What We Do
& Information Sharing
& Coalition Building
& Community Engagement
Mission & Vision
Our mission: Transportation Choices Coalition is working to bring Washingtonians more and better transportation choices — real opportunities to take a bus, catch a train, ride a bike, or walk.
Our vision: Affordable, walkable, bike-friendly, vibrant communities connected by great transit.
- Pass policies that increase transit service, reduce carbon emissions, and foster healthy and thriving communities. Monitor the implementation of passed policies to ensure accountability and equitable outcomes.
- Increase funding for transit, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure through advocacy that organizes communities to champion more transportation choices.
- Build intersectional coalitions that bring together business, labor, social justice, environmental, health, and transportation advocates to win policies and funding.
- Enhance public awareness and support for transit, bike, and pedestrian choices through our education partnerships with businesses, universities, neighborhoods, and other community organizations.
- Urge the development of racial and social equity programs and tools at agencies and governments to help them center and evaluate equity within their work.
Equity Matters to Us
We are committed to centering equity in our work. When we preserve and grow access to frequent, reliable, and affordable transportation, all communities regardless of race or income have the opportunity to thrive. We improve transportation access and opportunity for all when we focus on the outcomes for low-income people, people of color, youth, seniors, and people with disabilities.
We center equity by instituting the use of race and social equity analyses in policy and process development, center low-income and people of color expertise in decision making, share power and access, and focus on the priorities of historically marginalized communities.
We’re continuing to learn and listen to deepen our understanding of racial justice and the intersections of racism, whiteness, and transportation. We invite you to dive into our transportation equity work here.
Keiko Budech (she/her)
Keiko promotes Transportation Choices Coalition’s work to Washington State’s decision-makers. She manages the communication program, advancing audience outreach and TCC’s online presence. Before joining TCC, Keiko was the Senior Communications Associate at Sightline Institute. She also served on the Seattle Planning Commission from 2016-2017. She is passionate about bringing underrepresented voices to the forefront of urban discussions and advancing equity to ensure affordable and accessible transit options for all. Keiko is eager to create engaging and accessible ways to share TCC’s work to the public. You can find Keiko hiking, biking, and eating fancy oatmeal. Email Keiko.
Jaclyn Gault (she/her)
Jaclyn joined TCC in 2017, bringing her skills of organization and office management to the team. Her years of working in a variety of office settings gives TCC an opportunity to explore new ways of running a more efficient and streamlined organization. Jaclyn has a background in environmental and transportation planning and also runs her own consulting firm as a designing websites, creating graphics, and writing content for planning projects. She has been an advocate for public transportation for most of her life and loves helping TCC achieve its mission! Email Jaclyn.
Alex Hudson (she/her)
Alex is the Executive Director of Transportation Choices Coalition and oversees the administration, programs, and strategic plan of TCC. Alex is an advocate for people-centered planning and design who works strategically with a variety of partners to ensure transportation funding, policies, and systems create the most good for the largest number of people. Alex is passionate about transportation as the means to equitably connect communities and people to the resources and places that create opportunity and facilitate a full and vibrant life – and as a great place to people watch!
Alex was previously the Executive Director of the First Hill Improvement Association and sits on the board of the Freeway Park Association. Alex lives in the heart of Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood and enjoys hiking, riding her bike, and tending to her houseplant jungle.
Kelsey Mesher (she/her)
Kelsey Mesher works with TCC’s policy director and in coalition with community-based organizations. She leads TCC’s work in building support among elected officials, transportation leaders and the public for equitable transportation policies and practices. Prior to joining TCC, Kelsey worked as a bicycle advocate, launching campaigns and organizing efforts for safe and protected places to bike in Seattle. She has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington’s Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program, and sees urban policy and planning as a means to building healthier, fairer and more resilient communities. Email Kelsey.
Hester Serebrin (she/her)
Hester’s decade-long love affair with walking to work drew her to TCC, where everyone has an “alternative” commute and everyone works hard for policies that support pedestrians, bicyclists, and bus riders. After 10 years in the private sector, Hester ditched the corporate ladder and started climbing a nonprofit one instead: She first volunteered at TCC, then interned, and then worked as a contract employee before finally taking the Policy Analyst and then Policy Director positions. She has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Hester sits on the Washington State Transportation Commission. Email Hester.
