Valerie Mackintosh

Valerie MackintoshMs. Mackintosh is a writer and public outreach facilitator with experience in qualitative thinking and community involvement from a range of technical and service backgrounds. She brings cultural competency and sensitivity to AMMA’s public participation work with diverse and vulnerable populations. Ms. Mackintosh outreach work with AMMA often involves engaging non-English Speaking and unserved individuals, such as agricultural workers and Tribal members and persons with low-incomes. This includes developing tools and strategies like working with trusted messengers to engage individuals who are often marginalized and not invited to the transit decisionmaking process. Her outreach-related responsibilities include facilitating and presenting at workshops and training, coordinating and facilitating stakeholder interviews and community focus groups and developing and analyzing surveys.

Ms. Mackintosh’s strong analytic skills and attention to the value of procedures serve her well in assisting transit providers and human services agencies with FTA grant processes and developing policy and procedure manuals. Additional responsibilities of Ms. Mackintosh include assisting in the preparation, writing and production of transportation reports; assisting in production of proposals; and administrative support for clients such as San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and the Riverside County Transportation Commission.

Since 2012, Ms. Mackintosh has provided Title VI support to transit providers and human service agencies throughout the state as part of Caltrans’ Rural Transit Assistance Program. This included developing templates and “how-to” guides, participating in multiple state-wide webinars and workshops, providing technical assistance and developing compliant Title VI Programs for multiple transit providers in California.

Ms. Mackintosh graduated in 2008 from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in World Literature and Cultural Studies. In 2011, she received a Certificate in Public Involvement in Transportation Decisionmaking from the National Transit Institute. Ms. Mackintosh received her MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco in December 2014.

Ms. Mackintosh lives in Monterey, CA with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys spending her time reading and writing and being outdoors.

Dennis Brooks

Dennis BrooksDennis Brooks has been with AMMA Transit Planning since 2006, bringing his financial and mathematical abilities to provide strong analytic products to AMMA’s project efforts. His ability to evaluate and validate the financial and operating performance of transportation programs ensures that planning recommendations will sustain and improve efficient and effective transit operations.

Mr. Brooks has participated in a wide range of planning projects for public transit properties, regional planning agencies and human services transportation programs. He has led multiple FTA discretionary grant offerings in Southern California, where his analytical thinking and attention to detail has provided strong support to funding agencies, grant applicants and successful grantees over the past 15 years. Mr. Brooks regularly assesses the financial standing of public transportation providers and has developed multi-year financial forecasts for multiple transit agencies for comprehensive analyses and short-range transit plans. In over two dozen coordinated transportation plans, Mr. Brooks has led the census data demographic analyses and assessments of available transportation services.

Recent activities of Mr. Brooks include: an implementation-oriented evaluation of California’s new Innovative Clean Transportation (ICT) initiative’s zero emission bus requirements for small operators; lead responsibility for a regional paratransit call center and brokerage assessment; prepared an intercity bus plan, including operating schedules over multiple time horizons, to support intercity rail development through California’s State Rail Plan; and participated in the conduct of six Transportation Development Act (TDA) audits of public operators.

Mr. Brooks is currently enrolled in a degree program in Business Management at Riverside City College and has completed the Pepperdine Transit Management certificate program and various National Transit Institute courses.

A resident of Riverside, CA., Mr. Brooks is a devoted father of two and enjoys boating and tropical aquarium fishkeeping in his spare time.

Heather Menninger

Heather MenningerWith more than three decades of experience with public transportation service planning, Heather Menninger has designed, evaluated or implemented transit service improvements in a breadth of environments, with particular emphasis on community-level transit programs for small urban and rural settings and demand response programs. She has published in the Transportation Research Record (TRR), including two papers regarding paratransit demand estimation, and has contributed to Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) publications, on innovation in transit (TCRP Report 70) and on veterans transportation (TCRP Report 164).

As a sole proprietor, Ms. Menninger brings professional evaluation, problem-solving skills and critical thinking to the evaluation of public transit programs. At the individual, operator level and for multi-modal environments, she has led county-wide and regional planning initiatives. , Ms. Menninger has led projects that include: comprehensive operations analyses for rural and small urban transit; transit development plans; strategic, long-range and countywide transit planning; performance assessment of transit programs, including Americans with Disabilities Act complementary paratransit compliance and evaluation; micro-transit service evaluation; coordinated transportation planning; senior transportation and non-emergency medical transportation planning studies; human service transportation evaluation studies; staffing of mandated advisory groups; transit performance measurement, monitoring and reporting; bus-to-rail connectivity studies and commute needs assessments.

Ms. Menninger has provided long-term, contracted staff assistance to several regional transportation planning agencies for much of her career, stepping into issues that encompass regulatory compliance, grant writing that includes program design and contract administration, reporting and tracking of public transportation trends and staffing of advisory councils and commissions.

Ms. Menninger holds three degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Hampshire College (1977), a Master’s in Management of Human Services from Brandeis University (1981), and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (2002).

She lives in Pacific Grove, CA with her husband Kirk Visscher and two cats, Jonni Dep and Spotters. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, studying Tai Chi and knitting or, with her husband, kayaking on the Elkhorn Slough and camping.