Speaker Biographies

John Anthony is the founder of Sustainable Freedom Lab and a leading expert on globalist impacts on local affairs and the effects of federal agency regulations on local rule and property rights. Mr. Anthony’s Property Value Defense Network informs public officials and attorneys nationwide of the dangers of regulatory laws. His workshop, Shattering America’s Trance, teaches conservatives effective techniques for cross-political communications and is now available as an online course.

Alain Bertaud is a senior research scholar at the NYU Marron Institute. His main area of research focuses on the impact of markets, transportation, and regulations on urban form. Bertaud previously held the position of principal urban planner at the World Bank, where he worked on urban policy and urban infrastructure development mainly in South Asia, in transition economies such as China, Russia, and countries of Eastern Europe. Previously, he worked as a resident urban planner in a number of cities around the world: Bangkok, San Salvador (El Salvador), Port au Prince (Haiti), Sana’a (Yemen), New York, Paris, Tlemcen (Algeria), and Chandigarh (India).

Scott Beyer is a cross-country traveler who covers U.S. urban issues. For three years, he is circling America to live for a month each in 28 cities, starting from Miami and ending in New York City. Along with regular speeches and radio interviews, he is a columnist for Forbes, Governing Magazine, and MarketUrbanism.com. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, National Review, Cato, and various other respected publications across the political spectrum.

John Charles is the president of Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free-market think tank. He has done extensive research on transportation and land-use issues, particularly in the Portland area. Prior to working for Cascade, he directed the Oregon Environmental Council for 17 years.

Wendell Cox is a leading proponent of adopting land use and transport policies based on their effectiveness in improving the standard of living and alleviating poverty. He is principal of Demographia (Wendell Cox Consultancy) in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He specializes in urban policy, transport and demographics and is author of Demographia World Urban Areas and co-author of Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. He is also author of Toward More Prosperous Cities, a framing essay on urban areas, urban planning, urban transport and sustainability.

Kim Crockett is vice-president of the Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota’s free-market think tank. Her research, writing and advocacy focuses on public unions and labor law, public pensions, the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council (regional government and transit), and the impact of the estate tax on Minnesota’s long term health.

Baruch Feigenbaum is Assistant Director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. Feigenbaum has a diverse background researching and implementing transportation issues including revenue and finance, public-private partnerships, highways, transit, high-speed rail, ports, intelligent transportation systems, land use, and local policymaking.

Mariya Frost is the Director of the Coles Center for Transportation at Washington Policy Center. Born in Russia, she and her family came to the United States in 1993 and she grew up in Washington state.  She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science. Mariya completed a studies program in the Dominican Republic, Spain and northern Africa through the University of Nations, and has completed courses in accounting and business administration at Saint Martin’s University. She spent ten years working in the private sector and as a staff member at the U.S. House of Representatives and the Washington state senate.

Finch Fulton is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, focusing on infrastructure policy. He has served in the House of Representatives under Congressman Jim McCrery and Congressman John Fleming, M.D. and in the Senate for Senator Jeff Sessions. In addition, he has worked in public affairs at VOX Global, devising and executing integrated policy and advocacy campaigns.

Jonathan Gifford is a professor of civil engineering at George Mason University and the director of the Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy. His recent research investigates transportation finance and the role of public private partnerships and his book, Flexible Urban Transportation, examines policies to improve the flexibility of urban transportation systems.

Emily Goff is a senior policy advisor in transportation and education policy on the House Budget Committee, for Chairman Diane Black of Tennessee. Previously she worked at The Heritage Foundation, first as an intern and later advancing to the role of policy analyst. While at Heritage, she worked on a variety of policy topics, including the Federal budget process, the economy, mandatory spending reforms, and pro-growth, market-based transportation policy. She also helped with major projects such as the Federal Budget in Pictures book of charts and the Saving the American Dream initiative. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Georgia.

Emily Hamilton is the policy research manager for the State and Local Policy Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She was inspired by Jane Jacobs’ books to believe in the power of market forces to benefit all city dwellers without government intervention.

Ed Kilduff is a geologist specializing in groundwater monitoring and cleanup in shoreline areas. He has been a long-time critic of EPA wetland rules and how they impact property owners.

Tracy Miller is a Senior Policy Research Editor at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Previously, he was associate professor of economics and fellow for the center for Vision and Values at Grove City College. His research interests include transportation policy, property rights, health economics, and environmental policy. He has published articles on agricultural policy, international trade, environmental policy, and transportation policy.

Glen Morgan is a journalist, property-rights activist, and executive director of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights. He is a frequent writer and speaker on property rights, the environmental movement, Big Government, and the importance of citizen activism. In 2014, Bill Whittle called Glen, “The ascended high master of political messaging.” Glen doesn’t consider himself a high master of anything, but he enjoys exploring policy issues in local government and exposing government corruption and incompetence which impacts all of us.

John Niles is president of Global Telematics, doing research on improvement strategies for transportation, telecommunications, and economic development.

Randal O’Toole is a senior fellow with the Cato Institute specializing in land-use and transportation policy. He has written several books including Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It and American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Homeownership.

Alan Pisarski is a writer, analyst, and consultant in transportation research, policy, and investment. He is the author or lead author of a series of books known as Commuting in America.

Steven Polzin is the director of Mobility Policy Research at the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. He specializes in public transportation, public policy analysis, transportation planning, systems evaluation, planning process design, and mobility analysis.

Panos Prevedouros, PhD, is Professor and chair of the Civil Engineering Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa. His expertise in in traffic engineering, intelligent transportation systems, demand forecasting, driverless technologies, and sustainable infrastructure has led to over 100 technical articles and reports, and the internationally adopted textbook Transportation Engineering and Planning.

Jim Roy is vice-president of the Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail, an organization that has been fighting the Maryland Purple Line for several years.

Tom Rubin, CPA CMA CMC CIA CGFM CFM, has over four decades of experience in government surface transportation and finance, concentrating on public transit. As a consultant and auditor, he has served well over 100 transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, state departments of transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, suppliers to the transit industry, and not-for-profits. He founded and directed the public transportation practice of what is now Deloitte & Touche, LLP, growing it to the largest of its type. He has also served as the chief financial officer of two the largest transit systems in the U.S.

Michael Sargent is a policy analyst in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation. His research analyzes the federal role in funding and overseeing the nation’s transportation infrastructure, as well as issues concerning the federal budget and the national debt. Sargent examines surface transportation, aviation, waterways, and other policy issues in institutional policy papers and various other publications.

Marc Scribner is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which he joined in 2008. He focuses on transportation, land use, and urban growth policy issues. These include infrastructure investment and operations, transportation safety and security, risk and regulation, privatization and public finance, urban redevelopment and property rights, and emerging transportation technologies such as automated road vehicles and unmanned aircraft systems. He frequently advises policy makers on these matters at the federal, state, and local levels and has written for numerous publications, including USA TodayThe Washington Post, CNN.com, MSNBC.comForbes, and National Review.

Andrew Thomas is a professor of applied science at Highlands College in Butte, Montana.

Ronald Utt is an independent economic consultant who was previously the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation where he wrote on housing, transportation, privatization, urban revitalization, land use, and growth management. In the 1970s, he was Director of the Housing Finance Division at HUD. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to lead his efforts on privatization of federal activities. He also served As Executive Vice President of the National Chamber Foundation where he created the Journal of Economic Growth, and the Journal of Regulation and Social Costs. In the early 1990s he served as an economic consultant to governments in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Lithuanian, Estonia and Slovakia.