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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Lindsay Levine (She/Her)

Position: Chair

Biography:

Lindsay Levine is an environmental planning consultant with an urban planning background. 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

Links:

​Lindsay’s LinkedIn 

 

Contact:

Lindsay.Levine1@gmail.com

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John Larson-Friend (He/Him)

Position: Vice Chair

Biography:

John Larson-Friend is a 2021 graduate from the University of Oregon’s Community & Regional Planning Master program and recently moved to Seattle. John is passionate about transportation, equity, and shifting connectivity options toward a more holistic and inclusive system. During graduate school, John worked on a variety of projects, including conducting research in Equity & Micromobility alongside Professor Anne Brown, Phd., co-authored the book “Rethinking Streets During COVID-19”, conducted a Downtown Cottage Grove Parking Study, and was the Speaker Series Coordinator for active transportation club LiveMove, to name a few. A PNW native, John loves to camp, hike, and explore urban landscapes.

Day Job:

Transportation Program Coordinator at City of Issaquah

Links:

John’s LinkedIn 

Contact:

jlarsonfriend@gmail.com

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Dillon Zang, PE (He/Him) 
Position:  Program and Events Chair

 

Biography:

Dillon Zang is a transportation engineer for WSP who is excited about designing a safe and efficient transportation system for all types of users. Dillon was born and raised in Seattle and is fortunate to have had the opportunity to improve its infrastructure through his work on a variety of multimodal projects including Bus Rapid Transit projects, bike trails and Seattle’s new waterfront.  His interest in transportation began with a job at the Seattle Department of Transportation and has only grown since.  When not working Dillon enjoys playing soccer, biking around the greater Seattle area, backpacking and hiking in the mountains, and skiing in the winter.

Day Job:

Transportation Engineer at WSP

Links:

Dillon’s LinkedIn

Contact:

dillon.zang@wsp.com

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Sol Dressa (They/Them, She/Her) 
Position: Communications Chair

Biography:

Sol Dressa is a Transportation Specialist at Move Redmond. Sol is passionate about urban equity, the impact of sprawl, and ways to reimagine public transportation. They came through transportation justice by taking public transit at a young age. As a public health student, they became interested in the intersection between transit, public health,  racial and economic justice. They saw how accessibility, historical narratives, and racist dynamics, such as red zoning, play on public transportation infrastructure. 

Day Job:

Transportation Specialist at Move Redmond

Links:

Sol’s LinkedIn

Contact:

sold@moveredmond.org

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Brian Verderber (He/Him)
Position: Membership and Sponsorship Chair 

Biography:

Brian Verderber is a Civil Engineer at Michael Baker International and is motivated by projects that prioritize safety and accessibility. He has designed a wide range of transportation projects including bicycle safety improvements, bus rapid transit, ADA accessible curb ramps, and an urban hiking trail. Brian has been involved with YPT since 2019 and was previously the membership chair of the YPT Los Angeles Chapter. In his free time Brian enjoys hiking, writing & recording music, and spending time with his wife Anna and two cats.

Day Job:

Civil Engineer at Michael Baker International

Links:

Brian’s LinkedIn

Contact:

baverderber@gmail.com