Staff

Nick Sifuentes
Executive Director

Nick Sifuentes is the Executive Director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Nick comes to TSTC from the Riders Alliance, where he served as Deputy Director. There, he led campaigns to call on the State Legislature to fix and fund New York City’s public transit, create a half-priced MetroCard program for low-income residents known as Fair Fares, and revamp ailing bus service in New York City.

Prior to the Riders Alliance, Nick worked in the National Issue Advocacy Practice at BerlinRosen Public Affairs, where he spearheaded communications strategies to promote environmental protection, LGBT rights, arts and culture, and good jobs. Nick also served as the Sierra Club’s Press Secretary for the Northeastern United States, where he led advocacy and communications efforts in thirteen states.

Before moving to New York, Nick led communications for campaigns at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), helping win a series of innovative organizing and legislative campaigns on mass transit, infrastructure development, and energy efficiency. While in Los Angeles, he volunteered his skills in media relations and organizing to various political candidates and progressive organizations, including the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Prior to his work at LAANE, Nick was a journalist with the Center for American Progress. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Janna Chernetz
Deputy Director
Director, New Jersey Policy

Janna Chernetz joined TSTC in 2011. As TSTC’s Senior New Jersey Policy Analyst, Janna focuses on issues related to sustainable funding of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund and the state budget, responsible transportation spending and investment decisions, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and enhancing economic development through the connection of land use and transportation. While at TSTC, Janna lead a successful campaign to include bike accommodations on the entire 12.5 mile NJDOT rebuild of Route 35 in Ocean County, serving as a national example of how Completes Streets can be implemented. Janna played an integral role in the creation of the 2014 NJDOT’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and currently serves as an Executive Council member of New Jersey’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Janna received her B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1999, and her Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2002 where she was an Environmental Dean’s Fellow. Janna was admitted to practice law in New Jersey in 2002 and is currently a registered Governmental Affairs Agent.

Dana Dobson
South Jersey Program Manager

Dana joined the Tri-State Transportation Campaign as the South Jersey Advocate in October 2015 to advocate for healthier, safer and more equitable communities throughout southern New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area. Dana’s work is connects sustainable transportation policies and opportunities to improve access to safe, reliable modes of transportation to a wide range of stakeholder groups, elected officials and the media. Dana also works to secure funding and support for multi-use trails in southern New Jersey as member of the Circuit Trails Coalition. Prior to working at TSTC, Dana worked in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Planning division, as well as at Pennsylvania Environmental Council as an advocate for better trail and water resources. Dana received a Master’s of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies, as well as Sociology at Temple University.

Liam Blank
Advocacy Manager

Liam joined Tri-State Transportation Campaign as Advocacy and Policy Manager in April 2018. Previously, Liam worked as a transportation analyst at a private think-tank in New York City, and co-founded a commuter advocacy group in New Jersey. Before moving to New York, Liam started his career in Rhode Island, where he worked for a public-private partnership focused on community revitalization, and gained political experience working on a senatorial reelection campaign. Liam graduated from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University with a B.A. in Planning & Public Policy.