing sustainable community health and bringing about transformational change. I am honored to serve as a Council member."
Carina Lieu witnessed the aftermath of the War on Drugs in her community, as well as the trauma of the Southeast Asian refugee experience. Through her family's experiences navigating America as newcomers, Carina developed a passion for translating knowledge into digestible information and creating community inclusion. Exposure to youth leadership development programs that emerged in the 90s helped her pivot toward becoming a lifelong transformative leader over the past 20 years. As the Director of the Oakland Youth Commission, Carina establishes coalitions and collaborations to empower youth and adults to design institutional systems-change. She helped launch Oakland's Reimagining Public Safety Task Force's Youth Advisory Board, a community participatory budgeting process, and supported the passage of the landmark Oakland Youth Vote legislation in 2020. Carina is also community correspondent for Oakland Voices, an Urban Habitat Boards Commission Leadership Institute alumni, and a former Oakland Rent Board member. She received a Masters of Urban Planning focusing on Transportation Policy, and a Certificate in Real Estate Development from USC. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Cal.
“Serving on the Policy Advisory Council aligns with my passion for social justice and interest in issues related to the environment, sustainability, transportation equity, land use and emergency preparedness.”
Genay Markham is an activist from the Bay Area with over 10 years of experience working to advance racial and social justice through education, advocacy, civic engagement, leadership development and policy. She is the Program Manager of Leadership Development and Advocacy at Urban Habitat, working to increase the political participation and decision-making power of low-income communities and communities of color. Ms. Markham has a B.S. in Community and Regional Development from University of California, Davis. She is an alumna of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI). She was on the Glide Legacy Committee, helping to raise funds for low-income families to provide essential services to address unemployment, food insecurity and other critical needs for unhoused and extremely low income communities. Ms. Markham has over 15 years of community service, providing assistance in literacy, leadership development trainings, meals to the houseless, mentorship, working with low-income youth and providing political education in Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco and Davis, CA. She is passionate about equity, access to green spaces, sustainability, justice and amplifying community voices. Ms. Markham envisions a Bay Area where people of all races, creeds and socioeconomic statuses have equitable access to transportation.
"As an advocate for housing, racial and economic justice, Rodney is committed to advocating for the interests of low-income, working-class residents, especially residents of color living and working in the Bay Area as a member of the Policy Advisory Council."
Rodney K. Nickens Jr. is the Program Officer for Policy and Innovation at the San Francisco Foundation, one of the nation’s largest community foundations — a grantmaking public charity dedicated to mobilizing resources and acting as a catalyst for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership and promote philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rodney is also the Founder of R&N Strategies, LLC and is a board member on the Oakland Housing, Residential Rent and Relocation Board.
Representing the People of Color Community of Sonoma County
"I come from a household where commuting an hour (each way) for work and school to another county is the norm due to housing affordability. Growing up in a bilingual immigrant household made me acutely aware of the navigation of systems that is required to make ends meet in one county while living in another. As I grew older, I followed in my parents' footsteps and became a navigator of systems and programs myself, both for my family and others in my community because of language, immigration and economic barriers that we shared. These experiences have shaped and defined the voices and experiences I center in my advocacy work. As a member of the MTC Policy Advisory Council, my contribution would center the experiences of communities who bear the brunt of social, economic and environmental injustices in the North Bay counties of Napa, Sonoma and Marin."
Gabriela Orantes is the Just Recovery Fellow at the North Bay Organizing Project, a grassroots, multi-racial and multi-issue organization comprised of over 22 faith, environmental, labor, student and community-based organizations in Sonoma County. As a Fellow, her role is to support the Latino Community Foundation’s Just Recovery cohort of Sonoma and Napa county partners to leverage, coordinate and advance civic engagement and community advocacy in the region, post-2017 wildfires. Through this work, she has been an advocate for language justice in formal disaster response and government spaces by highlighting the intersections of language, disasters and public participation. Her academic and career paths are informed by her upbringing in an immigrant household in northern California that benefited from the deep relationships and support of the Fairfax-San Anselmo Children's Center, one of the first non-profit daycare centers in the nation. She is a graduate of the Board and Commissions Leadership Institute class of 2020 (Urban Habitat) and California Rural Legal Assistance’s Social Justice & Legal Services Interpreter Training 2021. Gabriela serves on the Steering Committee of the Sonoma County Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) and is a member of the Sonoma County Public Health Department Health Equity Community Work Group, which was formed in May 2020 to advise the county's COVID-19 response in Latinx communities across the county.
