2016 Board of Directors
Chairman — Chris Waggett, D4 Urban
Treasurer — Tristan Sanders, Denver Environmental Health
Dave Center, AECOM
Sherry Ellebracht, RTD
Michael Pletsch, car2go
Donna Smith, Neenan Archistruction
Emily Snyder, City & County of Denver
Rachel Zenzinger, America Achieves
Executive Director — Kathleen Osher — Email
Kathleen Osher, Executive Director of the Transit Alliance, has been leading the Alliance since 2005. As a national expert in citizen empowerment and transportation, Kathleen leads projects around the state of Colorado and the nation. Kathleen has 20 years of experience inspiring citizen leaders to create positive change in their communities, and is the creator of the successful Transit Alliance Citizens’ Academy, established in 2007. Each Fall and Spring, Kathleen recruits emerging leaders to take action, volunteer, and join area leaders to make the Denver region the best place to live, work, and play. In 2016, Kathleen was recognized with the DRCOG Distinguished Service Award for her extensive knowledge and passion for advancing transit, active transportation and more mobility choices in the Denver region. In addition to her work with the Citizens’ Academy, Kathleen is also the appointed co-chair of the Denver Moves Transit Task Force and is appointed to the RTD Pass Program Working Group. She is currently working in Baltimore, MD and Hartford, CT to develop a Citizens’ Academy model for their respective regions. After moving to Denver 15 years ago, Kathleen has grown to love (and hate) the Rockies, embrace the powder of the Colorado mountains, and innovate with a Western spirit.
Program Manager — Jamie Perkins — Email
Jamie joined Transit Alliance as Program Coordinator after completing the Spring 2015 Citizens’ Academy. She became Program Manager in January 2016 and leads the planning for the Rural Citizens’ Academy and the growing number of one-day Academy workshops with Cities and Counties around the Metro Region. Before joining Transit Alliance, Jamie worked as a Budget Analyst for the Colorado Department of Transportation. In addition to her work with Transit Alliance, she is also completing her Masters of Public Policy at the University of Denver. Jamie completed her degree in Sociology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. After time spent in Portland and both Washington, D.C. as a Congressional intern and Washington state as an AmeriCorps volunteer, Jamie returned to her home state in 2013. When not at work, Jamie is in the garden or hiking in the Colorado sunshine.