“YPT is an opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, who are passionate about transportation and urban issues. I particularly enjoy learning with and from my peers in relaxed, fun settings.”


YPT Chicago is governed by a Board of Directors who develop the organization’s mission and activities. Our Board and other members of our leadership represent a diverse group of young transportation professionals and students from across the transportation spectrum in both the private and public sector. The board meets each month. Please contact us if you are interested in attending an upcoming meeting. Follow our Facebook Page, join our LinkedIn group, and connect with us via Email.

The Board

Alvaro Villagran, Chair
Program Manager, Shared-Use Mobility Center
Shane Misztal, Deputy Chair
Civil Associate, Michael Baker International
Anusha Suryanarayanan, Vice Chair for Administration
Assistant Rail Engineer, WSP
Steven Brown, Vice Chair for Finance
Transportation Planner, HNTB Corporation
Trina Grieshaber, Director of Communications
Technical Writing and Quality Control Coordinator, Chicago Transit Authority
Xiaochen Chen, Co-Chair for Programs
Master of Urban Planning and Policy Candidate, UIC
Transportation Planning Intern, CMAP
Sophie Cohen, Chair for Student Relations
Associate Consultant, WSP
Brock Thompson, Chair for Sponsorship
Research Associate, SB Friedman Development Advisors

Interested in being on the board? Elections take place each fall with the new board term starting on November 1st each year. Vacancies are filled on a rolling basis. Email us to learn more or express interest.

Please contact us at yptchi@gmail.com for further information or inquiries.


Past Board Chairs

Eric Cempel, Founder, Chair 2012-2014
Christina Arthur, Chair 2014-2015
Charlie Monte Verdi, Chair 2015-2016
Kelsey Watterworth, Chair 2016-2017
Alvaro Villagran, Chair, 2017-2018

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