The Los Angeles Transportation Technology Strategy was funded and developed through a one-year fellowship by the Goldhirsh Foundation in partnership with the Mayor's Fund of Los Angeles

Working closely with former Chief Technology Officer Peter Marx and reporting to LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds, the transportation technology strategist was supported by an advisory board representing national expertise on issues ranging from transportation planning, technology, shared mobility. The strategist relied on an extensive literature review, attending conferences and webinars, and hosted interviews of a broad range of national stakeholders and subject matter experts. In addition, an internal city team provided further support as a technical review committee that reviewed the strategy while it was under development. 

Shared mobility services and automated or "self-driving" vehicles will reshape transportation in the region for regions to come.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) sought additional capacity to examine the changing trends in transportation technology and its impact on the organization, the services it provides, and the overall mobility marketplace in Los Angeles. 



Transportation Technology Strategist

Ashley Z. Hand, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was appointed as the Transportation Technology Strategist for LADOT in August 2015. Previously, Ashley served Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the first female municipal CIO in the country. Working collaboratively across departments, Ashley focused on process improvement and developing a digital roadmap through strategic planning, staff involvement and the use of lean methodology and design thinking. In addition, she championed an unprecedented public-private partnership to make Kansas City the most comprehensive smart city in North America by bringing digital infrastructure to a new downtown streetcar.

Prior to joining the public sector, Ashley was an architectural designer and planner for the global firm AECOM where she worked with public and private sector clients across North America to adopt sustainable best practices and process improvement through community engagement, policy, and change management. Ashley holds a BA in political science from McGill University and a Masters of Architecture from the Pratt Institute and is a registered architect in the State of Missouri and certified green building professional.


Goldhirsh Foundation

The Goldhirsh Foundation, which has been making grants for almost a decade, seeks to connect the dots between the best emerging innovations and the financial, social, and human capital to make them thrive. More information, including the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, is available at

Mayor's Fund of Los Angeles

The Mayor's Fund of Los Angeles is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving life for all Angelenos. Uniquely position at the crossroads of local government, business, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector, the Fund facilitates the communication and collaboration vital to solving Los Angeles' most complex challenges. More information on the Fund can be found online at


Advisory Board

Ryan C.C. Chin, Ph.D.
Managing Director, City Science Initiative
MIT Media Lab

Benjamin de la Pena
Director, Community + National Strategy
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Gabe Klein
Special Venture Partner
Fontinalis Partners, LLC

Jeremy Klop
Principal +
Senior Market Leader
Fehr and Peers

Corinne Kisner
Director of Policy +
Special Projects
National Association of City Transportation Officials

Peter Marx
Former Chief Technology Officer
City of Los Angeles

Ronald Milam
Director of Technical Development
Fehr and Peers

Mony Patel
Senior Systems Analyst II, Transportation
City of Los Angeles

Matthew Ridgway
Principal and President, DC
Fehr and Peers

Tara Roth
Goldhirsh Foundation

Susan A. Shaheen, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor +
Transportation Sustainability Research Center
University of California, Berkeley

Anthony Townsend
Principal Consultant
Bits + Atoms

Jarrett Walker
Principal Consultant
Jarrett Walker + Associates


Technical Review Committee

Marco Anderson
Southern California Association of Governments

Timothy Black

Claire Bowin
City of Los Angeles
Department of City Planning

Jennifer Cohen

Nat Gale

Jay Kim

My La
City of Los Angeles
CiDepartment of City Planning

Marcel Porras

Bridget Smith

David Somers
City of Los Angeles
Department of City Planning

Jacqui Swartz