- Asha W. Agrawal, Ph.D.
- Elizabeth Alexis
- James Brent, Ph.D.
- Andrea Broaddus, Ph.D.
- Brandi Childress, MS
- Nick Compin, Ph.D.
Asha W. Agrawal, Ph.D.
Asha Weinstein Agrawal is Director of Education and Director the MTI National Transportation Finance Center. She is also Professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Department at San José State. Her research agenda is guided by a commitment to the principles of sustainability and equity: what planning and policy tools can communities adopt to encourage environmentally-friendly travel and improve accessibility for people struggling with poverty or other disadvantages? She has explored this question most deeply through two substantive areas, transportation finance policy and the travel behavior of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders. Dr. Agrawal earned a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. More information, including a complete list of her publications, can be found here.
Elizabeth Goldstein Alexis is a partner in a Palo Alto-based investment advisory business. She has more than 25 years experience in the financial sector and was a vice-president at Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank) in New York, working in the global capital markets division. She also worked at E*TRADE Financial and several Silicon Valley startups. In 2009, she co-founded Californians Advocating Responsible Rail Design (CARRD), a grassroots group dedicated to improving how transit projects are planned and implemented. Elizabeth has provided invited testimony related to her work with CARRD for legislative committees, including the US House of Representatives Transportation Committee and the California State Senate Transportation Committee. Her analysis on transportation projects has been frequently cited in national and regional media reports about the California high speed rail project and CARRD has been recognized for their efforts to increase effective public participation in transportation projects.
James Brent, Ph.D.
Dr. James Brent joined the faculty in 1994. James is a native of Southern California who received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising from Southern Methodist University in 1988. Dr. Brent received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University in 1995. He has published articles on judicial politics in journals such as American Politics Quarterly, Justice System Journal, American Politics Review, and the Southeastern Political Review, as well as editing a reader in American government and co-authoring a chapter in The Internet Upheaval by M.I.T. Press. He served as chair of the SJSU Academic Senate from 2001 to 2003. His heroes include former Supreme Court Justices William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall.
Andrea Broaddus, Ph.D.
Andrea Broaddus is a transportation policy expert focused on managing the demand for travel through behavioral incentives and land use practices. She has published articles on road pricing and transit oriented development and has served as a lecturer at UC Berkeley and San Jose State since 2010. She has private sector experience as a researcher on future mobility topics for Robert Bosch LLC, and as a planning practitioner with Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates. She has also worked in non-profit advocacy on local and state transportation policy in Madison WI, and federal policy in Washington DC. Her research on European transportation policy and practice led to year-long fellowships in Hamburg, Germany and London, England. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Public Policy / Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School and PhD in Transportation Planning from UC Berkeley.
Brandi Childress, MS
Brandi Childress is the Media and Public Affairs Manager for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), where she has worked for 17 years. She holds a Master of Science in Transportation Management from San José State University and is a proud alumna since 2008. She’s also a 2010 graduate of the Leadership American Public Transportation Association Program and 2015 graduate of the Leadership San Jose Program. A strong advocate for women’s career advancement and young people’s exposure to the transportation industry, Brandi is the Communications Chair for the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) San Francisco Chapter and a member of the East Side Career Pathways Advisory Board and Leadership San Jose Advisory Committee.
Nick Compin, Ph.D.
Dr. Nick Compin graduated in 1988 from CSU Chico with a B.A. degree in English. He worked for the California Journal, a public affairs magazine, and at State Net, the nation´s largest legislative tracking firm (1990-93), both in Sacramento. He returned to academia at the University of California, Irvine, receiving an M.A. degree in Social Ecology in 1996 (Rail Transit Station Development and the Municipal Land-Use Decision-Making Process) and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning in 1999 ( The Four Dimensions of Rail Transit Performance: How Administration, Finance, Demographics, and Politics Affect Outcomes).
Nick began working as a transportation planner for the California Department of Transportation in 2000 and is currently on loan to the California Transportation Commission in Sacramento where, among other projects, he is helping to spearhead a project to include performance measures in the process used to program California´s transportation projects. In the past, Nick worked for a private consulting firm, was involved in numerous qualitative and quantitative research projects and taught transportation planning courses at UC Irvine. Currently, he teaches the graduate level MTM 215 – Transportation Systems Planning and Development – at SJSU´s Mineta Transportation Institute.
Nick has written academic papers and articles and delivered presentations on the inclusion of transit-oriented development (TOD) in areas near transit stations in California and the incorporation of transportation-related performance measures into existing governmental decision-making processes. His research interests focus primarily on the practical introduction, implementation and impact of transportation planning concepts in government.
He is a longtime member of the American Planning Association and the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers.
Frances Edwards, Ph.D.
