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2018 Keynote speakers​

Oboi Reed

Oboi ReedOlatunji Oboi Reed serves as the President & CEO of Equiticity, a national, racial equity movement operating at the intersection of equity, mobility and justice in communities of color across the US. Oboi co-founded and recently served as the President & CEO of the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement. In 2015, Oboi was awarded The White House Transportation Champion of Change award by The White House and the United States Department of Transportation. Oboi is a member of the Steering Committee for the Chicagoland Regional Equity Network. He is also a member of the PolicyLink Transportation Equity Caucus.

An active cyclist for over ten years, Oboi rides at the intersection of equity, mobility and justice. With an extensive background in both nonprofit management as well as corporate social responsibility, he is most proud of his work to create a diverse coalition of people, organizations and businesses all working together to achieve mobility equity across the City of Chicago with respect to race, income, and neighborhood.

 

Mayor Blake Sanders

Blake SandersBlake Sanders is a Professional Landscape Architect and Mayor of the Town of West Pelzer, South Carolina.  After graduating from Clemson University (2006), Blake immediately began making strides into the field of Landscape Architecture, designing and implementing parks throughout the Southeast that made a direct impact on the community’s infrastructure.  Blake joined Alta Planning and Design’s Greenville, South Carolina office in 2013, bringing that professional experience, international travels, and focused experience guiding municipalities through funding and conceptual planning through construction administration.  His professional experience includes streetscape improvements, corridor planning, bike and greenway infrastructure, as well as corporate campus, park, and recreation design.

Blake made a conscious effort to take that professional experience back to his hometown in 2015.  After a successful campaign for Mayor of the Town of West Pelzer (Pop. 980), he implemented four (4) miles of bicycle lanes and has successfully created a sense of community through a capital improvement plan that encourages walking and biking as a daily routine for many residents.  West Pelzer has gone from pass-through, run-down mill town to a vibrant small town with over $2M in public and private economic development since taking office.  Blake serves as a member Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study Team, Anderson Complete Streets Committee, Innovate Anderson, Immediate Past President of the Anderson County Municipal Association, and Immediate Past President of the Palmetto Business Association.

Blake enjoys his ‘free’ moments with his wife (Ashley) and two children (Lane and Gracie) exploring the outdoors on a greenway, kayaking down a local river, or strolling down the streets of one of the 270 municipalities in South Carolina.

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