Staff & Interns

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Staff

Tom Radulovich, Executive Director

Tom joined Transportation for a Livable City as executive director in June 2004. He has been an urban environmental activist since attending college at UC Berkeley, advocating for urban environmental restoration, better public transport, and the greening and revitalization of public streetscapes and open spaces. He played an important role in voter initiatives to create the Octavia Boulevard and to create a “Grand Central Station” at San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal that connects regional and intercity rail and bus lines.

He has served as an elected director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District since 1996, where he has advocated for reinvestment and renovation of the BART system, and improving BART practices in the areas of sustainability, accessibility, customer service, architecture and urban design, and the creation of transit villages at BART stations.

Scott Reinstein, Livable City Development and Communications Director

Scott Reinstein joined Livable City and the Sunday Streets program as Development and Communications Director in 2014. He has a deep passion for complete streets and livable neighborhoods, and is an active bicycle commuter. As Development Director, Scott leads Livable City and Sunday Streets’ philanthropic, fundraising, and sponsorship efforts. He also oversees Livable City and Sunday Streets’ marketing and communications strategies. Scott’s prior experience includes working as Communications Director for a Honduran nonprofit, a civil litigator for a San Francisco law firm, a bicycle shop employee, and a development intern with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. He holds an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing, English, and Political Science from Emory University and a law degree from the University of Arizona.

Katy Birnbaum, Program Director

Katy joined the Sunday Streets team 2015 and has taken her love of community organize to the heart of the Sunday Streets program.  Katy leads the effort to ensure Sunday Streets is a true community resource for all participants whether they be neighborhood residents, local merchants, community organizations, city agencies or non-profits. Since graduating SFSU in 2010, Katy has used her communications skills to increase the reach and impact of various political and community groups in the Bay Area.

Yessica M. Avila Barojas, Volunteer Coordinator

Yessica M. Avila Barojas joined Livable City as the Volunteer Coordinator in February 2017. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BFA in Graphic Design and is eager to bring her audience-focused approach to the Sunday Streets Volunteer program. Her passion for transportation/environmental equity and Urban Planning grew out of her work with immigrant/Latino nonprofit groups based in her hometown of Los Angeles and has found a perfect home with Livable City.  You will usually find her exploring on her bicycle, climbing, hiking, or eating vegan chocolate cake. Her favorite park is Buena Vista with its beautiful views of the city.

Jeff Jelsma, Programming and Logistics Coordinator

Jeff joined Livable City in August 2016 as the Programming & Logistics Coordinator to manage Sunday Streets events. He has a wealth of event planning experience having managed the day-to-day operations of multiple farmers’ markets in the Bay Area. He has worked extensively in the non-profit world and is passionate about social change and equality. He holds a B.S. from University of California, Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies, with a minor in Chemistry. Jeff can be found riding his bike around the city and enjoying seasonal produce at one of the many farmers’ markets in the Bay Area. He has a strong passion for preserving open space and getting out in nature. His favorite park in San Francisco is Fort Funston because his dog loves it.

Jean-Paul Torres, Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Jean-Paul joined Livable City in February 2017 as the Outreach and Communications Coordinator. Growing up in the Bay Area and in Reno, Nevada, he cultivated an interest in cities, urban spaces and transportation systems. His experience navigating institutions as a child of first generation immigrants helped him realize the importance of making biking and urban planning more accessible for people from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. His outreach experience includes volunteering with Bike East Bay, the Reno Bike Project, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County in Reno, and most recently working with Bay Area Bike Share on their regional expansion.His favorite park in San Francisco is Bernal Heights Park for the sweeping views of the Mission District and the Bay Area.


Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

Come work with us! Livable City and our Sunday Streets program are always on the lookout for talented individuals to volunteer or intern with our organization.

Livable City produces an annual season of Sunday Street events where we reclaim car-congested streets for community health and transform them into car-free spaces for all to enjoy. The program helps create temporary open space and recreational opportunities in neighborhoods most lacking, encourages physical activity, fosters community building, and inspires people to think differently about their streets as public spaces. Check out our current opportunities.

Livable City internships present rewarding opportunities to make San Francisco a more livable and sustainable city, and interns can earn class credit, develop research, writing, public speaking, and advocacy skills, and gain valuable experience for folks applying to schools or seeking careers in the transportation, planning, landscape, and environmental fields.

Livable City works directly with the people who shape city policies, from neighborhood advocates to planners, department heads, commissioners, and elected officials. Livable City internships are a great way to work directly with decision makers, and Livable City internship projects have been the catalyst for changes to official city policies, practices, and projects.

Livable City internship projects are customized to meet interns’ interests, skills, and time availability. For more information about internship opportunities with Livable City, contact:
Tom Radulovich
415 344-0489
tom@livablecity.org