Dr. Frances L. Edwards is an associate professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program at San Jose State University. She is a research associate of the Mineta Transportation Institute, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Public Administration Review (PAR). She is co-author with Friedrich Steinhausler of two books in the NATO Science Series on terrorism threats, and with Brian Jenkins on 9/11, as well as numerous chapters for text and professional books. She has written more than 30 professional journal articles, most recently on Hurricane Katrina for two issues of The Public Manager, and on federal homeland security grants in State and Local Government Review. She is a member of the ASPA Hurricane Katrina Task Force, and has been a member of the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness at Harvard University; the Bioterrorism Working Group at Stanford University; threeNATO expert workshop panels on terrorism; and a commissioner on the California Seismic Safety Commission. For 25 years Dr. Edwards was a practitioner, including 14 years as the Director of Emergency Preparedness for San Jose, California, the nation´s tenth largest city. She has a Ph.D. and M.U.P. from New York University; a MA from Drew University; and a Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management from University of California, Irvine.
Dan Goodrich was born and raised in Southern California. He served ten years active duty in the United States Marine Corps, four of those in its Security Forces. He served an additional six years in the United States Army Reserve. His individual awards include the Army Commendation medal, one Army and two Navy Achievement medals and the President's 100 tab. He earned a Bachelors´ Degree in Political Science and Masters´ Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University. He is currently a research associate for the Norman Y. Mineta Transportation Institute, Chair of the San Jose Metropolitan Medical Task Force exercise group, and fellow of The Foundation for Defense of Democracy.
Joseph Kott, PhD, AICP, PTP
Dr. Joseph Kott has over thirty years of experience in transportation planning at the local, regional, and state levels for both public agencies and private consultancies. He served as Chief Transportation Official for the City of Palo Alto, California for seven years. Dr. Kott teaches courses in the fundamentals of transportation management and transportation and the environment at the Mineta Transportation Institute. He also teaches sustainable transportation planning and the history and theory of urban and regional planning within the San Jose State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning, urban and regional transportation planning within the Stanford Program on Urban Studies, and both urban planning and transportation planning within the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning at Sonoma State University. Dr. Kott is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP). He is also a Charter Member of the American Planning Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Hilary Nixon, PhD
Professor Nixon serves as chair of the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at San José State University. She specializes in environmental planning and policy, and also teaches courses on community planning, history and theory of planning, and policy analysis. Her teaching emphasizes the use of project based, and communitybased learning. Her research interests include household hazardous waste management, particularly electronic waste recycling, and the factors that influence proenvironmental behaviors. In addition, she serves as a Director of Research and Technology Transfer with the Mineta Transportation Institute where her work focuses primarily on the relationship between transportation and the environment. Dr. Nixon was recognized as “Advisor of the Year” by SJSU’s Student Involvement in 2009 and 2015. Dr. Nixon and her students have also received awards from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association for academic excellence.
Beverly Scott, PhD
Beverly Scott, owner of Beverly Scott Associates, LLC, provides executive advisory and management consultative services focused on transportation/infrastructure sector workforce initiatives and business solutions that produce “bottom line” results and improve sustainable outcomes for people and communities. Dr. Scott is a frequent motivational speaker on the criticality of infrastructure investment -- its potential to advance “equity, opportunity and inclusion” – and, the importance of workforce and leadership development.
Dr. Scott serves in an Advisory capacity to the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University Law School in the areas of transportation, infrastructure and equity. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Transportation Learning Center, a unique transportation labor-management partnership focused on skills training, research, safety and health for the sector’s frontline workforce.
Dr. Scott’s career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades, including four appointments as General Manager/CEO – General Manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation and Rail & Transit Administrator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the Sacramento Regional Transit Authority (SRTD), and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), one of four statewide public transit systems. She has also served in senior level positions at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York), New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and the Houston Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Houston METRO).
Dr. Scott is recognized throughout the U.S. and North American transportation industry for her visionary leadership, results driven management style; focus on people and communities; and progressive approach to labor management relations. Among her most notable industry contributions is her pivotal leadership role in the critical areas of workforce and leadership development and work to improve outcomes for people and communities – particularly our most vulnerable. In this regard, she is an ardent proponent for significantly increased “people development and investment” at all levels.
Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards and recognitions, i.e., the 2015 Hubert Humphrey Award for Distinguished Public Service from the American Political Science Association (APSA), 2015 Government Sector Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Service, the prestigious Sharon A. Banks Humanitarian Service Award from the Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Science; named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar. In 2012, she was named a “Transportation Innovator of Change” by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Transportation for her long record of exemplary leadership and service in the transportation industry.
In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), a panel of experts including top business executives, leading academics and local government officials who report to the White House through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with responsibility for making policy recommendations to protect and preserve the physical assets that are critical to the U.S. economy and national security. In 2012, she was appointed NIAC Vice-Chair.
A past Chairperson of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Dr. Scott currently serves on the national Boards of the American Public Transportation Association, Women’s Transportation Seminar (International Advisory Board), Rail-Volution (past Chairperson), and Americans for Transit.
Dr. Scott holds a doctorate in political science, with a specialization in public administration from Howard University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fisk University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa).
Ben Tripousis is the Northern California Regional Director for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. For over a decade he served as the Transportation Policy Manager for the City of San Jose. In that role he was responsible for the development of Transportation Policy Guidelines for the City of San Jose and was the liaison to all local and regional transportation agencies. He was also the Chief Transportation Policy Advisor to the Mayor of San Jose and served on local Congressional and State Assembly staffs.