Staff & Board

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.


Ben Fried

Ben Fried is the Editor-in-Chief of Streetsblog. He 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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Brad Aaron

Brad began writing for Streetsblog in 2007, after years as a reporter, editor, and publisher in the alternative weekly business. He has written extensively on politics, urban planning, transportation, law, education, business, and other topics, and has covered everything from mass bike rides to visits by heads of state. Brad has adopted New York’s dysfunctional traffic justice system as his primary beat for Streetsblog. He also edits stories and nitpicks copy for Streetsblog New York and Streetsblog USA. Brad lives in Manhattan with his wife and their many, many cats. Follow Brad @bradaaron.


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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, 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