Staff

Lisa Daglian – Executive Director

Ms. Daglian has more than twenty-five years of experience in government, nearly half of which has been in the transportation arena. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning and policy development; crisis communications, media relations and public affairs; hands-on internal and external relationship management; development of public-facing collateral materials; administrative oversight; and advocacy. In her role as Interim Executive Director for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), Ms. Daglian managed the day-to-day operations of one of the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organizations. She has extensive experience in developing and executing outreach strategies to increase participation in the transportation planning process, with an emphasis on public meetings, hearings and events. Ms. Daglian has created policy and messaging to communicate with diverse multi-regional stakeholder groups including: public; federal, state and local agencies; underserved and underrepresented populations; transportation and environmental organizations; and elected and appointed officials, to collaboratively find solutions and ensure that community needs and government requirements are being met.

Ellyn Shannon – Associate Director

Ms. Shannon has co-authored several transportation reports including: The MTA in the Age of Big Data (2013), a study of data visualization; Minutes Matter (2011), a review of performance metrics at the MTA; Long Day’s Journey into Work (2007), a look at transportation options for neighborhoods with long commutes into Manhattan; and Where is the MTA on T.O.D.? (2006), a study of the MTA’s participation in transit-oriented development efforts in the New York City region. She received her undergraduate degree in Urban Design from New York University (NYU) and is in the process of obtaining her Masters in Urban Planning, from NYU’s, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Bradley Brashears – Planning Manager

Mr. Brashears joined the PCAC in 2013 and has co-authored three NYCTRC reports: Bridging The Gap: It May Be Further than You Think!, an assessment of NYC Transit subway wheelchair accessibility; Every Which Way But Direct!, a report on NYC subway service diversions; and Freedom Ticket: Southeast Queens Proof of Concept, a report calling for reduced city railroad fares with transfers to NYC Transit. Prior to joining the PCAC, Mr. Brashears was a classroom facilitator for children with special needs. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of Oregon in 2001 and his Master of Urban Planning from Hunter College in May 2013.

Sheila Binesh – Transportation Planner

Ms. Binesh has written about community participation in urban design in San Diego, transportation maintenance in the Bay Area, and peripheral multi-modal transit access for non traditional travelers in Amsterdam. Upon graduating from the University of Amsterdam, she wrote her master’s thesis how to deal with uncertainty and complexity in large scale transportation projects in Amsterdam. Ms. Binesh is originally from California and is an avid cyclist.

Karyl Cafiero – Research Associate

Ms. Cafiero is in her second stint at the PCAC. She first joined PCAC in 1987 as the Transportation Planner. In 1990, she moved to New York City Transit where she worked in Operations Planning on the project to restore the Franklin Avenue Shuttle line. Later she joined the effort to transition the Access-A-Ride program from New York City to New York City Transit. She rejoined PCAC in 2001 as the Research Associate. Ms. Cafiero holds a BA in Political Science from American University and a MPA from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

Deborah Morrison – Administrative Assistant

Ms. Morrison is the current Administrative Assistant for the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA. Ms. Morrison graduated from Roosevelt High School and did course work at Nassau Community College. Prior to joining PCAC, Ms. Morrison worked at the MTA assisting the Director of the Real Estate Department and the Director of Operations. She also served the Deputy Director of Leasing & Acquisition, and conducted special project work.