Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
Colin Parent is Executive Director and General Counsel at Circulate San Diego. In addition to overall management of the organization and legal issues, he advocates 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 is an Eagle Scout and grew up in East County San Diego. He is a graduate of the NYU Law School, and U.C. San Diego. He is also an elected member of the City Council of La Mesa, California.
Catherine Thibault, Director of Planning
Catherine is the Director of Planning for Circulate San Diego, where she leads a team of dedicated Project Managers 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.
Maya Rosas, Director of Policy
Maya Rosas serves as Circulate San Diego’s Director of Policy, where she leads Circulate's efforts on Vision Zero and other campaigns for safe streets. She has been working in active transportation advocacy, land use planning, and development in both the non-profit and private sectors in San Diego since 2012. She previously worked at Circulate as the Policy Assistant where she played an instrumental role in advocating for the adoption of Vision Zero in the City of San Diego and also advocated for smart growth projects through the MOVE Alliance. Maya most recently worked as a land use consultant for Atlantis Group, where she helped see development projects through all phases of the entitlement process. She has co-authored Circulate San Diego reports on Vision Zero and democratizing Community Planning Groups.
She is a leader in San Diego's YIMBY movement, a board member of the San Diego Leadership Alliance, and served as an elected board member of the Uptown Planners, her Community Planning Group, for 2 years. She is a graduate of the San Diego State University Master in City Planning program, where she wrote her thesis on pedestrian collision risk factors in the City of San Diego. She was selected as one of San Diego's 40 Under 40 in SD Metro magazine in 2015 and previously received a Fulbright Fellowship to Mexico.
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, Senior Project Manager
Juan Antonio worked in the nonprofit 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.
Oscar Medina, Project Manager
Oscar is an Project Manager 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.
Jana Schwartz, AICP, SITES AP, Planner
Jana is a Planner for Circulate San Diego and a San Diego native. She worked in San Jose, CA before joining the Circulate San Diego team and worked primarily on public open space, trails, and complete street projects around the Bay Area. Jana has a personal and professional interest in bicycling and believes in providing equitable mobility options. She spent a week biking over 430 miles on RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) and she wrote her thesis on the Impact of Cargo Bikes on the Travel Patterns of Women to discuss whether cargo bikes can function as a gender equitable transportation solution in the United States.
Jana brings experience in urban design and planning with a BS in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design from UC Davis and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Jana is AICP and an active member of the American Planning Association. She is also SITES AP, which is a U.S. Green Building Council program and supports sustainable land use practices.