Sharon Feigon
Executive Director

Sharon is a founder and the executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a non-profit public-interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility and help connect the growing industry with transit agencies, cities and communities across the nation. As executive director, Sharon leads SUMC’s work, which includes conducting innovative research around the impacts of shared mobility, developing pilot projects to test shared mobility strategies, and providing advice and technical assistance to cities and regions in order to help extend the benefits of shared mobility for all. SUMC was also recently awarded a contract to develop the Innovation Knowledge Accelerator in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration to assist cities undertaking Mobility on Demand projects.

Sharon was previously the CEO of IGO Carsharing, the nonprofit organization that started carsharing in the Chicago region. Under Sharon’s leadership, IGO grew from a small pilot project into a successful operating company with 15,000 members in 45 neighborhoods. Sharon worked with the Chicago Transit Authority to create the only combined car-share/transit fare card in North America, which continues to serve as a model for the possibilities between shared-use companies and public transit. She led IGO’s expansion into underserved communities and also developed solar canopies and charging stations that helped introduce renewable charging and mobility hubs to the region.

Prior to taking the helm at IGO, Sharon was the Director of Research & Development at the Center for Neighborhood Technology for more than a decade. She was the Principal Investigator for Combating Global Warming Through Sustainable Surface Transportation and was the lead author of TCRP Report 93: Travel Matters: Mitigating Climate Change with Sustainable Surface Transportation. Before that, Sharon coordinated CNT’s Transit-Oriented Development Program and was one of the authors of The New Transit Town.

Sharon was a founder of the national Carsharing Association and has served as Co-Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Shared Vehicle Committee and as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-ND Committee, which created LEED standards for neighborhood developments. She holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BA in Economics from Antioch College.

Creighton Randall
Program and Development Director

Creighton leads SUMC’s work with cities to develop pilot programs, funding and policy environments for shared-use mobility so that these systems can work better for everyone.

As the former Executive Director and Co-Founder of Buffalo CarShare, Creighton helped to grow the program from an idea to a successful non-profit organization providing carsharing and bikesharing services to over 1,000 members. Buffalo Carshare–acquired by Zipcar in 2015–led the industry in serving a diverse population, and the organization was also the first in North America to launch and maintain a flexible bikeshare network (now Reddy Bikeshare).

In addition to pilot program work at SUMC, Creighton advises regional transportation leaders on shared mobility policy and programs. These efforts are currently concentrated in Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, and Upstate New York. Creighton holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo.

Tim Frisbie
Communications and Policy Director

Tim leads SUMC’s communications and policy efforts. He previously served as Senior Account Executive at KSA Public Relations/Public Affairs, where he worked on several transportation projects including helping to launch Getting America to Work, a national coalition advocating for increased federal transit funding. He also planned and executed strategic communications campaigns for clients such as Alexian Brothers Health System, Chicago Bar Foundation, HACIA (Hispanic American Construction Industry), Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS.

Before KSA, Tim worked as Online Content Editor for Baird & Warner Real Estate in Chicago. He has also done communications work for Governor Quinn’s 2010 primary campaign, Friends of the Chicago River and boutique marketing firm Quast & Associates.

Tim has a BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa and serves on the executive board of the Publicity Club of Chicago, the nation’s largest independent public relations membership organization. A new Logan Square resident, Tim’s interests include Chicago history, public media and pancakes.

Sarah Nemecek
Operations Director/Project Manager

Sarah serves as the project manager of the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Carsharing Pilot Project, an initiative of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) with management assistance from the Shared-Use Mobility Center. Prior to joining CNT, Sarah was the Project Manager of the State of Illinois Interoperability and Integration Project, a $1.125 million grant-funded effort to establish a governance model across seven health and human services agencies in Illinois.

