Who We Are

Meet the team behind Seamless Bay Area.

Seamless Bay Area is a grassroots group of citizens from across the Bay Area.  Many of us have observed the high costs of the Bay Area's transit fragmentation as both customers and as transportation professionals.  However, we are not officially affiliated with any transit agency, company or organization.

Seamless Bay Area was established in May 2017. We hold monthly meetings in Oakland and San Francisco that are open to all. We welcome anyone interested in contributing energy and expertise as we work towards unifying the Bay Area's transportation governance.


Core Team

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Ian Griffiths

Ian Griffiths is Seamless Bay Area's Policy Director. He has worked as an urban and transportation planner for the past 12 years in both the private and public sectors, previously with AECOM, Perkins+Will, and Metrolinx in Toronto. He worked at BART from 2015-2019 where he led long-range station planning projects and oversaw the development BART's Station Experience Design Guidelines. Email Ian.

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Courtney Ferris

Courtney is co-leading engagement efforts for Seamless Bay Area. An architect by training, she has a professional background in urban design, communications & engagement, and active transportation planning. She regularly collaborates on design exhibitions, installations, and publications that challenge how we engage with, understand or question the processes that design our lives.

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Beaudry Kock

Beaudry is co-leading Seamless Bay Area's vision and strategy efforts, as well as working to ensure the organization has a stable and sustainable structure. He has a background in urban & regional planning, and civil & environmental engineering, and is passionate about delivering a better customer experience for riders of mass transit.

 
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Adina Levin

Adina is co-leading Seamless Bay Area's policy and advocacy initiatives. She is executive director of Friends of Caltrain, a nonprofit organization which supports successful modernization of Caltrain in the context of integrated system of sustainable transportation. She contributes to a variety of local and regional advisory bodies on transportation and connections between transportation and land use. She is a serial entrepreneur with a background for-profit and nonprofit ventures.

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Sara Barz

Sara works on strategy, policy development and organizational operations for Seamless Bay Area; she has a background in urban & regional planning and co-authored the 2015 SPUR report “Seamless Transit: How to make Bay Area public transit function like one rational, easy-to-use system”. Sara is passionate about improving the transit rider customer experience in the Bay Area.

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Julia Verbrugge

Julia is co-leading engagement efforts for Seamless Bay Area, focusing on marketing, outreach, and social media. Her background spans real estate, transportation, and urban policy work, and her mission is to advance equity & inclusion through stronger transit systems.