Welcome to Forward Summit 2022 - Kansas City

November 1-2, 2022  |  Kansas City Marriott

An opportunity to connect with industry leaders, share ideas with peers and bring back insights

Why Attend

Join top municipal leaders and industry experts on mobility management, and exchange insights and strategies on how to efficiently manage the competing demands of the curb and beyond.

Passport is hosting a hotel block at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.
Government rates available on a limited basis. Individuals will be responsible for hotel room charges.

View our recorded panels from the last Forward Summit in Raleigh, NC to learn more!

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Keynote Speaker

Karina Ricks, Partner, Cityfi

Karina Ricks is a Partner at Cityfi. For more than 20 years, Karina has led change in both government agencies and private companies. She is driven by the belief that we can achieve a more just society, healthier planet and safe streets but only if we challenge norms, boldly try new ideas and listen carefully to the lived experience of those we are trying to aid. She has put these beliefs into action as Associate Administrator at the Federal Transit Administration, Director of Mobility and Infrastructure for the City of Pittsburgh, and Director of Transportation Policy and Planning for Washington, DC. 

Now as a Partner at CityFi, Karina leads transportation technology and mobility innovation work including championing programs to address transportation insecurity, transition to zero emission vehicles and modes, and optimize the safety and (human-centered) operation of public streets and transit systems. As Chief Innovation Officer for the Federal Transit Administration, she funded and oversaw pilots and demonstrations of new platforms, payment technologies and “last mile” services to extend the reach and utility of transit. As a city transportation director, she launched what was lauded as the nation’s first Mobility as a Service initiative, introduced an ambitious safe and complete streets program, implemented advanced traffic management systems, and rapidly reinvented public streets in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. In Washington, DC, she led planning and policy for a range of early-adoption mobility innovations including the country’s first large-scale bikeshare system, public curbside carshare and curbside electric vehicle charging. Fundamental to Karina’s success has been open communication, creativity and collaboration. She focuses on the common problems that need to be solved and a clear definition of the desired outcomes of change. 

Karina is a Fulbright Scholar, holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and a pre-law degree from the James Madison College of Michigan State University.

Featured Speakers

Stephen Goldsmith

Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project to highlight local government efforts to use new technologies that connect breakthroughs in the use of big data analytics with community input to reshape the relationship between government and citizens. He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization.

Joni Wickham

Joni Wickham spent eight years with the Kansas City mayor’s office, the majority of them spent as Chief of Staff, and is the co-founder of Wickham James Strategies & Solutions. Joni has proven herself as an accomplished political strategist, communications expert, and organizational leader. She directed public policy initiatives, communications tactics, and administrative decision-making during her tenure, all while promoting women’s leadership and empowerment issues. Her front-row seat at city hall shed light on how local government is still very much a man’s world, and this motivated her to create a first-of-its-kind women’s empowerment initiative, which has been implemented in several major cities. Joni received her Bachelor of Arts in political studies, studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia and earned her M.A. in political science from University of Missouri.

Ken Smith

Ken Smith, CAPP was hired as the City of Omaha's first Parking Manager and now leads the area as the Parking & Mobility Manager. He has been tasked with restructuring and establishing a consolidated parking entity with a focus on economic development and the mobility programs within the City. Prior to Omaha, he worked in a similar role with the City of Lincoln and developed a successful program. Ken’s earlier roles included planning administration and consulting with City of Council Bluffs and JEO Consulting Group. Ken received a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Administration from University of Nebraska Omaha and attended University of Nebraska Lincoln for a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning.

David Parker

David Parker, CEO Cleverciti, is an experienced senior leader who brings deep expertise in leading operations, marketing, and sales for high-growth global technology businesses. David comes to Cleverciti from Cox Automotive, where he served most-recently as COO of Modix, the leading global automotive digital marketing solution. At Modix, he led the expansion of the business across more than 60 countries, with a focus on Germany, UK, and China. Throughout his career, David has held senior-level roles and advisory positions with a wide range of high-growth tech businesses, including, Dealertrack, BentoBox, and Kusshi. At, he was a key member of the executive team leading strategy and operations, culminating in a $1 Billion exit to publicly-traded Dealertrack. David holds MBAs from Columbia University and London Business School and a B.S. in Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Matthew Muckenthaler

Matthew Muckenthaler serves as the Parking Program Manager for the City of Kansas City, Mo. As Kansas City prepares to host sizable events including the 2023 NFL Draft, Matt leans on his experience in vendor management and organizational decision making to ensure that the parking infrastructure is nimble and he is able to make data drivens to help people move around the city efficiently. Prior to Kansas City, he served as a senior account manager for Towne Park, a leader in hospitality solutions. Matt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Missouri Western State University.

