Staff Directory

Nick Sifuentes
Executive Director
Nick Sifuentes comes to Tri-State Transportation Campaign from the Riders Alliance, where he served as Deputy Director. There, he led campaigns to call on the State Legislature to fix and fund New York City's public transit, create a half-priced MetroCard program for low-income residents known as Fair Fares, and revamp ailing bus service in New York City.

Prior to the Riders Alliance, Nick worked in the National Issue Advocacy Practice at BerlinRosen Public Affairs, where he spearheaded communications strategies to promote environmental protection, LGBT rights, arts and culture, and good jobs. Nick also served as the Sierra Club's Press Secretary for the Northeastern United States, where he led advocacy and communications efforts in thirteen states.

Before moving to New York, Nick was a led communications for campaigns at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), helping win a series of innovative organizing and legislative campaigns on mass transit, infrastructure development, and energy efficiency. While in Los Angeles, he volunteered his skills in media relations and organizing to various political candidates and progressive organizations, including the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Prior to his work at LAANE, Nick was a journalist with the Center for American Progress. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Vincent Pellecchia
Associate Director
Vincent's work involves both legal and policy issues. Vincent's legal work involves organization-related legal issues as well as legal support and analysis for all areas of the Campaign's advocacy. Vincent is also involved in policy and advocacy for the Campaign, including work related to the New NY Bridge and Sheridan Expressway. Vincent joined the Campaign in March 2011 after living in China, where he studied Chinese and worked with the World Wildlife Fund on the 2010 China Ecological Footprint Report and Green Earth Volunteers editing environment-related news articles. Prior to living in China, Vincent spent several years working in private practice focusing on commercial and bankruptcy law. Vincent holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

Janna Chernetz
Director, New Jersey Policy

Janna Chernetz joined TSTC in 2011. As TSTC's Senior New Jersey Policy Analyst, Janna focuses on issues related to sustainable funding of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund and the state budget, responsible transportation spending and investment decisions, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and enhancing economic development through the connection of land use and transportation. While at TSTC, Janna lead a successful campaign to include bike accommodations on the entire 12.5 mile NJDOT rebuild of Route 35 in Ocean County, serving as a national example of how Completes Streets can be implemented. Janna played an integral role in the creation of the 2014 NJDOT's Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and currently serves as an Executive Council member of New Jersey's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). Janna received her B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1999, and her Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2002 where she was an Environmental Dean's Fellow. Janna was admitted to practice law in New Jersey in 2002 and is currently a registered Governmental Affairs Agent.

Joseph Cutrufo
Director, Communications & Connecticut Policy

Joseph joined TSTC in 2012 and leads Connecticut policy initiatives while also directing the organization's strategic media campaigns. In Connecticut, Joseph works to advance legislation, such as the state's vulnerable user law, statewide bicycle law reform, and a transportation funding lockbox. He also partners with state and local leaders on complete streets efforts and aims to steer decisionmaking away from highway widenings and toward innovative transit and demand management solutions. Prior to joining TSTC, Joseph worked with WalkBoston, where he partnered with cities and towns across Massachusetts to tackle pedestrian safety issues and promote the benefits of walking and walkable community development. Joseph earned an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University.

Dana Dobson
South Jersey Coordinator

Dana joined the Tri-State Transportation Campaign as the South Jersey Advocate in October 2015 to advocate for healthier, safer and more equitable communities throughout southern New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area. Dana's work is connects sustainable transportation policies and opportunities to improve access to safe, reliable modes of transportation to a wide range of stakeholder groups, elected officials and the media. Dana also works to secure funding and support for multi-use trails in southern New Jersey as member of the Circuit Trails Coalition. Prior to working at TSTC, Dana worked in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Planning division, as well as at Pennsylvania Environmental Council as an advocate for better trail and water resources. Dana received a Master's of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Geography and Urban Studies, as well as Sociology at Temple University.