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| director's message
Holly Gilbert Stowell

Old School, New School
This month, ITE will either be reviving our prior tradition of hosting
Spring Technical Conferences or bringing you our first-ever virtual
Spring Technical Conference. I guess both are true. For a number of
years, ITE regularly convened conferences in the spring, often with
a technical focus. They were typically held in Florida or California,
USA to provide those from cooler climes the opportunity to enjoy
some warmer weather. As District meetings have filled up the
spring months, the Spring Technical Conference fell by the wayside.
However, the desire for learning among ITE members and the industry remains strong.
One of the takeaways from our very successful virtual Annual Meeting and Exhibition
last year is that our members, particularly those from the public sector, said they valued
the opportunity to enhance their technical knowledge, interact with peers from across
ITE, and earn PDHs, all in a virtual environment. The relatively low-cost registration
fee made the meeting accessible to younger staff and those who might not have the
opportunity to travel to an international meeting. With all this in mind, we have decided
to create-or recreate-a new learning opportunity with this year's Spring Technical
Conference on Innovative Intersections and Streets, taking place March 23-24, 2021.
In forming the program, we tapped ITE's technical engine-our Councils and Standing
Committees-to bring forward the content for this two-day event. The program includes
10 technical sessions spread across five timeslots, with topics ranging from Speed
Management to Alternative Intersections to Innovative Curbside Management-and much
more. Check out the full program and register online at, and
see page 29 for more information. I would like to thank Gannet-Fleming for their support
as a title sponsor and Miovision for their supporting sponsorship.
Our opening plenary session will be moderated by ITE International President Alyssa
Rodriguez, P.E., PTOE (F) with a keynote presentation by Ryan Russo, director of
the City of Oakland, CA, USA Department of Transportation. Ryan will talk about how
he and his staff are bringing new ideas and approaches to their city, the innovative Open
Streets program they advanced as a result of COVID-19, and some of the lessons they
have learned about transportation equity.
Equity considerations and conversations will be woven throughout the technical
sessions. As we seek to advance innovation and bring new ideas forward, we must do so
in an equitable way. It is critical that we fully understand the needs of all constituencies,
particularly communities of color. We cannot take a one-size-fits-all approach if we are to
effectively serve all members of our communities. We must be innovative and equitable
in the way we plan, engage, design, and deploy the programs, policies, and technologies
that will shape the future of transportation. ITE members can help lead the way.
I hope you will join us for an engaging two days of learning and conversation. The
meeting will include a networking session on the evening of March 23 where we will be
using a new innovative virtual engagement tool to allow attendees to mix and mingle
with one another and have informal discussions on the key topics from the conference. I
look forward to seeing you there. As always, reach out to me on the ITE e-Community or
on Twitter: @JPaniatiITE.

Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E. (F)
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

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Kathi P. Driggs, IOM

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Jeffrey A. Lindley, P.E. (F)

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Colleen A. Agan

Associate Executive Director and Senior Director of
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Sonya Torres

Accounting Specialist

Ann O'Neill

Certification Programs Manager

Tatiana Richey

Contracts Manager

Zach Pleasant, PMP

Information Technology Services Senior Director

Douglas E. Noble, P.E., PTOE (F)

Management and Operations Senior Director

Linda S. Pierre, CMP, CEM, DES
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Eunice Chege Thoya

Membership Associate

Jennifer Childs

Membership Database Associate-Data Services

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Strategic Projects (Consultant)

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Transportation Technology Senior Director

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