Brown Bag Lunch Series

H-GAC created the Brown Bag Series to provide staff and member jurisdictions with a forum for education in market trends, emerging technologies, and key transportation and planning issues facing the industry.  Each bi-monthly speaking engagement will give consultant firms, research institutes and other industry experts the opportunity to showcase an expert speaker from their firm for a presentation over lunch.

These meeting are open to all H-GAC member agencies and governments.  Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at from 12 PM to 1 PM CDT at 3555 Timmons Lane, Houston, TX 77027 (Presentations in Conference Room B, 2nd Floor).

If you are interested in presenting a topic, please submit a short biography and recent photograph or representative graphic of the presentation topic in .jpg format.  Please contact Francis Rodriguez at [email protected] or 713-993-2437 with inquiries or comments.



Matt Barkley and Jim Hubbell, Streetlight Data


A review of how to get comprehensive data to measure transportation equity.


Rhoit Saxena, Port of Houston


A blueprint for the growth and development of Port Houston over the next 20 years.


Dan Mitchell, Nuro Houston


Nuro is an American robotics company that's producing custom-built, zero-occupant autonomous delivery vehicles to transform local commerce. For the past two years Nuro has deployed self-driving vehicles in Houston as part of a delivery service with Kroger Grocery Stores and recently launched a new service with CVS Pharmacy. Further deployments with the zero-occupant R2 vehicle (the only vehicle to receive a USDOT exemption) are coming in the near future to the Houston region.

Dan Mitchell from Nuro presented an overview of the technology, operations in Houston, and discuss how Nuro works with local governments and transportation officials.



Susan Jaworski, Houston-Galveston Area Council


This Bicycle Friendly Driver class provides tips, tricks, and strategies for driving on roads with bicyclists using real world examples.


Andrea French, Transportation Advocacy Group Houston


Andrea French highlighted the current State Legislative Session issues and events and provided an overview of transportation advocacy initiatives.


Jamila Ownes
Manager of Travel Demand Management
Houston-Galveston Area Council

Josh Shideler
Public Information Officer
Houston TranStar

Brenda Bustillo
Texas Department of Transportation

Lauren Grove
Transportation Planner - City of Houston
Vision Zero


Jesus H. Saens, Jr., Houston Airports System

Lauren Preston
Outreach Coordinator, H-GAC

Stephan Gage
Principal Transportation Planner, H-GAC

Justin Riley
Senior Planner Public Service, H-GAC

Tom Lambert, President & CEO - METRO

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Jordan Frisby - Port Houston Commercial Division


What the Future Holds for Automated Roadway Vehicles - Evaluating Mobility Benefits, Infrastructure Gaps and Transit Applications

J. Sam Lott, PE.
Texas Southern University

David Kim
Executive Director
Urban Land Institute

Richard Byrnes
Chief Infrastructure Officer
Port Houston

Commute Solutions Team
H-GAC (in preparation for August as annual Commute Solutions Month)