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A Lightning Presentation Night on Biking, Walking, and Citybuilding
March 20, 2018 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET (happy hour to follow)
The National Capital Chapter of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and the American Planning Association invite you to a one-of-a-kind event: a Lightning Presentation Night on biking, walking, and citybuilding.
The Lightning Presentation Night will be structured like a fast-paced TED Talk. Each speaker prepares 20 slides, each of which automatically advances every 20 seconds. This gives each speaker just over six minutes to share a story.
The Lightning Presentation Night presentations will be varied and unexpected. Speakers' stories must somehow relate back to walking, biking, streets, urban design, or citybuilding. Speakers might share a story about a trip that changed the way they think about cities, wisdom gleaned from a neighbor or past mentor, how an unexpected turn in life led them on their career path.
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Would You Like to Be a Speaker?
Want to share YOUR story at the event? We have reserved two spaces on the agenda for Wild Card speakers who will be selected in advance from interested members of the public. Anyone is welcome to submit a pitch by sending three sentences on your proposed topic to Meredyth Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wild Card speakers will be notified at least one week prior to the event.
Darren Buck is the Complete Streets Program manager for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, where he is responsible for bicycle, pedestrian, bikeshare, trail, and Vision Zero planning and implementation programs. Previously, he worked with the DC Department of Transportation's bicycle program, and at the Federal Highway Administration. Darren has a master's in planning from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Jeff Marootian serves as the director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Marootian joined DDOT from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) where he served as assistant secretary for administration from 2015–2017 and White House liaison from 2013–2015. He has been a District resident for more than 20 years, serving as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner from 2000–2002. Marootian holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from George Washington University, where he now is an adjunct professor.
Anna Ray is a community activist and connector who promotes health, transportation, and wellness programs in Washington, D.C. Ray works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organizations, WABA Women & Bicycles, Black Women Bike DC, and is a Licensed Cycling Instructor. Originally from Minnesota, Ray is a proud Howard University alumna.
Kim Lucas works at the District of Columbia's Department of Transportation (DDOT) where she manages the city's Bikeshare and Bicycle Parking programs. Prior to joining DDOT, Lucas worked in the San Francisco Bay Area after completing her master's degree in city planning at the University of California, Berkeley. In the over 15 years since she began her transportation career as a student bus driver at the University of Virginia, she has worked in the cornerstones of transportation planning: the public and private sectors, advocacy, and research.
Silver Spring resident Casey Anderson, an attorney and community activist, has served on the Montgomery County Planning Board since 2011 and became chair of the board in August 2014. Previously, Anderson served on the boards of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the Citizens League of Montgomery County, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Committee for Montgomery. Anderson holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.