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Mary Anne Koos
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2016 APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Mary Anne Koos
Special Projects Coordinator - Roadway Design
Florida Department of Transportation

I’m asking for your support in reelecting me to APBP’s Board of Directors.  I have been an APBP member since 2006, and currently serve as training co-chair. I lead the webinarios in their development of webinar topics and advise APBP on our professional development efforts (webinars, seminars, the PDS in St. Louis, and courses on pedestrian accessibility, complete streets, bike share, and bicycle parking). I’m proud of how APBP has grown (both in numbers and recognition as a knowledgeable body of professionals). I live in Tallahassee, Florida, grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and love Bucky Badger!

 

Qualifications
I serve on AASHTO’s NCHRP Panel for the update of the Pedestrian Design Guide, was Florida’s lead reviewer for AASHTO’s new Transit Guide, worked with Adventure Cycling and multiple states to develop and publish national criteria for the US Bicycle Routes, and manage research projects that evaluate the performance of experimental pedestrian and bicycle facilities (shared bus/bike lanes, adjusting lane widths, enhanced visibility of crosswalks and retrofitting limited access facilities for cyclists. I work for the Florida Dept. of Transportation, developing and implementing design criteria for state and local roads.  Accessibility and active transportation are my focus. Previously, I managed Florida’s Rails-to-Trails Program and developed the Withlacoochee, Gainesville – Hawthorne, Blackwater Heritage, and Jacksonville-Baldwin Trails.

What I would bring to Board
In July I graduated from Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager Program.  I’ve worked to improve my skills as a transformational leader, learning how to solve problems through a systems approach. APBP is exploring new methods for administering our organization. I’m looking forward to streamlining the daily tasks of our staff, allowing their passion to lead us into the future. I value a diversity of opinion and thought, as it creates a stronger solution. My goal is to ensure that our training in both technical expertise and management skills are beneficial in meeting the challenges we now or will face as our careers and communities grow.

My vision for APBP
Through my work with federal, state, and local governments, and as a consultant with a planning and engineering firm, I understand the role each of us can play in creating a more livable and successful community.  My vision is that through our collective expertise we will change the world! APBP will continue to grow as a recognized body of active transportation professionals who influence local and national policy, provide a forum for the civil exchange of ideas and information, and expand opportunities for members to learn and grow!



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