NEW WEBINAR: The Biden Administration and Transportation Policy

DATE: Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm PST

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The inauguration of President Joe Biden and the appointment of Pete Buttigieg as USDOT leader creates the potential for a dramatic shift in U.S. transportation policy. We’ve already heard discussions of complete streets, sidewalk construction, increased transit funding and removal of highways that divided Black communities. How big a shift will it be? What is currently in the works?

We’ve put together a group of experts that is engaged in watching, and pushing, the Biden Administration on transportation policy, learn more about them below. Join us for a panel discussion and Q and A to learn their experiential insights. 


Beth Osborne is the Director of Transportation for America. She was previously at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy managing the TIGER Discretionary Grant program, the Secretary’s livability initiative, the development of the Administration’s surface transportation authorization proposal. Before joining DOT, Beth worked for Sen. Tom Carper (DE) as an advisor for transportation, trade and labor policy, as the policy director for Smart Growth America and as legislative director for environmental policy at the Southern Governors’ Association. She began her career in Washington, DC, in the House of Representatives working as a legislative assistant for Rep. Ron Klink (PA-04) and as legislative director for Rep. Brian Baird (WA-03).

Toks Omishakin was appointed director of the California Department of Transportation by Governor Newsom in 2019. He manages a $15 billion budget and nearly 21,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highways, maintain 13,000 bridges, permit more than 400 public-use airports, fund three of Amtrak’s busiest intercity rail services and support more than 200 transit agencies.

Previously, he spent eight years as deputy commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and served in the Nashville Mayor’s Office.

Omishakin is chair of the Active Transportation Council for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and is an America Walks board member.

A Tennessee native, Omishakin and his wife have two children. He is completing a Ph.D. in Engineering Management at University of Tennessee, Knoxville; has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University and bachelor of arts in Engineering Technology from Mississippi Valley State University.

Marianne Fowler is the Senior Strategist for Policy Advocacy at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Marianne has been with the RTC since 1988, and her pivotal roles in the ISTEA, TEA-21 and SAFETEA-LU reauthorizations have established her reputation as a veritable legend of the rail-trail movement and one of the true game-changers in the history of American bike/ped policy.

In addition to her role at RTC, Marianne co-chairs the Coalition for Recreational Trails and is 2nd Vice Chair of American Trails. Marianne co-authored Trails and Trailways for the 21st Century and collaborated with faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health in researching and writing Factors Associated with Federal Transportation Funding for Local Pedestrian and Bicycle Programming and Facilities. In 2014, Marianne was recognized as RTC’s Rail-Trail Champion of the year.

Paulina Baeza Paulina is an Architect from Puebla, Mexico, with a Master’s degree in Urban Management, Land Valuation and Planning from Barcelona, Spain, where she conducted research at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She recently completed her second Master’s at the University of Oklahoma Urban Design Studio, and has participated in workshops, conferences and the development of projects in Spain, Germany, Mexico and the United States. She has also been involved in Academia since 2010, and was both an ALBAN and CONACYT scholar.

Paulina is currently a Senior Planner for INCOG, Tulsa’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, where she oversees the development of Small Area Plans. She also works in the development of policy and design proposals, public participation strategies, placemaking, sustainable development and  planning for inclusive communities. Paulina teaches a course on Urban and Regional Transportation Planning at The University of Oklahoma Urban Design Studio, and lectures long-distance at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. She began serving at the Hispanic Affairs Commission of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in January 2018.