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Emily Munroe

Emily Munroe

Executive Director, 8 80 Cities

In her capacity at 8 80 Cities, Emily has been intimately involved in the Open Streets projects for many years. Emily has planned and facilitated Open Streets study tours to Guadalajara Mexico, advised cities in the development of their own Open Streets programs, managed grant projects from organizations such as the Government of Ontario and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Emily is a regular contributor to the Healthiest Practice Open Streets website.

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Alyssa Bird

Sr. Project Manager, 8 80 Cities

Alyssa manages 8 80 Cities' Open Streets portfolio.  She has helped several communities implement Open Streets programs, led study tours to Guadalajara Mexico, and is a key contributor to the Healthiest Practice Open Streets website. 

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Aram Sahakian

Transportation Engineer, Special Traffic Operations, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Aram Sahakian leads the Special Traffic Operations Division responsible for the management of major special events in the City of Los Angeles and for all traffic management strategies for emergency response and homeland security programs.

As the Transportation Engineer in charge of the Special Traffic Operations Division since 2001, Aram has worked in close coordination with other City, State and Federal agencies to direct and supervise the planning and execution of complex traffic management and security plans for presidential motorcades, political debates and gatherings, first amendment marches, events at venues requiring infrastructure protection, the transportation of the space shuttle Endeavour, as well as such large-scale productions as CicLavia, the LA Marathon, LA Triathlon, the Grammys and the Academy Awards.

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Christina M. Batteate

Project Manager, UCLA Sustainable Technology & Policy Program, Fielding School of Public Health

Christina’s immersion in creating sustainable urban environments spans the last decade and globe, including work on sustainable forms of housing, mobility and food systems in North and South America. A student of urban planning and practitioner of public health, Christina’s career functions at the intersection of two increasingly interdependent disciplines.

She currently manages the CicLAvia Research & Evaluation Group (CREG), comprised of staff and researchers from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the RAND Corporation, the non-profit open streets event host CicLAvia and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. CREG’s aim is to leverage the short-term success of CicLAvia in Los Angeles towards sustained urban changes that promote health, community empowerment, environmental justice and sustainability.

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Flora Castillo

Flora Castillo, an advocate for quality public transportation, has served as a member of the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors since 1999. When first appointed she was the first Latina and the youngest member to serve on the Board. Three more Governors have reappointed her, most recently by Gov. Chris Christie. From 2012-2013 Flora served as the first Latina elected chair of The American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Flora is actively involved in mentorship programs for young adults, women and minorities. For her commitment to public service she has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2013 Transportation Leadership Award from the Newark Regional Business Partnership. Metro Magazine recognized her as one of public transportation’s Movers and Shakers in 2011 and APTA honored her as the 2010 Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member for her contributions to the public transportation industry.

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Aaron Hipp

Associate Professor of Community Health and Sustainability, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University

Aaron’s scholarship and teaching investigates how and where the built environment influences public health. This includes how Open Streets/Ciclovias may benefit the physical, social, and economic wellbeing of communities; work originally funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research. The culmination of this work was the ‘Open Streets Initiatives: Measuring Success’ toolkit developed in collaboration with his colleague and co-researcher, Amy Eyler. This work also resulted in two Open Streets policy briefs and five peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Hipp serves on the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s Open Streets Project Steering Committee and has been a facilitator at both of the Open Streets National Summits.

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