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Resilient by Design 2- Year Anniversary Webinar Series: Thinking Beyond the Traffic Lane

Bay Area Regional Collaborative
Tue, June 30, 2020 - 12:00pm

Thinking Beyond the Traffic Lane

Envisioning Multi-Benefit Solutions for Major Transportation Climate Adaptation Projects

Hosted via Zoom Webinars. Click here to register.  

Moderator: Ratna Amin, Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting USA

  • Claire Bonham-Carter, AECOM
  • Julio Garcia, Nuestra Casa
  • Erik Prince, Atlas Labs
  • Jessica Davenport, State Coastal Conservancy

Moderator and panelist biographies:

Ratna Amin, Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting USA​

Ratna Amin is Lead Policy and Strategy Advisory with Deutsche Bahn Engineering & Consulting USA. She specializes in public transit strategy and innovation, stakeholder and group processes, inter-agency cooperation and transit customer understanding. Ratna comes to DB after six years as Transportation Policy Director for SPUR. There she led major influential projects including the Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan, Seamless Transit and Making the Case for a Second Transbay Rail Crossing, and the Transit+Design initiative. She also shaped multiple local and regional transportation funding programs. She serves as a Trustee with Transit Center.

Claire Bonham-Carter, AECOM

Claire Bonham-Carter is a Principal with AECOM with over 18 years of experience leading climate change planning and sustainability strategy projects for public and private sector clients in the US and internationally.  She specializes in climate vulnerability and risk assessments and adaptation plans for cities and transportation agencies.  In the Bay Area she has been supporting BCDC, MTC and Caltrans in their adaptation planning work for over a decade, with her team most recently contributing to ART Bay Area. Claire was delighted to be the project manager for the All Bay Collective team for RBD, working on the Estuary Commons site in deep East Oakland. She led AECOM’s work for 100 Resilient Cities on over 30 cities globally within the network including for the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, as well as Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle and Honolulu in the US.  Making sure communities are inspired to act and that their voices are integrated into climate projects a key focus for Claire. She is on the Board of National NGO Ecodistricts which focuses on low carbon, resilience and equitable neighborhood planning.

Julio Garcia, Nuestra Casa

With over 25 years in community grassroots organizing, Julio Garcia is well tuned to the needs of the community, particularly regarding immigrant issues and community education.  As a Program Director with Nuestra Casa, Julio Garcia combines his advocacy for health care with the education and social service needs of families in our diverse community. Responsible for management, development, implementation and evaluation of the Nuestra Casa Programs.

Community grassroots organizing is in Julio Garcia’s DNA. “I’ve been working with communities for all my life. What better job than to work in the community?”

Erik Prince, Atlas Labs

Erik Prince is a licensed landscape architect and Principal at Atlas Lab Inc., a landscape architecture, urban design and public art practice based in Sacramento, California. Erik has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Landscape Architecture leading projects that combine strategic planning and urban design with the construction of complex public spaces. His design talent and leadership are distinguished in the profession with expertise in resilience and sustainability planning, a diversity of built urban parks, and the use of innovative fabrication techniques.

Prior to partnering with Atlas Lab, he was a Principal at TLS Landscape Architecture leading Team Common Ground’s Grand Bayway proposal for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.  He is currently leading the Grand Bayway’s advancement through the SR37 Public Access report funded by a SB1 Planning Adaptation Grant, that aims to develop regional connectivity and expanded awareness for a 113,000 acre stretch of Baylands along State Route 37 in the North Bay.   

Erik promotes design innovation and resiliency with culturally, historically, and ecologically responsive projects. This is exemplified through his experience on various award-winning projects including Brooklyn Bridge Park; the Lower Don Lands; Teardrop Park South; and The Plaza at Harvard University, Boulder Civic Area and most recently leading the Sacramento Waterfront work at Atlas Lab. 

Erik has frequently lectured at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Northeastern University. He holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University. He graduated with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Masters of Landscape Architecture, and was awarded the Jacob Weidenmann Prize, the Department of Landscape Architecture’s highest award for design.

Jessica Davenport, State Coastal Conservancy

Jessica Davenport supports the creation of resilient landscapes for people and nature in the San Francisco Bay Area as Deputy Program Manager for both the California State Coastal Conservancy’s Bay Area Program and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. Her work focuses on funding habitat restoration projects and related flood protection and public access in the San Francisco Bay Area. She leads the State Route 37-Baylands Group, which promotes the integration of planning for highway redesign and landscape-scale habitat restoration in the North Bay. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she served as Program Manager for Ecosystem Restoration and Land Use at the Delta Stewardship Council and as a Planner and Permit Analyst at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.