Veronica joined TSTC in the summer of 2007 as a policy advocate to build support for New York City's congestion pricing plan. A year later, she was promoted to associate director. In June of 2012, she was appointed by the board of directors as executive director. Prior to joining the smart, dedicated staff at TSTC, Veronica worked at the Rainforest Alliance, an international conservation organization, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on its Waste Water Treatment Upgrade Program to protect New York City's watershed.
Coming from a strong academic and professional background in environmental science and policy, Veronica was drawn to the environmental root of TSTC's mission: reduce car dependency, and greenhouse gas emissions, by providing people with alternatives to driving. Her advocacy for sustainable transportation policy works towards communities that are designed to be walkable for people of all ages and abilities; public transportation that is affordable, reliable, and efficient; infrastructure that provides a safe streetscape for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers; and government policies that support these goals on the local, state, and federal levels. Since joining TSTC, Veronica has helped win millions in transit funding, fought successfully against fare increases and service cuts, encouraged the passage of legislation such as bus lane enforcement in New York City, and elevated the importance of fiscal responsibility and government accountability in large infrastructure projects, such as the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. Veronica has served on a variety of panels and groups, including the Mass Transit Task Force for the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Transportation Reinvention Commission for the MTA.
Veronica was born and raised in the Bronx and holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. She double majored in Environmental Science and Political Science at Binghamton University in upstate New York. While at Binghamton University, she drove a bus and trained new bus drivers to meet state commercial driving requirements, foreshadowing her passion for public transportation. She chairs the board of the Bronx River Alliance, which works to protect, improve, and restore the Bronx River corridor and greenway, and is on the board of Vision Long Island, which advances environmentally sustainable growth and development.
Senior New Jersey Policy Analyst
Janna Chernetz joined TSTC in 2011. As TSTC's Senior New Jersey Policy Analyst, Janna Chernetz focuses on issues related to sustainable funding of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund and the state budget, responsible transportation spending and investment decisions, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and enhancing economic development through the connection of land use and transportation. While at TSTC, Janna lead a successful campaign to include bike accommodations on the entire 12.5 mile NJDOT rebuild of Route 35 in Ocean County, serving as a national example of how Completes Streets can be implemented. Janna played an integral role in the creation of the 2014 NJDOT's Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and currently serves as an Executive Council member of New Jersey's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Janna received her B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1999, and her Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2002 where she was an Environmental Dean's Fellow. Janna was admitted to practice law in New Jersey in 2002 and is currently a registered Governmental Affairs Agent.
Communications Coordinator & Connecticut Advocate
A native New Englander, Joseph joined TSTC in 2012. As the organization's Connecticut Advocate, he focuses on complete streets initiatives and legislative efforts, while also managing the organization's social media and overall messaging strategy as Communications Coordinator. Prior to joining TSTC, Joseph worked with WalkBoston, where he partnered with communities across Massachusetts to tackle walkability issues and develop pedestrian safety programs. A passionate advocate for sustainable transportation with a background in communications and the arts, Joseph holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University.
Ryan Hall joined Tri-State in 2014 and is responsible for analyzing data and developing reports in support of Tri-State's advocacy work throughout the region. A Pennsylvania native, Ryan developed his passion for transportation advocacy after growing up in a rural county where the automobile was the only reasonable and safe way to get around. Ryan comes to Tri-State with a strong technical and analytical background with previous experience at the Maryland Department of Planning and Connecticut's South Western Regional Planning Agency. He currently holds an M.A. in Community and Transportation Planning from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Political Science from American University.
Emma joined TSTC in 2015 as the Communications Assistant, providing support for the organization's social media, blog and newsletter. Though raised in New Jersey, she lived in the Pacific Northwest for several years while earning her B.A. in Environmental Humanities from Whitman College. She studied in Copenhagen, Denmark for a semester, focusing on sustainable development and biking everywhere she could. Previously, she has worked with a nonprofit campaign advocating for food justice in Seattle.
New York & Federal Policy Coordinator
Nadine joined TSTC in March 2010 as the organization's first Albany-based staffer. She is working to advance sustainable transportation policies at the state and federal level to ensure safer streets, better transit service, and improved infrastructure funding. Since 2001, Nadine has been involved in politics and land use advocacy in New York's Hudson Valley. As a two-term elected official in Gardiner, N.Y., Nadine worked to pass and implement smart growth zoning laws and she was the project manager for a $1.6 million federally-funded sidewalk improvement project. As a member of the Region 8 MPO, Ulster County Transportation Council, Nadine helped to oversee all federally funded transportation projects in the county, including ARRA-funded projects. Prior to getting involved in local politics, Nadine was an adjunct professor at City College in NYC and the Founder and Executive Director of The Gunk Foundation, an operating foundation which specialized in supporting and promoting public art projects internationally. Nadine received a B.A. in Economics from Duke University, an M.F.A. in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, and a Ph.D in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Zingi Mkefa joined the Tri-State Transportation Campaign in 2015. As Development Coordinator, Zingi oversees the Campaign's fundraising efforts and assists the Executive Director in maintaining donor relations. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Zingi began his career as a writer, journalist and cultural commentator for some of South Africa's leading publications. He holds two master's degrees in Journalism and International Affairs, from New York University and the New School respectively. His studies in International Affairs focused on cities and social justice, and culminated in a thesis exploring the explosive socio-political dynamics of South Africa's effort to install the country's first bus rapid transit networks. Zingi has worked for a variety of organizations, including as Communications Officer for the United Nations Global Compact, and as Development Manager for the youth development nonprofit organization, Global Potential.
South Jersey Coordinator
Matthew Norris joined Tri-State in March 2011 as an advocate for healthier, safer and more equitable communities throughout southern New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area. Matt's work is focused on conducting outreach with a wide range of local stakeholder groups, elected officials and the media, centering on sustainable transportation policies and opportunities to improve access to safe, reliable modes of transportation within the region. As New Jersey Co-Chair of the Circuit Coalition, Matt also works to secure funding and support for multi-use trails in southern New Jersey. Previously, Matt worked with the AARP New Jersey State Office on a range of quality of life issues that affect older Americans, including promoting national complete streets legislation. Matt is originally from Detroit, but grew up outside of Kansas City, Missouri and attended the University of Kansas, where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. In December 2010, Matt earned his Master's in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
General Counsel & Operations Manager
Vincent's work involves both legal and policy issues. Vincent's legal work involves organization-related legal issues as well as legal support and analysis for all areas of the Campaign's advocacy. Vincent is also involved in policy and advocacy for the Campaign, including work related to the New NY Bridge and Sheridan Expressway. Vincent joined the Campaign in March 2011 after living in China, where he studied Chinese and worked with the World Wildlife Fund on the 2010 China Ecological Footprint Report and Green Earth Volunteers editing environment-related news articles. Prior to living in China, Vincent spent several years working in private practice focusing on commercial and bankruptcy law. Vincent holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.