Before her work with the State, Sarah was a Research Associate at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C., where she worked closely with ULI’s Senior Fellows to deliver projects across the organization’s infrastructure, housing, energy efficiency and capital markets programs. Sarah also worked for ULI in Europe, where she launched and managed the ULI Urban Investment Network, forging partnerships and planning events in Istanbul, Paris, Amsterdam and London. Sarah has an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics and enjoys biking, traveling and walking her very big dog.

Albert Benedict
Research Manager

Albert Benedict is the Research Manager at SUMC, where he is responsible for managing several national projects to evaluate opportunities and economic and environmental benefits related to shared mobility and integrated transportation systems.

Prior to SUMC, Albert worked at the Center for Neighborhood Technology for 10 years as a Senior Planner & GIS Analyst.  His work at CNT combined his expertise in both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and economic development. He has provided analysis for CNT’s projects in communities across the country and his research has been used to build sustainability strategies for cities in areas such as form-based code, location efficiency, bus rapid transit, streetcars and transit-oriented and economic development.

Albert has presented at numerous professional conferences and contributed to many research projects and publications, including: The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development, by Hank Dittmar and Gloria Ohland (Island Press, 2004), Hidden in Plain Sight:  Capturing the Demand for Housing Near Transit (Federal Transit Administration, 2005), Location Efficiency Model for the Greater London Metropolitan Area and the Walthamstow Town Centre Case Study Example (Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, 2008).

Albert holds an MA in Geography with an emphasis in Urban Planning from the University of Akron, Ohio and a BA in Psychology/Environmental Planning from The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

Colin Murphy
Senior Research Analyst

Colin works on SUMC’s research efforts, with an emphasis on newer shared modes’ interaction with existing transportation networks and their potential to transform our cities. He was lead writer and researcher on TCRP Research Report 188, Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit, and heads the research teams for other several other research projects currently underway at SUMC.

Before SUMC, he worked with Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition and the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago. Colin has a BA from UT Austin and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University, and enjoys hauling absurd masses of humans and materials by bicycle.

Rani Narula-Woods
California Program Manager

As SUMC’s California Program Manager, Rani is responsible for advancing shared-use mobility integration with transit, piloting innovation in select low-income communities throughout the state, and building consensus around a five-year Shared Mobility Action Plan for Los Angeles County. Rani also provides support on the City of Los Angeles’ groundbreaking Electric Carsharing Pilot.

Prior to joining SUMC, Rani led policy initiatives for government, corporate and advocacy organizations. She served as an Outreach Director at the City of Los Angeles, Deputy Political Director at the LA County AFL-CIO and Advisor to the Sustainability Division of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Rani holds a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Boston University. In 2015, her work was published in the compilation Latinos & the 2012 Election: The New Face of the American Voter.

Cassie Halls
Program Coordinator

As program coordinator, Cassie has been integral to a variety of projects and research, including a study of bikesharing innovations in small and midsize communities for the New York State Energy and Development Authority and a global benchmarking study for the Federal Highway Administration on the state of shared mobility in Europe.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Cassie graduated in 2015 from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas. Her major at the UW focused on equity, education and urban issues. Some of Cassie’s previous work includes conducting community-based research at the Field Museum, leading communications and outreach efforts at the Bronzeville Bikes on the Southside of Chicago, and working as a social media intern at MadArt, a Seattle arts non-profit.

Cassie’s passions include creating equitable transportation models and advocating for bike- and pedestrian-oriented streets. In her free time, she loves biking on the lakefront and checking out all the good things to eat around Chicago.

Aaron Westling
Program Associate

Aaron serves as a Program Associate at SUMC, primarily working on policy and research projects including the Shared Mobility Action Plan for the Twin Cities.

Prior to joining SUMC, Aaron gained experience in real estate development, public policy and transportation. Most recently he worked closely with locally elected public officials around the country in coordination with the Local Leaders Council of Smart Growth America. Before that he was part of the operations team at Bublr Bikes bikeshare in Milwaukee, WI.

Aaron holds BAs in Economics and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and enjoys craft beer, his long-distance golden doodle and talking to anyone who will listen about the City of Milwaukee.