Selina Urena (they/them)
Selina Urena provides fundraising support and leads the individual giving program. They fell in love with multimodal transportation in college and began their professional journey that would lead to TCC. Selina comes to TCC with years of sales and fundraising experience; they see fundraising as a way to build collective power and provide avenues for people to invest in their communities. Email Selina.
Rob Berman is Vice President and Transportation Business Development Manager in Washington at HDR Engineering. Rob remains active in the planning and design of transportation related facilities in the Pacific Northwest Region. He is an accomplished leader of complex transportation projects in politically active communities and maintains a successful record of clarifying solutions that effectively move our urban areas. Rob also serves on the PSRC Transportation Policy Board.
Brynn Brady is the President of Ceiba Consulting, Inc., a private consulting firm that specializes in legislative advocacy and government relations services in Washington state. She brings more than 17 years of experience building relationships with elected state and agency officials, city and county governments, businesses and non-profit organizations and representing their issues at the local and state level. She represents clients with a variety of interests including public health, health care, pharmaceuticals, natural resources, environment, land use, technology, and local government.
Born and raised in Seattle, Toby Crittenden is the former Executive Director of the Washington Bus, the Evergreen State’s political voice for the rising generation. He currently works with non-profit organizations to improve their culture and systems.
Richard de Sam Lazaro
Richard de Sam Lazaro manages state and local government affairs for Expedia Group, a family of travel and technology brands including Expedia.com, Travelocity, Hotwire, Orbitz, and Vrbo. In this capacity, Richard oversees Expedia Group’s regulatory and public policy efforts in municipalities, counties, and 17 states/provinces across the Western United States and Canada.
Prior to joining Expedia Group in 2017, Richard served for several years on the staff of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). As Senator Murray’s coordinator on Health and Education, Richard developed the Senator’s relationships with stakeholders in Washington State while she chaired the Senate Budget Committee. Through the Senator’s 2016 election, Richard took over all of the office’s outreach efforts in Seattle.
Richard moved to Seattle from Olympia in 2011 to assist then-candidate Jay Inslee develop an economic development policy platform that aimed to foster growth in the life science, clean energy, technology, military, agriculture, maritime, and aviation sectors.
Richard lives in Seattle’s Central District with his wife, Madeline, and their dog Dan. In his free time he enjoys traveling and serves on the boards of Child Care Resources and YouthCare.
Ann Freeman Manzanares
Ann Freeman Manzanares is the General Manager of Intercity Transit in Olympia. She serves on the steering committee for the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Small Operations Committee and holds an appointed position on APTA’s Diversity Council. She is the Treasurer for the Washington State Transit Association and serves on the Board of Regents for the Thurston County Chamber Foundation. She is a graduate of Leadership APTA and Leadership Thurston County. She has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration/Political Science from California State University, Long Beach.
Nicole Grant was elected to serve as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of MLK Labor in October 2015, the first woman to lead the King County labor council in its 130-year history. Her mission is to build power for all workers and grow the labor movement. Grant was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer in November 2018.
Nicole is a journeyman electrician with IBEW 46 where she also served as the Executive Director of the Certified Electrical Workers of Washington. She holds an electrical engineering degree from George Brown College in Toronto and a bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in Politics, Economy, and Law.
She has worked to make sure working families have captured in the historic growth of the Puget Sound economy. She believes that unions are for everyone and has invested in organizing to grow our local labor movement. As our workforce diversifies, she has steered the labor movement toward a vision of racial, gender, and LGBTQ equity. She has also embraced Seattle’s hub as a pillar for LGBTQ rights and climate justice by partnering with organizations at the forefront of these movements.
Dan Kully is a communications expert and award-winning media consultant with over twenty years of experience advising a host of corporations, organizations, candidates and issue campaigns in nearly every state in the nation. Dan has advised numerous ballot measure campaigns, from helping pass crucial transportation initiatives, passing progressive policy reforms defeating defeating anti-tax measures, and passing crucial education funding. In addition to his role at Sound View Strategies, Dan is the managing Partner of the National political media consulting firm, Kully Struble and has served as the media consultant to many elected officials including Governors, Members of the US Senate and House, and locally working with Senator Patty Murray, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and King County Executive Dow Constantine.
