Colin Parent, Interim Executive Director
Colin Parent is Interim Executive Director at the Circulate San Diego. In addition to overall management of the organization, 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 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 Programs
Catherine is the Director of Programs 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.
Maya Rosas, Advocacy Manager
Maya Rosas serves as Circulate San Diego’s advocacy manager, where she leads Circulate's efforts on Vision Zero and other campaigns for safe streets. She has five years of experience in active transportation advocacy, land use planning, and development in both the non-profit and private sectors in San Diego. 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 is an elected board member of the Uptown Planners, her Community Planning Group, a board member of the San Diego Leadership Alliance, and on the Executive Committee for Housing You Matters. 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, 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.