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.
Kelsey Lopez Operations Manager
Ms. Lopez manages the daily operations of USHSR, including the multiple programs and events hosted by the Association. Her activities focus on a multi-disciplinary approach to education and advocacy for high speed rail and transit oriented development. Ms. Lopez also directs outreach and social media activities to increase public awareness of sustainable development solutions across America.
Ms. Lopez comes to the US High Speed Rail Association from the World Resources Institute where she worked with the urban development program to create a transit oriented development toolkit, highlighting international best practices in integrated transportation and land use planning. Before that, she was a research assistant for an independent international development consultant specializing in development and post-project evaluation practices and methodologies.
Ms. Lopez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, where she concentrated on International Development and received dual minors in Geography and Sustainability.
Valerie Ignelzi Director of Strategic Partnerships
Ms. Ignelzi is responsible for developing relationships and partnerships with related groups that support a sustainable vision for America. With many years of practice in architecture and urban planning, she works across disciplines to join design, planning, real estate, engineering, and rail industry professionals to create a more sustainable transportation system that will eliminate sprawl and promote a healthier lifestyle.
Ms. Ignelzi has worked extensively with a broad range of disciplines and brings a fresh angle to working with a wide variety of groups to further the mission of USHSR in advancing a national, state-of-the-art rail system.
Prior to joining USHSR, Ms. Ignelzi worked for a leading architecture and planning firm specializing in mixed-use, transit oriented development projects.
Ms. Ignelzi holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florida, and is a LEED accredited professional.
Emy Louie Director of Public Outreach
Ms. Louie is responsible for building new relationships and spreading the word about USHSR’s programs and activities.She travels widely and works across networks to introduce people to USHSR and the vision for an advanced rail system for America.Ms. Louie tracks and attends many high speed rail events around the country and speaks with professionals in transportation, design, planning and environmental advocacy organizations, as well as with grassroots organizations and interested citizens. Prior to joining USHSR, Ms. Louie ran her own radio show and has taught numerous university courses in high speed rail, sustainable development practices, advocacy, and building grassroots movements. Ms. Louie holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.