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2016 APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Jessica Mortell
Project Engineer, Toole Design Group

Dear APBP Members,
I would like to enthusiastically submit this letter of interest to serve a second term as a board member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP).

Qualifications
As an Engineer in Toole Design Group’s Boston office, I have over 5 years of experience in multimodal transportation planning and design. I specialize in developing Complete Streets design guidelines and policies, and played an essential role in the publication of the award-winning Boston Complete Street Guidelines. I have helped design over 80 miles of innovative bicycle facilities in the City of Boston and Washington D.C. and work on a variety of projects from Safe Routes to School, to Federal research projects and design guidance. Prior to joining TDG, I championed the creation of the UConn Cycles bicycle sharing program at the University of Connecticut.

 

I am currently serving as APBP’s elected Vice President, the Membership Action Team co-chair, and the Boston Chapter co-chair. I helped to spearhead APBP's first-ever mentor program, instituted a young professional membership category, and hosted the first ever Walking Revolution and Evolution Conference in Boston. I am currently serving as co-chair planning this year's APBP Professional Development Seminar in St. Louis. Lastly, living in metro Boston car-free, I bike, walk, or take transit daily.

What I would bring to Board
As a female civil engineer with a great work ethic and proven commitment to supporting APBP’s mission, I offer a unique perspective as APBP’s current Vice President. I have a firm understanding of the organization's strengths and weaknesses, and a vision for the future success. I also understand our history, and was fortunate to learn firsthand from some of the greats in our field when I profiled 16 of APBP’s lifetime achievement award winners. With an understanding of the past and present I am well positioned to aid APBP into our future stage of growth.

Personally, my approach is collaborative and positive. I have strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, and will continue to offer the board my energy, creativity, and dedication to the organization.

My vision for APBP
APBP is at a pivotal junction; we have a tremendous opportunity to rebrand, redirect, and reevaluate our role as an organization. We grew out of a need to share information, provide guidance, and offer solidarity amongst biking and walking professionals. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our founding members, we are amidst a cultural shift in how people want to live and travel. APBP must grow and adapt to better suit the needs of our members, the profession, and our communities. I envision major efforts to further develop existing and create new educational and career development opportunities; and to grow membership, especially amongst younger professionals. Through synergies with other organizations. With the help of an Association Management Company, APBP can grow to be internationally known as the best professional organization for sustainable and active transportation. I look forward to contributing and executing potential initiatives such as a new website, social media presence, educational tools and trainings, chapter support and development, local conferences, and a certification program. I also envision continuing my work on the APBP Mentor Program and the Membership Committee.

To summarize, my vision for the future of APBP is "the next generation will take us viral" (Jessica Mortell, 6 Words of Wisdom, ProWalk ProBike ProPlace, Pittsburgh 2014).

Thank you for your time and consideration for my candidacy as an APBP board member.  

Sincerely,
Jessica Mortell



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