our team

MEET OUR STAFF

Chris Sandvig

Chris Sandvig

Founder & Executive Director

Rachel Windsor

Rachel Windsor

Program & Engagement Leader

Velie-Velia Sando

Velie-Velia Sando

Project & Policy Leader

Chris Sandvig

Chris Sandvig

Founder & Executive Director

A self-proclaimed infrastructurist, Chris has been fascinated with transportation, cities, and the systems that make modern life possible practically since birth. This passion, combined with over a decade of leadership experience in community development and transit advocacy has culminated in the founding of Mobilify. Chris’s 20 years-plus of collaborative leadership, project management, and advocacy experience has resulted initiatives that have, among other things, increased PA transit funding by $500 million/yr.; reformed PA’s Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) legislation; catalyzed discussions leading to the formation of Pittsburgh’s Dept. of Mobility and Infrastructure; invested over $10 million in transportation capital improvements for LMI communities; put community redevelopment priorities first in Pittsburgh’s BRT project; created a roadmap for transit-oriented development throughout Allegheny County; reignited efforts to extend rapid transit east of Pittsburgh; elevated transportation as an affordable housing issue; and changed the way we collectively address our mobility access and equity priorities via policy, planning and programming of transportation funding.

Prior to Mobilify, Chris was the Director of Policy at the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, where he also established and managed GoBurgh – a program that advocated for people-first transportation policies & projects, equitable transit-oriented communities, and policies and practices that merge community development and transportation priorities throughout Allegheny County.

Chris holds a BS in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Penn State and an MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon. He sits on the Rail~Volution National Steering Committee and is a Board member of Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities. Chris loves to enjoy Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene, pretend to be a chef, bikepack, and find new places to explore. He lives what he preaches, getting around mainly via transit, bike, or foot.

Rachel Windsor

Rachel Windsor

Program & Engagement Leader

A Pittsburgh-native, Rachel has been long involved in community relations and advocacy in the area. She has a diversified background in communications, public policy, and nonprofit development, previously working for organizations such as PA United, Ceisler Media & Issue Advocacy, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the U.S. Senate.

At Mobilify, Rachel manages the internal, external, and digital communications of the organization, including the website, social media, media operations, newsletters, reports, and blogs. Additionally, she oversees several ongoing initiatives, including the SPARTA campaign, Clean Transportation Table activities, and TransportationCampPGH. She is passionate about expanding equitable access to transportation across Southwestern PA and mitigating climate change through clean energy mobility.

Rachel holds a BA with honors in Political Science from American University and a certificate in Women, Public Policy and Leadership. In her free time, Rachel enjoys going to concerts, volunteering at a nearby animal shelter, and spending time with her cats, Kiwi and Pinto.

Velie-Velia Sando

Velie-Velia Sando

Project & Policy Leader

Velie-Velia Sando is the Project & Policy Leader at Mobilify Southwestern Pennsylvania, where she conducts research, analyzes policies, and gathers/synthesizes data pertinent to Mobilify’s projects. Some of Velie’s contributions to the organization include creating a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) implementation guide to facilitate municipalities’ TOD efforts, creating a story board to support Manchester Citizens Corporation’s State Route 65 removal project, drafting a case study of successful highway removal projects to determine best practices, and facilitating a support group to help municipalities incorporate TOD in their zoning codes. Velie is a recent graduate of the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, with a Master’s in Public Policy and Management.

During her undergraduate career at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Velie worked for the San Antonio City Council as a Policy and Advocacy fellow in District 2 where she created a preliminary framework to reduce recidivism within the city. Upon graduation, Velie went on to become a middle school English Language Arts educator through Teach for America. Velie also taught modern African dance styles in her local community before the pandemic, and she continues to spread her love for dance through her social platform. Velie is a devout Christian, a proud Cameroonian, a lover of music, and a self-proclaimed singer. She is the first of two children to her loving parents, and she takes her big sister role very seriously as she continuously yearns to set a great example for her younger brother.

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