Who We Are

Philadelphia was built by visionaries who preserved our water supply through the creation of parks, created neighborhoods along train lines and street cars, and brought people downtown to shop via subways and elevated lines. Today there are 9,537 transit stops throughout the city, 2,575 miles of streets, and over 6,500 miles of sewers and water mains running across the city. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) is responsible for taking the “good bones” which make up Philadelphia’s infrastructure system and making sure they are responsive to the needs of the 21st Century. MOTU is made up of passionate administrators, planners, and do-ers who represent over 150 years of experience in transit, parking, biking and municipal operations planning.

Zoraida Bonilla-Antonetty – Executive Assistant. Bonilla-Antonetty brings 10 years of experience with the City of Philadelphia and has worked in the Department of Licenses and Inspections and the Division of Aviation at the Philadelphia International Airport.


Jeannette Brugger, AICP Complete Streets Coordinator. Brugger has 10 years of experience in the planning field in the Philadelphia region in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She focuses on trail, pedestrian, and bicycle facility planning and coordinates public agency and stakeholder interests for infrastructure projects.


Charlotte Castle Planner/Analyst. Castle brings experience in community development in Philadelphia and abroad, as well as a background in design and urban studies.


Angela Dixon, AICP Director of Strategic Initiatives. Dixon has over nine year of experience as a public outreach consultant for transportation, transit, and utility projects and over two years of marketing and external relations outreach for a global retail company. 


John Elfrey – Director of Operations. Elfrey has worked in both the Revenue and Streets Departments as well as the Managing Directors Office. He was Acting Commissioner for License and Inspections before he joined the Office of Transportation and Utilities.


Patricia Ellis – Transit Advisor. Ellis has over a decade’s worth of experience with transit in the Mid-Atlantic Region, working at both the Delaware Transit Corporation (DART) and SEPTA.


Cara Ferrentino – Manager of Strategic Initiatives. Ferrentino brings experience as a sustainability program coordinator, urban planner, and parking and travel demand management researcher in the Boston area.


Denise Goren – Director of Policy and Planning. Goren, an attorney by education but a transportation planner by on-the-job training, has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. She joins MOTU after 15 years as a transportation consultant in the private sector, prior to which she served Philadelphia as Deputy Mayor for Transportation for 15 years.


Barbara Kopecki – Executive Assistant. Kopecki brings over 35 years of experience with the City of Philadelphia and has previously worked in the Department of Public Health, City Solicitors Office, and the Managing Director's Office.


Carniesha Kwashie – Grant Manager. Kwashie has contract management experience, specializing in planning, managing, and implementing contracts, infrastructure support systems, and federal workforce development initiatives nationwide.


Aaron Ritz – Bicycle Programs Manager. Ritz has worked on environmental and active transportation planning initiatives for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Clean Air Council.


Gustave Scheerbaum, PE – Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Engineer. Scheerbaum is a professional engineer with over 15 years consulting experience in transportation engineering design and project management. He has served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a member of the State Transportation Advisory Committee since 2007.


Ema Yamamoto, AICP – Project Manager. Yamamoto has experience designing civil infrastructure in New York City and mobility recommendations for the University of Pennsylvania.

Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Blvd, Suite 1430
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday 9 - 5