“Faster, Smarter, Cleaner, Greener: Developing the Transportation Workforce of the Future”

April 29, 2016 • San Francisco CA


Thought leaders in transportation technology and workforce development came together at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco for this full-day workforce development summit on emerging career pathways in transportation and how to prepare the next generation of workers.

The program began with a morning keynote by Dan Richard, Chair, California High-Speed Rail Authority, moderated by Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Investment Board. This was followed by a panel discussion: “Skills to Build and Operate a Sustainable Transportation System,” moderated by Rod Diridon, Sr., Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute. Panelists included Oliver Baines President, Fresno City Council; Afshin Pishevar, Chief Legal Officer, Hyperloop Technologies; Tim Rainey, Executive Director, California Workforce Investment Board; and Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

The afternoon program began with a keynote by Carolyn Flowers, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration, moderated by Dr. Karen Philbrick, Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute. This was followed by a panel discussion, “Creating the 21st Century Transportation Workforce,” moderated by panelist Thomas O’Brien, Executive Director, Center for International Trade and Transportation. Other afternoon panelists included Kristin Decas, CEO and Port Director, Port of Hueneme, California; Carol Kuester, Director, Electronic Payments, Metropolitan Transportation Commission; Jim Misener, Director of Technical Standards, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.; and Mark Novak, Dean, Extended University Division, CSU Bakersfield. Closing Remarks were given by Rod Diridon, Sr., Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute.