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.
Kansas (Director of Mobility Partnerships) is a leading expert on shared mobility and public-private operational partnerships. He formerly launched and operated the Bay Area Bike Share system as General Manager at Motivate, the largest bike share operator in North America, and prior to that established the Divvy bike share system in Chicago while leading business development for Alta Bicycle Share. He previously led full-stack web projects for global clients at Syrup, an international digital agency in New York. He holds a M.S. in Architecture Preservation from Columbia and a B.A. in Classics from Reed.