People

Janet Liff, Co-Director

Janet Liff is a long-time, dedicated liveable streets and transit advocate. As chair of Transportation Alternatives’ Manhattan Committee, her biggest accomplishment was leading the fight to win Complete Streets on 5th and 6th Avenues. She’s a founding Board Member of StreetsPAC, the current Vice-Chair of Transportation Alternative’s Board of Directors and fighting the good fight from within as a Board Member of Manhattan Community Board 2. Prior to joining the advocacy fold full-time, Janet founded and ran a commercial real estate brokerage firm. This background gives her a special lens into the value of human-centered streets.  She holds a Master of Public Administration from NYU/Wagner and a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Any chance she gets, she explores the world on two wheels and has covered places from the Ozark’s to Majorca.

Email: janet@openplans.org

Lisa Orman, Co-Director

Lisa Orman helped shape the landscape of the Upper West Side as a street advocate and regular Community Board 7 agitator. She is the 2015 Streets Ball Honoree for her “fierce dedication to safer streets in the City of New York” and the recipient of the 2010 Streetsie Award by Streetsblog for winning the Columbus Avenue street redesign. Her proudest moment in her Upper West Side work was being called a “pitbull” by a local elected official. Lisa was on the Advisory Council of Transportation Alternatives, acting as its first co-chair and is on the board of Vision Hero and Streets Media. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a BA in Psychology from The University of Chicago. Lisa lives in Manhattan with her three kids and is thrilled to be fighting for the betterment of our public realm with the lofty goal of empowering local communities.

Email: lisa@openplans.org