Staff & Board

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Mark Gorton

Mark is the founder of Tower Research Capital LLC, a money management firm specializing in quantitative trading and investment strategies, as well as the founder of Lime Brokerage LLCLime Medical LLC and Lime Labs LLC. Mark founded OpenPlans (Streetsblog’s parent non-profit) in 1999 after realizing the incredible potential of the open source movement to create tools that catalyze civic engagement. In his role as Chairman he draws on a strong background in urban transportation advocacy and open media.

 

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Gersh Kuntzman

Gersh Kuntzman joined Streetsblog as editor in chief in July, 2018 after stints at both New York City tabloids (Post, 1993-2000 and 2004-2007; Daily News, 2012-2017) and a long tenure as editor of The Brooklyn Paper (2007-2012). He is a veteran journalist and longtime bike commuter from his home in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. He has been hit by a driver on Smith Street, doored on Flushing Avenue and wiped out on the really shiny, slippery paint on the Manhattan end of the Manhattan Bridge. He is a relentless voice for bicycle safety, and beyond these pages always hopes to raise awareness of issues we take for granted, but most drivers never give a second thought to (example).

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Ben Fried

Ben Fried joined Streetsblog as a New York City reporter in 2008, just as the push to enact congestion pricing was peaking. Today he oversees Streetsblog’s coverage of New York and national transportation policy, and manages the technical platform shared by all Streetsblog sites. Ben graduated from Oberlin College with a concentration in architecture, and he holds a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. He lives with his wife in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, and he loves the Mets. Follow Ben on Twitter @BenFried.

 

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Angie Schmitt

Angie is the editor of Streetsblog USA, covering stories of significance to the national movement for better walking, biking, and transit. Angie is also the co-founder and editor of Rustwire.com, which covers contemporary urban affairs in the industrial Midwest. She is a strong advocate for more livable streets, particularly when it comes to the revitalization of older, so-called ‘rustier’ cities. Angie holds a masters degree in urban planning from Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. Prior to Streetsblog, she worked as a newspaper reporter covering municipal governments throughout her home state of Ohio and in Southeast Michigan. Follow Angie on Twitter @StreetsblogUSA.

 

Board of Directors

Gabe Klein, CityFi

Christine Berthet, Clinton Hell’s Kitchen Coalition for Pedestrian Safety

Lisa Sladkus, Upper West Side Streets Renaissance

Sebastian Delmont, String Messenger

Liena Zagare, Corner Media

Jennifer Walker, Practice Yoga

Ellen McDermott, Transportation Alternatives

Joseph Lipman, Hospital for Special Surgery