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Staff & Board

Mark Gorton

Mark is the founder of Tower Research Capital LLC, a money management firm specializing in quantitative trading and investment strategies, as well as the founder of Lime Brokerage LLCLime Medical LLC and Lime Labs LLC. Mark founded OpenPlans (Streetsblog’s parent non-profit) in 1999 after realizing the incredible potential of the open source movement to create tools that catalyze civic engagement. In his role as Chairman he draws on a strong background in urban transportation advocacy and open media.



Ben Fried

Ben Fried is the Editor-in-Chief of Streetsblog. He joined Streetsblog as a New York City reporter in 2008, just as the push to enact congestion pricing was peaking. Since then he has covered slightly more successful transit funding campaigns, the transportation angle on local elections, and the day-by-day transformation of New York City streets. Today he oversees Streetsblog’s family of sites covering New York, San Francisco, federal transportation policy, and stories from around the country of significance to the national movement for safer streets and sustainable transportation. Ben graduated from Oberlin College with a concentration in architecture, and he holds a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. He lives with his wife in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and he loves the Mets. Follow Ben on Twitter @streetsblogNYC.


Managing Editor
Brad Aaron

Brad began writing for Streetsblog in 2007, after years as a reporter, editor, and publisher in the alternative weekly business. He has written extensively on politics, urban planning, transportation, law, education, business, and other topics, and has covered everything from mass bike rides to visits by heads of state. Brad has adopted New York’s dysfunctional traffic justice system as his primary beat for Streetsblog. He also edits stories and nitpicks copy for Streetsblog New York, USA, and San Francisco, as well as the Streetsblog Network. Brad lives in Manhattan with his wife and their many, many cats. Follow Brad @streetsblogNYC.


Editor, Streetsblog USA
Angie Schmitt

Angie manages the Streetsblog Network and reports for Streetsblog USA, highlighting the best in progressive transportation blogging from around the country. Angie is co-founder and editor of, which covers contemporary urban affairs in the industrial Midwest. She is a strong advocate for more livable streets, particularly when it comes to the revitalization of older, so-called ‘rustier’ cities. Angie holds a masters degree in urban planning from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. Prior to OpenPlans, she worked as a newspaper reporter covering municipal governments throughout her home state of Ohio and in Southeast Michigan. Follow Angie on Twitter @StreetsblogNet.


Reporter, New York City
Stephen Miller

Stephen is a full-time reporter for Streetsblog NYC, where he covers livable streets and transportation in the five boroughs, including everything from MTA funding and bike lane expansions to pedestrian plazas and street safety. In addition to reporting for Streetsblog, Stephen is a master’s candidate at Pratt Institute’s City and Regional Planning program. He grew up in Rhode Island, where he collected Matchbox cars and maps as a kid. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @miller_stephen.


Editor, San Francisco
Aaron Bialick

Aaron’s interests inevitably honed in on sustainable transportation advocacy at San Francisco State University, where he studied communication with a focus in rhetoric. He spent his last semester in Denmark, where parading around in bicycle utopias left him with an everlasting impression of what’s possible in his homeland of California. He hails originally from the Los Angeles region. Follow Aaron on Twitter @streetsblogSF.


Editor, Los Angeles
Damien Newton

Damien is the first editor of Streetsblog Los Angeles, the impact journalism site that’s bringing better transportation options to the City of Angels. Before moving west, he was the NJ Coordinator for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and he has lent his media relations know-how to a number of advocacy campaigns. Damien holds a Masters of Arts in Public Communications from American University and was a 2011 Annenberg School of Journalism “Online Health  Journalism Fellow.” Follow Damien on Twitter @streetsblogLA.


Advisory Board
Christine Berthet, Clinton Hell’s Kitchen Coalition for Pedestrian Safety
Langston James “Kimo” Goree, International Institute for Sustainable Development
John Kaehny, Reinvent Albany
Aram Khachadurian, CHF International
Aaron Naparstek, Streetsblog Founding Editor
Guillermo “Gil” Peñalosa, 8-80 Cities
Lisa Sladkus, Upper West Side Streets Renaissance