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2016 APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Jessica Roberts
Principal, Alta Planning + Design

I have worked in our field for fifteen years, first as an advocate at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, then since 2006 as a consultant at Alta Planning + Design. At Alta, I manage the a team that works exclusively on programs (education, encouragement, and media campaigns). I have served on the board of WTS Portland for three years, as Events Co-Chair and Membership Chair.

I have been an APBP member since 2004, and I actively participate in the list serve. I wrote a column for the APBP newsletter for many years, and I co-presented an APBP webinar called Integrating Streetcars with Bicycles. I am helping our local Portland chapter get established. I consider APBP to be the most important organization in our field, and I constantly encourage colleagues and young professionals to join.

What I would bring to Board

•    I know how to work on a nonprofit board. In my three years on the WTS Portland board, I hosted over 20 member events every year and energized our membership committee. I take a board commitment seriously and I will follow through.
•    My experience working on programs will complement the infrastructure focus of many of our current board members. This will help to increase our member knowledge base and support a holistic approach.
•    I am a collaborator, and I look forward to using my network to help APBP partner with other organizations such as the Women’s Transportation Seminar, Young Professionals in Transportation, the Bike Equity Network, the Green Lane Project, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation at PSU, and many others.
•    My professional experience has given me practical skills that can serve APBP, including nonprofit member recruitment and care, social media skills, budget literacy, and managing mentorship programs.

My vision for APBP
Our industry is becoming both deeper and broader in what comprises active transportation. For APBP, this means bringing in professionals from other fields, such as stormwater management, economic development, academia, TDM, economics, and more. APBP also mirrors our industry in its lack of diversity, and I will help us welcome, support, and learn from young people and professionals of color.

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