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Vivin Hegde

Zacua Ventures

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Vivin Hegde is the Founding and Managing Partner at Zacua Ventures, a global venture capital firm with a focus on the Built Environment. He works extensively with early-stage startups and corporates in this space and is on several Boards and advisory teams. With a career spanning two decades, both as an operator and as an investor, Vivin has been deeply immersed in the construction technology space and has been recognized as an ecosystem leader on several occasions.

Before Zacua, Vivin held several key roles at Hilti, Trimble and McKinsey, including being the General Manager of Hilti-Trimble JV that works on development and productization of new technologies around Positioning, Robotics, IoT and AR/ VR. Prior to that Vivin had set up and led Hilti’s Corporate Venturing arm in North America and led their Sales and Strategy teams across both Hilti and McKinsey.

Vivin is a Mechanical Engineer from NITK Surathkal and did his MBA (Finance / Economics) from IIM Calcutta. Outside of his professional pursuits, Vivin enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing cricket.

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 Alfonso Rodriguez

 Project Director - The Portal

 Transbay Joint Powers Authority


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Alfonso Rodriguez joined TJPA in July 2021 as Project Director of The Portal Project, previously known as the Downtown Rail Extension following a career spanning nearly four decades in the public and private sectors including executive leadership and project management roles.

Mr. Rodriguez is a California licensed Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor experienced in design and construction of a wide variety of projects including subway transit, highways and bridges, and other municipal infrastructure. Throughout his career he has worked collaboratively with community groups, stakeholders, and agency partners as well as elected and appointed officials towards developing and constructing projects in urban settings. As a first-generation engineer, he has engaged in outreach and mentorship to underrepresented segments of the engineering community through his professional organization involvement. As such he was presented the Founder Legacy Award in 2021 from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in Los Angeles and from his Alma Mater, California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, The Honored Alumnus Award in 2005.

As Project Director, Mr. Rodriguez provides leadership to the project delivery team and through collaboration with partnering agencies and stakeholders, is responsible for delivering Phase 2 of the Transbay Program, The Portal, that will extend Caltrain commuter rail and California’s future high-speed rail service to the Salesforce Transit Center in downtown San Francisco.

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 Dahlia Chazan

 Chief

 Caltrain Planning


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I'm a Bay Area-based urban planner. I came to planning after studying ecology as an undergrad, wanting to understand how land use impacted the resources I cared about. Planning has given me the tools to understand how our choices as a society impact people and the planet, as well as opportunities to make my own positive impact on those choices. Starting in the mid-2010s, I began to focus more on transportation, especially public transit, and am now lucky to lead the planning department for Caltrain.

I'm proud to serve SPUR as a member of the Board of Directors.

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 Emilio Cruz

 Vice President

 EPC Consultants


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 Jesse Koehler

 Rail Program Manager

 San Francisco County   Transportation Authority


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 Michael Lockwood

 Senior Principal

 Populous


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Nearly two decades into a career designing buildings and places that draw people together, Michael has a knack for rallying client stakeholders to achieve innovative solutions through a collaborative design process. It starts with the innate ability to listen and interpret a variety of voices in the room. This consensus-building utilizes design thinking to provide solutions to challenges, creating places that perform, inspire and leave a legacy.

A native of Northern California, Michael leads our firm’s United States west coast presence, applying his skills in urban design, architecture and planning to a portfolio of projects that literally spans the globe. Starting close to home, his ongoing involvement in the L.A. LIVE mixed-use development has brought new perspective to an iconic destination.

As design director of Populous’ convention center practice, he’s delivered award-winning work in the heart of America (San Antonio’s $325-million convention center expansion and renovation), the desert landscape of the Middle East (Qatar National Convention Centre) and one of the busiest public spaces in all of Australia (ICC Sydney). Each is notable for its integration of complex facility planning into the urban environment to improve the customer and destination experience. Whether it’s re-planning entire sections of downtowns or designing a 60-acre precinct from scratch, Michael’s work goes well beyond the city block.

At the same time, he’s passionate about small-scale urban development. From boutique venues that seat 200 people to facilities that welcome 2 million guests each year, Michael applies the same design thinking principles. Innovative public assembly projects start with strong relationships — between spaces and stakeholders — and result in making each city a better version of itself.

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 Michelle Jones

 Principal

 Rim Architects


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 Mike McCormick

 Vice President Facilities   Management & Development

 Cal Poly


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Mike McCormick joined Cal Poly in 2021 as the Vice President for Facilities Management and Development. He comes to Cal Poly with 35 years of experience, the last three serving as the vice president of Asset Management and University Architect for the University of Washington. In that role, he developed and implemented strategy planning for a facilities team of 1,000 employees who oversaw three campuses comprising 27 million square feet, and directly supervised professionals in sustainability, real estate, capital planning and delivery, campus planning, portfolio management, space management, engineering, energy conservation, preventive maintenance, and customer care.

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 Ryan Louie

 Project Manager II  

 SFO

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I am a licensed Professional Engineering (PE) of Mechanical Engineering in the State of California, and also a Project Management Professional (PMP). I've been in the Aviation industry for 15+ years working on construction projects at SFO.

Outside of work, I utilize my engineering and project management skillsets with a number of passion projects which include classic car and motorcycle restoration, carpentry, watch making, and prototyping.

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 Shannon Gustine

 Northern California Region Vice     President

 Hensel Phelps


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As Regional Vice President, Shannon is responsible for planning the current and future success of Hensel Phelps’ Northern California operations and sits on the Hensel Phelps Board of Directors. She is passionate about fostering inclusive work environments and is dedicated to creating true partnerships. Shannon is a member of the International Partnering Institutes (IPI) Board of Directors and was previously on the DBIA Northwest Regional Board. Shannon and her husband have twin daughters and enjoy traveling and embarking on new adventures together.

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