2021 Board of Directors

Tyce Herrman

Chair

Tyce Herrman is a transportation planner at HDR. He develops data-driven solutions to transportation issues and is passionate about making sustainable transportation options business as usual.

His journey to becoming a transportation professional began with the simple act of using a bicycle to commute around town in college, which quickly snowballed into his mission to create a more sustainable, livable, and (hopefully) compassionate world.

When he’s not immersed in the transportation world, you can probably find him practicing Muay Thai, rambling about by bike, or playing fetch with his cats.

Rayn Riel

Deputy Chair

Rayn Riel, AICP is a project manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. He is a big believer in big cities, and fascinated by the urban infrastructure that supports such levels of density and dynamism.

He has previously worked for MTA NYC Transit and for the NYC Department of City Planning, and he enjoys sharing his passion for the region’s physical infrastructure as a licensed NYC tour guide. He studied urban policy and planning at Tufts University, where he founded an urban development student organization.

Kristy Tu

Content Manager

Kristy Tu is a Transportation Engineer with the Integrated Planning team at Arup. At Arup, Kristy works on a variety of interdisciplinary projects with a team of planners, urban designers, and engineers. She has a background in transportation planning and traffic engineering with a particular interest in repurposing infrastructure, transport models and mobility data.

Kristy’s teenage fascination with her local bus system led her to a career in transportation. She is also fond of leading pedestrian intervals, streetcars, and the humble street tree.

Kristy is originally from Canada, where she graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. She is a past board member of the YPT Toronto Chapter, TransportationCamp organizer, and also keenly involved in the broader transportation and engineering community with ITE, WTS and SWE. When she’s not thinking about transportation, she is probably thinking about her next meal.

Scott Middleton

Treasurer

Scott Middleton is a Senior Planner and Analyst at EBP US (formerly known as EDR Group), where he evaluates on the economic impacts of transportation programs with a special emphasis on resilience planning and emerging transportation technologies. Scott holds a Master of City Planning and M.S. in Transportation from MIT. At MIT, he wrote his thesis on discrimination in shared rides and also conducted research into the feasibility of implementing high-speed rail in the United States.

Previously, Scott worked as a Community Planner at the U.S. DOT’s Volpe Research Center in Cambridge, MA, where he managed the FHWA/FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program. He also worked as an intern at Fehr & Peers, helping to draft master bicycle/pedestrian plans and evaluating the safety impacts of Vision Zero efforts.

Scott is a passionate cyclist who biked across the United States twice (same direction each time) with the non-profit organization Bike & Build.

Ayanthi Gunawardana

Professional Development Manager

Ayanthi Gunawardana works at the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) as a Research and Data Analyst in the Research, Implementation, and Safety group. Ayanthi uses data-driven analyses to guide policy and street design for Vision Zero initiatives; she also works on long-term research studies that steer the agency’s overall direction. Prior to working at NYC DOT, Ayanthi worked at the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), where she analyzed taxi and rideshare data to inform TLC’s policies and regulations.

Ayanthi attended Emory University where she received her B.A. in Sociology in 2011, and the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University where she received her Masters in City and Regional Planning in 2015. Her hobbies include cooking, running, playing her guitar; she is also an avid Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Ayanthi also serves on the board of the NYC chapter of R-Ladies, an organization whose goal is to promote gender diversity in the R community.

Elizabeth (Liz) Jule Gladoun

Membership Manager

Elizabeth Jule Gladoun, PE is a transportation analyst at VHB, where she specializes in providing transportation consulting services for New York City real estate and public infrastructure projects. Her work involves conducting traffic impact analyses towards the environmental review process, as well as providing transportation solutions through traffic and transit simulation modeling.

Liz attended New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, where she graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Transportation Planning and Engineering. Aside from YPT, she is also a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Met Section. When she’s not in the office or the field, Liz is singing with her choral group, hiking, or baking.

 

Sydney McGinn

Events & Programs Manager

Sydney McGinn is a Marketing Assistant at Arup on the winning work and business development team. Her day to day work includes collaborating with technical staff to develop responses to RFPs, maintaining CRM data quality for the region, planning events, and coordinating Arup’s support at conferences, including TRB.

Sydney has a life-long interest in transportation which lead to her involvement with the NY Transit Museum where she created content for its social media accounts, and assisted with the operation of tours and excursions. Sydney also spent time working in New York City Transit’s Digital Communications Unit at the Rail Control Center, where she coordinated with operational staff and interpreted dispatching information to provide real-time service information to the public.

Sydney continues to enjoy volunteering with the NY Transit Museum, biking, and scooting.

