The US High Speed Rail Association is led by a team of seasoned professionals who are dedicated to the development and promotion of a national high speed rail network for America.
Andy Kunz President & CEO
Mr. Kunz sets the vision and direction for the US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR). A long time high speed rail promoter, Mr. Kunz brings 30 years of successful business experience to USHSR - and provides senior leadership and an ambitious vision for sustainable transportation in America. This vision includes a 17,000 mile national high speed rail network built in phases and slated for completion by 2030.
Mr. Kunz is a national award-winning designer with a background in community design, urban planning, and sustainability. He has designed a wide variety of projects including a number of new towns and transit oriented developments. Mr. Kunz travels widely and has served as an expert in a number of forums. He speaks extensively at leading conferences and events on transportation and planning topics, and has provided keynote presentations on HSR and sustainability in international conferences in numerous countries (most recently Amsterdam, China, Spain, Canada, etc.). As an authority on high speed rail, Mr. Kunz is committed to further developing USHSR and the high speed rail network in America.
Mr. Kunz holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and a Master of Architecture in Town Design from the University of Miami.
Joseph ShelhorseVice President, Member Services
Mr. Shelhorse is dedicated to enhancing the experience of USHSR’s members. He is also charged with attracting new members whose dues and contributions provide the single largest amount of unrestricted support for our programs. In this role, Mr. Shelhorse also develops programs that promote and advocate high speed rail in America. Mr. Shelhorse has 25 years of extensive business management experience in the real estate and construction industry.His diverse background includes involvement on a number of large, complex construction projects directly relating to the extensive infrastructure needs of the US high speed rail network. Mr. Shelhorse holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, and is a LEED accredited professional.
Daniel Krause Director of Policy and Operations
Mr. Krause heads up operations and develops policy for the US High Speed Rail Association (USHSR). Prior to joining USHSR, Mr. Krause was Co-Founder and Executive Director of Californians For High Speed Rail (CA4HSR). At CA4HSR, he directed the organization’s advocacy priorities. During the last few years, he ran several advocacy campaigns to build support for HSR in the public and in the California Legislature, including one campaign which helped lead to the deciding vote to move the California HSR project in 2012.
Mr. Krause has been interviewed extensively and has penned several op-eds as part of his efforts to represent the pro-HSR voice. Mr. Krause has extensive experience in advocating for the improvement of all types of public transportation with a focus on rail transit. He served five years as the Managing Director of Rescue Muni, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that focuses on public transportation. Daniel also founded Public Vision Research, LLC, a San Francisco-based urban planning consulting firm.
Mr. Krause holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz.
Ivana Sirovica Operations Manager
Ms. Sirovica manages the daily operations of USHSR and provides support to successfully implement various programs and events hosted by the Association. Her daily tasks focus on outreach and advocacy for high speed rail and transit oriented development in order to increase public involvement and awareness in sustainable development initiatives.
Ms. Sirovica comes to the TOD Institute from AECOM where she provided proposal research and support on floodplain management with the Hazard Mitigation Team for clients such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Before that, she was a Research Assistant with the Alliance for Green Heat where she helped organize the 2014 Collaborative Wood Stove Design Challenge at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, NY.
Ms. Sirovica holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University with a minor in Natural Resources. She is a LEED Green Associate.
Keenan Orfalea Strategic Partnerships and Outreach Manager
Mr. Orfalea is responsible for developing relationships and partnerships with industry and related groups that support a sustainable vision for America. With a broad background across multiple sectors of the policy, business, and advocacy sectors, Mr. Orfalea works across disciplines to bring together design, planning, real estate, engineering, and rail industry professionals to create a more sustainable transportation system and development pattern to promote a healthier lifestyle.
He has broad experience in the development and implementation of communications strategies, particularly in the area of sustainability and public policy. In addition to publishing frequent stories on behalf of organizations, Keenan conducts his own research and analysis for a personal blog. Previous work has appeared in The Washington Post, Elevation Media, Greater Greater Washington and Urbanful, among others.
Prior to coming to the US High Speed Rail Association, Mr. Orfalea has worked in areas of Green Building, Smart Growth, and New Urbanism, and held positions at a congressional office, publishing company, think tanks, and environmental NGOs.
Mr. Orfalea holds a Bachelors degree in Public Policy, and a Masters degree in Sustainability Management from American University.
Allison Kappeyne van de Coppello Advocacy and Outreach Manager
Ms. Kappeyne oversees the logistics of advocacy efforts through events, newsletters, and social media. She assists with event planning and partnership relations. Her educational and professional experiences provide the organization with a breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge in transit-oriented development, advocacy, equity planning, community engagement, design, planning theory, and sustainability.
She is currently completing her Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan with interests in sustainable solutions, community development, and multi-modal transit options. Prior to her time at US High Speed Rail Association, she interned for an engineering planning consultancy, assisting with environmental planning solutions and community analysis. Her interests for equitable and sustainable transportation solutions began while studying urban design theory and bike-commuting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Ms. Kappeyne received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN in Environmental Studies-Sustainable Design.