Robin Abad Ocubillo

Senior Planner
San Francisco Planning Department

Robin Abad Ocubillo is Senior Planner at the SF Planning Department. His current and past work focuses on civic innovation in public space design, management, and evaluation.  He is the Lead Policy Planner for SF Places for People and also manages the city’s Public Space- Public Life program which conducts human-use evaluation of public spaces. Prior to SF Planning, Robin served as a Project Manager with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, working on cultural landscape and adaptive reuse projects throughout the SF Bay Area; he also co-authored over a dozen public life studies of LADOT complete streets projects.

Jennifer Gardner

Program Manager
Gehl Institute

Jennifer Gardner is Program Manager with Gehl Institute, and an urban planner whose work aims to promote equity and opportunity through human-centered planning and design and sound public policy. Jennifer manages programs and projects across Gehl Institute’s portfolio of research, public health, and civic technology work. Previously, Jennifer was a Senior Planner with NYC Parks, where she managed over $500M planning and policy projects, including the creation and implementation of two signature initiatives to enhance equity in public space. She holds an MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a BA in English Literature from Cornell University.

Ellie Smith

Program & Policy Specialist
Seattle Department of Transportation

Ellie Smith is a Program & Policy Specialist at the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). In her role in the Public Space Management team, Ellie has used her background in research methods and program evaluation to assess various SDOT initiatives, including parklets and pavement to parks. She is part of a team developing a citywide, systematic approach to public life data collection on city sidewalks to be piloted in Summer 2018.

Shin-pei Tsay

Executive Director
Gehl Institute

Shin-pei Tsay is the Executive Director of Gehl institute, whose mission is to transform the way cities are shaped by making public life an intentional driver for design and policy. Previously, Shin-pei served as Deputy Executive Director at TransitCenter; founded and directed the Cities and Transportation Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and served as Deputy Director of Transportation Alternatives and Chief Operating Officer of Project for Public Spaces. Shin-pei is on the Board of In Our Backyards (ioby) and Transportation Alternatives, and is a Commissioner for the New York City Public Design Commission. Shin-pei holds a MSc in Cities, Space and Society from London School of Economics and a BA with distinction from Cornell University.

Adriana Young

Head of City Relations

Adriana is an urban design researcher and the head of city relations at Stae. She helps craft inclusive design and technology for cities and bring people-centered products to life. She is also teaching faculty at the Parsons School of Design, where she leads courses in design thinking and research.