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APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Amanda Leahy
Senior Planner - Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Please briefly describe your current position and how your work relates to the bicycle/pedestrian field:  

I am currently a Senior Planner at Kittelson & Associates, Inc. a ~210 person transportation planning/engineering firm.  While I don't always control the types of projects that I work on, my primary focus and interest area is complete streets/active transportation.  I have experience working on a variety of ped/bike projects including master plans, corridor studies, feasibility/alternatives analyses, conducting research on best practices, and generally supporting cities in their quest for creating safer more connected multimodal networks.  Outside of work I am engaged with the City of Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and local bicycle/pedestrian advocacy groups (Bike East Bay and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland). 


Why do you want to be a Board member? What do you hope to gain over the term of your Board membership? 

I am very excited for this upcoming year at APBP!  Through my increasing involvement on APBP's Policy and Legislation Committee, Finance Committee, and Advocacy Committee, I have seen the dedication of other APBP members and AMR staff.  I want to continue to bring my perspective and my vision to the group and help to grow and guide the organization.  Through collaboraton with fellow board members and peers, I hope to expand APBPs membership base, increase the number and quality of professional networking and training opportunities, leverage Caron Whitaker's involvement, and solidify APBPs presence as a valuable resource for the industry on a national and local level, while maintaining the financial health of the organization.  I personally hope to gain experience as a decision-maker and key contributor participating in the organization's planning and evaluation process. 

Please describe your goals for APBP and how your leadership on the Board will benefit the association. 

My goals for APBP are generally stated above: 1) expand APBPs membership base, 2) increase the number and quality of professional networking and training opportunities, 3) leverage Caron Whitaker's involvement, 4) solidify APBPs presence as a valuable resource for the industry on a national and local level, 5) maintain the financial health of the organization.  I would also add 6) maximize the contributions of APBP members -- e.g., through involvement as APBP representatives for various groups (like the Transportation Equity Caucus), and 7) successfully roll out new website/member listserve interface, as discussed during the Finance Committee meetings. 

Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP: 

- Policy and Legislation Committee member
- Finance Committee member
- Advocacy Committee member
- Co-Representative/Liaison to Transportation Equity Caucus (along with Jing Zhang)

Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations: 

- Safe Routes to School volunteer at bike rodeos and events
- Bike East Bay volunteer at Pedalfest, Film Festivals, Bike to Work Day etc (bike valet, beer pouring, aid station)
- Sunday Streets volunteer
- Walk Oakland Bike Oakland Oakland Grand Fondo aid station volunteer
- SF Bike Coalition volunteer for Bike to Work Day
- Girls Inc., volunteer - transportation career discussions/resume and interview prep
- Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) volunteer - resume/interview prep for college students

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