Leadership

 

 

YPT Seattle is led by local young professionals with a love of transportation.  Like our membership, our leadership comes from a wide range of focuses in the transportation field.  

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Yes Segura (He/Him, They/Them)

Position: Chair

Biography:

Yes Segura, is a Transportation Planner, Urban Designer, and Cartographer. He hails from Richmond, VA, but now considers Seattle, WA his home. Before Seattle, he received his Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Florida State University and Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies & Geography from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2017, he started his own urban planning consulting business Smash the Box. His work includes working with prestigious organizations such as the United Nations, NACTO, APA, and local organizations such as Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, the Seattle Bike Blog, and more.

Day Job:

Founder of, Smash the Box  

Question and Answer:

What commute modes would you like to see grow in popularity? Why?

  • "High-speed rail. I would love to see High-speed rail replace our current highway system. We can as a society help to reduce our carbon footprint and help meet our Vision Zero goals. High-speed rail can help do both at mass scale."

What are your favorite online or social sources to follow?

  • "Hands down I am a big fan of Jerome Horne's social media presence." 

What transportation topics are you a "nerd" for?

  • "If you really want to make me feel giddy talk to me about maps, new transportation technology, transportation applications, policy, and to top it off with equitable policy will really get me blushing."

Links:

 

Contact:

blitzurbanism@gmail.com

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Tinotenda Jonga​ (He/Him)

Position: Vice Chair

Biography:

Tinotenda Jonga is a transportation enthusiast who is very passionate about solving transportation problems that come in various forms including traffic congestion, transit inadequacies, freight bottlenecks, and air pollution. Tino’s love for the built infrastructure began more than a decade ago when he witnessed how investments in this industry prior to the 2010 FIFA world cup holistically improved South Africa. Tino has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering and currently serves as a Transportation Engineer-Planner at Fehr & Peers in Seattle where he collaborates with planners, engineers, and communities to develop effective and innovative transportation solutions that address community needs. As a world traveler, Tino picked up photography as a hobby to capture all the various landscapes and cultures he gets exposed to. On his days off, Tino also plays tennis.

Day Job:

Transportation Engineer/Planner at Fehr and Peers

Question and Answer:

What commute modes would you like to see grow in popularity?

  • Active mobility! Active transportation creates opportunities for exercise and healthy living.

What are your favorite online or social sources to follow?

  • LinkedIn

What transportation topics are you a “nerd” for?

  • Freight, Traffic Operations

Links:

Tino's LinkedIn

Photography portfolio

Contact:

T.Jonga@fehrandpeers.com

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Chelsea Dyess (She/Her)
Position: Membership and Sponsorships Chair

 

Biography:

Chelsea Dyess is a Transportation Engineer/Planner at Fehr & Peers with a passion for safe, healthy, and equitable transportation systems. Chelsea has worked on a variety of projects- from transit expansion projects and station access projects to traffic studies and subarea plans. Before moving to Seattle in 2018, Chelsea lived in Atlanta where she helped small communities and neighborhoods prioritize improvements to their pedestrian infrastructure.

Day Job:

Transportation Engineer/Planner at Fehr and Peers

Question and Answer:

What commute modes would you like to see grow in popularity? Why?

  • "Transit – not only for commuting/traveling around her local community but Chelsea also enjoys exploring transit in new cities and enjoys using Amtrak to travel to National Parks and other outdoor areas."

What are your favorite online or social sources to follow?

  • "Seattle Transit Blog, Seattle Bike Blog, Streetsblog."

What transportation topics are you a "nerd" for?

  • "Chelsea is a nerd for pedestrian infrastructure, bicycle infrastructure, or anything that slows down traffic."

Links:

Chelsea's LinkedIn

Contact:

c.dyess@fehrandpeers.com

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Kyle Taniguchi (He/Him)
Position: Program and Events Chair

Biography:

Kyle is a transit planner at Nelson\Nygaard. As a little kid, he loved riding the bus (sadly, Hawaii didn’t have trains) so it was only natural that his career now involves helping cities and transit agencies plan their transit networks. While Kyle grew up in Hawaii, he has had the privilege of going to school/living in three of the four quadrants of the county (Southeast – Florida, Northeast – Massachusetts, and Northwest – Washington and Oregon). He is happy to return to the Northwest and has been a proud Seattleite since October 2019.

Day Job:

Associate II, PE at Nelson\Nygaard

Question and Answer:

What commute modes would you like to see grow in popularity? Why?

  • "Funiculars because they usually have good views and the word is fun to say!"

What are your favorite online or social sources to follow?

  • "I am a huge YouTube watcher and the pandemic has only amplified that. I love to travel and follow several travel vloggers on their journeys around the world. Some of those videos have given me some good ideas for future trips."

What transportation topics are you a "nerd" for?

  • "Anything transit-related. I love following the latest BRT and rail line openings, network redesigns, and research in the transit industry. Always happy to chat with a fellow transit nerd!"

Links:

Kyle's LinkedIn

Contact:

ktaniguchi@nelsonnygaard.com

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Lindsay Levine (She/Her)
Position: Interim Communications Chair
Biography:

Lindsay Levine is an environmental planning consultant and recent transplant. Prior to moving to Seattle, Lindsay worked in Chicago and New York and thoroughly enjoyed exploring all corners of the cities by the 'L' and subway. Lindsay pursued her master's in urban management in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where she quickly embraced the cycling culture. She credits this time in the Netherlands for giving her the chutzpah to commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan by bike. Lindsay is excited to learn more about Seattle's many forms of transportation!
 

Day Job:

Senior Consultant at Ricondo

Question and Answer:

What commute modes would you like to see grow in popularity? Why?

  • Buses! There are so many bus routes in cities that get you where you need to go. They have a bad rep in some circles and I would like to see that stigma broken. 

What are your favorite online or social sources to follow?

  • Cycling Professor, Second Ave. Sagas, and for non-transportation topics, Blair Imani.

What transportation topics are you a "nerd" for?

  • Bicycle infrastructure, traffic calming, and rail extensions.

Links:

Lindsay's LinkedIn

Contact:

Lindsay.Levine1@gmail.com