Infrastructure Finance Attorney
Nixon Peabody, LLP, Forbes
I am an infrastructure finance attorney at Nixon Peabody LLP and a public speaker/writer. As an attorney, I advise governmental entities and financial institutions on financing transportation systems and other infrastructure throughout the United States. I am well-versed in both the financial and policy spheres of the transportation industry, and I passionately advocate for a critical rethinking of our infrastructure to accommodate the advanced transportation technology currently available to make our commutes more tolerable, safer and productive. I live in Los Angeles County and primarily commute via public transportation, using a combination of light rail, ridesharing and buses in Los Angeles. I graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center and from UCLA magna cum laude in Political Science. I am a self-professed science fiction, film noir, punk rock and transportation geek, and I am elated to bring my perspectives on infrastructure and the prospects of future modes of transportation to Forbes.com.
A Candid Conversation among CEOs
CEO and Co-Founder
Local Motors by LM Industries
Jay Rogers is the CEO and co-founder of LM Industries, a technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles and other high-technology products in partnership with other global manufacturers. This disruptive company is redefining the rapid development of connected hardware by pairing advanced manufacturing with open innovation tools. LM Industries is the first company to utilize Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), as evidenced when it debuted the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, in September of 2014. Currently the company is working on its latest creation, Olli, an urban speed, cognitive, electric, shuttle.
Rogers founded LM Industries after serving for seven years in the United States Marine Corps, where he was an Infantry Company Commander. He has worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., as an investment analyst at Ewing & Partners, and at a startup medical device company in the People’s Republic of China. He serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Director of the RBR Foundation, a philanthropic foundation focused on education and healthcare. A graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Rogers holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).
Chief Policy Officer
Alliance for Automotive Innovation
David Schwietert is the Chief Policy Officer at the Alliance for Automotive Innovation. Based in Washington D.C., the Alliance for Automotive Innovation was formed to become the singular, authoritative and respected voice of the automotive industry in the United States. The Association currently has 37 members, which include auto manufacturers who produce nearly 99 percent of the cars and light trucks sold in the U.S., along with original equipment suppliers, technology companies, and other automotive-related value chain partners.
The mission at Auto Innovators can be distilled to three words: cleaner, safer, and smarter. The Association works with policymakers and industry leaders to find intelligent solutions to improve the environment, reduce crashes, and enhance personal transportation and mobility.
Before joining the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, David Schwietert was the interim President and CEO of the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers. Prior to leading the Auto Alliance, Mr. Schwietert worked in the U.S. Senate for over 15 years and held various policy positions, including staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Director Of Business Development
Quan Vu is the director of business development at Ouster where he manages key accounts and leads partner development. Quan has over 30 years of experience in technology and mobility business development, covering advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), automated vehicles, navigation, sensor technology, and analytics across The Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East. Quan previously led business development at Cepton and TomTom, in addition to working in technical marketing and sales.
Kwok-Yin (KY) Chan is a Senior Advisor at Protean Electric, formerly leading the company as CEO from 2013-2019. Prior to joining Protean Electric, Chan served as the China CEO of Asola Advanced & Automotive Solarpower GmbH. Chan has 30 years of multinational experience in telecom and high-tech industries. From 2009 to 2011, he was global vice president and general manager China of NeoPhotonics Corp., a publicly held U.S. company specializing in the supply of critical optical communication modules and sub-systems to network equipment manufacturers. Prior to NeoPhotonics Corp., Chan co-founded and led an environmental technology company. He has previously held positions with AMD in Austin, Texas, as a vice president of Supply Chain Operations; Picsel Technologies, a Scottish embedded software company as managing director Greater China; and at Hewlett Packard as the founding general manager of its China Software Solutions Center in Shanghai. Before Hewlett Packard, Chan spent 15 years with Motorola. Chan obtained his electrical engineering degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also a UK Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology UK (FIET) and Fellow of Hong Kong Institute Engineers (FHKIE).
Automated Driving Systems: Impacts on Individuals, Infrastructure and the Transportation Industry
Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Randy serves as the Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s chief executive and is responsible for the overall management of the Authority, including its projects, programs, policies and procedures, the board-approved budget, and all personnel decisions.
Randy has served the Authority since April 2010. Prior to joining the Authority, he was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in August 2009 as Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Randy was with Caltrans for more than 26 years serving in various engineering and management positions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s in Engineering from California State University, Fresno.
