King County Metro, WA

Akshali Gandhi

Akshali is a Transportation Planner in King County Metro’s Parking and Mobility Hubs team. Her experience covers multiple aspects of transportation and mobility, from long-range planning to parking management. She is originally from the Chicagoland area but now resides in Seattle, WA. Akshali speaks Intermediate Spanish and one day would like to work on urban mobility initiatives in Latin America.



Opticos Design, CA

Niki Xenia Alygizou

Niki Xenia Alygizou is trained as an architect and an urban designer, holding a Masters of Urban Design from UC Berkeley. As an urban practitioner, she brings alternative design processes and urban storytelling to advance social resilience. She also explores urban development processes in East Mediterranean countries by looking at the intersection of preservation, culture, and development. 



Virginia Tech, VA

Hypatia Alexandria

Hypatia is a Ph.D student in Planning, Governance and Globalization at Virginia Tech. She works with the Hispanic community in housing and equity issues. She currently serves as a member of the Loudoun County Housing Advisory Board; the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Land Surveyors; the Access for All, and the Citizen Advisory Committee of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.



University of California, Los Angeles CA

Luis Cruz

Luis is a current Urban & Regional Planning master's student at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. His interests include community and regional economic development and racial equity. While pivoting into the planning field, Luis continues to work as an educator in Los Angeles, where he was born & raised. He identifies as Mexican-American, Spanish being his native language.