How We Move is the second conversation in the Radical Optimism series. We'll talk about the way our city relates to both the problems and solutions of transportation and the Radical Optimists that are pushing these ideas forward.
How We Move in Los Angeles can bring up a myriad of conversations from the pain of traffic to the excitement of the new Expo Line. Our civic identity relates specifically to getting from point A to point B and learning to enjoy the ride. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
CITYFI | CO-FOUNDER
ASHLEY Z. HAND AIA, LEED AP BD + C
Ashley recently served as the Transportation Technology Strategist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation. As a fellow, she developed public policy, an action plan and pilot program recommendations for transportation happiness, shared mobility, automated vehicles and other technologies which was publicly released in August of 2016. Prior to her role with the City of Los Angeles, Ashley served as the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri where she created the nation’s most comprehensive smart city to date through a public-private partnership that utilizes large companies and nimble start-ups to fulfill the city’s goals, and initiated the development of a policy and operational framework to integrate technology into transportation, water and energy management for the city among other civic innovation projects.
Ashley is a registered architect and green building professional and previously worked with AECOM on sustainability, planning and design projects across North America. Projects include KC Digital Roadmap, KC Smart City, Open Data Policy, and Urban Mobility in a Digital Age: A Transportation Technology Strategy for Los Angeles.
MOTOR TREND | SENIOR FEATURES EDITOR
Jonny Lieberman is the senior features editor at Motor Trend magazine. He is also the host and writer of two popular car shows, Ignition and Head 2 Head, both of which can be seen on Motor Trend’s YouTube Channel, as well as CBS Sports, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. He’s married to a sword swallower turned law student and together they have two dogs, Knuckles and Lemon Pie. When he’s not goofing round with cars, Jonny enjoys baking bread, collecting bourbon, and rooting for the Green Bay Packers.
BIG BLUE BUS | PLANNING & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Dr. Suja Lowenthal serves as the Planning and Community Engagement Manager for the Big Blue Bus where she manages a team of 25 individuals responsible for intergovernmental transit planning, short and long range planning for the City and regional transit systems, communications, outreach, education, marketing, customer service, customer-serving technology, government relations, community relations, and stakeholder engagement for a regional transit agency serving 18 million riders per year.
Suja is an urban planner who served as a Councilmember in the City of Long Beach for 10 years, four of which as its Vice Mayor. Prior to that, she served on the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education for five years. Suja served as an alternate on the California Coastal Commission for two years and until recently represented the City of Long Beach for eight years on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a consortium of 26 cities and water districts responsible for providing high quality and reliable drinking water to nearly 18 million in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Suja currently serves on the board of Heal the Bay.
AUTOMOTIVE CONDUCT | AUTOMOTIVE CULTURE CONSULTANT
Ezekiel Wheeler has been a product specialist with ASG Renaissance representing Jaguar Land Rover North America. Recently, Ezekiel held the position of communication specialist for Faraday Future and since has returned to his passion as an automotive aficionado launching his consulting firm, Automotive Conduct, where he reports, advises and builds strategies for organizations looking to both the past and future of transportation movements and innovations.
Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Ezekiel moved to California 12 years ago to study Transportation Design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. During his time at Art Center he started his own online automotive culture site, Automotive Styles, that focused on car culture, automotive design trends and industry news. Following the success of his blog, he worked as an associate editor for European Car Magazine, and later as editorial director for Petrolicious and RideApart.com. Pursing his true automotive passions, he took a solo seven week European grand tour, visiting his bucket list of automotive destinations that covered 5 countries, 15 cities, and half a dozen race tracks.
CURBED | URBANISM EDITOR
Alissa Walker connects people with their cities through writing, speaking, and walking. She is currently the urbanism editor at Curbed and her writing has appeared regularly in Los Angeles Magazine, LA Weekly, Dwell, Fast Company, GOOD, Gizmodo, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on the KCRW public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture. She has been named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow for her writing on design and urbanism, Journalist of the Year by Streetsblog Los Angeles, and in 2015 received the Design Advocate award from the LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She is also the co-founder of design east of La Brea, a nonprofit that has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants supporting its LA design events. Alissa lives in a 1912 Craftsman on the art alleys of LA’s Historic Filipinotown where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, and relishes life in LA without a car. Read more at her blog, A Walker in LA, and follow her at @awalkerinLA on Instagram and Twitter.