Lightning Presentation Night was structured like a fast-paced TED Talk. Each speaker prepared 20 slides, each of which automatically advanced every 20 seconds. This gave each speaker just over six minutes to share a story. Speakers' stories all related to walking, biking, streets, urban design, or citybuilding.
Darren Buck is the Complete Streets Program manager for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, where he is responsible for bicycle, pedestrian, bikeshare, trail, and Vision Zero planning and implementation programs. Previously, he worked with the DC Department of Transportation's bicycle program, and at the Federal Highway Administration. Darren has a master's in planning from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Jeff Marootian serves as the director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Marootian joined DDOT from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) where he served as assistant secretary for administration from 2015–2017 and White House liaison from 2013–2015. He has been a District resident for more than 20 years, serving as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner from 2000–2002. Marootian holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from George Washington University, where he now is an adjunct professor.
Anna Ray is a community activist and connector who promotes health, transportation, and wellness programs in Washington, D.C. Ray works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organizations, WABA Women & Bicycles, Black Women Bike DC, and is a Licensed Cycling Instructor. Originally from Minnesota, Ray is a proud Howard University alumna.
Kim Lucas works at the District of Columbia's Department of Transportation (DDOT) where she manages the city's Bikeshare and Bicycle Parking programs. Prior to joining DDOT, Lucas worked in the San Francisco Bay Area after completing her master's degree in city planning at the University of California, Berkeley. In the over 15 years since she began her transportation career as a student bus driver at the University of Virginia, she has worked in the cornerstones of transportation planning: the public and private sectors, advocacy, and research.
Silver Spring resident Casey Anderson, an attorney and community activist, has served on the Montgomery County Planning Board since 2011 and became chair of the board in August 2014. Previously, Anderson served on the boards of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the Citizens League of Montgomery County, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and the Committee for Montgomery. Anderson holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.