Sam Zimbabwe has been Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) since January 2019. He came to SDOT from Washington, DC, where he served in senior management positions at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), first as the Associate Director for Policy, Planning & Sustainability, and then as DDOT’s first Chief Project Delivery Officer, responsible for transportation planning, capital project design and construction, traffic engineering and signals, and transit service delivery. Prior to joining DDOT, Sam was the Director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, a national nonprofit partnership dedicated to leveraging transit investments to preserve and create equitable communities.
Sam has a background in urban design and transportation planning and spent five years working for urban design and architecture firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University.
Naomi Doerner is a transportation planner and equity strategist with over a decade of experience building community capacity and coalitions for inclusive transportation planning processes, projects, and policies within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. As the first-ever Transportation Equity Program Manager at the Seattle Department of Transportation, she leads a team and advises on strategies for community engagement, policy and programming activities, including the development a Transportation Equity Agenda. Naomi is a cofounder and a core organizer of The Untokening, a multiracial collective that develops resources to center the lived experiences of marginalized people and communities advancing mobility justice. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Vision Zero Network and PlayBuild. Naomi has a Master of Urban Planning from NYU Wagner and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University.