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APBP 2017 Professional-of-the-Year: Public Sector
Julie Walcoff, Active Transportation Program Manager, Ohio Department of Transportation
Julie Walcoff is one of the most effective State DOT bicycle and pedestrian coordinators in the country. She is accomplishing great things in Ohio and personifies the qualities we hope to see in a candidate for the Public Sector Professional of the Year award. State DOTs are large organizations that are often reluctant to embrace change; however, through Julie’s dedication and tenacious support for active transportation, she has done just that. She is a shrewd and effective advocate internally. Julie has accomplished this not only through her work overseeing the Ohio DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, but also by leveraging strategic partnerships with other agencies at the local, regional and state level. Her enthusiastic, energetic and overwhelmingly positive approach has begun to move mountains. For the past ten years, Julie has managed Ohio DOT’s SRTS program, and has spent the past 5 years at the helm of Ohio DOT’s Active Transportation Program. When she became Ohio DOT’s SRTS Coordinator, she had almost no experience in our field. She had never managed a funding program before. Despite this, Julie has made tremendous strides to improve bicycling and walking in Ohio in the past decade. These include overseeing $64 million worth of active transportation infrastructure projects; forging a key partnership with the Ohio Department of Health that has leveraged millions in CDC funds for active transportation projects; moving Ohio from 32nd place to 16th place in the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly State Program; building a complete streets mentality internally within DOT through a robust training program; managing the implementation of USBR 50, Ohio’s first US Bicycle Route; and establishing one of the most successful, data-driven SRTS programs in the country, spearheading a process to systematically address SRTS in large school districts. Despite her own hard work, Julie is quick to give credit to others for her successes. She works tirelessly in a position that does not get a lot of public recognition for the important work she does. We can think of no one else who is more deserving of the APBP Public Professional of the Year award.