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.

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
Director of Research and Consulting

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.

Mary Ferguson
California Program Coordinator

As SUMC’s California Program Coordinator, Mary is responsible for assisting with the implementation of the Electric Vehicle Carsharing Pilot Program in Los Angeles. Before SUMC, Mary worked as a Project Coordinator with Hey!Tanks LA, a rainwater harvesting company in Los Angeles. She has also worked with Amigos de los Rios on project management, grant writing and volunteer coordination on the Emerald Necklace Project along the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel rivers in Southern California.

Mary holds a BA of Environmental Analysis from Pitzer College. Her thesis, Sediment Removal from the San Gabriel Mountains, explored the issues of sediment management, beach replenishment and riparian habitat restoration.

She has been a certified Master Gardner since 2008 and enjoys participating in regional habitat restoration efforts, hiking the San Gabriel Mountains and making chocolate for local community events.

Cassie Halls
Manager, Special Projects

As Manager for Special Projects, 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.

Prashanth Gururaja
Program Director

Prashanth leads SUMC’s work to support the Federal Transit Administration’s Mobility on Demand (MOD) Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator program, which is charged with providing technical assistance and fostering collaboration among MOD Sandbox participants. His experience includes managing government-funded technical programs, creating and executing test plans, coordinating with diverse stakeholders, and conducting large-scale data analysis for development of environmental policy.

Prashanth previously worked as an engineer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Michigan’s Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide), where he helps to monitor the agency’s performance and guide its long-term strategic direction. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan.

Brian Holland
California Program Manager

Brian is responsible for the development and implementation of SUMC’s California initiatives. Based in Los Angeles, he facilitates regional collaboration to support the goals of the LA County Shared Mobility Action Plan and works to build partnerships across the state to advance shared mobility.

Brian is a city planner with nearly 15 years of experience promoting urban sustainability and innovation. Prior to joining SUMC, he spent several years managing climate change programs for ICLEI USA, the nation’s largest network of cities focused on sustainability and resilience. In this capacity, he oversaw a team that created industry-leading standards, tools, and training programs while spearheading U.S. involvement in initiatives such as the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and the 21st UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Paris.

Prior to ICLEI, Brian developed sustainability plans, programs and partnerships with San Diego’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (SANDAG), California consulting firm PlaceWorks, and Atlanta non-profit Southface Energy Institute. Brian holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Georgia.

Linda Sloan
Operations Director

Linda S. Sloan, AICP has three decades of experience in city planning and administration and is responsible for SUMC’s operations and human resources.

Linda has managed the planning department of a suburban city and was an executive director of a regional planning organization. Her expertise in program, board and personnel management, staff development, and land use planning keeps the administrative side of the organization running smoothly.

Israel Ramirez
Communications Associate

As a Communications Associate, Israel works on promotional outreach, social media marketing, and manages SUMC’s Mobility Hub Headlines weekly newsletter that features cutting-edge shared mobility news happening around the world.

Before working at SUMC, Israel gained skills in targeted experiential marketing as a Nightlife Brand Ambassador for GMR Marketing, lightning fast delivery props as a bike courier, and worked as an Event Coordinator for the French-American Chamber of Commerce before that.

Israel holds a B.A. in International Business from Ball State University with majors in International Business and French. In his free time, Israel likes to try new local cuisine in Chicago and travel.

Rudy Faust
Project Associate

Rudy is a Project Associate for initiatives throughout SUMC, from a carsharing improvement study to the Federal Transit Administration’s Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator.

He comes to the Shared Use Mobility Center from a career in book publishing in New York and Chicago, which has left him with a love of good writing in many genres. One day, Rudy hopes to apply his A.B. in Medieval Studies at the University of Chicago to a modern urban theory. In the meantime, he will complete his Masters in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A New Jersey native, he has mostly traded hiking for riding bicycles that he builds, “even in this weather(?).” Rudy may also be found washing pots at Ravenswood Community Services, or enjoying a post-ride coffee or beer at one of Chicago’s fine purveyors.

Kevin Karner
Project Associate

As a Project Associate, Kevin spends his time supporting a wide range of research and communications efforts at SUMC.

Kevin received a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota. During this time, he worked for the university on transportation and environmental quality initiatives as an engineering technician, AmeriCorps fellow and assistant researcher. His past work for state and local government includes comprehensive and strategic plan updates, public outreach campaigns and legislative policy research.

Outside of work, Kevin can be found enjoying Chicago’s great live music and arts scene or exploring a new neighborhood on his bike.

Erin Evenhouse
Program Manager

Erin works on a variety of projects at SUMC, including the Mobility On-Demand On-Ramp Project, implementation of the Shared Mobility Action Plan for the Twin Cities, and the annual Shared Use Mobility Summit.
Before joining SUMC, Erin worked for Transportation for America in outreach and program management. She has also worked in communications and grant administration. Erin earned her BA and Master of Urban Planning degrees at the University of Michigan. She enjoys riding her bike and spending time outside.