Around the country, cities have been moving rapidly to adapt roads, parking lots, and other transportation assets to the needs of residents to travel, recreate, and support local business in safer and socially distant ways. From slow streets, to dining streets, to closed streets, to the use of parking facilities for drive-in movies, farmer’s markets, and children’s play zones, communities are taking a fresh look at existing transportation infrastructure. How are considerations of social and racial equity informing these decisions? How well are these shifts meeting the needs of communities of color? What does community engagement look like during a pandemic? And are these solutions only responding to the current health challenge or will they forever alter how our transportation infrastructure functions?
Join the conversation with experts from around the country to explore transportation, public space, and equity in the time of COVID-19.
Dr. Destiny Thomas is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Thrivance Group. An Anthropologist Planner from Oakland, CA, Dr. Thomas, has a combined 6 years of experience working in a Project Manager capacity within government agencies. These roles include 3.5 years as a Caltrans Environmental Planner (based in Fresno, CA) and 2.5 years as a Transportation Planner with the City of Los Angeles. In addition to this, Dr. Thomas has 7 years of experience leading key advancements in racial equity initiatives across the state by way of community organizing, policy writing, and non-profit management in communities that have been most impacted by racial inequities. Areas of interest include: racial equity, implementing the "dignity-infused community engagement" methodology, anti-displacement studies, healing environmental and infrastructural trauma, and bolstering agency and voice in marginalized communities within municipal planning processes. In 2020, Dr. Thomas launched a culturally rooted, trauma-informed enterprise geared toward building capacity for these values within municipal agencies, direct service providers, and advocacy organizations. Dr. Thomas earned a BA in Political Science from Fisk University in 2006, an MPA with an emphasis in Public Health and Non Profit Management from Tennessee State University in 2008, and a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2016. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Warren Logan serves as the Policy Director of Mobility and Interagency Relations for the Mayor’s Office of Oakland. Warren works closely with the City’s Department of Transportation, Public Works Department and other Bay Area public agencies to develop strategies that advance the city’s vision for safe and sustainable transportation for everyone. Warren received his Masters in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning and his B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College.
Kimberly Lucas is the Assistant Director for Policy, Planning and Permitting in the Departments of Mobility and Infrastructure (DoMI). She worked previously in the Washington D.C. District Department of Transportation where she served as Supervisory Transportation Management Planner/Sustainable Transportation Branch Manager, and previously Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Specialist/Program Manager of Bikeshare and Bicycle Parking programs. Lucas has a master’s degree in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s in Psychology and History of Art from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Tony Garcia is a Principal at Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. With over 15 years experience, Tony is a leader in the field of urban planning, and balances day-to-day management of the firm with writing, speaking, and advocating for great streets and public spaces. Tony is coauthor of the globally acclaimed series Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change, co-author of Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015, and together with Mike Lydon is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize. Tony was also awarded with the 2017-2018 CINTAS Foundation Fellowship for Architecture & Design. He lectures and leads workshops on the topics of placemaking, tactical urbanism, and street design. He is a former part-time faculty member at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and is the past Chairman of the Green Mobility Network, the largest bicycle pedestrian advocacy organization in South Florida. He co-founded the Ludlam Trail project, which will result in the addition of over 50 acres of new park space in Miami-Dade County.