As Policy Manager, at the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County, Patience Malaba brings a decade of experience in community development, policy advocacy and organizing to her work. She leads the process of setting HDC’s annual policy priorities and manages HDC’s advocacy engagement to advance the annual priorities. Prior to joining HDC, Patience managed Seattle for Everyone, a broad coalition of affordable housing developers and advocates, for-profit developers and businesses, labor organizations, environmentalists, and urbanists to advance the first-ever comprehensive package of affordable housing policies in Seattle, known as the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). Early in her role with Seattle for Everyone, Patience worked with Futurewise, a statewide growth management and civic planning organization, on promoting equitable, environmentally sound housing and land use policies. On behalf of HDC, she serves on boards and committees that include the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC)’s Growth Management Policy Board and the Washington Low Income Housing Public Policy Committee.
Jon Scholes is president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association where he is responsible for the operations and programs of DSA, a 2100 member association formed in 1958 to create a healthy, vibrant downtown.
Board Vice President
Charla Skaggs has been assisting public agencies and other organizations with effective communication for more than 20 years, primarily focusing her time on port and transportation issues. She counts herself lucky to have been part of most of the major transportation initiatives in the Puget Sound region in recent years, ensuring that people can get to home, work, and play, and goods move from ship to shelf in time for your next shopping trip. She lives in Tacoma with her husband Eric and their dog Max the Wonder Mutt.
Kristina Walker is the Executive Director of Downtown On the Go (DOTG), downtown Tacoma’s transportation management association. She has led the organization since 2011 and in 2014, DOTG grew from a small program to an independent organization in partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, the City of Tacoma, and Pierce Transit. Walker serves the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction Board and PSRC’s Transportation Demand Management Steering Committee. She is a UW Tacoma Urban Studies board member and a former City of Tacoma Transportation Commissioner.
Caleb Weaver oversees Uber’s public affairs for 11 western U.S. states, personally leading efforts to develop forward-looking public policy on a variety of issues, including ridesharing and shared new mobility options, state and local transportation planning, and the availability of a social safety net for the modern workforce. An attorney by training, Caleb previously spent many years managing policy and communication issues for corporate clients and senior government officials at the state and federal levels.
Barb Wilson has spent over two decades developing and managing policy and public affairs efforts for nonprofits and public agencies in the Seattle area. In her government affairs and community relations efforts at Vulcan Inc, she worked on a broad range of projects, including the company’s South Lake Union redevelopment project, the innovative Stratolaunch air-launch system, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Prior to Vulcan, Barb worked for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Seattle Planning Commission, where she was responsible for overall operations and advised city officials on urban planning and development issues.
Transportation Choices Coalition is a member-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To learn more about what we’ve been working on recently, check out our Annual Reports. TCC’s 990’s are available to the public upon request.
Coalition partnership opportunities: Kelsey Mesher, Advocacy Director, email@example.com
Donations and funder partnerships: Selina Urena, Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
For all media inquiries: Keiko Budech, Communications Manager email@example.com.
Speaking engagements: Keiko Budech, Communications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Website issues: email@example.com
Address: 1402 3rd Ave. Suite 310, Seattle, WA, 98101
Partners & Funders
Transportation Choices Coalition brings together community groups, businesses, public agencies, and individuals from across the state to work towards a common goal – more transportation choices for a stronger economy, cleaner environment, and healthier communities.
Interested in becoming a partner or funder?
Directions to our office:
Our office is located on the 3rd floor (accessible by elevator) of the Joseph Vance building at 3rd and Union in downtown Seattle. You can easily get here by bike and transit. You can bring your bike up to our office or lock it on the rack in front of the building. We are a block away from the University light rail station. There are an abundance of bus routes that stop near our office. You can use King County Metro’s Trip Planner and Sound Transit’s Trip Planner to find the best route for you.
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