Keynote Speakers

Building a Better World one Block at a Time

Monday, July 30 | 9 a.m.

Speaker: Jason Roberts, Better Block Project

How can we drive change in our communities and move past unproductive committees and outdated regulation? How do we become the “bike part of town” and revitalize stagnant blocks? In this funny, smart, energetic, and breathless talk, arts activist Jason Roberts of the Better Block Project encourages us to stop waiting around. Even if that means painting in our own crosswalks, bringing in our own trees, and blackmailing ourselves into action.

Jason RobertsAbout Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts is the founding director of the Better Block, and in 2017 was voted as one of the top 100 most influential urbanists in the world by His presentation will highlight his early work in revitalizing a historic movie theatre, returning a neighborhood streetcar system, and creating the Better Block project, which started as a guerrilla arts initiative where neighbors took a blighted commercial city block, and rapidly retrofitted it by painting their own bike lanes, installing cafe seating, planting trees, and developing pop-up businesses. The work has become an open-sourced international movement that occurs from Melbourne, Australia to Tehran, Iran. Jason will talk about his early inspiration, how he mobilized a community, and what the work has led to today.


A Golden State Vision of the Future: From High Speed Rail to New Mobility Options

Tuesday, July 31 | 9 a.m.

Speakers: Michelle Boehm (California High-Speed Rail Authority), Lucy Dunn (Orange County Business Council), Nadine Lee (LA Metro)

Michelle BoehmAbout Michelle Boehm

As Southern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, Michelle Boehm oversees strategy, stakeholder outreach, and related elements of project development for over 300 miles of the planned all electric High Speed Rail system in the Southern California Region’s five project sections: Bakersfield to Palmdale, Palmdale to Burbank, Burbank to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Anaheim and Los Angeles to San Diego.

Michelle Boehm brings nearly 20 years of experience in both public and private sectors in transportation planning and policy analysis. Before joining the Authority, she was a Vice President with one of the largest Architectural and Engineering firms in the Country. In that role, Boehm was the regional manager responsible for overseeing business development, strategic planning, and public agency and community outreach for projects throughout Southern California.

Over the course of her career Boehm has proven her ability as an industry leader working with business and legislative stakeholders on the high-speed rail project, and as a business manager and strategic planner, having developed strategy for transportation, water, geotechnical, structural, and environmental engineering and planning practice development and projects.

Lucy DunnAbout Lucy Dunn

Lucy Dunn is President and CEO of Orange County Business Council, where she leads a dynamic organization of business members, working with academia and government, to assure the region’s economic prosperity and high quality of life. Before joining the Business Council, Lucy served as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development in 2004. In 2008, she was appointed to the California Transportation Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger, reappointed twice by Governor Brown, and in 2015 was elected its chair. She also serves on numerous boards including California Economic Summit, Mobility 21, Pacific Symphony, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, and UCI Foundation. Lucy also represents Orange County on the Ontario International Airport Authority dedicated to improving air service for all of Southern California.

She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including Orange County Business Journal’s “Women in Business” award, Women in Transportation’s “Woman of the Year” award, Southern California Leadership Network’s Public Sector Leader of the Year, and the prestigious “Vision and Visionaries” Award from Cal-State University, Fullerton. She was twice named as “Woman of the Year” by the California Legislature. In 2014, OC Register named her as one of “Orange County’s 100 Most Influential.” In 2016, she was honored by the Endangered Habitats League with its Award of Excellence for her work in advancing settlement of 15 years of litigation, protection of habitat and cultural resources, while providing for the completion of South Orange County’s toll road system. Lucy is a member of the State Bar of California. She loves travel, music with her proudest role as mother of two sons (and one accomplished daughter-in-law!) who reside in the Bay Area.

Nadine LeeAbout Nadine Lee

Nadine Lee is the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer for Los Angeles County Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation. In this role, Nadine faces the perils of navigating an enormous public agency to launch innovative concepts in planning, project delivery, and operations, all in the interest of providing an accessible, convenient and reliable mobility system for the citizens of Los Angeles County.

Prior to her move to L.A., Nadine led the development and implementation of the Flatiron Flyer Bus Rapid Transit for Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), a project that has seen a 40% growth in ridership since its inception a year ago. Nadine also served as the Engineering Project Manager for the Northwest Rail and Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility projects in the FasTracks Program.

Nadine is a graduate of Leadership APTA and past Director on the WTS International Board. She also studied the role of performance management in improving service delivery in four Southeast Asia cities as part of the TCRP International Transit Studies Program. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Kansas, Nadine received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Despite being an engineer by education, Nadine flexes her creative muscles in Adult Beginning Ballet several times a week and just completed her second performance in May.

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