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Speakers

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Wednesday, June 1

Opening Plenary | 8:00–9:30 a.m.

Honorable Jay InsleeInvited: Honorable Jay Inslee
Governor of Washington State

Jay Inslee is a fifth-generation Washingtonian who has lived and worked in urban and rural communities on both sides of the state. Jay graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics before earning his law degree at Willamette University.

Governor Inslee was elected to Congress in 1992, serving until 2012 when he was elected governor. He was re-elected in 2016.

During his time in Congress, Jay became known as a forward-thinking leader, especially on issues of clean energy and the environment. As governor, Jay's top priority is growing Washington's innovative industries such as clean energy, information technology and life sciences, and strengthening existing industries such as aerospace, agriculture, maritime and the military. Since 2013, Washington has experienced a 30-year low in unemployment rates and record exports.

Under his leadership, Washington is consistently the only state that ranks as the best place to work and the best place to do business.

Anna ZivartsAnna Zivarts
Director, Disability Mobility Initiative

Disability Mobility Initiative Director and founder Anna Zivarts is a low-vision mom and nondriver. Anna represents disabled nondrivers on the Washington State Active Transportation Council, AV Work Group and TDM Executive Board. She is currently serving on NHTSA’s Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Program Assessment team for the state of Kentucky. Anna has op-eds on transportation policy published in Bloomberg CityLab and the Seattle Times, and presented her transportation work at the 2020 TRB Annual Meeting, the Shared Mobility Summit & Micromobility America. She received both a Master’s degree in International Comparative Education Policy and an undergraduate degree in Feminist Studies from Stanford University.

Plenary: DOTs Views on Transportation into the Future | 12:30–02:00 p.m.

Carlos BracerasCarlos Braceras, P.E.
Executive Director, Utah DOT

Carlos Braceras is executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, a position he has held since May 2013. A native of New Jersey, Carlos came to work at UDOT in 1986. Over the past 30 years, he has helped shape UDOT’s strategic direction and its mission of innovating transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance the quality of life, making it one of the most respected and influential DOT’s in the nation. Today his influence extends beyond the state of Utah through his service on a number of national and regional boards and committees including chair of the AASHTO Design Subcommittee, chair of the Center for Environmental Excellence Advisory Board, member of the board of directors and past president of the American Associate of State Highway and Transportation Officials, member of the board of directors and past president of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, past chair of ITS America, and past chair of RUC West.

Roger Millar - HeadshotRoger M. Millar Jr., P.E., AICP, F.ASCE
Secretary, Washington State DOT

Roger Millar joined the Washington State Department of Transportation as deputy secretary in October 2015 and was appointed Secretary of Transportation in August 2016. He oversees an agency that is the steward of a complex, multimodal transportation system, and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently.

Millar is an experienced land use and transportation engineer, planner, and program manager with an international reputation for innovative approaches to conservation and development. The prominent theme that has run through his career has been planning and implementing transportation systems that are not ends unto themselves; but rather, the means toward economic vitality, environmental stewardship, social equity, public health and aesthetic quality. His state Department of Transportation leadership is bringing innovation to agencies with enormous influence on transportation investment.

Toks Omishakin - Director of CaltransToks Omishakin
Director, Caltrans

Toks Omishakin was appointed the 33rd Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by Governor Gavin Newsom and sworn in October 2019. As Director, he manages a $15 billion budget and nearly 20,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highways, maintain 13,000 bridges, provide permitting of more than 400 public-use airports, fund three of Amtrak’s busiest intercity rail services and provide transit support to more than 200 local and regional transit agencies. Omishakin’s transportation vision for California features a safe, sustainable and multimodal transportation system that builds on strong local partnerships.

Transformative innovation will also be needed to achieve zero traffic-related deaths and reduce GHGs by 40% by 2030. All local communities must be heard and share in the benefits of Caltrans projects, and he encourages a Caltrans culture of innovation and taking intelligent risks.

He came to Caltrans following eight years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). There, he successfully established environmental, multimodal and planning policies to make TDOT one of the best DOTs in the country.

He is on the Board at America Walks and has advised the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through its Transportation Council Board. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Active Transportation Council of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He is also Chair of its Multimodal Task Force.

Kristina Swallow, Nevada DOTKristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE
Director, Nevada DOT 

Kristina L. Swallow is a dedicated professional with nearly 25 years of diverse experience in engineering, public policy, and community advocacy and voluntarism. She is passionate about having a positive impact on the places she lives, organizations she serves, and the people she works with. As a practicing civil engineer, Kristina has worked in a number of technical areas including flood control, traffic impact analysis and mitigation, land development, public works and transportation policy. Her roles have included being a small business owner, working as a consultant, serving as a program manager in city government, working as a lobbyist in the Nevada State Legislature, and working as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate where she was able to negotiate language in the final passage of MAP-21.

Kristina is a licensed civil engineer in the state of Nevada, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and has completed additional studies within the UNLV College of Urban Affairs. She has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and the BBC, been interviewed by Bloomberg Radio, NBC, and NPR, and has testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Craig Thompson portraitCraig Thompson
Secretary at Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)

Craig Thompson was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to serve as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) beginning in January 2019. WisDOT is one of the largest state agencies, with 3,400 employees and a biennial budget of more than $6 billion. The department supports all modes of transportation, including state highways, local roads, railroads, public transit systems, airports, and harbors. In addition, the department includes the Division of Motor Vehicles, which serves about 50,000 customers each week, and the Division of State Patrol that enforces laws and assists motorists throughout the state.

Previously Craig was the executive director of the Transportation Development Association (TDA) of Wisconsin. He has more than 25 years of experience working with Wisconsin businesses, communities, legislators and units of government. Prior to leading TDA, he served as the legislative director for the Wisconsin Counties Association, managing legislative initiatives at the state and federal levels.

Craig is a native of Racine and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Madison with his wife and two teenagers.

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