Emily Provonsha

Communications Manager

Emily Provonsha has 8+ years of planning experience working in the public sector and with non-profits. She joined Metro-North Railroad in 2018 in the Station Area Planning and TOD group, which is now based out of MTA’s Construction & Development Agency. There she manages transit-oriented development projects, assists with station access planning, and contributes to strategic planning for capital improvement projects. Prior to joining the MTA, Emily worked at Tri-State Transportation Campaign on an advocacy campaign for NYC Congestion Pricing. Before that, as the transportation planner for the City of Stamford, CT, she worked on the Bus & Shuttle Study and the Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. She also drafted a grant proposal for Summer Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements, which was awarded $1.4 million from CTDOT.  During her time in CT, Emily served as a gubernatorial appointee on the CT Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board. Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College, and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

Lauren Rushing

Social Media Manager

Lauren Rushing is a mobility planner and cycling advocate who believes that the bicycle is the missing link for addressing many urban challenges. She works as the Communications and Community Engagement Manager for the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition where she advocates for policies and projects that will create better conditions for cycling and walking and leads community engagement for the proposed Essex-Hudson Greenway. She is also the founder of Right2Bike, a platform for knowledge sharing of cycling infrastructure, policy, and culture.

Prior to joining NJBWC, Lauren spent three years living and working as a mobility planning consultant at Studio Bereikbaar in Amsterdam, where she focused on strategic planning projects that strengthened the Dutch bicycle culture.

Lauren attended Florida State University, where she received both a B.A. in Environmental Science & Policy and an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning. Lauren loves to travel and explore cities and is always down for a bike ride!

Julia Fiore

Partnerships Manager

Julia Fiore, AICP is a Senior Planner at AKRF where she uses her expertise in land use planning, economic analysis, and environmental review to facilitate and improve transportation and land development projects. Julia’s favorite projects to work on are those that promote sustainable and equitable development such as transit-oriented development and affordable housing.

Prior to joining AKRF, Julia interned at the New York City Department of Transportation and worked as a planner and research assistant on various comprehensive and economic development plans in the Hudson Valley. Before pursuing a career in planning, Julia was an environmental educator and an organizer for environmental policy.

Julia received her Master of Urban Planning (MUP) from the City University of New York Hunter College and a B.S. in environmental studies from Cornell University.

2021 Board Position Descriptions

CHAIR

The Chair is responsible for day-to-day implementation of the policy and guidelines of the Board of Directors. The Chair shall preside over Chapter Board meetings, create and appoint members to Committees, and act as chief official representative of YPT-NYC. The Chair shall have served at least one full-year term on the YPT-NYC Board of Directors, or have equivalent experience serving on the Board of Directors of any other YPT chapter or the YPT-International Board of Directors.

DEPUTY CHAIR

The Deputy Chair shall help to coordinate activities involving multiple Officers and assist the Chair in his or her responsibilities. In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Chair shall act in the official capacity of the Chair and perform all duties of that office. The Deputy Chair shall have served at least one full-year term on the YPT-NYC Board of Directors, or have equivalent experience serving on the Board of Directors of any other YPT chapter or the YPT-International Board of Directors.

CONTENT MANAGER

The Content Manager shall keep full and accurate records of all business and proceedings at Chapter Board meetings. The Content Manager shall prepare meeting minutes, keep accurate organization records, and manage the election process.

TREASURER

The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of dues, budget forecasting, and the safekeeping of funds, including reporting of receipts, expenditures, and balances at the request of the Chapter Board.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

The Professional Development Manager shall work with the Membership and Events and Programs Managers to create professional development programming, including student outreach.

MEMBERSHIP MANAGER

The Membership Manager manages the membership records and works to provide maximum value for all members, increase the membership of YPT-NYC, increase the visibility of YPT, explore business development opportunities and provide other services to meet the needs of the members of YPT.

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS MANAGER

The Events and Programs Manager is responsible for the planning and execution of all events, including registration and the development of a year-long events plan, while drawing upon other board members for event ideas and logistical support.

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

The Communications Manager shall run YPT-NYC’s communications, including its website and newsletter. This position works with other board members to publicize events and activities, share images from our events and programming, and spotlight members and their work.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

The Social Media Manager shall run YPT-NYC’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. This position works with other board members to publicize events and activities, share images from our events and programming, and spotlight members and their work.

PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

The Partnerships Manager shall be responsible for coordination and management of YPT-NYC’s partnerships with allied organizations. As such, they will seek out opportunities with other organizations to create a more interdisciplinary and broader transportation community.