2018 YPT Baltimore Board Candidates

Below are the candidate statements for the 2018 YPT Baltimore Board. All Chapter members will be able to vote and will receive a link to the election ballot in an email sent by YPT International. Voting will begin on October 16th. Any position remaining vacant after elections can be filled with a vote by the elected Board.

Chair

Jade Clayton, Associate Planner at RK&K

I want to continue the steady progress YPT Baltimore has made over the past three years. YPT Baltimore has impacted my career in many positive ways and I want to continue providing opportunities for other young professionals to network, innovate, and learn to move transportation forward. If given the opportunity to continue leading the chapter, I hope to provide direction and support to other board members to grow collectively and individually.

What qualifies you for this position?

I have been with YPT Baltimore since its inception and have previously held the positions of Vice Chair of Finance, Deputy Chair, and Chair. I understand and have played each role, formally and informally, including marketing, event planning, and financial management. I am a self-aware, emerging leader in the field of transportation planning.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I want this year to be both fun and productive for our board and chapter members!

Zayne Dietterick, Coffee Trader at Keffa Coffee

I am running for the chair position of YPT Baltimore with the goal of working together as a group to increase our presence and membership throughout the Baltimore region. As a current board member, I have a good set of experiences which will allow me to succeed in the role of Chair. I am excited about the opportunities YPT has to work within our larger community as both a professional development outlet, and also a networking tool. Thank you.

What qualifies you for this position?

I have prior experience on the YPT board, am actively engaged in networking both within the transportation industry, and outside of it, and I am enthusiastic about sharing our organization with as many people that I can to help broaden our reach and membership.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I am excited to work with the upcoming board to continue to set and achieve higher goals.

Deputy Chair

Zayne Dietterick, Coffee Trader at Keffa Coffee

I am interested in this position so that I can further contribute to gaining more members for the Baltimore chapter of YPT. I believe that being in a leadership position would better position me to be able to encourage positive change and help to promote events which will draw potential members.

What qualifies you for this position?

I am good at managing projects and time, and I have a keen ability to see the whole picture, and understand what works and what doesn’t work. I am excited to help grow the YPT Baltimore membership base.

Nicholas R. Stewart, Senior Transit Service Planner at MDOT MTA

Not only are professional organizations important to the social aspects of their members, but they can also play a valuable role in professional development, allowing professionals to expand their knowledge of the industry and add skills to their toolbox.

In addition, there is potential for involvement in public education of transportation topics.

I am running for Deputy Chair to help YPT grow and increase it’s impact in and on Charm City.

What qualifies you for this position?

6 years on Board of Directors for academic non-profit.
+Helped organize annual collegiate conference.
+Vice President, then President

2 years on Executive Board of Planning Student Organization
+Speaker Coordinator; helped organize annual symposium
+Vice President; helped identify and pursue fundraising opportunities

Vice Chair of Programs

Kristen Jeffers, Founder of Kristen Jeffers Media

I’m running because I’ve done a lot of event planning, for YPT in DC and also for other organizations. I’d also like to go ahead and set a master calendar of events for 2017-2018.

What qualifies you for this position?

I’ve planned a ton of events, including an awards show that I shaved $12,000 of the budget of. I can easily plan Beers with Peers and other events we’d like to do.

Nicholas R. Stewart, Senior Transit Service Planner at MDOT MTA

As Vice Chair of Programs, I would work to establish events that would help members expand their professional and social network, hone professional skills, and have fun.

Beyond that, I will help to create more opportunities for YPT Baltimore to interact with the public to help foster better knowledge and understanding of transportation in the area.

What qualifies you for this position?

6 years on Board of Directors for academic non-profit.
+Helped organize annual collegiate conference.
+Vice President, then President

2 years on Executive Board of Planning Student Organization
+Speaker Coordinator; helped organize annual symposium
+Vice President; helped identify and pursue fundraising opportunities

Vice Chair of Communications

Kristen Jeffers, Founder of Kristen Jeffers Media

I feel like this is my best and greatest contribution I can give to the board, and I enjoy staying in the know and making sure we communicate to members and we tell the story.

What qualifies you for this position?

I assisted with the communication duties last year for the DC board, and I have an undergrad degree in communications, which I use daily to promote my urbanist blog and podcast.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I could be a great program chair, but a really, really awesome communications chair.

Open Positions for the 2018 Board:

  • Vice Chair of Finance
  • Vice Chair of Administration
  • Vice Chair of Partnerships

Announcing the First Ever YPT Baltimore Strategic Plan!

by Angie Hernandez, Vice Chair

YPT Baltimore is excited to announce that the chapter will be kicking off our first ever Strategic Plan in 2017! With this exciting announcement, you may be wondering what a Strategic Plan is and why does our chapter need one? Or, you may find yourself wondering; why should I, a well-meaning Baltimore YPT’er care to continue to read this blog post talking about a strategic plan?

The answer to all of these questions in short is that YPT Baltimore is looking to solidify our purpose as a professional organization and distinguish our chapter from the other professional transportation organizations in the area. The strategic plan will formalize our focus over the next year as well as begin to plan strategies to enhance and grow our chapter for years to come. You, as a member of YPT Baltimore, have a voice in planning our organization’s future and the strategic planning effort will provide the platform for your voice to be heard.

At a more detailed level, the Strategic Plan will serve as a short-term guide to ensure consistency in our organization’s purpose and ultimately serve as a road map for future YPT Baltimore endeavors. In addition, the plan will provide guidance for our leadership board to focus on expanding and enhancing our chapter as we grow through 2017 and beyond.

We are looking for participation from all members in defining chapter goals, strategies, and activities to be included in the strategic plan. There will be various opportunities for members to provide input and participate in the development of the Strategic Plan over the next few months. Our Executive Board will be leading an effort to develop a member survey to solicit input on the plan, in addition to hosting a strategic planning meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for February 2017. Stay tuned for more information regarding how to be involved in the strategic planning for YPT Baltimore throughout the New Year.

This plan will not be a success without all of your help and wonderful ideas. Please take some time over the next few weeks to brainstorm some ideas about what our Chapter could be doing differently, better, or even just something that you have been thinking about that our organization could explore together.

“If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” – Albert Einstein

2015-2016 YPT Baltimore Board Elections

The first year transitioning from PAYT Maryland to YPT Baltimore has been challenging but fun as we’ve held some of our most attended quarterly events and built new relationships with other organizations. Moving into our second year as a YPT chapter, we hope to inject more energy and participation from our members, and are looking forward to our first year opening board positions to the election process!

To be a part of our mission, “Connecting transportation professionals to collaboratively innovate and present informed solutions to challenges facing the transportation industry,” you can become a member, run for a board position, or attend future board meetings which are open to all members.

YPT Baltimore will be holding board elections very soon! Similar to the international board, you must be a due paying member to vote and to run for a board position.

Here are some steps to participate in board elections:

  1. Check your membership status by logging in to yptransportation.org.
  2. If you’re not a member, you have until the end of September (for election purposes) to become a member by using the link here.
  3. Submit your name and candidate statement for one of four board positions using this form.
  4. If you’re not running for a position, but would like to vote, keep an eye out for upcoming emails and activities regarding board elections!

Once we have candidate statements submitted, we’ll hold a happy hour for candidates and members to mingle and discuss the future of our chapter. Specific dates for membership deadlines, candidate submission deadlines, and other election updates will be forthcoming.

Have a question? Leave a comment or email us at yptbaltimore@gmail.com.