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We have a terrific list of confirmed speakers for Capital Ideas — are you attending?

We’ve added a number of new speakers and items to the agenda for Capital Ideas in Sacramento this November 16-17. We’re bringing together state legislators, advocates, local leaders and others intent on improving policy and raising new money for smart, ambitious projects to better connect local communities.

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You can expect an impressive and wide-ranging roster of speakers, panelists and workshop participants for our second Capital Ideas conference, happening in Sacramento in just a few weeks. There are still a limited number of hotel rooms available as of right now, so don’t miss your chance to register and be in the room for one of the best “roll your sleeves up” transportation policy gatherings around.

View the full agenda

Keynote speakers

We’re lucky to be joined by this sharp pair of keynote speakers. Speaker Greg Hughes, a notable Republican in Utah’s state legislature, is an outspoken advocate for increasing state transportation revenues and a champion for the ongoing transit investments that have been defining the Salt Lake City region as a terrific place to live and do business. We’re also proud to have Sacramento Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg on hand to provide his perspective as a former state legislator who helped produce the state’s climate change law, while also addressing the new mobility challenges that await him at the municipal level in Sacramento.

    • Speaker Greg Hughes

      Utah House of Representatives

    • Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg

      City of Sacramento


    The terrific speakers on our four panels will be discussing recent state legislative efforts to reform outdated policy or raise new money for transportation, the future of the smart city, how a few state departments of transportation are upending the conventional wisdom and making smart reforms, and an in-depth dive on the many encouraging things happening in California — including their notable shift away from evaluating transportation projects based on level-of-service.

      • Minority Leader Stacey Abrams

        Georgia House of Representatives

      • Stuart Cohen

        Executive Director, Transform

      • Malcolm Dougherty

        Director, CalTrans

      • Madeline Janis

        Executive Director, Jobs to Move America

      • Corinne Kisner

        Director of Policy and Special Projects, NACTO

      • Chan Lieu

        Senior Legislative Advisor, Self Driving Coalition for Safer Streets

      • Rani Narula-Woods

        California Program Manager, Shared-Use Mobility Center

      • Beth Osborne

        Director, Transportation for America Technical Assistance

      • Toks Omishakin

        Deputy Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Transportation

      • Susan Shaheen

        Co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at UC Berkeley

      • Sahar Shirazi

        Senior Planning Advisor at Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (California)

      • Eric Sundquist

        Managing Director, State Smart Transportation Initiative

      • Eric Wingfield

        Mobility Strategist, Ford Motor Company

      • Denny Zane

        Executive Director, MoveLA

      Workshop participants

      And lastly, the workshops are what sets Capital Ideas apart, giving you a chance to take the policy into practice. In the workshops happening in the afternoon on both days, you’ll have the opportunity to go hands-on with policy experts who can discuss their experience and help provide valuable feedback in small group settings.

        • The Hon. Will Toor

          Director of Transportation, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

        • Emiko Atherton

          Director, National Complete Streets Coalition

        • Monica Backmon

          Executive Director, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

        • Matt Carpenter

          Director of Transportation Services, SACOG

        • Shannon Ford

          Director of Community Arts Development, Tennessee State Arts Commission

        • Chris Forinash

          ‎Senior Advisor for Smart Growth and Climate at U.S. EPA

        • Chris Ganson

          Office of Planning and Research, California Department of Transportation

        • Shelly Gilbride

          Programs Officer, California Arts Council

        • Ricardo Gotla

          Policy Director, Transportation Choices Coalition

        • Ryan Griffin-Stegink

          Asst. Communications Director, Metropolitan Planning Council

        • Lee Harrell

          Vice President of Policy, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

        • Matt Impink

          Manager of Policy and Civic Engagement, Indy Chamber

        • Jessica Kemp

          Vice President, Policy + Advocacy, Center for Planning Excellence

        • Rebecca Long

          Manager, Government Relations, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

        • Barbara McCann

          Director, Office of Safety, Energy and Environment at USDOT

        • Jason Pavluchuk

          Government Affairs Director, Assocation for Commuter Transportation

        • Chris Rall

          Outreach Director
          chris.rall [at] t4america.org
          (971) 230-4745

        • Paul Steinberg

          Chief Business Officer, Carma

        • Ben Stone

          Director of Arts and Culture
          bstone [at] smartgrowthamerica.org
          (410) 370-3843

        • Charlie Ticotsky

          Policy Director, T4Mass

        • Jim Whitty

          Partner, D’Artagnan Consulting

        • Dave Williams

          Vice President of Infrastructure & Government Affairs, Metro Atlanta Chamber

        • James Wilson

          Executive Director, Bike Delaware

        • Andrea Woodard

          Public Policy Manager, Greater Des Moines Partnership

        Join us this November!


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        Thanks to our conference sponsors

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        Capital Ideas is co-hosted by SACOG

        We also recognize the generous support of our many philanthropic partners who have helped make this conference possible.

        Members get a deal!

        Dues-paying T4America members get $100 off registration. Inquire with us about getting a promo code. Find out more about T4America membership here.

        Scholarships available

        We’re dedicated to improving transportation policy at the state and local level. We’re currently offering full and partial scholarships. For more information contact [email protected].

        Come a day early for the first national Complete Streets conference

        A reminder that Street Lights: Illuminating Implementation and Equity in Complete Streets will be taking place on the day before Capital Ideas begins. Get two great conferences out of one trip to California — register today to secure your place in the room.

        1 Comment

        1. Lynne Goldsmith

          5 years ago

          Will you have scholarships for non-profits and/or retired persons from the transportation field to attend??
          This is my third inquiry.
          Thank you!