Populus delivers current data on how people move in cities to key stakeholders who shape our transportation systems. With roots at MIT, UC Berkeley, and Stanford, our team of leading experts has built advanced models to simulate the current state of, and future of transportation for local and federal public transportation agencies. We aim to transform urban transportation through better data to facilitate a safe, equitable, and efficient transition into the future of mobility.
Regina (CEO & Co-founder) is a leading expert on shared mobility, autonomous vehicles, and harnessing big data to simulate the future of regional and global transportation systems. She has served in research and lecturer roles at Stanford, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley. Following her academic career, Regina served as the Director of Business Development & Strategy at moovel, Daimler automotive's mobility services arm. She has been honored as an MIT Energy Fellow, EPA STAR Fellow, DOT Eisenhower Transportation Fellow, and Mass Transit 40 Under 40. She holds a Ph.D. in transportation and energy systems from MIT, and a B.S. in computer science from Cornell.
Fletcher (CTO & Co-founder) is a leading urban scientist who has been at the forefront of simulating the future of cities. After completing his Ph.D. in city planning, he co-founded and led the data science team at Synthicity, a UC Berkeley software spin-off that simulated alternative urban futures for transportation planners, architects, and real estate that was acquired by Autodesk. He holds a B.S. in computer science from Princeton University. Between his undergraduate work and Ph.D., he was a senior software engineer at Netrics, a startup acquired by Tibco.
Toshi (Head of Business Development) is a leading expert on shared mobility and public-private partnerships. At the Metropolitan Transportation Commission he coordinated with shared mobility operators to increase high occupancy vehicle (HOV) rates and improved the collection and communication of operational data to better inform public policy. He previously led investment grade demand forecasting studies and has advised the public and private sectors on public-private partnerships. He holds a M.Eng civil engineering from MIT, a B.S. in civil engineering from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from UC Santa Cruz.