Staff Members

Ellen Greenberg
Deputy Director of Sustainability

Ellen Greenberg has over 30 years’ experience working with cities, transportation agencies and non-governmental organizations to guide development, conservation and transportation decisions. Before joining the Caltrans Sustainability Program, Greenberg was a principal at Arup, an independent design, planning and engineering firm, where she worked since 2010. Greenberg served in the leadership of Arup’s planning and infrastructure groups in San Francisco. During her time at Arup, she worked with transportation agencies including LA Metro, the Maricopa County (Arizona) Association of Governments, Translink (Vancouver Region) and the SF Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Ellen was lead author of Caltrans’ Smart Mobility Framework, which was initiated with support from the U.S. EPA Office of Sustainable Communities. Other areas of work with the EPA office have included urban eco-districts, reuse of obsolete shopping malls and sustainable street design. She also was appointed as the first visiting practitioner at the University of California, Davis National Center for Sustainable Transportation.

Joanne Valdivia, Administrative Assistant

Joanne.Valdivia@dot.ca.gov

(916) 654-4852

Jeanie Ward-Waller
Sustainability Program Manager

Sustainability Program Manager

Jeanie Ward-Waller is the Caltrans Sustainability Program Manager based in the Director’s Office in the Sacramento headquarters office.

Jeanie is well known as an effective advocate for active transportation, health, and equity in California. She is the former policy director of the California Bicycle Coalition and the former senior California policy manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Before moving to California, Jeanie was a licensed structural engineer in Massachusetts.

At CalBike, Jeanie built successful coalitions with public and non-profit partners to advocate for lower-income populations, public health, and better climate policies. She led efforts to increase funding for bikeways and sustainable modes of travel, prioritizing low-income households and bicyclists’ rights.

At the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Jeanie coordinated outreach, technical assistance, and resources for the organization’s partners and disadvantaged communities to access active transportation funding. For her efforts, in 2015 Jeanie earned a “Streetsie” Award for Tireless Statewide Advocacy from Streetsblog California, which noted that Jeanie “embodies the kind of knowledgeable advocacy that we need, and benefit from, in Sacramento.”

Jeanie earned a Master of Philosophy degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. She received a Masters of Engineering degree in civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at Brown University. Jeanie is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional.

Jeanie.Ward-Waller@dot.ca.gov

(916) 653-7569

Ali Doerr

Transportation Planner

Ali Doerr is a Transportation Planner in the Sustainability Program. Ali staffs the California Walk Bike Technical Advisory Committee, Complete Streets Center of Excellence and a variety of other projects related to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions within the Department.

Prior to joining the Sustainability Program Ali worked in the Climate Change Branch at Caltrans and oversaw the Adaptation Planning Grant Program. In that role she assisted grant recipients and worked with stakeholders to bridge the gap between transportation investments and climate change effects in their region. Ali also worked for the City of Eugene as an intern within the Transportation Options office to plan and implement community support around active transportation.

Ali holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Planning, Public Policy and Management from the University of Oregon.

Alexandra.Doerr@dot.ca.gov

(916) 653-2580

Kim Epperson

Staff Services Manager I

Kim Epperson is currently Recourse Manager for the Sustainability Program in the Director’s Office. Kim started her Caltrans career in 2000 as a Dispatcher-Clerk at the Kingvale Communication Center. Kim later went to work as a Dispatcher-Clerk at the District 3 Regional Transportation Management Center eventually becoming the Dispatcher-Clerk Supervisor at the same location. In 2010 she accepted the position of Caltrans Regional Administrative Officer in the Sunrise Region Office in District 3. The beginning of 2014 Kim shifted her career outside of Maintenance and joined Headquarters Project Management team as Resource Manager over the Division of Construction.

Kim.Epperson@dot.ca.gov

(916) 654-5772

Abigail Jackson

Transportation Planner

Abigail leads Sustainability Program research efforts on road pricing and employee commute vehicle miles traveled reduction, and their impacts to social equity, and she specializes in housing and transportation integration. She also facilitates California’s participation in the international Transportation Decarbonization Alliance, among other planning and communications duties.

Prior to joining Caltrans, Abigail worked as a regional economic development planner and as a consultant (LSA) on the Fresno-to-Bakersfield California High Speed Rail Project conducting CEQA/NEPA analyses. She was also a community organizer for the “Building Food Justice in South Madison” partnership and worked on active transportation policy at the State of Wisconsin’s Bureau of Public Health.

Abigail received her Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Arts from UW-Madison in environmental policy. In her spare time, Abby loves playing ultimate frisbee, camping, and serving as Vice Chair of her local neighborhood association.

Abigail.Jackson@dot.ca.gov

(916) 653-9367

Anika Jesi

Senior Transportation Planner

Anika Jesi joins the Sustainability Program as a Senior Transportation Planner working primarily on policies and processes to help integrate active transportation into the Department and allow for the development of more bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the State Highway System. Prior to joining the Sustainability team, Anika was in the Smart Mobility & Active Transportation branch in the Division of Transportation Planning, where she worked on projects such as development of a Smart Mobility How-to Guide and Complete Streets implementation. Originally, Anika hails from San Francisco where she began her career at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission managing the Freeway Service Patrol program. Outside of work, Anika serves as a Commissioner on the Sacramento Active Transportation Commission and as Vice President of her local neighborhood association. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, house projects, tennis, and hanging out with her husband and cat. Anika holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies & Urban Sustainability from Seattle University.

Anika.Jesi@dot.ca.gov

(916) 653-0507

Jannette Ramirez

Senior Transportation Planner

Jannette Ramirez has over five years of Caltrans experience. She first joined Caltrans as a Transportation Planner at Headquarters’ Office of Project and Program Planning where she was responsible for tracking and managing the quarterly progress of statewide Project Initiation Documents (PIDs) and provided data analysis for PID reports to the Legislative Analysts Office and Department of Finance. As an Associate Transportation Planner with the Office of Smart Mobility and Climate Change she led the Complete Streets Technical Advisory Committee that held bi-monthly meetings and represented the Office in the Department’s efforts on incorporating complete streets into the SHOPP. Most recently, at Caltrans District 4, Jannette wrote comment letters following SB 743 guidance for CEQA projects affecting the State Transportation Network.

Jannette graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning Analysis and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature.

Jannette.Ramirez@dot.ca.gov

(916) 653-4577