Commissioners & Staff

Shin-pei Tsay


Shin-pei is a lay member of the Public Design Commission and the Executive Director of the Gehl Institute, a non-profit organization that works to improve the public realm. Previously she was the Deputy Executive Director of TransitCenter, a foundation committed to improving urban mobility. She founded and directed the cities and transportation research program and the Leadership in Transportation Solvency project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and served as Deputy Director of Transportation Alternatives, Chief Operating Officer of Project for Public Spaces, was a founding member of the NYC office for ZGF Architects, and worked with Fortune 500 companies to develop Internet strategies. In 2010, she co-founded and directed Planning Corps, an organization that matches urban planners with community-based projects, whose work was selected for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale for Architecture. Shin-pei currently serves on the Board of Directors for Transportation Alternatives and In Our Backyard, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government with distinction from Cornell University, and a Master of Science in Cities, Space, and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science.