Placed Leaders

Tamar Shapiro

Chief Executive Officer


Koya is delighted to announce the appointment of Tamar Shapiro as Chief Executive Officer of Rail~Volution, a hub and spark for a network of leaders, practitioners and advocates inspired by the potential for major transit investments to shape more vibrant and equitable communities.

Shapiro is a policy expert and nonprofit leader with extensive experience in neighborhood revitalization and new mobility. Shapiro most recently served as the Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, at the New Urban Mobility Alliance (NUMO), where she focused there on increasing equitable access through new mobility. During the pandemic, she piloted a program to provide micromobility options to essential workers.

From 2012 to 2017, she was President and CEO of the Center for Community Progress. She grew the organization to be the preeminent national voice on strengthening neighborhoods through the reuse of vacant, distressed, or deteriorated properties. She also expanded the organization’s reach and impact through its national conference and allied training and technical assistance programs.

A lawyer by training, Shapiro also has worked as a non-resident fellow with the Urban Institute based in Leipzig, Germany, as Senior Director of Urban and Social Policy with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and as Director of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Institute and Governor’s Institute on Community Design.

Read the announcement: Tamar Shapiro to Lead Rail~Volution national transit, equity, and community development organization.