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Staff & Board

Mark Gorton

Mark is the founder of Tower Research Capital LLC, a money management firm specializing in quantitative trading and investment strategies, as well as the founder of Lime Brokerage LLCLime Medical LLC and Lime Labs LLC. Mark founded OpenPlans (Streetsblog’s parent non-profit) in 1999 after realizing the incredible potential of the open source movement to create tools that catalyze civic engagement. In his role as Chairman he draws on a strong background in urban transportation advocacy and open media.


Ben Fried

Ben Fried is the Editor-in-Chief of Streetsblog. He joined Streetsblog as a New York City reporter in 2008, just as the push to enact congestion pricing was peaking. Since then he has covered slightly more successful transit funding campaigns, the transportation angle on local elections, and the day-by-day transformation of New York City streets. Today he oversees Streetsblog’s family of sites covering New York, San Francisco, federal transportation policy, and stories from around the country of significance to the national movement for safer streets and sustainable transportation. Ben graduated from Oberlin College with a concentration in architecture, and he holds a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. He lives with his wife in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and he loves the Mets. Follow Ben on Twitter @streetsblogNYC.


Executive Director, Southern California Streets Intiative
Co- Editor, Streetsblog California

Damien Newton

Damien is the first editor of Streetsblog Los Angeles, the impact journalism site that’s bringing better transportation options to the City of Angels. Before moving west, he was the NJ Coordinator for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and he has lent his media relations know-how to a number of advocacy campaigns. Damien holds a Masters of Arts in Public Communications from American University and was a 2011 Annenberg School of Journalism “Online Health  Journalism Fellow.” Follow Damien on Twitter @damientypes.

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Editor, Streetsblog Los Angeles
Joe Linton

Joe Linton is a longtime urban environmental activist. His main areas of interest have been restoring the Los Angeles River and fostering bicycling for everyday transportation. He’s worked for many Los Angeles livability non-profits, including Friends of the L.A. River, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, C.I.C.L.E., Livable Places, and CicLAvia. He also served as deputy to Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes.

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Sahra Sulaiman

Sahra is an ethnographic researcher by training (an M.A. and A.B.D. in International Relations from USC) and a long-time volunteer with teens in LAUSD schools. She tends to use first-person accounts and qualitative data to explore the obstacles that conspire to keep residents in lower-income communities of color from being able to safely access their streets. She also works to introduce readers to the unique grassroots efforts of local residents, community leaders, and local organizations to address some of these issues on their own. In doing so, she hopes to underscore the need for attention to equity in planning and to open up lines of communication between city agencies and residents of areas of Los Angeles that have been neglected for too long. Her work has been cited or re-printed in publications around the city and she has been honored for excellence by the Los Angeles Press Club in 2013 and 2014. Sahra can be reached at or follow her on twitter @sahrasulaiman.

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Co-Editor, Streetsblog California

Melanie Curry

Melanie worked for many years as an editor, before joining the Streetsblog team in February of 2014, most recently for Access, the University of California-published transportation research magazine. She has a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley and has worked in transportation consulting and at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. She was a finalist for online journalist of the year in 2014 award given by the Center for California Studies. Follow her on twitter @currymel

Editor, San Francisco
Aaron Bialick

Aaron’s interests inevitably honed in on sustainable transportation advocacy at San Francisco State University, where he studied communication with a focus in rhetoric. He spent his last semester in Denmark, where parading around in bicycle utopias left him with an everlasting impression of what’s possible in his homeland of California. He hails originally from the Los Angeles region. Follow Aaron on Twitter @streetsblogSF.


Deputy Editor, New York City 
Brad Aaron

Brad began writing for Streetsblog in 2007, after years as a reporter, editor, and publisher in the alternative weekly business. He has written extensively on politics, urban planning, transportation, law, education, business, and other topics, and has covered everything from mass bike rides to visits by heads of state. Brad has adopted New York’s dysfunctional traffic justice system as his primary beat for Streetsblog. He also edits stories and nitpicks copy for Streetsblog New York, Capitol Hill, and San Francisco, as well as Streetsblog Network. Brad lives in Manhattan with his wife and their many, many cats. Follow Brad @streetsblogNYC.


