External Contributor

Chris Shimoda

  • Vice President, Government Affairs
  • California Trucking Association

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. Ikhrata worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the South Coast Air Quality Management District before joining the Southern California Council of Governments (SCAG) in 1994, where he served as the Executive Director for 10 years. He recently made the switch from the Executive Director of SCAG to the Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). 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.

Irem Otay, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering
  • Istanbul Bilgi University

Jane Carlen, Ph.D.

  • Senior Data Scientist
  • Los Angeles Times
  • University of California, Davis (formerly)