Dave ‘Paco’ Abraham is a television producer by trade but a safe streets advocate at heart. He serves on multiple committees of his local Community Board and has been Vice-President of the Cobble Hill Association for over two years. However, Paco’s deepest dedication is volunteering with Transportation Alternatives. For over four years he’s served as chair of Transportation Alternative’s Brooklyn Activist Committee, leading campaigns boroughwide to spread a single idea: we can make all our streets safer by reclaiming car space and promoting walking, biking, and mass transit as the best transportation alternatives.
Hilda Cohen is an architectural project manager specializing in building exteriors and historic preservation, with a background in urban design and environmental design. She is a co-founder of two grassroots Livable Streets campaigns: Make Lafayette Safer and Make Brooklyn Safer. Hilda is active with Transportation Alternatives’ Brooklyn Activist Committee, and has a personal goal to get as many families as active as possible and to make New York City streets safe for all ages. Hilda’s advocacy is inspired by her two children and supported by her husband in Ft. Greene.
Sebastian Delmont is a software developer and CTO and co-founder of StreetEasy. He grew up in a family full of architects and urban planners, and he moved to New York in part because he doesn't need to own a car to function in the city. He lives in Harlem with his wife and two kids, who usually bike or walk to school every day.
Mike Epstein is a software engineer and safe-streets advocate who lives in Fort Greene. He has been active in the fights for the Flushing Avenue, Lafayette Avenue, and Prospect Park West bike lanes, and the Fowler Square plaza. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Transportation Alternatives and a former member of Community Board 2.
A. Scott Falk was inspired to join the livable streets movement after seeing how New York City reinvented Madison Square and Columbus Circle. He is co-chair of Manhattan Community Board 8’s Transportation Committee and was on the community advisory committees for Select Bus Service on 1st & 2nd Avenues and on 34th Street. Scott has been a volunteer activist with Transportation Alternatives since 2009, including one year as Secretary and two years as Treasurer for T.A.’s East Side Committee. Scott works at ICM Partners as financial analyst for theater, and lives with his husband on East 59th Street in Manhattan.
Peter Frishauf is an information and high-tech entrepreneur best known as the founder of Medscape in 1995, and as a leader in New York’s vibrant startup culture in healthcare, media, and the life sciences. He frequently participates in discussions at Community Board 7 in support of proposals to promote safer streets for walkers, bicyclists, the elderly, and people in wheelchairs. His recent proposal to improve the entrance to Central Park at Strangers’ Gate on 106th Street won the unanimous endorsement of the CB7 Transportation Committee. A full bio may be found here.
Doug Gordon is a TV writer and producer with credits for PBS, Discovery, History, Travel Channel, National Geographic Channel, VH1 and ABC. He has served on the Transportation and Public Safety committee of Brooklyn’s Community Board Six since 2011 and is an active member of the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Activist Committee. His blog, BrooklynSpoke.com, is dedicated to the cause of safe, livable streets across New York City. He lives in Park Slope with his wife, daughter, and son.
Noel Hidalgo, aka noneck is a technologist and community organizer. Currently, he works for Code for America and organizes the nation's largest civic technology, civic startup, and open government community, BetaNYC. He was a founding member of the New York City Transparency Working Group, a group of NYC civic groups who advocate for greater transparency in city government. In 2012, nycTWG lobbied for the passing of NYC Local Law 11 of 2012, then America's premier municipal Open Data law. In 2009, he forged the NYC cycling community to use #BikeNYC as peer-to-peer method of organizing and communicating. You can find him riding his bicycle or scooter in and out of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Helen Ho is a Chinese-American New York City native, an environmental advocate, and a thought leader in fields ranging from alternative transportation and waste management to environmental education and community empowerment. Before getting her hands dirty in the bicycling movement, Helen worked for the NYC Parks Department and the NYC Health Department organizing on issues related to equity and access in parks, play spaces, and healthy eating. She founded and organized the first Tour de Queens for Transportation Alternatives and co-founded the Youth Bike Summit. Her newest pet project is called the Biking Public Project (formerly called POW! People On Wheels) which aims to expand local cycling advocacy discussions by reaching out to underrepresented bicyclists around New York City including women, people of color, and delivery cyclists. Helen is currently the Development Director for Recycle-A-Bicycle and received her Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College.
Glenn McAnanama is a lifelong New Yorker: born in Brooklyn, raised in Staten Island, and lived in Astoria and Yorkville for extended periods of time. He has worked in healthcare research and consulting for over 15 years. He holds an MPA in Health Policy from NYU. In 2006 Glenn founded Upper Green Side and led a successful grassroots campaign to establish local food sidewalk Greenmarkets in Yorkville and at the Isaac’s & Holmes NYCHA property. Upper Green Side also initiated a campaign with the local community board to bring protected bike lanes to the East Side of Manhattan after similar lanes were proven successful on the West Side. Glenn is now raising a family in Morningside Heights, is on the Board of Directors of Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center and is President of his building’s co-op board.
Eric McClure has been active in community issues – especially complete-streets advocacy – for most of the past decade. He co-founded Park Slope Neighbors, a grassroots neighborhood organization, in 2004; serves on the transportation committee of Brooklyn Community Board Six; is a member of the EPA’s Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group; is active with Transportation Alternatives’ Brooklyn Activist Committee; did extensive communications work with Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn; and for several years served as a trustee, and treasurer, of the Park Slope Civic Council. Prior to his advocacy work, Eric spent 20 years in the advertising business, the last 11 of those as an equity partner and the media director of Oasis Advertising, a company he co-founded in 1993 and sold in 2001. Eric lives in Park Slope with his wife, Lumi Rolley.
Aaron Naparstek is the founder of Streetsblog and has helped to reform New York City's Department of Transportation and build a livable streets movement that is transforming communities across North America by reversing decades of car-oriented planning and policy in favor of sustainable streets that prioritize pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders. Naparstek is a co-founder of the Park Slope Neighbors and Grand Army Plaza Coalition community organizations. As a neighborhood activist and organizer, Naparstek’s advocacy has led to the development of new bike lanes, public plazas, car-free parks and safer streets in his own Brooklyn neighborhood and throughout the five boroughs. Naparstek just completed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and is now conducting research, writing and developing new projects as a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Joanna Oltman Smith is a full-time mother in Park Slope. In graduate school Ms. Smith interned with the NYC Historic Preservation Commission where her work contributed to Stone Street's transformation from under-utilized alley to vibrant pedestrian-only area in lower Manhattan. While employed at Polshek and Partners Architects (now Ennead) she assisted with numerous New York City landmark projects including Carnegie Hall and the AMNH Rose Center for Earth and Space. She currently serves on Brooklyn Community Board Six (Parks Committee) and the Prospect Park Alliance Community Council. NYC Council member Stephen Levin named Ms. Smith Community Activist of the Month for her service.
Steve Vaccaro is a principal of the Law Office of Vaccaro & White, where he represents pedestrians and cyclists injured by motorists, among other clients. Steve is a member of Transportation Alternatives’ Advisory Council, and for three years served as the Chair of TA’s East Side Volunteer Committee. Before founding the Law Office of Vaccaro & White, Steve practiced tort and bankruptcy law for more than ten years with Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. Steve writes a weekly column entitled “Street Justice” about transportation law and urban policy issues, and lives on the Upper East Side.