The Transit Oriented Development Institute is led by a team of professionals who are dedicated to accelerating the roll-out of walkable, mixed-use, sustainable communities around rail stations across America. Working to increase the supply of new TODs and rail systems, the TOD Institute leadership works across disciplines to bring together business and political leaders with experts to advance knowledge sharing and TOD best practices.

Andy Kunz, President & CEO

Mr. Kunz sets the vision and direction for the TOD Institute, and brings high level TOD community design and placemaking expertise to the organization. Mr. Kunz provides senior leadership and an ambitious national vision for sustainable living in America.  

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 at leading conferences and events on planning, design, and transportation, and has provided keynote presentations in international conferences around the world (most recently in China, Spain, Canada,
Amsterdam, and Paris).

Mr. Kunz has appeared on NPR, Fox News, The Weather Channel, and the Bill Press Show. Mr. Kunz has been interviewed and/or quoted in numerous publications including the New York Times, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, China Daily, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, and others. As an authority on urban design and the walkable integration with rail systems, Mr. Kunz is committed to further developing the TOD Institute to accelerate positive change in the form of sustainable development across America.

Mr. Kunz holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and a Master of Architecture in Town Design from the University of Miami

Joseph Shelhorse, Vice President

Mr. Shelhorse assists with the operation of the TOD Institute and is dedicated to promoting the acceleration of TOD projects across America. In this role, Mr. Shelhorse develops programs that promote and advocate for TOD, sustainable design, and the development of new rail projects across America.

Mr. Shelhorse has 25 years of extensive business management experience in the real estate and construction industry. His diverse background includes involvement in a number of large, complex construction projects directly relating to the extensive infrastructure needs of the United States, as well as a variety of real estate development projects.

Mr. Shelhorse holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, and is a LEED accredited professional

Ivana Sirovica, Operations Manager

Ms. Sirovica manages the daily operations of the TOD Institute and assists in developing and growing the Institute's various programs. Ms. Sirovica is committed to accelerating the roll out of sustainable communities and transport systems across America, and around the world. Ms. Sirovica's
activities focus on a multi-disciplinary approach to education and advocacy for sustainable urban development and equitable communities. Ms. Sirovica works to increase public awareness of sustainability solutions.

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

Allison Kappeyne van de Coppello, Advocacy and Outreach Manager

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 the TOD Institute, 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

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