Livable City staff and interns
Tom joined Transportation for a Livable City as executive director in June 2004. He has been an urban environmental activist since attending college at UC Berkeley, advocating for urban environmental restoration, better public transport, and the greening and revitalization of public streetscapes and open spaces. He played an important role in voter initiatives to create the Octavia Boulevard and to create a "Grand Central Station" at San Francisco's Transbay Terminal that connects regional and intercity rail and bus lines.
He has served as an elected director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District since 1996, where he has advocated for reinvestment and renovation of the BART system, and improving BART practices in the areas of sustainability, accessibility, customer service, architecture and urban design, and the creation of transit villages at BART stations.
While attending college at San Jose, Tony noticed the difference in livability between San Jose and San Francisco. His time in San Jose brought his attention to city planning issues, and he decided to pursue an internship at Livable City to improve his native city. His goal is to become a transportation planner or city planner. He is currently focusing on transit improvements and parking reform for Livable City. His projects include the rapid network toolkit.
Carmen was an intern for the summer of 2005, her final summer before she graduated from UC Berkeley in the spring. She is majoring in Urban Studies in the Dept. of City and Regional Planning and is co-president of the Berkeley Urban Studies Student Association. Her interest in transportation began during a class she took last fall, where she realized the many benefits an improved transportation system can bring to the city of San Francisco. During her stay at Livable City, Carmen will be explored ways to bring attention to traffic safety around schools in order to give children the opportunity to safely walk and bike to school. Carmen now works as a planner for Carter & Burgess in Oakland.
As a TLC intern, Aileen has been researching ways to increase parking enforcement in order to make the transit system safer and more efficient. Her interest in sustainable transportation developed last year while she was in South Africa volunteering with Bicycling Empowerment Network, a Cape Town-based bicycle advocacy organization. Aileen graduated from Stanford University in 2000 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and worked part-time with a San Francisco non-profit designing wheelchairs for developing countries. Aileen is attending graduate school at MIT.
As an intern with Livable City during 2004 and 2005, Casey has assisted with several campaigns and projects, notably Transit Preferential Street (TPS) improvements and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). His areas of interest include transit-oriented development, city walkability, and the urban design of public infrastructure, and he is very excited about the new Octavia Boulevard and its related developments. A former environmental organizer and lobbyist in Philadelphia, Casey holds a B.A. in political economy and a certificate in African-American Studies from Princeton University. Casey completed his masters degree in City Planning at the University of Washington, and works for Seattle's Department of City Planning.
Jennifer developed Livable City's fare-free transit campaign for San Francisco university communities. Already in place in dozens of municipalities around the country, fare-free transit offers university students, faculty, and staff greater mobility at substantial savings over conventional transportation cost structures, while reducing the demand for parking on campus and alleviating traffic congestion. Jennifer also works as a freelance writer and media consultant, and was previously a grumpy magazine editor and a pedantic bus driver. She received her B.A. in classics from the University of Virginia.