Tiffany Chu is a designer, planner, and the former CEO & Co-founder of Remix (remix.com), and now SVP at Via. She has been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30, LinkedIn’s Next Wave of Leaders Under 35, Curbed’s Young Guns, and featured at SXSW, Helsinki Design Week, the New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference and more.
Remix is a collaborative software platform for transportation decision-making, and has been recognized as a 2020 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer and BloombergNEF (New Energy Finance) Pioneer for furthering sustainability and equity in the field. Remix was acquired by Via in March 2021, the leading transportation technology company powering 500+ public mobility systems worldwide.
Tiffany served as Commissioner of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, and sits on the city’s Congestion Pricing Policy Advisory Committee. Previously, Tiffany was a Fellow at Code for America, the first UX hire at Zipcar and is an alum of Y Combinator. Tiffany has a background in architecture and urban planning from MIT.
James T. Christy
Assistant Director for Field Operations, U.S. Census Bureau
James T. Christy is the U.S. Census Bureau’s assistant director for Field Operations. The directorate employs approximately 11,000 people dur ing non- census years conducting surveys and will swell to more than 500,000 during the 2020 Census. Most are home-based interviewers located in every county of the nation, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Previously, Christy served as the director of the Census Bureau’s Los Angeles Regional Office where he oversaw data collection activities in seven states – Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
Christy began his career at Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland, MD., as a statistician evaluating education and expenditure data. He has also worked in the Denver and Kansas City regional offices on a var iety of Census Bureau activities. These included working on the 1990 and 2000 Censuses and the supervision of data collection for indicators such as the Consumer Price Index, the Monthly Unemployment Rate and Housing Starts.
He has served as chairman of the Greater Los Angeles Federal Execut ive Board and part icipates in numerous ac tivi ties related to public policy issues in Southern California.
Andre Comandon, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analyst, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
Andre Comandon is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis at the USC Price School of Public Policy. His research focuses on urban structure, segregation, migration, and residential mobility. He holds Master’s degrees in urban planning and political science from UCLA and a BA from the University of Oregon.
Director of Planning, Southern California Association of Governments
Sarah Jepson is Director of Planning at Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organization. Her responsibilities include developing and updating the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, which is a long-range blueprint that identifies projects and strategies to address the region’s transportation challenges and improve system performance. Sarah also oversees the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, Federal Transportation Improvement Program and a comprehensive environmental analysis and compliance program.
Previously Sarah served as Manager of Active Transportation and Special Programs at SCAG, Sustainability Policy Manager for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and she worked on growth management planning for the King County Executive in Seattle, Washington.
Kevin Kane, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Demographics and Housing Policy, Southern California Association of Governments
Kevin Kane is the program manager for demographics and housing policy at the Southern California Association of Governments. His responsibilities include regional demographic forecasting, analysis, and regional housing policy development. Kevin also leads in-house research efforts at SCAG which include applied empirical analyses of travel demand management, telecommuting, e-commerce, development finance, and a range of data-intensive “Smart City” initiatives.
Kevin received his Ph.D. in Geography from Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, and his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Economics, and Political Science from Northwestern University. He recently served as a postdoctoral fellow at UC-Irvine’s Metropolitan Futures Initiative where he led research efforts to combine “big data”, Geographic Information Science, and spatial statistical methods to understand long-term social, economic, and built environment changes in Southern California. Kevin is currently on the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy where he teaches a course on big data applications in planning and development.
Executive Vice President and Principal, Lewis Operating Corporation
Randall Lewis oversees the sales and marketing operations of the Company. Randall received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. He is regarded as an industry leader in promoting the arts, education, healthy living and sustainable development initiatives. He has been President of the Inland Empire Arts Foundation, Secretary of the Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, director of the HomeBuilder’s Council, and national director of the National Association of HomeBuilders. Randall was named in the Los Angeles Times 2006 “West 100” list as one of the top 100 influential people in southern California. He has also received the California Business Properties Association Champion of the Industry Award and has been inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame. Randall is a long time ULI member as well as a Governor of the ULI Foundation. Randall serves on several executive boards, including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, the UCLA School of Public Policy, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Institute Advisory Council, Cal Poly Pomona’s National Development Council, and co-chairs the San Bernardino County Alliance for Education. He is recognized as an expert in the real estate industry and is frequently quoted in various newspapers, magazines and trade journals. Randall has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.
Dowell Myers, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Population Dynamics Research Group, University of Southern California
Dowell Myers is a professor of policy, planning, and demography in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC. He directs the Population Dynamics Research Group and is a leading expert on California’s changing demographics that lead the nation’s. Dr. Myers has specialized in the demographics of housing demand and needs, with recent studies of “Peak Millennials” and future homeownership. He is also expert in trends of both immigration and children, the two groups who will form our future workforce that will replace retiring baby boomers. Dr. Myers holds his PhD from MIT, a Master of City Planning from UC-Berkeley, and a BA in anthropology from Columbia University. Many of his publications are available at https://sites.usc.edu/popdynamics/.
Demographic Research and Planning Analyst II, Master Planning and Demographics Unit, Los Angeles Unified School District
The Unit’s function is to support the LAUSD’s mission through production of short and long range enrollment forecasts, management of the District’s annual school-by-school enrollment planning process (ECAST), management of the District’s annual facilities capacity (supply) and enrollment (demand) process (ECAR), applied K-12 demographic analyses, attendance boundary management, and production of official District mapping.
Ms. Prichard is involved in multiple aspects of the Unit’s operations including strategic planning, project development and management, data-driven analyses, data management, and quality control. She has extensive experience with enrollment forecasting, capacity planning, analytic techniques, database development and management, confidential data management protocols, process documentation, and working in a GIS environment.
Ms. Prichard served for a number of years in adjunct faculty positions for community colleges as well for CSULA. She served as President of the Los Angeles Geographical Society (LAGS) and as a Career Mentor for the Association of American Geographers (AAG).
Her research has been presented at professional conferences, including the Association of American Geographers and Population Association of America annual conferences.
She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Geography from Cal State Los Angeles.
Seva Rodnyansky, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College
Seva Rodnyansky is Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy at Occidental College. His research focuses on urban policy related to housing, transportation, residential mobility and neighborhood change. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Development from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and a BA from Northwestern University.
Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Jones Lang LaSalle
Amber Schiada is a Senior Vice President and Director of Research for JLL’s Southwest Region, leading a team of twelve analysts in six markets. With more than 13 years of real estate experience, Amber specializes in real estate economics, industry trends and real estate forecasting.
In addition, she co-leads all research initiatives for JLL’s U.S. High-Tech Practice Group and has extensive experience analyzing innovative companies, venture capital trends, high-tech labor market trends, and the impact on real estate markets across the country.
Amber regularly presents her insights on the market at industry events for organizations including ULI, NAIOP, and CoreNet Global, and is often cited in national media, including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, GlobeSt., as well as local publications in California.
Senior Regional Planner, Southern California Association of Governments
Tom Vo is a Senior Regional Planner at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Tom works in the Research and Analysis Department where he applies his research, spatial, analytical skills on diverse topics related to transportation and land use planning to promote sustainability as well as equity for the southern Californians; to name a few, these topics are job accessibility, open space accessibility, vehicle-mile-traveled/time travel reductions, urban runoff pollutant, affordable housing, public transportation accessibility, General Plan update, and the current COVID-19 pandemic.