A panel of leaders of the sharing economy and shared-use mobility will introduce the burgeoning economy, discuss various forms of shared-use mobility (such as carsharing, public bikesharing, and web-enabled apps) and explore policy issues associated with scaling and with the integration of shared-use mobility services into the transportation landscape (such as privacy, open data, insurance, safety, equity). The discussion will explore the opportunities to be had in developing a robust public-private partnership, the obstacles that must be faced during this process, and the role research can take in informing the creation of policy.
This event, in honor of the launch of our new University Transportation Center, UC CONNECT, will be held in conjunction with Transportation Engineering’s open house welcoming potential graduate students to the program and to the UC Berkeley campus. Faculty, students, new students, and alumni are welcome to join us for this event. A reception will follow.
Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center
Co-Founder, Shareable | Shared-use mobility and the larger sharing economy perspective
Director of Transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) | Public sector perspective
Shomik Raj Mehndiratta
Lead Transport Specialist, The World Bank, Latin and Caribbean region and UC Berkeley Transportation Engineering alumni | Global and digital interface perspective
Rick Hutchinson, CEO
City CarShare | UC Berkeley alumni and carsharing perspective
Principal & Founder, Alta Bicycle Share | UC Berkeley alumni and bikesharing perspective
Neal Gorenflo is the co-founder and publisher of Shareable Magazine, a nonprofit online magazine about sharing as a lifestyle and scalable social innovation. Neal has worked on several sharing Internet startups including the peer-to-peer asset sharing platform Moogul.com, a DVD exchange led by Sunil Paul, a spinout of Cisco’s corporate asset sharing platform, and the white label asset sharing platform Divvy.com. Neal also worked for green social network Care2.com and FAS.research. At FAS, he led social network analysis projects to help restructure a leading foundation and develop a sustainability strategy for the agriculture industry. To build community in the sharing space, he co-organized The Abundance League monthly salons about alternative economy in San Francisco for five years. Prior to starting or supporting social enterprises, Neal worked for DHL in their strategy department and has a background in market and investment research, as well as business development.
Rick Hutchinson is the Chief Executive Officer of City CarShare, a SF Bay Area nonprofit. He has over thirty years of leadership experience in sustainable transportation. Prior to joining City CarShare in 2005, Rick ran his own strategic planning and interim management consultancy and has served on various Board and Advisory groups, including SPUR, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, the CarSharing Association, the Bay Area Sharing Economy Coalition, and the Bay Area EV Strategic Council. He received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in economics and journalism and his MBA from Columbia University.
Michael Jones, Principal and Founder of Alta Bicycle Share, is a nationally-recognized expert in bicycle, pedestrian, and trail planning and design, as well as in financial analysis and transportation and parking management. He has managed more than 200 studies since 1985, ranging from major national, state, and regional plans to corridor studies to plans for small towns. He has developed innovative methodologies and models for topics such as bicycle demand, GIS-linked roadway suitability, and shared-use parking. He has presented to and been published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Planning Association, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Michael is a graduate of UC Berkeley.
Shomik Raj Mehndiratta is a Lead Transport Specialist working in the World Bank’s Latin and Caribbean region based in Washington DC. He is working on transport and climate issues across countries in the region. He has been at the World Bank since 2002 and in the period 2007-2010 he lived and worked in China. He is co-editor and author of an edited book on Low Carbon Urban Development in China. Prior to the World Bank he worked at CRA International, a business and economics consulting firm, based out of Boston, MA. Shomik is an Indian national and holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ed Reiskin was named the Director of Transportation at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in July 2011. In this role, Mr. Reiskin oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni), parking, traffic engineering, bicycle and pedestrian safety, accessibility, and taxi regulation. Mr. Reiskin sits on numerous citywide bodies, such as the Capital Planning Committee, the Disaster Council, and the Committee on Information Technology. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, and is President of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, NACTO. Mr. Reiskin holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.