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Jose Luis Moscovich (Lecturer)

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Personal bio
José Luis Moscovich is the Managing Director at IDS California, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning; policy development; and program and project finance, management and delivery. He is also Executive Vice President at PFAL, an international consultancy specializing in project finance and alternative project delivery methods. He has thirty years’ experience in transportation planning and engineering, including project development, program oversight, environmental studies, long-range plan development, and a number of assignments in the private sector as a strategic planning consultant, and as infrastructure development advisor for Latin American cities. Mr. Moscovich was Executive Director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority between 2001 and 2013, spearheading the development of the first 30-year Transportation Plan for the City, as well as the reauthorization campaign for Prop K, the 30-year local sales tax for transportation that captured 75% popular vote. On his watch, the Authority played a key role in resolving the debate over the Central Freeway and in the design and construction of the award winning Octavia Boulevard, as well as in gaining approval and federal funding for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project. He headed up the decade-long effort to replace Doyle Drive and succeeded in getting approval for the new Presidio Parkway as the first transportation public-private partnership in California with availability payments, paving the way for a completely new way of delivering transportation projects on time and on budget and with a substantial private sector capital investment component. He also developed the original funding strategies for both the Central Subway and Transbay Terminal projects that led the region to prioritize both projects for federal funding. He persuaded the George W. Bush administration to fund a now seminal cordon pricing study for San Francisco and later to provide a $59M grant to the Bay Area to demonstrate variable pricing, including the parking demonstration that resulted in the widespread deployment of electronic meters in San Francisco. More recently, he was instrumental in developing the blended service concept for High Speed and Caltrain service on the San Francisco Peninsula. Also during his tenure, the Authority developed the first activity-based travel demand model in the Bay Area, later adopted by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for the entire region. Also during that time, the Authority approved and issued $200 M in commercial paper, it was awarded the Employer of the Year Award by WTS, and its credit rating was upgraded to AA+. Mr. Moscovich chaired the Self-Help Counties Coalition between 2005 and 2007. He was President of the Board of the California Transportation Foundation between 2006 and 2008. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Lake Arrowhead Transportation and Land Use Program at UCLA, and on the Advisory Board of the University of California Transportation Center. He holds a degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Planning Association and a member of the Pricing Committee of the Transportation Research Board. He has appeared as guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, UCLA and the National University of Rosario in Argentina. He is also a Fulbright Specialist is Transportation Planning and, upon the invitation of the World Bank, has advised the Regional Government of Beijing on transportation strategy issues. When he’s not thinking about transportation and cities, he’s usually conducting operas. He has two commercially released CDs including a new opera, Corpus Evita, with composer Carlos Franzetti, which received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2005. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Artists. He is General Director and Principal Conductor at West Bay Opera in Palo Alto ( www.wbopera.org).

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