Principal at Bloomberg Associates and former New York City Transportation Commissioner
Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world's foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. She served as New York City's transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, overseeing historic changes to the city's streets-closing Broadway to cars in Times Square, building nearly 400 miles of bike lanes and creating more than 60 plazas citywide. A founding principal with Bloomberg Associates, she works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities. She chairs the National Association of Transportation Officials, implementing new, people-focused street design standards, which have been adopted in 40 cities across the continent. She is the author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.
President Lisa Bender
Minneapolis City Council
Lisa Bender was first elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 2013 and re-elected in 2017, when she was unanimously supported by her colleagues to serve as President of the City Council. Prior to taking office, Lisa earned a Master's Degree in City Planning from UC Berkeley and had over a decade of experience in shaping transportation and land use choices to make cities more equitable and sustainable. In her first term, Lisa’s leadership helped pass the midwest’s first $15 local minimum wage, invest in community-led approaches to violence prevention and community safety, and pass a $400 million investment in Complete Streets that are safe for all users. This term, Lisa is prioritizing adopting a Comprehensive Plan focused in race equity and environmental justice, implementing the city’s Complete Streets and Vision Zero commitments and creating more protections for renters facing housing instability. Lisa is mom to two young children and is a champion for getting more change-makers, women and people of color into elected office.
Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) and Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University
Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, is the Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). Simultaneously, Vishaan is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism. His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. Vishaan has been a guest on The Charlie Rose show, MSNBC’s The Cycle, NY1, NPR, WNYC, and has been profiled in The New York Times and The Financial Times.