They are a group of community activists with a common desire to make a change to the transportation system in San Diego county.


Arun Prem



Arun joined FACT in 2010. He began his transportation career 22 years ago with New York City DOT where he managed the franchised bus performance contracts, civil rights, and alternate fuel programs. He developed the ADA compliance program for NYCDOT.

Before joining FACT, Arun worked with Access Services, Los Angeles County’s CTSA and ADA Paratransit service provider for 13 years, where he served as Director of Strategic Planning.  He serves on the Board of Directors of CalACT and APTA. He is Vice-Chair of APTA’s Mobility Management Resource Committee. Arun has an MBA in Management Information Systems from CUNY.

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Meagan Schmidt



Meagan holds a B.A. in Communication and began her career in transportation with FACT as Administrative Assistant in 2011.  She quickly developed a passion for specialized transportation and transitioned to a Mobility Coordinator, working directly with riders on their mobility challenges and needs.  She obtained a Transit Paratransit Management Certification from The University of the Pacific. Meagan was promoted to Service Planner and then Operations Manager in 2013

Currently, Meagan manages a call center team of Mobility Coordinators, brokerage contractors, as well as the RideFACT and contracted services programs.  She oversees all aspects of FACT’s transportation brokerage and leads FACT’s Service Development Committee.

Meagan is Chair of San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG’s) Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC), and participates in APTA’s Mobility Management Committee and several CalACT Committees.


Budd Anderson



Budd joined FACT in January 2012. His duties at FACT include qualifying grant opportunities that advance FACT’s mission, developing grant projects, writing grant applications, managing grant agreements and compliance, developing FACT’s Title VI Plan and annual Business Plan, managing FACT’s vehicle sharing program and vehicle fleet, and is the CAM Liaison and Human Resource Manager.

He was formerly with the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. Budd has earned the degree of Bachelor of Science Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), a Transit and Paratransit Management Certificate from the University Of The Pacific, and a Human Resource Management Certificate from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Cynthia Pedersen



Cynthia joined FACT in September 2019. Her duties include office administration, purchasing and inventory, Board Meeting minutes, vendor and IT coordination, and event/meeting coordination.

She earned an Associate degree in Secretarial Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico and an Associate degree in Communications from Puerto Rico’s Sacred Heart University. Cynthia has experience in both retail and administrative positions and is fluent in Spanish.

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Ali Poorman



Ali joined FACT in April 2018 as Office Manager.  She was promoted to Invoice Analyst in July 2019. Her duties include reviewing invoices submitted by FACT transportation vendors and preparing invoices for FACT agency clients.  She also assists clients in trip planning and referrals.

Ali has a BA from San Diego State University in Home Economics. She has over 20 years of retail management experience. She’s previously worked for Meals-on-Wheels as an Immediate Response Coordinator and The Walt Disney Co. as a Store Manager.


Julius Burgos



Julius joined FACT in September 2016. His duties at FACT include all grant billing, accounts receivables, payables, payroll, bank reconciliations, monthly financial reporting to the Board, annual TDA & Internal auditing, and financial control. He is currently registered with the Internal Revenue Service and CTEC as a tax preparer and is highly experienced with non-profit organizations.

Julius is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, has over 25 years of experience in accounting, and studied at Kapiolani Community College (KCC) and Honolulu Community College (HCC).


Jonathan Albarran



Jonathan joined FACT in March 2014. His duties include telephone referrals, trip planning, transportation dispatching, and extensive customer service. He is certified by the Department of Transportation on Fundamentals of Bus Collision Investigation and is part of San Diego transit agency’s ADA review committees.  Jonathan manages RideFACT’s Safety Program and has completed Reasonable Suspicion Training.


Christian Hernandez



Christian joined FACT in May 2015. His duties include telephone referrals, trip planning, and transportation dispatching. He has several years of transportation experience including dispatching, routing, and customer service. He assists with RideFACT’s Safety Management Program, attended CalACT Maintenance Conference, and completed Reasonable Suspicion Training.


Kalin Alston



Kalin joined FACT in February 2017.  His duties include telephone referrals, trip planning, and transportation dispatching.

Kalin has a Bachelor’s degree in visual communication from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington. He has experience assisting seniors in both assisted living and memory care communities as a volunteer. He has previously worked with Silverado Senior Living, Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, and Fairwinds Ivey Ranch.

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Anita Martinez



Anita joined FACT in October 2020.  Her duties include contract transportation scheduling and coordination, dispatching, and trip planning.

Anita previously worked in the health industry for the past 16 years as a receptionist and referral coordinator.


Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

TAC is an advisory committee to the FACT Board of Directors.

Members include:

– Zachary Rivera – San Diego Association of Governments(SANDAG)
– Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
– North County Transit District (NCTD)

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