Jonathan Hopkins leads the Commute Seattle team to promote smart mobility choices in Seattle. Jonathan’s diverse background includes nine years of active duty in the Army (including three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan), a Master’s Degree from Georgetown in National Security Policy and work in consulting in DC and Seattle. Immediately prior to joining Commute Seattle, Jonathan has been able to work in areas even closer to interests he knew he long enjoyed: transportation, sustainability and developing a great urban environment via roles in the private sector (on-demand transportation networks) and non-profit arena (successful volunteer advocacy for expansion of our transit system). Jonathan commutes on foot, transit, bikeshare or rideshare, depending on the day.
Yolanka manages Business Development at Commute Seattle. She divides her efforts between consulting on relocations and other TDM issues with employers and addressing the strategies and policies that impact congestion in our region. Yolanka is an attorney with years of nonprofit consulting experience in governance, program development and strategic planning. Yolanka’s passion is sustainable transportation – on the ground, on the water and in the air. Since giving up her car, Yolanka commutes by foot, ferry, transit and rideshare, and hopes that one day she can travel by electric airplanes.
Kendle manages the delivery of Commute Seattle’s programs serving large businesses and properties throughout the City. While she primarily works with SDOT, she enjoys having her hands in pre-tax, ORCA and brainstorming new projects. She studied International Political Economy in college and received a Master’s in Public Administration from the UW in 2013. With a background in nonprofit management and experience in housing, education and transportation, she is happiest working at the intersection between health, economic development and the environment.
Kevin manages Commute Seattle’s Small Business Team, as well as its parking program and marketing efforts. He has worked in the not for profit sector since 2009, starting with AmeriCorps service at WithinReach and moving on to management positions at the Pike Market Food Bank and United Way of Snohomish County. He has a BA in International Studies (2004) and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management (2012) from the University of Washington and an MPA from the University of North Dakota (2015). He commutes by bus from Mountlake Terrace.
Olivia collaborates with businesses outside the central business district to foster commuter benefits packages that meet Seattle Commute Trip Reduction goals. Originally from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, she earned a BS in Regional Planning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Olivia later moved from a car-centric, small town to America’s bicycle capital, Portland, Oregon to pursue a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University. After Graduate School and many non-profit internships, she found her passion to be where the public interacts with urban planning and systems. Olivia commutes by bus or foot, but hopes to see public escalators in Seattle’s public transportation future.
Jenna works with businesses and properties to promote commute trip reduction and TDM throughout the city. Originally from Oregon, Jenna came to Seattle to attend the University of Washington earning a BA and later an MPA. Having worked across a variety of industries and some of the city’s largest companies, Jenna is driven to leverage data to foster strong communities around Puget Sound. Jenna is a bike and bus commuter.
Mercedes consults businesses in downtown Seattle to develop and analyze transportation programming specific to their needs. She works with King County Metro to provide outreach and marketing for the ORCA Business programs, as well as assist customers with the signup process. Mercedes received her BA in Community, Environment, and Planning from the University of Washington. Prior to joining the Commute Seattle team, she campaigned to bring mass transit to the Puget Sound region. Mercedes commutes to work by bus.
Mario develops and executes strategies to reach audiences for ORCA Business programs, including ORCA Business Passport and ORCA Business Choice. As a former multicultural marketer at a full-service multicultural advertising agency, he loves working with minority-owned-businesses to provide an equitable way for their employees to get to work. Mario studied Journalism at the University of Washington and has a strong passion for increasing access to affected communities. Mario commutes through a combination of bus, bike, and train.
Madeline works to educate businesses of all sizes about convenient, sustainable commute choices to help reduce traffic congestion and improve quality of life. A born and raised Seattleite, Madeline received her BA in Psychology and Spanish from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and worked as an English teacher in southern Spain before returning to Seattle and becoming involved in the world of commuter benefits. Madeline is a longtime proponent of mass transit in her ever-growing hometown, and envisions accessible and functional commute options to meet the diverse needs of our city. Madeline commutes by bike.
Ren collaborates with small businesses and property managers in downtown Seattle to provide resources on transportation amenities and help to implement policies that reduce neighborhood congestion. Ren received her BA in the Community, Environment & Planning program at the University of Washington where she specialized in urban historical preservation. She is passionate about community found within commutes and indispensable nature of mobility for all. Prior to joining the Commute Seattle team she interned in the Service Planning department at Sound Transit, and the Events and Programming department at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Ren commutes by rail, bus, or foot.
Nick works with small businesses to provide transportation assistance with a focus on pre-tax employee benefits. A native Oregonian, Nick graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Psychology and spent two years working as a substance abuse therapist before relocating to Seattle to do outreach and marketing for a company that provides vacation opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. After years of direct service experience, Nick found himself passionate about improving systems that directly impact marginalized or at-risk communities and believes in the inherent value of mass transit in the great city of Seattle. Nick commutes to work by bus.
Cooper works with businesses and properties to support their efforts towards Commute Trip Reduction. His motivation for work in transportation demand management comes from an active attempt at addressing issues related to climate change through deliberate problem solving. He has dreams of serene, equitable street space for vulnerable road users, which brings an added layer of commitment to his work. Prior to living in Seattle, Cooper spent 24 years on the tarmac at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport waiting to get home to Seattle. He commutes by bike.