Steven Higashide is Senior Program Analyst at TransitCenter, a New York-based foundation dedicated to improving urban mobility. His background in sustainable transportation spans local, state, and federal policy. He was previously senior planner for Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a New York-based advocacy group. There he watchdogged state budgets, helped pass vulnerable road user and “transportation lockbox” legislation in Connecticut, and coordinated federal transportation advocacy in three states as an organizer for the Transportation for America coalition. Steven was named “Friend of Public Transportation” by the Connecticut Association for Community Transportation, and his writing has appeared in Planning & Environmental Law, Next City, Urban Omnibus, the Hartford Courant, and more. He holds a B.A. from New York University and a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He joined TransitCenter in 2014.