GBC 2020 Transportation Summit: Advancing Equity Through Transportation Policy

  • September 29, 2020
    8:30 am - 10:00 am

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Join the Greater Baltimore Committee and leading transportation and mobility experts for an informative discussion on concrete strategies for advancing equity through transportation planning and policy at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

Panelists include:

David BragdonDavid Bragdon — Executive Director, TransitCenter

Bragdon has served as Executive Director of TransitCenter since 2013. The civic foundation is dedicated to improving public transportation and making U.S. cities more just, sustainable and prosperous.

He spent the early part of his career in the maritime and aviation freight industries, with a cargo airline, a shipping line and the Port of Portland, Oregon. He was then elected to two terms as President of the Metro Council, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon area from 2002 to 2010.


Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr. — Chief Executive Officer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, past Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Ford is a champion of multimodal transportation, walkable neighborhoods, public-private partnerships and transit-oriented development; and he is known for industry-leading insights and thought leadership on international transportation issues from trade and study missions around the world.

Ford was awarded the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Outstanding Public Transportation Manager for 2020, and has received numerous awards for his transformational programs and initiatives, including the White House Champion of Change.

Ford holds an Executive MBA from the Davis School of Business at Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in organizational leadership from Mercer University. He is a graduate of the Executive Development Consortium Program at Emory University, and has completed executive training at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida (2015) and Leadership Jacksonville (2014).


Monica Tibbits-NuttMonica Tibbits-Nutt — AICP, LEED AP BD+C — Executive Director of the 128 Business Council, Vice-Chair of the MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors

Tibbits-Nutt’s areas of specialty are transportation planning, urban design and transit equity. In both her work and research, she is particularly interested in capitalizing upon every opportunity to better educate transportation stakeholders and the public about all aspects of the planning process. As part of this focus on education, she serves as the Vice President of the non-profit Youth Engagement Planning (YEP!), which brings urban planning and community advocacy into K-12 environments.

She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), having served on the Executive Committee and Legislative Committee, and formerly served as Vice-Chair of the Regional Transportation Advisory Council (RTAC). Tibbits-Nutt is also an active member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design & Construction with the U.S. Green Building Council. She received a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University in Columbus and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Southern Indiana.


Jess ZimbabweJess Zimbabwe – Founder, Plot Strategies, former Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership at the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute

Zimbabwe served for 10 years as the founding Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership — a partnership of the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute. Prior to that, Zimbabwe led the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and was Community Design Director at Urban Ecology in Oakland. She serves on the boards of Next City, the National Main Street Center, and Colloqate.

She is a licensed architect, certified city planner, LEED-Accredited Professional, and a member of the urban planning faculties at Georgetown University and the University of Washington.

Event details:

When: September 29, 2020, 8:30-10 a.m. (Registration closes at noon, September 28.)

Where: Virtual Conference via Zoom

Cost: GBC members: $35, Non-members: $55; WTS Baltimore,  YPT Baltimore and ULI Baltimore Members: $35

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