General Sessions

We are proud to welcome the following General Session speakers to our stage this year.


Monday, August 1 - 8:45 a.m. - Grand Ballroom

Keynote Speaker - Gabe Klein

Author: Start-Up City: Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun

Gabe Klein is the former DOT director under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago and former Director of the District DOT under Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. In Washington he launched Capital Bikeshare, the first large-scale bikeshare system in the US, and in Chicago he later launched Divvy, which is now the largest bikeshare system in the US. Before entering the public sphere, Gabe honed his creativity and leadership skills working for startups, including Zipcar, where he served as Vice President for four years. He also wrote a business model for the first point-to-point car sharing concept and co-founded the first all-natural multi-unit food truck company in the US. In 2015, Gabe joined Fontinalis Partners as a Special Venture Partner on their new fund. He continues to advise a number of technology and mobility companies, including Transit Screen and Phone2Action, where he provides leadership on strategy. He is on the boards of NACTO and Streetsblog. Gabe and his work have been featured in many major news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Bloomberg, and many more. He is the author of Start-Up City: Inspiring Private and Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun published by Island Press.  

























Tuesday, August 2 - 12:00 p.m. - Grand Ballroom

Keynote Speaker - Jarrett Walker

Author, Human Transit
Principal Consultant

Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit planning and policy, including the links between transit and all aspects of community planning and urban structure. His clients include transit authorities, cities, developers, and nonprofits – anyone who wants to make better use of public transit as a tool to support resilient communities, individual liberty, and social inclusion. In his 20 years of consulting experience he worked on more than 200 projects across North America, Australia, and New Zealand, spanning the range from small towns to major metro areas. His network designs have been implemented successfully in many cities throughout this range. From this core expertise, he has also built a strong track record in a range of transit planning and policy issues, including bus-rail integration, Bus Rapid Transit, flexible services planning, and innovative public consultation. He has written and worked extensively on the integration of public transit into community planning at all scales, from the design of a small development to the structure of an urban region. His work covers the entire spectrum of planning perspectives, from visionary urbanism to operational detail. He is also known for his work on educating stakeholders about the choices that transit requires, building clear consultation processes, and helping organizations form coherent and implementable transit goals. Since 2009 he has written the popular weblog, which has grown into an online collection of articles explaining key transit concepts and issues. In November 2011, Island Press released his book, Human Transit: How clear thinking about public transit can enrich our communities, and our lives. 
















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