Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA
2 Broadway, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10004
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.
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 authored PCAC’s latest report, How the MTA can transition into the new normal: Getting Riders Back On-Board. She enjoys working with data and produced an interactive tool to illustrate the MTA’s funding needs and created the visuals for 100 Days and 100 Nights: From Astoria to Lower Manhattan and Back report. In the past, she 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 on how to deal with uncertainty and complexity in large scale transportation projects in Amsterdam. Ms. Binesh is an avid cyclist.