Reporter, New York City
Stephen Miller

Stephen is a full-time reporter for Streetsblog NYC, where he covers livable streets and transportation in the five boroughs, including everything from MTA funding and bike lane expansions to pedestrian plazas and street safety. In addition to reporting for Streetsblog, Stephen is a master’s candidate at Pratt Institute’s City and Regional Planning program. He grew up in Rhode Island, where he collected Matchbox cars and maps as a kid. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @miller_stephen.


Editor, Chicago
John Greenfield

Before joining the Streetsblog team, John Greenfield and Steven Vance wrote, a daily blog about walking, biking and transit issues in the region. John also writes the weekly sustainable transportation column “Checkerboard City” in Newcity magazine, and blogs about Chicago’s bikeways initiatives for the Green Lane Project. Follow John on Twitter @streetsblogCHI.


Deputy Editor, Chicago
Steven Vance

Prior to joining the Streetsblog family, Steven co-wrote with John Greenfield. Steven graduated with a masters in transportation planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. He worked for the Chicago Department of Transportation and Active Transportation Alliance as a bicycle parking planner. Steven organizes the Cargo Bike Roll Call organization to promote family and utility cycling in Chicago. Follow Steven on Twitter @streetsblogCHI.


Editor, Streetsblog Network
Angie Schmitt

Angie manages the Streetsblog Network, highlighting the best in progressive transportation blogging from around the country, and she reports for Streetsblog Capitol Hill on regional land use and transportation issues. Angie is co-founder and editor of, which covers contemporary urban affairs in the industrial Midwest. She is a strong advocate for more livable streets, particularly when it comes to the revitalization of older, so-called ‘rustier’ cities. Angie holds a masters degree in urban planning from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. Prior to OpenPlans, she worked as a newspaper reporter covering municipal governments throughout her home state of Ohio and in Southeast Michigan. Follow Angie on Twitter @StreetsblogNet.


Development Associate, Streetsblog & Streetfilms
Kelly Donohue

Kelly joined the team in 2012 as an intern for Streetsblog and Streetfilms and worked her way up to Development Associate in 2013. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in History and minor in City & Regional Planning, where she focused on the nexus of gender relations and urban transportation. She is currently applying to grad school and is committed to improving the commutes of women everywhere. A current Brooklynite, Kelly is a California native with aspirations to bring east coast civic innovations back west. You’re likely to find her riding her Fuji around Brooklyn or eating kale in any form, in any number of locations. Follow Kelly on Twitter @TranspoDon.


Advisory Board
Christine Berthet, Clinton Hell’s Kitchen Coalition for Pedestrian Safety
Langston James “Kimo” Goree, International Institute for Sustainable Development
John Kaehny, Reinvent Albany
Aram Khachadurian, CHF International
Aaron Naparstek, Streetsblog Founding Editor
Guillermo “Gil” Peñalosa, 8-80 Cities
Lisa Sladkus, Upper West Side Streets Renaissance

Southern California Streets Initiative Board of Directors

Deborah Murphy
Joel Epstein
Juan Matute
Sirinya Matute
Jonathan Weiss

Past Members Southern California Streets Initiative Board

Dana Gabbard
Dorothy Le
Joe Linton
Jessica Meaney
Jocelyn Ramirez
James Rojas
Carter Rubin

Los Angeles Streetsblog Contributors

Rob Adams
David Barboza
Enci Box
Stephen Box
Susy Chavez
Dana Gabbard
Kris Fortin
Erick Huerta
Carlos Morales
Ted Rogers
Huntington Beach City Councilman Joe Shaw
Mark Valianatos
Brigham Yen

Past Members Southern California Streets Initiative Board

Dana Gabbard
Dorothy Le
Joe Linton
Jessica Meaney
Jocelyn Ramirez
James Rojas
Carter Rubin