Session No. 5F

Ensuring Equity in Virtual Public Involvement

Do you find yourself wondering how to equitably reach all stakeholders during these times of limited in-person public input? Are you hesitant to try something new for fear you may find yourself on the wrong side of a federal regulation? This panel will focus on considerations for ensuring equity during virtual public meetings. Plan to join us for this discussion by bringing your questions as well as your ideas.

This is a panel discussion, so speakers do not have individual topic titles.

Moderator: Shannon Warchol, Kittelson & Associates

  • Yanisa Techagumthorn, associate transportation planner, Nelson\Nygaard  
  • Carolyn Nelson, P.E., civil engineer, project development/environmental specialist, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) — Office of Project Development and Environmental Review
  • Alison Hastings, PP/AICP, associate director, Communications & Engagement, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission 


Yanisa Techagumthorn views public transit as a tool for improving people’s lives, including combating economic and environmental injustice. She works to ensure that the shift to a more multimodal world is inclusive of all communities. Techagumthorn's expertise includes transit finance and governance design for rural and urban agencies; transit market and operations analyses; and bus electrification. She brings skills in research, GIS, data storytelling, and financial and governance structures. Before joining Nelson\Nygaard, Techagumthorn worked on transportation policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe Center, as well as research projects at MIT related to low-income transit fares and assessing the impacts of highway and transit changes on low-income communities of color.

Alison Hastings is the associate director of Communications and Engagement at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization. At DVRPC, Hastings serves as the Commission’s Public Records Officer and Title VI Compliance Manager. She directs overall communications and outreach strategies, and works with staff on creating meaningful public engagement opportunities. Before joining DVRPC in 2003, Hastings explored various career paths, including student development, environmental conflict resolution, and place-making through public art. She received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.




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Dec. 10, 2020

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891