Transit Advisory Board

Qualities of the positions:

  • Two- or three-year terms, reverting to two-year terms in 2017
  • Six appointed by Mayor
  • Five appointed by City Council
  • One Get Engaged member
  • Appointments confirmed by City Council
Member

Term Expires

Position

Ifrah Abshir 8/2/18

Member

Marci Carpenter 8/2/18

Chair

Carla Chávez

8/2/18

Vice-Chair

Kevin Duffy-Greaves

8/2/17

Member

Jennifer Malley

8/2/17

Member

Andrew Martin

8/2/18

Member

Ron Posthuma

8/2/18

Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee Liaison

Carla Saulter

8/2/17

Member

Zach Shaner

8/2/17

Member

Erin Tighe

8/2/17

Vice-Chair

Annie Tran

8/31/17

Member (Get Engaged)

Katie Wilson

8/2/18

Vice-Chair

Boardmember Bios:

Ifrah Abshir
As a student at Rainier Beach High School, Ifrah led the campaign to get bus passes into the hands of students who lived less than two miles from school, who were otherwise not provided passes through the Seattle Public Schools bus pass program. Her effort greatly informed the Youth ORCA program currently administered by SDOT which provides ORCA passes to low-income youth living less than two miles from all public high schools in the city.

Ifrah is now a student at the University of Washington studying biology and global health. After spending a few years as a clinician, she hopes to eventually work in health administration effecting health policies around the world - continuing the effort to provide health care for all.

Marci Carpenter
Marci is a lifelong transit rider and a lifelong activist and volunteer in the disability community. She serves as President of the National Federation of the Blind of Washington. She has previously served as a member of Boulder, Colorado’s citizen Ad Hoc Transportation Committee.

Carla Chavez
Carla is Development Manager for Transportation Choices Coalition, working to promote transportation alternatives throughout the Puget Sound region. With a background in marketing, she has traveled extensively and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.

Kevin Duffy-Greaves
Kevin is third year student at University of Washington School of Law, and depends on transit to get to school. He works extensively on social justice issues in Seattle, as Co-President of the UW Public Interest Law Association, as a volunteer with the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness and previous experience with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Plymouth Housing Group.

Jennifer Malley
Jen is the Transportation Policy, Planning & Projects Supervisor at Seattle Children's Hospital, where she manages the implementation of innovative, multi-modal strategies to reduce the organization's drive alone rate. A graduate of the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, Jen is passionate about improving mobility options and traffic safety for Seattle residents of all ages, abilities and income levels. She is an avid bike-to-light rail commuter from her South Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Andrew Martin
Andrew's experience with transit and interest in transit planning in Seattle started when he lived in the U-district as a teenager attending a program for visually disabled teens. He went on to attend the UW for his undergraduate study and became very familiar with many bus routes in the city. After working in Seattle for a few years, his career took him to other cities where he gained first-hand experience with how other major metropolitan areas have designed transit systems with bus and rail such as Washington DC, and the Bay Area. More recently he served on the Link Connections Sounding Board and on Metro's Transit Advisory Board.

Ron Posthuma
Ron has a long professional career in transit, including at the U.S. Department of Transportation, King County Department of Transportation and Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board. Now retired, he remains active in civic affairs and is ready to bring an inside view of transit planning to the Transit Advisory Board.

Carla Saulter
Carla is a writer, a public transportation advocate, and a lifelong King County Metro rider who is passionate about social and environmental justice. Carla is the former director of outreach & communications for Transportation Choices Coalition, where she developed a number of innovative outreach programs, including Books on the Bus & Ride Transit Month. She is also a former member of the King County Council's Transit Advisory Committee. Carla currently works as a freelance writer, primarily focusing on her love of transit & instilling that value in her young children.

Zach Shaner
Zach is Staff Reporter for the Seattle Transit Blog, served on Metro’s Link Connections Sounding Board, and spent four years working on transit issues at Pierce Transit and Commute Seattle. Zach also owns and operates his own bicycle rental business.

Erin Tighe
Erin is a recent college graduate, interested in politics and government. She has become active in transportation and transit issues, both within her neighborhood and as part of Metro’s Link Connections Sounding Board.

Annie Tran
Annie currently serves as a Senior Public Relations Specialist for the City of Seattle's new Democracy Voucher Program. Last year, Annie traveled by bus through 13 countries in Latin America. With a passion for cultures and people, Annie is committed to ensuring equity and access for all.

Katie Wilson
Katie serves as General Secretary of the Transit Riders Union, an independent, member-run union of transit riders organizing for better public transit in Seattle, King County, and beyond. She seeks to ensure that the interests of low income, senior, and disabled transit riders are taken into account on the Board.

 

Former Boardmembers:

Member

Term

Position

Ezra Basom 2015-17 Member
Celeste Gilman 2015-17 Member
Jonathan Howard 2015-17 Secretary
Quinn Majeski 2016 Member (Get Engaged)
Odessa Stevens 2015-16

Secretary; Get Engaged

Harriet Wasserman 2015-2016 Pedestrian Advisory Board Liaison