Jim Stone, Executive Director
Jim's career in environmental education, awareness and sustainability has spanned more than 30 years. He brings an ecological perspective to the issue of transportation, tying together the impact of walkable, transit-oriented communities on the environment, human health, social justice and the economy. Jim engendered a culture of innovation in our predecessor organization, WalkSanDiego, which he now brings to Circulate San Diego. Under his guidance the organization pioneered new approaches to engage stakeholders and gather input, such as the development of a smart phone app to crowd-source data about the walking environment and provide walkability ratings for every city in San Diego County. Other innovations pursued by the organization include a pilot program for walking prescriptions and a mini streetscape where children can learn pedestrian skills in the safety of a schoolyard environment.
Before joining Circulate San Diego, he served as Vice President of Programs at the San Diego Natural History Museum where he was responsible for developing education programs and exhibitions that focused on the plants, animals, and habitats of Southern California and the Baja peninsula. Jim earned a BS in biology from Southern Connecticut State University and an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. He is a Mentor/Adviser for America Walk's Walking College and a former Board Member of California Walks. Jim also serves on the Board of Kid Spark, a nonprofit that trains teachers and students in Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering. He lives in La Mesa, where he is the Chairperson of the Environmental Sustainability Commission.
Colin Parent, Policy Counsel
Colin Parent is Policy Counsel at the Circulate San Diego. He is responsible for advocating for affordable transit, safe walkable neighborhoods, and effective land use policy.
Colin served on the Jerry Brown for Governor 2010 campaign, and was appointed by Governor Brown as the Director of External Affairs for the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Prior to working for Governor Brown, Colin practiced law for three years as a commercial litigator at the San Diego office of the international law firm of DLA Piper US LLP. During 2013 and 2014, Colin served as the Director of Policy at the San Diego Housing Commission.
Colin is a serial social entrepreneur in San Diego. He co-founded the San Diego Leadership Alliance, an organization that trains young San Diegans to be equipped for civic leadership. As a board member of the League of Conservation Voters San Diego, he chaired the first ever coalition to grade the environmental records of elected officials in the City of San Diego.
Colin grew up in East County San Diego and is a graduate of the NYU Law School, and UCSD. He is also an elected member of the City Council of La Mesa, California.
Catherine Thibault, Program Manager
Catherine is the Program Manager for Circulate San Diego, where she leads a team of dedicated Project Coordinators in the development of innovative community-based projects and plans in favor of safer active and public transportation in San Diego.
Catherine holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from McGill University. Prior to joining the Circulate team, she worked in the public, private and community sectors in both Canada and the U.S. She is also the Co-Founder of an urban planning collective dedicated to developing creative and entertaining ways to engage residents around planning issues. She is passionate about community empowerment and the development of attractive and accessible neighborhoods.
Cynthia Offenhauer, Administrator
Cynthia has had extensive experience working in organizations in administrative and bookkeeping support roles. She prefers living in urban areas, living in both in Boston and San Diego while raising a family. Most days she walks, cycles or use mass transit for both commuting and pleasure. She and her husband are active in sustainable living pursuits and enjoy the beach and sailing in their spare time. Mayor Jerry Sanders recognized them as "Urban Environmentalists" and featured their native plant garden in a press conference. She is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a degree in Social Work and attended the Advanced Study for Business Program at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, MA.
Juan Antonio Ramirez, MCP, Project Coordinator
Juan Antonio worked in the non-profit and private sector where he obtained valuable experience in community outreach, especially in underserved communities, before joining our team. As a native Spanish speaker and coming from a Latino family, Juan Antonio understands the needs of Latino underserved communities and the many benefits of walkable communities. Juan Antonio received his Masters in City Planning Degree from San Diego State University and did his internship in the Municipal Planning Institute in the City of Tijuana, Mexico where he obtained his undergraduate degree.
Paola Boylan, Project Coordinator
Paola Boylan serves as a Project Coordinator for Circulate San Diego. She is passionate about building a better and more sustainable future and enjoys inspiring our communities to use alternative modes of transportation. Prior to joining the team, Paola was the ECO2school Program Coordinator at the Center for Climate Protection in Sonoma County, implementing the high school youth leadership safe routes to school program. She is a native Spanish speaker and is passionate about utilizing her bilingual skills to further the outreach of programs that help create better and healthier communities, while empowering people to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. Paola holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Joe Cosgrove, Policy Coordinator
Joe recently joined the Circulate team as a Policy Coordinator to work on active transportation and pedestrian safety throughout San Diego County. After moving to San Diego from Washington, D.C. Joe began working as a volunteer with Circulate San Diego’s Policy team in January 2015. For that project he focused on the nexus between sustainable transportation, community development, and urban water issues.
Joe is a graduate of George Washington University with a master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Planning. Joe held positions as a Research Associate in the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Program and as the Federal City Council’s Anacostia River Legacy Project Research and Outreach Analyst. While working with these organizations, Joe worked on innovative green infrastructure policies and incentives. Joe’s experience in merging green infrastructure and storm water policy with transportation and community needs provides Circulate San Diego an invaluable resource in analyzing the potential for sustainability in our region’s land use and transportation policies.
Oscar Medina, Project Coordinator
Oscar is a Project Coordinator for Circulate San Diego and has had a long relationship with the organization. While completing his degree in Public Administration/City Planning at San Diego State University, he worked as an intern with the policy team at Circulate. Upon graduation, he was contracted by Circulate San Diego to help develop and implement a community outreach campaign designed to educate and engage community members about the Blue Line trolley extension project. When his work was completed, he joined Crowdbrite Solutions, a consulting firm, where most of his work centered on assisting public agencies in communicating complex land use plans to the general public by creating interactive web portals for each project. He is passionate about using technology to inform and involve the public, key stakeholders, and agency partners in order to create shared visions, form partnerships for action, and build vibrant communities.
Chanju Yang, Policy Intern
Chanju is a senior at University of California San Diego, majoring in Urban Studies and Planning. She has a strong interest in figuring out and observing how communities' voices are being conveyed and practiced in urban planning processes. While studying urban issues and gentrification, she realized that accessible transportation could improve resident’s environment and possibly help alleviate gentrification. After college, she plans to become an urban designer/architect to create livable cities. She is planning to go to graduate school to pursue urban design and landscape architecture. She enjoys traveling, playing sports, and eating delicious local food.