YAC Membership

Where Youth Come Together to Support and Advance Public Transportation in the Greater Philadelphia Area
Meet Current MembersLearn How to Join

YAC Officers

Will Herzog

Will Herzog

Chair - he/him

  • University of Pennsylvania, M.C.P. City and Regional Planning, Class of 2020
  • Haverford College, B.A. Growth & Structure of Cities, Class of 2019
  • Member since March 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.
Nile Ward

Nile Ward

Vice-Chair - he/him

  • Drexel University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2024
  • Science Leadership Academy, Class of 2019
  • Member since November 2017
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Interested in the engineering side of vehicles of all types, computers, as well as community outreach and engagement.
Leah Martino, EIT

Leah Martino, EIT

Secretary - she/her

  • Temple University, B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Class of 2020
  • Member since August 2020
  • Hometown: Doylestown, PA
  • Interested in green cities, sustainable infrastructure, and urban equity. Focuses on the importance of sustainability from a triple-bottom-line lens: environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
Veronika Konovalova

Veronika Konovalova

Member-at-Large - she/her

  • Temple University, M.A. Economics, Class of 2021
  • Temple University, B.A. Mathematical Economics, Class of 2020
  • Member since August 2020
  • Hometown: West Chester, PA
  • Interested in using quantitative analysis to evaluate SEPTA’s role in providing the Greater Philadelphia area with employment and access to utilities such as healthcare and financial services.
Benjamin Aitoumeziane

Benjamin Aitoumeziane

Member-at-Large - he/him

  • B.A. Economics, B.A. Political Science, Temple University, Class of 2020
  • Member since December 2019
  • Hometown: Rogers, AR
  • Interested in transit equity, sustainable cities, and public policy.

YAC Members

Amanda Pokoj

Amanda Pokoj

YAC Member - she/her

  • Villanova University, B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Class of 2022
  • Member since August 2020
  • Hometown: Wayne, NJ
  • Interested in sustainable infrastructure, structural engineering, low impact development, transportation systems.
Dariana Garcia

Dariana Garcia

YAC Member - she/her

  • Community College of Philadelphia, A.A. Liberal Arts, Class of 2021
  • Member since October 2020
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Interested in urban equity, communications, and journalism.
Ethan Diamond

Ethan Diamond

YAC Member - he/him

  • The Haverford School, Class of 2021
  • Member since August 2020
  • Hometown: Penn Valley, PA
  • Focuses on customer experience and planning.
Frankie Silvers

Frankie Silvers

YAC Member - they/them

  • Haverford College, B.S. Astrophysics, B.A. History, 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.
Herveline Auguste

Herveline Auguste

YAC Member - she/her

  • Villanova University, B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Class of 2022
  • Member since January 2021
  • Hometown: Lansdowne, PA
  • Interested in transportation planning, intelligent transportation systems, universal design/ inclusive design, sustainable urban environments.
Jonathan Szeto

Jonathan Szeto

YAC Member - he/him

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Earth and Environmental Science, B.A. Political Science, Class of 2022
  • Member since August 2020
  • Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Interested in indoor and outdoor air pollution, environmental/public health, and sustainable transportation.
Liam McGrath

Liam McGrath

YAC Member - he/him

  • Drexel University, B.S. Civil Engineering, Class of 2023
  • Saint Joseph’s Prep, Class of 2018
  • Member since November 2019
  • Hometown: Havertown, PA
  • Interested in transit infrastructure, transit operation & maintenance, railroad history, and historical preservation.
Maggie Loesch

Maggie Loesch

YAC Member - she/her

  • Temple University, B.S. Community Development, Class of 2020
  • Member since August 2019
  • Hometown: Pennington, NJ
  • Interested in leisure travel patterns, community engagement, and public art.
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.
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.
Miles Taylor

Miles Taylor

YAC Member - 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.

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!

Don’t Lose Your Data! – Fill out the application in a text editor (such as Word, Notepad, or TextEdit) and copy/paste your responses. Doing so will ensure you don’t lose your work if you accidentally press the back button.