Meet the team
CLARENCE ECKERSON JR, DIRECTOR OF VIDEO PRODUCTION
Clarence is frequently referred to as “the hardest working man in transportation show biz” for his dedication to making difficult, wonky concepts more accessible and entertaining to the general public. He's been documenting advocacy transportation for over ten years and produced 200 Streetfilms.
With no formal video training or education in an urban planning field, Clarence attributes much of his accumulated knowledge to never holding a driver’s license. 99% of all footage he shoots is by bike, foot, train, or bus, which gives his filmmaking a unique, see-it-as-it-happens feel. He also loves his commute.
CHRISTA ORTH, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Christa leads individual and institutional fundraising for Streetsblog and Streetfilms. Before joining the StreetsMedia team, Christa managed sustainable funding efforts for a variety of nonprofits including Equity Foundation and StoryCorps. As a bike commuter, she’s thrilled to be strengthening the support base for better biking, walking and transit.
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Christa holds degrees from Western Washington University and University of Oregon. She’s committed to sharing stories of community transformation through activism and perseverance, is writing a creative non-fiction book about the queer history of the Pacific Northwest, and serves on the board of MIX NYC.
KELLY DONOHUE, STREETSMEDIA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Kelly joined the team in 2012 as an intern for Streetsblog and Streetfilms and worked her way up to Development Associate in 2013. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in History and minor in City & Regional Planning, where she focused on the nexus of gender relations and urban transportation. She is currently applying to grad school and is committed to improving the commutes of women everywhere.
A current Brooklynite, Kelly is a California native with aspirations to bring east coast civic innovations back west. You’re likely to find her riding her Fuji around Brooklyn or eating kale in any form, in any number of locations. Follow Kelly on Twitter @TranspoDon.
ANA PENA, STREETSMEDIA DEVELOPMENT INTERN
Ana joined us in September 2013 to help Streetsblog and Streetfilms build their fundraising program. She is a Master’s degree candidate at Milano Graduate School of Urban Policy, Analysis and Management at the New School, and earned her Bachelors in Architecture and Urban Design at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Ana is very passionate about understanding urban issues and is dedicated to working with organizations for urban and community development.
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