Shin-pei is a social innovator at heart. Her experience in practice and policy converges on transforming the built environment so that it centers people. Her expertise in transportation, climate change, urban policy, design, and governance provides a unique perspective on the systems shaping the public realm and subsequently the solutions to change them. She is currently director of policy for cities and transportation at Uber and has held executive leadership roles at many types of organizations, including Gehl Institute, TransitCenter, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Transportation Alternatives, and Project for Public Spaces, often joining them at a pivot point to develop new directions. Her work has resulted in fresh approaches in advocacy, design, and implementation for a people-first public realm, with an orientation on maximizing public benefit and inclusion. The impact of her work can be experienced in cities around the world, from the play streets, plazas, and bike lanes in New York City and Rio de Janeiro to the sustainable mobility plans for cities in the European Union. Shin-pei is a sought-after speaker, often serving on juries and panels, and giving lectures and keynotes. She is on the Board of Transportation Alternatives and ioby, and is a commissioner for the New York City Public Design Commission. She is also an adjunct professor in Columbia University’s urban design graduate program. Shin-pei received her bachelor of arts in government with distinction from Cornell University and a master of science in Cities, Space, and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science.Email Shin-pei
Make Public LLC is a purpose-driven venture. We connect social impacts to systemic change in policy, programs, and design practice through assessments of the public realm for equitable and sustainable outcomes. What gets measured gets changed. Social impact measurements can focus and advance the work as well as hold decision-makers accountable. We work closely with our partners to prioritize values and demonstrate how they can be reflected in their public realm projects alongside economic and environmental concerns. We create resources, facilitate trainings, and develop tools for measurement to highlight those values. We support and ally with local leaders to build capacity within. Evidence in hand, we strategize with partners to transform design and the public realm while centering people.
Do you want to track progress toward equity? Do you need to focus on what matters, establish the right goals, and measure progress toward those goals? We can help.