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Dr. David B. Abraham is an expert in sustainable development planning and strategies, specializing in transportation planning and performance measurement.

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Asha Weinstein Agrawal, PhD
Education Director and National Transportation Finance Center Director

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. 

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Serena Alexander is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of Urban Online at San José State University. Her research predominantly focuses on developing and implementing cutting-edge strategies to address climate change and climate justice.

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Dr. Blampied’s research focuses on the management of projects in transportation agencies. He spent most of his career in the California Department of Transportation, where he was employed in various positions in Los Angeles, Marysville, Sacramento, and Oakland.

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Dr. 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.

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Louis (Lou) Brown is an experienced and dedicated transportation system safety engineer with more than 47 years of government and industry broad-based management and engineering expertise.

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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.

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Retired Transportation Executive

Ms. DeMartino served as the Managing Director for the LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency from 2020 - 2022, managing the Pacific Surfliner rail service and leading efforts to improve passenger rail ridership, reliability, coordination, and safety.

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Tiffany Doan
Education Program Coordinator

Tiffany Doan is the Program Coordinator for the graduate program in Transportation Management, supporting students throughout their graduate career.

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Frances Edwards, PhD
Deputy Director, National Transportation Security Center

Frances L. Edwards, MUP, PhD, CEM, is professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program at San José State University. She is also Deputy Director of the National Transportation Security Center at the Mineta Transportation Institute of the College of Business.

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In May of 2017, Eric Eidlin joined the City of San Jose as the Station Planning Manager. In this role, he is playing a leading role in the City’s efforts to transform Diridon Station into a world-class multimodal hub.

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Dr. Kevin Fang is an Assistant Professor of Geography, Environment, and Planning at Sonoma State University and an MTI instructor and research associate. His research interests center on the characteristics of non-driving passenger travel modes and their users, and the connection between transportation and land use.

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Dan Goodrich
Senior Transportation Security Scientist

Daniel C. Goodrich, MPA, CEM, MEP is a Senior Transportation Security Scientist with the Mineta Transportation Institute at SJSU, and the instructor for “Security Issues for Transportation Professionals” in the Master of Science in Transportation Management program.

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Candice A. Kelly has over 20 years of professional work experience in communications and marketing management.

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Dr. Leonard (Len) Lira joined SJSU in 2017 as Assistant Professor of Public Administration and a Faculty Fellow for the SJSU Veterans Resource Center. Dr. Lira’s scholarly and teaching focus is on organizational theory and public management.

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Mr. Litzinger has more than 35 years of experience in the successful planning and design of public and private civil engineering projects that range from conceptual phases through construction. 

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Gurmeet Naroola is a seasoned entrepreneur, executive, and author, having held key positions at SunPower, Apple, Sanmina, and Panasonic in business development, quality, global operations, and customer management. He currently heads Strategy and Business Development for GenZe, a manufacturer of zero-emission personal transportation devices.

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Hilary Nixon, PhD
Deputy Executive Director

Hilary Nixon has served as Deputy Executive Director for MTI since 2018. Previously, she served as MTI’s Director of Research and Technology Transfer. Dr. Nixon is an active researcher and educator specializing in transportation and environmental planning and policy.

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Norma Ortega worked for 37 years in the California Department of Transportation, assuming increasingly responsible fiscal management positions. She spent nine years as the Chief Financial Officer, directly responsible for the development and management of the department’s $12 billion budget.

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