Our communities. Our transportation. Our future

aka TransForm   |   Oakland, CA   |


TransForm promotes walkable communities with excellent transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity, keep California affordable, and help solve our climate crisis.

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Executive Director

Jenn Guitart

Main address

560 14th Street Suite 400

Oakland, CA 94612 USA

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Formerly known as

Transportation and Land Use Coalition



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Public Transportation Systems and Services (W40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

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Our programs

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More Homes, Less Driving

Housing costs are sky high. Traffic is miserable. These problems are connected, and we can't solve them separately. Unfortunately, building enough new homes near transit faces huge hurdles, including high construction costs, a dearth of available land, local opposition, outdated zoning, and urgent concerns about the displacement of existing communities. TransForm has been overcoming these barriers with pilot projects and partnerships for over a decade, and now we need to bring these solutions to scale.

Since the launch of our GreenTRIP program, we have certified over 20 housing development projects that include minimal parking spaces, and subsidized public transportation passes for residents. The first five GreenTRIP projects led to developers voluntarily offering to provide of 80,000 years of free transit passes and 24,000 years of CarShare for residents of GreenTRIP buildings. Our new GreenTRIP Connect initiative will provide groundbreaking tools, data, and community engagement to overcome some of the greatest obstacles to well-designed development near transit such as requirements for excessive parking. The goal is to dramatically increase the supply of homes affordable to all incomes, pair those with free transit passes, car-sharing and more to create a new paradigm of affordable, low-carbon development.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

TransForm's vision remains rooted in the idea that we must first make transportation work for everyone. We can eliminate inefficiencies in our transportation systems and devote more resources to overcoming inequity and climate pollution. Our key strategies include:
Lead coalitions to shape upcoming transportation funding ballot measures to prioritize transit, safe streets, and equity initiatives - including a regional discount transit fare.
Initiate a Mobility Action Plan for Highway 101 to demonstrate how we can move four times more people per hour in a single lane, and use that as the basis for a 2020 Bay Area effort to optimize the use of exiting highways.
With statewide partners, push state leaders and agencies to define and designate transportation disadvantaged communities and prioritize equity and climate protection in transportation investments and policies.
Expand our award-winning Safe Routes to Schools approach to engage youth and families in other areas of opportunity, such as affordable housing developments.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Emerging technologies are disrupting the transportation sector, creating an unprecedented opportunity to lift up those who have been left out in the past. We can help steer this disruption to create a transportation future that is shared, electric, and accessible. Key strategies include:
Expand community engagement so people in low-income communities shape new mobility options to fit their needs and increase access to opportunity.
Work with agencies and decision-makers to craft policy and regulations that focus on equity and climate, without stifling innovation.
Partner with community organizations and new mobility companies to develop and demonstrate solutions that put new mobility, including autonomous vehicles, to work for underrepresented communities and the climate.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work


Top Ten Climate Change-Related Nonprofits in the Bay Area 2010


Outstanding Planning: Education Project Award (for the Great Communities Collaborative) 2010

American Planning Association, California State Chapter

Conservation Champio Award 2004

Senator Barbara Boxer

Clean Air Award for Education and Public Awareness 2002

American Lung Association

Public Policy Excellence Award for Partnership 2002

Nonprofit Policy Council of the California Association of Nonprofits

Irvine Leadership Award 2013

Irivne Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of cities that have eliminated minimum parking requirements.

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More Homes, Less Driving

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Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

TransForm's theory of change is grounded in the connections between our work at the local, regional, and state levels.

The local level is where we can test out innovation solutions to overcome some of the most challenging barriers to creating more affordable places with abundant transportation choices. The local level is also the best place entry point for people to engage in transportation issues and community planning.

This feeds into the regional level, where we can link transit, housing, and jobs in a systemic way – and win policies and funding to bring successful innovations to scale.

At the state level, we can spread proven solutions, plus the supportive policies and sufficient funding needed for all regions to actually be able to make change.

Between all levels and often through diverse coalitions, we connect local advocates and regional leaders to work together to win!

Engaging Communities in Planning: We believe people should play a central role in shaping the future of their communities, especially disadvantaged communities who are most impacted by changes.

Whether we are directly organizing at the grassroots or working with partners at the regional level, we make sure that planning genuinely and deeply involves residents.

Bringing Innovative Programs to Life: We're developing – and spreading – new solutions to some of the most challenging barriers to creating more affordable places with abundant transportation choices.

Some highlights are GreenTRIP's innovative approach to getting new developments to reduce traffic, plus our model urban-focused program that's getting thousands of kids walking and biking to school.

Winning Policy Change: There are hundreds of decisions that together determine our transportation choices and what our communities are like.

That's why TransForm works in the Bay Area and at the state level to transform laws, funding decisions, and planning processes. Check out some of the reports that have shaped our approach.

TransForm was founded in 1997 by Bay Area environmental and social justice groups that recognized the region was at a critical point in time. Public transportation was being bled dry while more highway projects got the green light. Bulldozers were carving up remaining open spaces and farms. Huge numbers of people – especially low-income families – were moving in pursuit of affordable places to live only to have grueling, costly commutes. For those on foot, bicycle, or using a wheelchair, it was getting far too dangerous.

The time had come to turn the tide on sprawl, and redefine transportation in terms of access, health, justice, and sustainability. In the years since TransForm's founding and often working closely with the founding groups, TransForm has won literally billions of dollars and groundbreaking policies in support of public transportation, smart growth, affordable housing, and bicycle/pedestrian safety.

TransForm seeks to make the Bay Area a model region, but also works across California to spread solutions plus win big changes in state funding and policy. TransForm opened an office in Sacramento in 2009.

TransForm's work is widely recognized and includes awards from Senator Barbara Boxer, the American Lung Association, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the California Association of Nonprofits, Public Advocates as a "Voice of Conscience", the American Planning Association of California, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Breathe California, and others.

In 2013, TransForm's Executive Director Stuart Cohen received the prestigious James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for championing innovative regional planning.

TransForm was also honored by the U.S. Green Building Council - Northern California Chapter as a 2013 Green Building Super Hero for our work to advance sustainability through transportation and community planning.

TransForm is ranked one of the top ten climate change-related nonprofits in the Bay Area by Philanthropedia's experts.



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Board of directors
as of 09/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Linda Rhine


Term: 2022 - 2024

Board co-chair

Alice Chen

Michele Beasley

San Mateo County Parks Foundation

Jame Ervin


Ari Takata-Vasquez

Viscera Studio

Linda Rhine

Nelson/Nygaard (Retired)

Nirit Lotan


Warren Logan

Lighthouse Public Affairs

Rachel Zack


Sally Greenspan

Enterprise Community Partners

Tejus Shankar


Alice Chen

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/26/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/25/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.