Our Staff

A dedicated group of planners, policy experts, urbanists, and advocates collaborate at RPA. Our staff combines decades of experience in transportation, housing, climate change, and more from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to research and implement ideas that improve quality of life in the New York metropolitan area.

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    Shifur Bakaul

    Development Associate

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    Zoe Baldwin

    New Jersey Director

  • Barrios Vanessa

    Vanessa Barrios

    Manager, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

  • Jazmyn Blackburn

    Jazmyn Blackburn

    Associate Planner

  • Bryk Dale

    Dale Bryk

    Senior Fellow for Energy and Environment

  • Calvin Ellis

    Ellis Calvin

    Data Research Manager

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    Sophie Cappello

    Campaign Associate

  • Finch Jim

    Jim Finch

    Vice President, Finance & Administration

  • Freudenberg Rob

    Robert Freudenberg

    Vice President, Energy & Environment

  • Fritsch Brian

    Brian Fritsch

    Communications Director

  • Gates Moses

    Moses Gates

    Vice President, Housing & Neighborhood Planning

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    Pete Harrison

    Director, DesegregateCT

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    Christopher Jones

    Senior Research Fellow

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    Melissa Kaplan-Macey

    Vice President, State Programs & Connecticut Director

  • Kata Christina

    Christina Kata

    New Jersey Associate

  • Lane Rob

    Robert Lane

    Senior Fellow for Urban Design

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    Meaghan McElroy

    Communications Associate

  • Mehta Maulin

    Maulin Mehta

    New York Director

  • Negret Marcel

    Marcel Negret

    Senior Planner

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    Ravena Pernanand

    Research Analyst

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    Lacey Rzeszowski

    Manager of Events and Special Engagement

  • Slevin Kate

    Kate Slevin

    Executive Vice President

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    Tiffany-Ann Taylor

    Vice President, Transportation

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    Roma Tejada

    Accounting Manager

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    Tanzania Thomas

    Associate, Development & Advocacy

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    Julie Truax

    Vice President, Development

  • Weinberger Rachel

    Rachel Weinberger

    Director, Research Strategy & Peter W. Herman Chair for Transportation

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    Tom Wright

    President & CEO

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    Robert Yankana

    Staff Accountant

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    Dave Zackin

    Creative Director

  • Zuppan Jeff

    Jeff Zupan

    Senior Fellow, Transportation