"Climate change and equity are two of the biggest challenges and opportunities that face our region. MTC is well situated to make meaningful progress on these complex issues and I look forward to collaborating with my fellow council members, the Commissioners and staff to advance important work in our community."
Phillip Pierce is a Senior Public Policy Manager at Zoox, where he leads city policy strategy for the all-electric, autonomous vehicle company. Prior to joining Zoox, he managed public affairs and government relations for the SFMTA, working on many of San Francisco's largest transportation planning and construction projects. He is a passionate urbanist and environmentalist, having run multiple political campaigns and worked with advocacy organizations focused on making cities more sustainable and equitable. On weekends, you will find him taking long bike rides and exploring the Bay Area.
Representing the Disabled Community of Contra Costa County
Sympathy may “go so far as to enable a man to be moved emotionally by statistics. This capacity for abstract sympathy is as rare as it is important.” - Education and the Good Life by Bertrand Russell
Vinay Pimple came to the U.S. from India to pursue graduate studies in English Literature and Women’s Studies. After his university denied him teaching opportunities due to his blindness, he trained and worked as a software engineer. Later, he obtained a law degree from U.C. Berkeley, and his attorney’s license. Like a lot of blind folks, he is looking for a job.
Vinay served on the Richmond City Council. As Council member, he represented Richmond on the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee. He has volunteered with many local groups working for the environment and the needs of inner-city youth.
Vinay is interested in promoting driverless vehicles to promote independence for seniors and the disabled, and to mitigate the environmental impact of transportation. He is interested in traffic safety to combat preventable disabilities. He is committed to well-researched, and to the most cost effective solutions.
Representing the Disabled Community of San Francisco County
"My 30+ years of experience as a transit-dependent, disabled Bay Area resident gives me a strong understanding of the transit concerns of our disabled community, and that understanding will inform my work on the Policy Advisory Council."
Frank Welte is a leader in the blind community who has been a heavy user of public transit services in the Bay Area for more than 30 years. He is employed as a Senior Accessible Media and Braille Specialist at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco.
“As a longtime civil rights advocate, I am committed to representing the interests of underrepresented communities on the Policy Advisory Council.”
Walter Wilson is the CEO of the Silicon Valley Minority Business Consortium, an organization formed to help corporations, academic institutions and government agencies benefit from the diversity and talent available in underrepresented communities, including minority communities, women, veterans and small businesses. Mr. Wilson is also a member of the Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet of Silicon Valley.
Representing the Older Adult Community of San Francisco
“By year 2030, over 250,000 seniors will live in San Francisco — most desiring to stay in their own homes and neighborhoods — and to thrive independently as long as possible. Effective transit, transportation and planning can be efficient investments that mitigate institutional/medical costs and social impacts, while increasing the contentment of a vulnerable population.”
Howard Wong is an architect, environmental/transit advocate and neighborhood activist. He serves on the boards of NEXT Village (aging-in-place), San Francisco Tomorrow, Sierra Club and SaveMuni — and is active on the Transbay Joint Powers Authority CAC, Port’s Southern Advisory Committee, Telegraph Hill Dwellers, North Beach Neighborhood Courts, A Better Chinatown Tomorrow and District 3 Democratic Club. Past boards include SF Heritage, SPUR, Chinese Historical Society of America, Neighborhood Parks Council and International Federation of Professional/Technical Engineers and Local 21. His architectural work includes institutional/transportation projects, historic preservation and ADA master plans. He is a native of San Francisco and a lifelong Muni rider.
“This opportunity to serve on the Policy Advisory Council aligns with my belief that steadfast dedication to implementing the housing and transportation strategies laid out in Plan Bay Area 2050 will lead to a better, more sustainable future for residents of the region.”
Rachel Zack has over a decade of experience moving transformational transportation projects forward across the globe. Rachel is an expert at deploying transportation technology alongside policies that advance public goals, such as expanded transportation access, decreased tailpipe emissions, workforce development and safety for all. Rachel’s dedication to delivering creative, action-oriented initiatives that make a difference in people’s lives can be seen throughout her career: at WSP, she consulted with cities across the nation as the leader of the Innovative Mobility business line, and as the Director of Policy at Remix she expanded her scope further, consulting with more than 350 cities across 19 countries to make transit more delightful for users and administrators. Currently, she is Chief of Staff at Felt, the best place to make a map on the internet and on the board of Transform, a non-profit organization focused on uprooting racism and oppressive systems in transportation and housing in the Bay Area. Rachel lives in Alameda County with her partner and two playful cats, Tex and Ruby.