KENDRA RAMSEY

APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Kendra Ramsey
Active Transportation Project Manager
GHD

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

As Active Transportation Project Manager for GHD, my practice focuses on developing Active Transportation Plans for cities, counties, and regional agencies, and Safe Routes to School Plans and programs for school districts, cities, and counties. As a Project Manager, I ensure that our deliverables reflect the current state of practice for safe and comfortable facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized users of all ages and abilities, and are in alignment with applicable standards and ordinances.  I also develop and implement community engagement strategies for my projects, evaluate Safe Routes to School programs, assist clients with project scoping, and develop grant applications for active transportation projects. 

As the regional lead for Active Transportation at GHD, I also contribute to a variety of roadway projects, ranging from interchange reconfiguration, bridge replacement, traffic studies, and facility design. For these projects, I provide feedback on how the project can best incorporate safe and comfortable active transportation facilities for people of all ages and abilities, both within the ultimate project and during construction. Having previously served in a similar role for a state agency, I see this work as critical to making sure that these large projects do not become barriers to active transportation, as they have often in the past.

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

Over the past four years, I’ve grown my knowledge, my professional network, and been able to give back to my community through my membership in APBP. Founding the Sacramento Region APBP Chapter and continuing my service as a Chapter Co-Chair, I am working to increase APBP’s profile and the reach of our profession, and ultimately to increase the safety, connectivity, and comfort of active transportation facilities where I live and work. I’d like to deepen my contributions to the profession by serving as a Board Member, and work with leaders from across North America to shape how our field grows. 

As an APBP Board Member, I will work to increase the impact of APBP in the broader transportation field through continued collaboration with Chapters and enhancing the approach to educational offerings. The work of the Chapter Task Force in 2018 brought increased information sharing and collaboration; I would continue this effort, working with Chapter leaders to convene and share approaches and support development of new Chapters. In addition, I would support increased collaboration with other professional organizations to inject active transportation expertise into broader conversations. Many of our regions have multi-organization networking events that APBP could increase participation in to increase the organization’s reach. 

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

Membership in APBP is a great way for people working in the active transportation field to connect, coordinate, and share information. Unfortunately, the benefits and knowledge offered by APBP aren’t reaching many who could benefit: “traditional” roadway/traffic engineers and designers, elected and appointed officials, front line staff at departments of transportation, and other people critical to the planning, designing, building, and maintenance of our roadways. As a Board Member, I would work to increase the interaction with people who don’t identify as ‘pedestrian and bicycle professionals,’ but whose work and decisions impact the active transportation facilities in our communities.  Broadening the impact in this way could also provide opportunities for additional revenue streams, critical to the financial health of the organization.

Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP: 

Sacramento Region Chapter Founder and Co-Chair (2018 to present)
APBP National Chapter Task Force (2018)
North Carolina Chapter Founding Organizing Committee (2015-2016)

Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations: 

Mentor to a Youth in Foster Care, AgingUP (January 2019-present)
Durham, North Carolina Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (Chair June 2015 - July 2016, Member Sept. 2014 - July 2016) California Bicycle Advisory Committee (Member April 2013 - September 2014)
Buffalo Chips Running Club Board Member/Membership Director (July 2012-October 2014)