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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.
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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.
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.
Miriam Castro is the program manager of U District, Let’s Go, a year long pilot program helping connect people working, living and visiting the U District with transportation resources. She coordinates neighborhood walks and meets with small businesses, community organizations and individuals to learn more about their transportation needs. Core to the program is equity; ensuring that anyone who wants to travel to and through the neighborhood has the ability to do so. Miriam has lived in Seattle for the several years and has worked in a variety of capacities including a nearly nine year career working with a small farm selling tomatoes at several Farmers Markets. She spent the past five years with the UW working in fundraising and then as an outreach specialist with UW Transportation Services where she was introduced to the world of multi-modal transportation. She fell in love with everything it represented, especially as it relates to social equity. In her spare time, Miriam loves to write, read, ride her bicycle, garden, cook, name random tomato varieties AND their uses, drink wine, and travel.
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.
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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.