Team

BlinkTag was created in 2011 by people who believe that planners should be able to build their own tools. As professionals, we refused to pick planning or technology over the other, and have created a collective of experienced practitioners that embrace collaboration, consensus-making, and skill-sharing. Our clients appreciate our empathy, subject matter expertise, and context-informed approach.

Brendan Nee, Principal

Brendan loves cities and technology. His background in transportation engineering and programming gives him a unique ability to solve planning and transportation problems through web-based maps, open data, interactive tools and APIs. He’s been playing with the web for so long he can remember when Netscape was king and the blink tag rocked his world!

Ruth Miller, Principal

With planning degrees from both MIT and UC Berkeley, Ruth has top academic planner cred. She spent years on transportation policy at a top U.S. planning firm and successfully advocated for better infrastructure at Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. She is on the board of Guerrilla Cartography and travels the world with Aspiration facilitating strategic planning workshops and user-centric technical processes.

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Mike Vattuone, Developer

Mike has long had an interest in how the human mind interprets and interacts with technology.  A self-taught full-stack developer with a degree in cognitive science from UC Berkeley, he takes delight in synthesizing user needs and business goals into meaningful and intuitive interfaces and applications that help rather than hinder. When he isn’t playing with new technology or studying human behavior, he’s probably playing an instrument or writing a song.

Danielle Dai, Designer & Cartographer

Danielle is a transportation “plangineer”, designer, and cartographer based in Oakland, by way of Chicago, New Jersey, and Taipei. She works at the intersection of transportation, art, and technology, with past projects at Muni, UC Berkeley, and Marin Transit. In addition to hacking on various creative projects, Danielle co-organizes MaptimeOAK, reads comic books, and travels the world! She holds Masters degrees in city planning and transportation engineering from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelors degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.

Trucy Phan, Developer and Designer

Trucy is an engineer, front-end web developer, graphic designer, and project manager who also enjoys baking and teaching people Swedish. Previously, Trucy studied Mechanical Engineering at The University of Iowa and Civil Engineering at UC Berkeley, worked at LBL and most recently attended Hacker School. She can code, design and handle just about anything else thrown at her.

Devin Nee, Sound & Video Engineer

Devin’s background is in sound, lighting and video production.   He tackles the audio and video components of BlinkTag projects, as well as makes sure all BlinkTag events are well lit and audible.

Jedidiah Horne, Co-Founder (Emeritus)

Jed is probably the best Ms. Pacman player you’ll ever meet, and definitely the best Ms. Pacman player ever to have driven the Mexico City subway. At MIT, Jed’ spent his time hosting a popular radio program and writing movie reviews for its student-run newspaper (and picked up a little engineering knowledge along the way). He’s worked as a commercial real estate research analyst for Newmark Knight-Frank, studied city planning and transportation engineering as a graduate student at UC Berkeley, and now works Apple Computer. He is no longer directly involved in BlinkTag’s operations. Jed developed a taste for gambling in his native Big Easy, and tries to sneak trips to Reno whenever possible.