Our Team

Hilary Norton

Executive Director

Hilary Norton

Hilary Norton is a 2019 appointee by Gov. Gavin Newsom and currently serves as Chair of the California Transportation Commission (CTC). She brings over 28 years of experience to her role as FAST’s and FASTLinkDTLA’s founding Executive Director.  Since 2008, Norton has mobilized a diverse coalition of business, labor, civic groups, educational institutions and transit organizations to support policy and infrastructure improvements to LA’s mobility, livability and economic prosperity.

FAST’s major initiatives include:

  1. FASTLinkDTLA – a new Transportation Management Organization (TMO) for  Downtown LA, which launched with one of LA County’s first pilot micro-transit systems. DTLA travelers connect to their destination through flexLA mirotransit’s multi-mobility app, and a new on-demand wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs). In early 2020, FASTLinkDTLA will conduct a DTLA-wide mobility and employment survey;
  2. Mobility hubs – carshare, bikeshare, bike parking, EV charging and traveler services at transit stations;
  3. Comprehensive arterial improvements to improve travel time, encourage mode shift, and promote safety;
  4. Implementing Metro ExpressLanes throughout LA County, creating the Metro ExpressLanes Business Roundtable to establish the pilot corridors and expand into a full network.

Norton holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Reed Alvarado

Director of Transportation and Equity

Reed Alvarado

Prior to his work with FASTLinkDTLA, Reed started a personal brand, “Getting There” where he focused on telling the first-hand story of how Angeleno’s navigate Los Angeles car-free.

Reed Alvarado recently spent a year living and working in Shanghai, a city that is both expansive and polycentric, researching how cities can activate neighborhoods by diversifying how streets are used. His main focus was studying neighborhoods oriented around walking, biking, and a balanced approach to vehicular use that are connected to other neighborhoods with a mix of rail and an efficient bus network encouraging further engagement and interaction.

These experiences, combined with Reed’s current role working with FASTLinkDTLA and his continued research and exposure through projects like Getting There have made him more passionate about the opportunity for better storytelling in and about transit.  

Derek Fretheim

Innovation and Organization Advisor

Derek Fretheim

Derek has over three decades in the transportation industry helping to build technologies, platforms, services and sustainable initiatives targeted at reducing single-occupant vehicle trips and bridging gaps specifically to grow public transit ridership.  He has proven experience at managing special projects or business units with the ability to address and achieve strategic value and meeting community demands.  Derek is proficient at building public, private, people partnerships that realize the mutual benefits of all parties and has been instrumental in helping to guide FASTLink DTLA with its organizational makeup and start-up operations.

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