Wayne Mixdorf

Wayne Mixdorf became parking manager in Lincoln, Neb., in June 2013 and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Urban Development. During his tenure, the city of Lincoln has built four new parking structures and acquired two older parking garages, one of which has been fully renovated. The Parking Services Division also built a new office which contains an 800 square foot command center from which all daily operations are controlled. Prior to the City of Lincoln, Wayne was Director of Parking for Baltimore County, Md. Other stops in his career include Operations Manager in Ann Arbor Michigan, planning administration in Montgomery County, Md., and Operations Superintendent in Tampa, Fla. Wayne received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Cloud State University and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas.

Brad Harrell

Brad Harrell is the Parking Supervisor for the City of Lawrence, Kansas. He has 16 years experience working in the parking industry and brings a unique perspective to his role. He is currently evaluating creative strategies to utilize parking funds to support the downtown business district with beautification efforts and crime prevention through environmental design. Prior to his current position, Brad worked with the University of Kansas Parking Division for 12 years.

Tobi Marx

Tobi Marx is the Parking Services Division Manager at the City of Bend, OR. In this role, he works to bring new and innovative transportation and mobility programs to the City of Bend. In his 3 years at the City of Bend, he has implemented the Bend Parking Strategic Management Plan, new parking districts and an innovative parking operations system.

Joseph Al-hajeri

Joseph Al-hajeri, is a transportation and mobility service professional with 13 years of experience in curb management and mobility demand management with a passion for solving challenging transportation questions with new innovative smart solutions. In his role with Austin Transportation, Joseph serves as the Mobility Demand Manager, overseeing the shared mobility program, various parking programs, and curb management planning. During his time with Austin Transportation, Joseph has helped to modernize curb management to create a foundation for the future in mobility demand in Austin. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas State University with an additional focus on locational analysis.

Endorsements & Benefits to Attendees

Network. Share. Innovate.

Connect and collaborate with other industry leaders to address the challenges you are facing in the industry and make strides in the world of mobility.


Learn from leading experts and peer panels that will create thought-provoking conversations. Bring new ideas back to your organization based on industry best practices.

Schedule & Agenda

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

  • 4 p.m.             Arrivals & Check In
                            Kansas City Marriott Downtown
                            200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, Mo. 64105
  • 6-9 p.m.         Welcome Reception
                            Lidia’s 101 W 22nd St, Kansas City, Mo. 64108

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

All events take place at Kansas City Marriott Downtown

  • 8-9 a.m.                              Registration and Breakfast
  • 9-9:15 a.m.                         Welcome & Housekeeping
                                                 Welcome Address by Passport CEO David Evans 
  • 9:15-10 a.m.                       Keynote Address: The Future of Mobility
                                                 Management |Karina Ricks, CityFi
  • 10-10:30 a.m.                    BREAK
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m.               Panel: Managing the Past & Present
                                                Complexities at the Curb 
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m.              BREAK
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   A Conversation with Mayor Stephen Goldsmith 
  • 12-1:00 p.m.                      Lunch & Networking
  • 1-1:45 p.m.                        Panel: Demystifying Payments
  • 1:45-2:15 p.m.                   BREAK 
  • 2:15-3 p.m.                        Panel: Data Driven Decisions at the Curb
  • 3-3:30 p.m.                        Recap and Closing


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About Passport

Passport’s powerful platform helps you manage mobile pay parking, parking enforcement, digital permitting, payment services and more. Centralize your parking data to operate more efficiently, increase revenue and improve the parking experience with an integrated solution.

Passport’s mobile solutions have helped hundreds of municipalities, private operators, universities and agencies manage and optimize their parking and mobility operations through real-time data and insights. Millions of end users use the Passport Parking app, resulting in more than 2 billion transactions process, from mobile parking sessions to citation payments.