Aaron Gatdula, AICP Candidate, (he/him) is a researcher, consultant, and advocate working towards climate resilience and justice in transportation and land use. As an immigrant from the Philippines, Aaron is inspired by his diasporic community to create inclusive and sustainable spaces in the most vulnerable neighborhoods. He is experienced in GIS/mapping, road and traffic safety, TOD policy, community engagement, and urban design.
Aaron has professional experience as an equity planner in the transportation sector. Using maps, census data, and interviews, he has completed a number of racial equity analyses that informed new approaches to outreach and community engagement in the Bay Area. In particular, he has evaluated the distribution of traffic calming measures in San Francisco, anti-cruising and anti-sideshowing ordinances and their enforcement in Oakland, and the SFMTA’s cashless parking meter policy. His work and professional values are informed by GARE, the Othering and Belonging Institute, and organizers at The Untokening.