Leadership Council

The Leadership Council provides guidance on research priorities and project design to maximize impact and value, assists with translating research findings into actionable strategies and policies, provides input on the development of technical assistance programs, and serves as ambassadors to expand the impact of the NCST’s activities.

Brian Annis

Secretary, California State Transportation Agency

In February 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Brian Annis as Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency where he has served as acting secretary since 2018 and was undersecretary from 2013 to 2018. Prior to this appointment, Brian served as Deputy Secretary for Transportation at the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.  Brian served in various positions for the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, including deputy staff director, principal consultant and consultant. He also served in various positions at the California Department of Finance, including principal program budget analyst, staff finance budget analyst and research analyst. Brian has also been an adjunct professor of economics at American River College and an economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in political economy of natural resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Washington.

Rick Blasgen

CEO, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

Rick Blasgen has served as the president and chief executive officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) since 2005. He began his career with Nabisco, where he held various logistics positions, including inventory management, order processing, and transportation and distribution center operations management. He also served as vice president of supply chain for Kraft and senior vice president of integrated logistics at ConAgra Foods. Rick Blasgen also serves the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness where he provides the US Department of Commerce advice and counsel on issues and concerns that affect the supply chain sector. Rick Blasgen earned his degree in business administration from Governors State University.

Michele Boomhower

Director, Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development, Vermont Agency of Transportation

Michele Boomhower serves as the Director of Policy, Planning & Intermodal Development for the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), where she oversees programming for Policy, Planning, Permitting, Research, Mapping, Aviation, Rail, Public Transit, and Public Outreach. Michele Boomhower was recently appointed as the Agency representative to the Governor’s Climate Change Commission. Prior to joining VTrans, Michele Boomhower served six years as the Metropolitan Planning Organization Director for the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission serving the greater Burlington area in Vermont.

Steve Cliff

Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

Steven Cliff serves as theDeputy Executive Officer at the California Air Resources Board. Prior to this appointment, Steven Cliff served as Assistant Director of Sustainability at the California Department of Transportation from 2014 to 2016 where he led the department’s efforts in developing and implementing initiatives to align with California’s goals on sustainability. He has held several positions at the California Air Resources Board, including Assistant Chief of the Stationary Source Division, Chief of the Climate Change Markets Branch, Manager of the Office of Climate Change’s Program Development Section, and most recently as Senior Advisor to Chair Mary Nichols. Steven Cliff is also a Research Professor in the Air Quality Research Center at the University of California, Davis. Steven Cliff earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

James Corless

Executive Director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

James Corless is the chief executive officer of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). Before coming to SACOG, he served as the founding director of Transportation for America (T4A). Under James Corless’s leadership, T4A worked to ensure states and the federal government invest in smart, locally-driven transportation solutions. James Corless also served as a senior planner for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and helped author groundbreaking legislation in California that encourages the coordination of transportation, growth and economic development.

Shannon Eggleston

Program Director for Environment, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Shannon Eggleston is the Program Director for Environment at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) where she advocates for and serves the needs of the Departments of Transportation in the U.S., and manages AASHTO programs related to environment, active transportation and infrastructure resilience. Shannon Eggleston works with members to develop relevant AASHTO policies, provides services to assist members in effectively and efficiently mainstreaming environmental and resilience considerations. Previously, she worked for the New York State Thruway Authority as Environmental Counsel and Counsel to the New York State Senate Transportation Committee. Shannon Eggleston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and finance from the Catholic University of America and a law degree from the Albany Law School of Union University.

Hasan Ihkrata

Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments

Hasan Ikhrata has over 25 years of public and private sector experience in Transportation Planning in Southern California. Prior to joining the San Diego Association of Governments, Hasan Ikhrata joined the Southern California Council of Governments (SCAG) in 1994 and served as the Executive Director of SCAG for 10 years, and previously worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He has received several awards and honors from various organizations and agencies including MOVE LA, for Outstanding Leadership as Executive Director. Hasan Ikhrata holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University; a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA and a PhD Candidacy in Urban Planning and Transportation from USC.

Jeffrey Lindley

Associate Executive Director/ Chief Technical Officer, Institute of Transportation Engineers

Jeff Lindley is the Associate Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer at the Institute of Transportation Engineers where he works to improve mobility and safety for all transportation system users and helps build smart and livable communities. Lindley has served as FHWA’s national practice leader in both safety and operations. Lindley has served as chair of the TRB Committee on Freeway Operations and as Secretary of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Transportation Systems Management and Operations. Lindley is a recipient of both the FHWA Richard D. Morgan Leadership Development Award and the FHWA Administrator’s Award for Superior Achievement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in transportation engineering from the University of Maryland.

Janea Scott

Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Janea Scott is a member of the California Energy Commission and serves as the Commission’s public member. Scott also serves as the Chair of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, and is a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. Previously, Scott worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Secretary as the Deputy Counselor for Renewable Energy, and at Environmental Defense Fund as a senior attorney in the Climate and Air Program. Scott earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and her M.S. and B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University.

Douglas Shinkle

Transportation Program Director, National Conference of State Legislatures

Douglas Shinkle is the Transportation Program Director in the Environment, Energy and Transportation Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). He has worked for NCSL since 2005, focusing on traffic safety, shared and innovative mobility, transportation funding, and many other key areas of transportation. Shinkle has written a number of well-regarded publications for NCSL, and enjoys ensuring members of the Colorado General Assembly benefit from and participate in NCSL activities. A Colorado native, Shinkle worked at the Colorado Capitol on three occasions, as well as for a California Congressman and a California Assemblymember.

Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta & Rockefeller Foundation

On May 15, 2015, Stephanie Stuckey was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed to be Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta. In 2016, she was named Chief Resilience Officer for Atlanta as part of the 100 Resilient Cities program, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Stephanie Stuckey received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Georgia. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1992. After law school, she served as a public defender and then went into private practice before being elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1999. Stephanie Stuckey also serves on the Boards for the Green Chamber of the South, EarthShare of Georgia, and the Olmsted Linear Parks Association. She is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (2013) and Leadership Atlanta (2017).

Barry Wallerstein

Senior Policy Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside

Barry Wallerstein is a Senior Policy Fellow at the UC Riverside School of Public Policy. Wallerstein served as Executive Officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) from 1997 to 2016. Before joining SCAQMD, Barry Wallerstein was previously an Environmental Control Administrator for Northrop, and was on the rule development staff in the Mobile Source Division of the California Air Resources Board. He has also served as Co-President of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. Barry Wallerstein holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in biological science.

Erich Zimmermann

Director of Transportation Programs, National Association of Regional Councils

Erich Zimmermann is the Director of Transportation Programs at the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC). Erich Zimmermann is responsible for NARC’s transportation portfolio, which includes managing priorities for NARC’s members, lobbying for regional priorities on Capitol Hill, and carrying out a variety of programmatic, research, and communication initiatives. He helps refine policy priorities and recommendations for the federal surface transportation authorization and also manages NARC’s transportation technical assistance and education program. Erich Zimmerman is also a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Metropolitan Policy, Planning, and Processes Committee (ADA20) Before joining NARC, Erich Zimmermann worked at the Taxpayers for Common Sense. Erich Zimmermann has a B.A. in Political Communication from The George Washington University and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.