Bio

William (Billy) Riggs, Ph.D., AICP, LEED AP is a global expert and thought leader in the areas of future mobility and smart transportation, housing, economics and urban development. He is a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management, and a consultant and advisor to multiple companies and start-ups on technology, smart mobility and urban development. He has over 100 publications and has had his work featured in multiple global media outlets—including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Atlantic. His most recent book is recent book is entitled, Disruptive Transport: Driverless Cars, Transport Innovation and the Sustainable City of Tomorrow. He is the founder of the ReStreet App—an online tool for democratizing street design.

Dr. Riggs has held additional academic appointments in city planning and transportation engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, and the University of Louisville, and, he has two decades of experience working as professional planner, policy maker, economist, and engineer. This includes work as Director of Research at Sustinere Consulting, the Transportation Program Manager and Principal Planner for UC Berkeley, an Asset Manager and Engineering Technician for the US Coast Guard.

Dr. Riggs holds his PhD from UC Berkeley’ s College of Environmental Design, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a University of California, Transportation Center Fellow. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), is LEED certified by the US Green Building Council (LEED AP). From 2013-2017 he served on the City of San Luis Obispo, Planning Commission. In addition to his teaching and research role at University of San Francisco, he currently sits on the City of Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission, and is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Transportation Economics and the Standing Committee on Policy and Law.