Chief Executive Officer
Rossmoor/Golden Rain Foundation
Tim O’Keefe is the Chief Executive Officer of the Rossmoor active adult community in Walnut Creek. Rossmoor, with 20 operating entities and nearly 10,000 residents includes a spectacular new 30,000 square foot fitness center, a state of the art event center, golf courses, swimming pools, tennis complex, several clubhouses with more than 200 clubs and miles of hiking trails, among many other amenities.
Rossmoor is the premier adult community in Northern California and is one of the largest communities of its kind in the state. Prior to joining Rossmoor in 2015, Tim served for more than 9 years as the Executive Director for SHELTER, Inc., one of the largest providers of housing and services for homeless individuals and families in the East Bay. Previously, Tim held several executive operational and finance-related roles in the Bay Area and in Orange County.
Since Rossmoor is comprised exclusively of active seniors in all stages across the aging spectrum, the community recognizes the need to provide transportation to enable seniors to remain independent for as long as possible. Rossmoor operates its own bus service which provided 95,000 rides to its residents in 2019.
Last year, the Golden Rain Foundation, Trustee and operator of the amenities in Rossmoor, partnered with CCTA on a successful federal grant application to operate an autonomous shuttle service on Rossmoor’s 14 miles of private roads. It is anticipated that the shuttle will be operational in 2021.
Tim has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has completed the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School.
Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI)
Since 2016 Rita has held the role of the Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) where she is responsible for delivering ADVI’s contribution to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicle technologies into Australia and New Zealand.
Rita has overseen the growth of the ADVI partnerships from 25 partners in 2015 to over 130 partners and growing today.
Rita is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience across transport planning and road safety servicing the private sector, research industry and local government. She remains the Technical Leader for the Australian Road Research Board in South Australian office, where she oversees a team of senior researchers working across a wide range of transport related projects.
She is well credentialled in evidenced based advocacy, having spent over 13 years with the Automobile Association in South Australia where she combined her expert transport and road safety knowledge to advocate on behalf of her members to Federal and State Governments for increased investment in road safety countermeasures. She was one of the founding contributors to the development of the Australian Risk Assessment program AusRAP which later merged with the International Risk Assessment Program IRAP which is now used in over 100 countries.
Rita is also the President of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) a member based organisation that boasts over 5000 members and develops world class practice notes, templates, publications and training courses across asset, fleet and financial management for local government.
Jennifer Schmitz is the Managing Partner and CEO of Lattice Industries Inc., a business consulting firm specializing in P3 regional data exchanges. With over 25 years of global network risk management and strategic financial planning experience, Jennifer has helped the world’s largest financial and payment data networks turn positive stakeholder experiences into positive investment returns.
Business Development Lead
Verizon Business Group
Putting Safety First: the Latest Testing at GoMentum Station
The Flying Car
Charlie Vogelheim is an auto industry veteran whose 30+ year career incudes roles at Kelley Blue Book, J.D. Power, Car&Driver and Motor Trend. He produces a podcast “The Flying Car” bearing witness to the transformation of transportation.
He is currently the President of WAJ, the Western Automotive Journalists. Though he is an auto enthusiast, he is deeply engaged in the future of mobility as Silicon Valley reinvents the wheel. A Gonzaga University graduate, Charlie also worked for the FAA, has a commercial pilot’s license and spent several years flying the Alaskan bush. He is anxiously awaiting the flying car.
Vice President Autonomous Vehicle Strategy
AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah
Ignacio Garcia is VP of Autonomous Vehicles Strategy at AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, where his group is transforming the 120-year old motor club into a leader in automated mobility safety, leveraging one of America’s most trusted brands.
In this role, he oversees GoMentum Station in Concord, California, the Nation’s largest proving ground for advancing the safe development and deployment of automated and connected vehicle technology. Under his leadership, GoMentum Station has added a vehicle-to-everything (V2X) lab and vehicle testing & validation services for use by its customers. To increase awareness, education and understanding around the safety and mobility benefits of self-driving vehicles to the public, his group partnered with Waymo on the Let’s Talk Self Driving campaign in 2019, and in 2017 launched the first and largest self-driving shuttle for public use in live traffic in downtown Las Vegas, a 1-year pilot serving over 32,000 riders.
Previously, Ignacio has held engineering and program management positions at Toyota and Tesla in US, Europe and Japan. Outside of automotive, he has managed corporate innovation at Ingram Micro and supply chain operations at Amazon. Ignacio holds a MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, a MSc in Automotive Engineering from Cranfield University and a MS Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Head of Technical Marketing
Tim Wong leads the Autonomous Vehicle Technical Marketing team for NVIDIA. Tim works with our customers, partners and suppliers to enable self-driving technology using our DRIVE platform, AI and deep neural networks for high-quality, robust and flexible self-driving solutions. Before joining NVIDIA, Tim was the president of the MHL Consortium where he drove the adoption and licensing of MHL technology into more than 950 million smartphones, displays and accessories. Tim received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University, his M.S. in Computer Science from USC, and his Mini-MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the AT&T School of Business.
