Bernadette Austin is the Associate Director for the Center for Regional Change. For more than a decade, the center has brought together faculty, students, and community partners in an interdisciplinary nature in order to promote healthy, equitable, prosperous and sustainable regions. In this role, Bernadette draws on her past experience as a community development consultant, infill housing developer, and public financing analyst. She serves on the executive board the Urban Land Institute’s Sacramento District Council and the West Sacramento Planning Commission. Bernadette Austin has Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Saint Mary’s College and attended UC Davis for her Masters of Science in Community Development.
Anne Brown is a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA and a graduate student researcher in the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. She previously worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and ACCESS Magazine. She holds a B.A. in geography from Macalester College and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA. Anne's current research investigates the planning and equity implications of ride-hail services.
Sahar Shirazi is a senior planning advisor a the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research in Sacramento. She holds a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley as well as a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Mills College. Prior to her current position she worked for the Executive Office of the President within the Office of Management and Budget, and the US Department of Transportation. Throughout her career Sahar has lead partnerships for sustainable communities and managed the TIGER grant program along with numerous other initiatives. Her current work includes managing the general plan guidelines, and working on autonomous vehicle policy options.
Joel Espino is Environmental Equity Legal Counsel at The Greenlining Institute, a racial justice non-profit based in Oakland. He joined Greenlining as a fellow in 2014 and now leads its transportation equity work to reduce poverty and pollution in communities of color through advocacy for accessible, affordable and clean transportation choices and a diverse clean energy economy. Espino has authored multiple reports on equity in electric mobility. Before Greenlining, he externed for the Federal Trade Commission and U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Espino earned a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from Arizona State University and a J.D. from UC Hastings, College of the Law.