APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Carol Kachadoorian
Associate Senior Planner
Toole Design Group

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

Since I joined Toole Design in March 2008 my focus has been in pedestrian plans, safe routes to school programs, access to transit, and complete streets training. During the past two years, I have developed an expertise in active transportation for older adults. Being one myself, this work has become a passion for me; one that is my legacy for Toole Design and our profession. My work includes promoting age-friendly communities and how our profession can be part of them; learning about the history, habits, and preferences of older adults who cycle through a nationwide survey; research on how to predict where older adults will live in 5 years so we can plan pedestrian and bicycle networks to be ready for them; and bringing a different approach to the way we incorporate older adults in our planning and engineering work through language, images, and interaction.  

Carol Kachadoorian headshot.

I currently am one of the facilitators of the Transportation and Public Space Working Group of Seattle's Age-Friendly Coalition. I also serve on the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board.

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

APBP is an important organization for our profession that prides itself on adapting as needs change, and to advance needed changes. Being an APBP Board member is an opportunity for me to advance my work on active transportation for older adults within the profession. I bring three decades’ worth of experience in transportation at different government levels and in the public and private sectors that I’d like to share. I also want to learn from others on the board whose experiences are different from mine. 

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

My goals for APBP are to remain as a highly valued resource for its membership; to support local, state and federal legislation and policies related to active transportation; and to advance the needs of under- or poorly represented groups such as older adults.

Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP: 

I have coordinated several APBP webinars with other Toole Design staff as presenters. I am a co-presenter for the November 2019 webinar on Age-Friendly Communities. I was also involved with the Washington DC area APBP chapter and co-led an ADA-focused walk audit as a chapter event.

Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations: 

I helped found the District of Columbia Urban Management Association (mid-1980s)

I was on the Board of Directors of Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA (early 2000s)

I currently serve on Seattle's Pedestrian Advisory Board.

I am one of the facilitators for the Transportation and Public Space Working Group of Seattle's Age-Friendly Coalition.