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Policy Advisory Council

MTC’s Policy Advisory Council — made up of 27 Bay Area residents like you — advises MTC on current and future transportation policies.

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MTC is committed to public participation on the issues that affect our region — issues like transportation and land use, air quality and climate change.

Made up of Bay Area residents, the Policy Advisory Council reflects MTC’s commitment to including the public in an open and transparent process of making transportation and housing decisions for the Bay Area.

The Policy Advisory Council meets the second Wednesday of each month.

Who is on the Council?

Council members come from Bay Area counties. They advocate on behalf of people with disabilities and residents of under-served communities. They support protecting the environment and keeping the region's economy running smoothly.

Each member's four-year commitment ensures that our diverse communities and transportation needs are being recognized.

Members have extensive life experience, work, academic or volunteer backgrounds that focus on economic, environmental and equity issues.

Meet the panel members for 2022 through 2025.

Join the Council

As a member of the Council, you'll jump into the thick of transportation, learn about the complexities of funding, and help identify the connections between transportation and land use, air quality and climate change.

Major recruitments are done every four years to fill advisory council seats. However, sometimes we need to fill interim vacancies. For more information, please contact:

MTC’s Public Information Office

Phone: (415) 778-6757
Email: info@bayareametro.gov

Staff Contacts

Martha Silver, Clerk to the Committee
Email: msilver@bayareametro.gov

Kỳ-Nam Miller, Staff Liaison
Email: kmiller@bayareametro.gov

Policy Advisory Council Structure

The Council’s membership is structured around interests related to the economy, the environment and social equity. The 27 members have either a work, academic or volunteer background in the subject, or are extremely familiar with related issues from life experience.

Nine economy and environment representatives are at-large seats appointed by the MTC Chair and Vice Chair.

  • Four of the nine members represent economic interests and four bring an environmental perspective. The ninth member may be selected from either category.
  • In addition, five of the nine must be from each of the five most populous Bay Area counties — Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.

Eighteen equity representatives are county-based appointments, recommended by the Commissioners in each county.

  • Nine members (one from each county) represent communities of color and issues affecting low-income communities or environmental justice. Of these, four members represent communities of color and four members represent environmental justice/low-income issues. The ninth member may be selected from either category.
  • Nine members (one from each county) represent issues related to transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities. Four members represent seniors and four members represent people with disabilities. The ninth member may be selected from either category.
Equity & Access Subcommittee

The Policy Advisory Council's Equity & Access Subcommittee advises the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on transportation policies in the San Francisco Bay Area, incorporating diverse perspectives relating to the environment, the economy and social equity.

Staff Contact

Martha Silver, Executive Office
Phone: (415) 778-6693
Email: msilver@bayareametro.gov

Subcommittee Members

  • Ilaf Esuf
  • Christine Fitzgerald
  • Dwayne Hankerson
  • Genay Markham
  • Gabriela Orantes
  • Vinay Pimple
  • Terry Scott
  • Frank Welte
  • Walter Wilson
  • Howard Wong
  • Pamela Campos (alternate)
  • Anne Olivia Eldred (alternate)
Transit Transformation Action Plan Subcommittee

The Policy Advisory Council's Transit Transformation Action Plan (T-TAP) Subcommittee grew out of the Policy Advisory Council's Fare Coordination and Integration Subcommittee. The T-TAP Subcommittee has a broader focus on implementing the Transit Transformation Action Plan – including the elements previously reviewed by the Fare Coordination and Integration Subcommittee.

Staff Contact

Martha Silver, Executive Office
Phone: (415) 778-6693
Email: msilver@bayareametro.gov

Subcommittee Members

  • Adina Levin (Chair)
  • Wendi Kallins (Vice-Chair)
  • Zack Deutsch-Gross
  • Rich Hedges
  • Carina Lieu
  • Anne Olivia Eldred (Alternate)
  • Terry Scott (Alternate)

Non-Policy Advisory Council Members

  • Bob Allen, Urban Habitat
  • Warren Cushman, California Council of the Blind
  • Vinita Goyal, San Francisco Transit Riders
  • Ian Griffiths, Seamless Bay Area
  • Tisha Dee Hartman, Student Advocate
  • Jonathon Kass, San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association (SPUR)
  • Emily Loper, Bay Area Council
  • Monica Mallon, Transit Rider/Student Advocate
  • Brian Stanke, City of San Jose Department of Transportation

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