Our Team

Renae Reynolds

Executive Director

Renae comes to Tri-State Transportation Campaign from the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, where she managed the organization’s transportation advocacy efforts aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the harmful impacts of transportation pollution in New York’s most vulnerable communities. At NYC-EJA, Renae led the development of ElectrifyNY, a statewide coalition united in the fight for an equitable electric transportation future. Under her leadership, the collaborative group successfully engaged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to commit to an all-electric bus fleet by 2040. Renae was also a key advocacy partner in the successful passage of the NYC congestion pricing program, the first of its kind in the United States.

Prior to NYC-EJA, Renae worked with the United State Forest Service in the New York City Urban Field Station (USFS) conducting participatory research and community engagement on social and ecological resilience on the Rockaway Peninsula in the devastating wake of Superstorm Sandy. She also managed the Science of the Living City program during her time with the USFS. Components of her work are detailed in a co-authored chapter of the technical report, Green Readiness Recovery and Response: A Collaborative Synthesis. Renae also worked on community and youth development with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. She received her Master’s in the Theories of Urban Practice at Parsons School of Design.

Janna Chernetz

Deputy Director & Director of New Jersey Policy

Janna Chernetz joined TSTC in 2011. As TSTC’s Director of New Jersey Policy, 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 led 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.

Felicia Park-Rogers

Director of Regional Infrastructure Projects

Felicia is Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s Director of Regional Infrastructure Projects. Her focus is two-fold –federal outreach and large-scale infrastructure projects, including the Cross-Harbor Freight Tunnel, Amtrak’s Gateway Program, Sunnyside Yards Development, New York Penn Station, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Previously, Felicia served as Senior Field Deputy to Supervisor Sheila Kuehl of Los Angeles, where her portfolio included serving as liaison to the Jewish and LGBTQ communities; the LA Veterans Administration campus overhaul; subway expansion; and serving on the Homeless to Housing interagency task force, which successfully raised LA’s minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2015. She has worked in the Jewish community and the LGBTQ rights movement, having served a combined 15 years as executive director of COLAGE, the national support and advocacy member-based organization for people with LGBTQ parents, and Beth Chayim Chadashim, an LGBT-founded synagogue. Felicia recently completed her Master’s degree in Urban Planning & Policy at Hunter College with a concentration in transportation and infrastructure. She attended Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University.

Sonia Szczesna

Director of Active Transportation

Sonia joined Tri-State Transportation Campaign in July 2018 to promote safe and healthy neighborhoods throughout the state, particularly in South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia region. Sonia’s work seeks to connect transportation and environmental efforts to ensure that all communities have access to quality public spaces and reliable transportation. In her role, Sonia is the NJ Vice Chair of the Circuit Trails Coalition and is also a member of the NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Executive Council. Previously, she worked for the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center as a research assistant at the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center and as a project manager for a NJ Transit Bus Study. She is a registered League Cycling Instructor (LCI) and she commutes by bicycle whenever possible. Sonia received a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University and a B.A. in Geography from Rutgers University.

Jaqi Cohen

Director of Climate & Equity Policy

Jaqi joined Tri-State Transportation Campaign as the Director of Climate and Equity Policy in September 2021. She got her start as an organizer in local electoral politics, and has gone on to work on advocacy campaigns both as a community organizer and policy expert. Previously, Jaqi worked at the New York Public Interest Research Group, most recently as Campaign Director of the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, where she helped bring about wins to transform New York City’s streets, improve bus service within the five boroughs, and make MTA service more accessible. She recently sat on the New York City Mayor’s Surface Transportation Advisory Council to aid and advise the City’s transportation recovery efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Jaqi was listed number 42 in City and State’s Transportation Power 100 and received the NYC Press Club Award in 2016 for Best Radio Commentary for her work on WHCR’s Let Your Voice Be Heard. Jaqi graduated from SUNY Albany with a B.A. in Political Science.

Liam Blank

Policy & Communications Manager

Liam joined Tri-State Transportation Campaign in April 2018. Previously, Liam worked as a transportation analyst at ReThink Studio, a private think-tank in New York City where he was one of the designers of the ReThinkNYC plan. He also co-founded the New Jersey Commuters Action Network (NJCAN), a grassroots commuter advocacy group in New Jersey. At the start of his career, Liam worked in Rhode Island for the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy where he helped organize and run community programming in Kennedy Plaza, the state’s largest transit hub. At the same time, he gained political experience working on Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s 2012 reelection campaign. Liam graduated from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University with a B.A. in Urban Planning & Public Policy.

Talia Crawford

Campaign Organizer

Talia joined Tri-State Transportation Campaign as a Campaign Organizer in July 2021. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal, QC with a BA in Political Science and minors in Geography and Communications. Talia gained a strong interest in local government and community development through her experience working for NY State Assemblymember Harvey Epstein, where she was first exposed to transportation policy at the local level. She has worked on implementing protected bike lanes in needed areas and ensuring that community members’ voices are elevated. Talia has also worked with the NY Working Families Party on the Mobilization team where she helped organize campaigns and empower volunteers, specifically focusing on the India Walton for Buffalo mayoral race. Talia is excited to enter the transportation advocacy space to fight for more equitable, affordable, and reliable transportation.

Darwin Keung

Climate & Health Policy Manager

Darwin approaches transportation through the lens of climate, health, and environmental justice and specializes in advancing policy through data and GIS analysis. Before TSTC, Darwin worked with the NY State Office of the Attorney General, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as a researcher at Columbia University collecting data on biking and air pollution in NYC. Darwin received a Masters of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University with a certificate in Environmental Health Policy, and a B.S. in Biology & Environmental Studies from Haverford College.

Isobel Cully

Data & Geography Intern

Isobel joined Tri-State Transportation Campaign as a Data and Geography Intern in July 2019. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Mobilities and Urban Studies at Aalborg University in Denmark. She also holds a BA in Geography from McGill University, where she wrote her honors thesis on the policy decisions surrounding bicycle infrastructure in Montreal. Her work focuses on improving the travel experiences of public transit and active transportation users.