Board Members

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. He served for several years 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.

Ken Coughlin is editorial director of the websites ElderLawAnswers and SpecialNeedsAnswers. His entrée into the livable streets movement was Central Park when in 1991 he joined the decades-long struggle to make the park’s six-mile loop road car-free. Later, as chair of Transportation Alternatives’ Central Park Campaign, he spearheaded the gathering of 100,000 petition signatures supporting a car-free park. Ken became a board member of Transportation Alternatives in 1998, and in 2009 then-City Council Member Gale Brewer appointed him to Manhattan’s Community Board 7, covering the Upper West Side. A member of CB7’s Transportation committee, he played a role in board votes approving the transformation of Columbus Avenue into a complete street from 110th to 69th streets.

Sebastian Delmont is a software developer and former 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.

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.

Janet Liff’s vocation as a commercial real estate broker specializing in New York City’s Midtown South market – which just happens to be home to some of the city’s most successful livable-streets projects – has given her a firsthand look at the positive, and immediate, economic impact of safety and transit improvements.  A member of REBNY’s Midtown South Committee, Janet was recently appointed a public member of Manhattan Community Board 2’s Traffic and Transportation Committee, and she also co-chairs Transportation Alternatives’ Advisory Council and its Manhattan Activist Committee, where she’s leading the campaign to transform Fifth and Sixth Avenues into complete streets.  Janet holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School, and resides in Greenwich Village.

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 the past 15 years. He co-founded Park Slope Neighbors, a grassroots neighborhood organization, in 2004; serves as Transportation Committee co-chair for Brooklyn Community Board Six; is a member of the EPA’s Gowanus Canal Community Advisory Group; did extensive communications work with Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn; served for several years as a trustee, and treasurer, of the Park Slope Civic Council; and co-founded the Park Slope Street Safety Partnership, which he chairs. Prior to his advocacy work, Eric spent 20 years in the advertising business, the last 11 of those as an equity partner in, and 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.

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 in Harlem.


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commented 2016-10-20 14:20:58 -0400 · Flag
I thought StreetsPAC was a political action committee dedicated to supporting candidates in public elections with funds and endorsements, and of necessity segregated from other tasks.
commented 2013-11-24 12:09:32 -0500 · Flag
Thank you
commented 2013-06-03 22:59:46 -0400 · Flag
quite impressive. glad to see helen ho on the roster :)
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commented 2013-04-24 23:50:55 -0400 · Flag
Wow what an impressive roster. Good stuff, people.
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