YAC Membership

Where Youth Come Together to Support and Advance Public Transportation in the Greater Philadelphia Area
 
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YAC Officers

Will Herzog

Will Herzog

Chair - he/him

  • University of Pennsylvania, City and Regional Planning, Class of 2020
  • Haverford College, Growth & Structure of Cities, Class of 2019
  • Member since May 2013
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Manages the YAC’s Student Fare Discount Initiative in addition to supporting all YAC efforts. Committed to transit inclusivity for Philadelphians from all backgrounds.
Miles Taylor

Miles Taylor

Vice Chair - he/him

  • University of Pennsylvania, Urban Studies, Class of 2022
  • Member since September 2018
  • Focused on improving bus service through intelligent redesign and scheduling, as well as enhancing SEPTA’s online presence to be more accurate and user-friendly.
Nile Ward

Nile Ward

Secretary - he/him

  • Science Leadership Academy, Class of 2019
  • Drexel University, Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2024
  • Member since November 2017
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Interested in scheduling and logistics, vehicle-related maintenance, in addition to STEM outreach to School District of Philadelphia students.

YAC Members

Melody ✨

Melody ✨

YAC Member - they/them

  • Tech & Equity Advisor
  • Member since July 2016
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Designs and develops ideas and digital tools to spread awareness for transit throughout the community.
Markus Bowie

Markus Bowie

YAC Member - he/him

  • Parkway Center City High School, Class of 2017
  • Member since October 2016
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Focuses on the City Transit Division vehicle procurement and logical service planning.
Ross Silvers

Ross Silvers

YAC Member - they/them

  • Haverford College, Class of 2022
  • Member since March 2019
  • Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
  • Focused on outreach to and accessibility for marginalized communities, sustainability projects, and working with urban policy and movement building initiatives.

Damian Hammond

YAC Member - he/him

  • Member since 2019
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

 

 Benjamin Aitoumeziane

Benjamin Aitoumeziane

YAC Member - he/him

  • Political Science/Economics Major and Chinese Language/Culture minor at Temple University, Class of 2020
  • Member since December 2019
  • Benjamin is working to expand interest in public transportation among his peers at Temple University by creating a partnership between the university and SEPTA that will give students discounted access to SEPTA.

Kathryn Lyons

YAC Member - she/her

  • Member since December 2019 
Evan Wise

Evan Wise

YAC Member - he/him

  • Temple University, Community Development, Class of 2018
  • Member since March 2016
  • Hometown: Palmyra, PA
  • Supports strategic initiatives. Champion for LGBT youth passengers and transit inclusivity.

 

Join the YAC!

 

The YAC is looking for dedicated young adults who will enjoy connecting high school and college students to the region’s public transit network!

We invite you to submit an application if you feel strongly about transit, are interested in representing young riders ages 14 – 22, and meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least 16 years of age and no older than 23 years of age
  • Be a permanent resident of, a student in, or an employee working in, Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware or Chester Counties.
  • Provide proof of residence, enrollment, and/or employment in an eligible college (as applicable)
  • Have a commitment to collaborative engagement
  • Demonstrated experience with community volunteerism
  • Able to commit to attending weekly electronic meetings, monthly/quarterly in-person meetings, and to working on YAC Initiatives
  • Have an interest in visiting college campuses to engage students, distribute flyers, surveys, and SEPTA promotional materials
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Caution!

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Dana Case

Dana Case

YAC Member - she/her

  • Drexel University, Environmental Science, Class of 2019
  • Member since March 2015
  • Hometown: Lansdale, PA
  • Plans monthly adventures integrating the SEPTA system and the Greater Philadelphia region.