Chad Partridge, CEO and Co-Founder of Metamoto, is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur. Under Chad’s leadership, Metamoto delivered on its vision of a massively scalable simulation as a service platform for autonmous systems. He has established substantial traction with leading companies including OEMs/Tier-1s, AV companies, design & test companies, and other mobility and service robotics providers. He was Co-Founder and President of Sensing Systems, which was acquired by 2d3, which was then acquired by Boeing/Insitu. Throughout that progression, Chad made his mark in enterprise software contributing mission critical video, geospatial metadata, and computer vision within unmanned systems markets. Chad has a strong background and education in software engineering, machine learning, computer vision, sensing, control, automation, robotics, and hardware design. He has worked on various projects involving the development of complex autonomous systems. Chad holds an Engineer’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, MS in Electrical Engineering from UIUC, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Associate Policy Researcher
Dr. Laura Fraade-Blanar is an associate policy researcher at RAND Corporation. She focuses on safety, applying her training in public health and injury epidemiology to measuring risk around traditional and emerging transportation issues including autonomous vehicles, vulnerable road users, and transportation data management. As a postdoctoral fellow at RAND, Dr. Fraade-Blanar worked with colleagues to explore measurement and policy considerations around autonomous vehicles, applying biostatistical and epidemiologic expertise to developing road traffic challenges. Her doctoral work at the University of Washington centered on older driver crash risk, crash kinematics, and injury risk methods. Previously, Dr. Fraade-Blanar also assessed risk and risk mitigation at IIHS.
Senior ITS Specialist
Mr. Hinds has more than a dozen years of experience in the Traffic industry primarily focused on ITS deployments. Mr. Hinds has managed and supported the installation of many central management system projects across the West Coast. Specializing in adaptive traffic control systems, Mr. Hinds has deep experience deploying adaptive systems with many agencies across California including the Cities of Palo Alto, Carlsbad and Chula Vista. In addition Mr. Hinds has worked on several Smart City deployments utilizing I2V technology to allow auto manufacturers to incorporate traffic signal data into in-vehicle information systems for Connected Vehicle applications.
Micromobility: Expanding Our Transportation Landscape
San Francisco County Transportation Authority
Tilly Chang serves as Executive Director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The Transportation Authority’s mission is to make travel safer, healthier, and easier for all. The agency plans, funds and delivers local and regional projects to improve travel choices for residents, commuters, and visitors throughout the city.
Ms. Chang has 25 years of experience, including 15 years with the Transportation Authority where she previously served as Deputy Director for Planning. She is an alternate on the Board of Directors for the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, a member of the ABAG Regional Planning Committee, and a member of the Self Help for the Elderly Housing Committee. Ms. Chang is Vice-Chair of the Self-Help Counties Coalition and serves on the Boards of the California Transportation Foundation, SPUR and UC CONNECT. She attended M.I.T. and UC Berkeley.
Prior to the Transportation Authority, she held posts with the World Bank, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and a technology startup.
Bike East Bay
Dr. Susan Shaheen, PhD
Professor, CEE and Co-Director, TSRC
University of California, Berkeley
Susan Shaheen is a pioneer and thought leader in future mobility strategies. She was among the first to observe, research, and write about the changing dynamics in shared mobility and the likely scenarios through which automated vehicles will gain prominence. She is an internationally recognized expert in mobility and the sharing economy and a Professor In-Residence in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley. She also co-directs the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies – Berkeley. She was the first Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis from 2000 to 2012. She served as the Policy and Behavioral Research Program Leader at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways from 2003 to 2007, and as a special assistant to the Director’s Office of the California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004.
Arjan van Andel
Director of Business Development and Marketing, Traffic
Lead MaaS North America, PTV Group America
Arjan van Andel joined the PTV Group team in May 2018. Arjan is responsible for the Traffic Business Development and Marketing team and leads the Smart City Solution efforts of PTV North America. He has more than 15 years experience in public transportation systems and ITS Applications.
Arjan is currently the interim chair for the Anne Arundel County Transportation Commission and chair of the ITE Standing Public Transit Committee. He organizes the local bike to school day, making youth aware of alternative forms of Mobility.
He is passionate about creating greater cities by enabling them to implement Efficient, Effective, Attractive and Equitable mobility solutions.