I’ve applied these design principles on projects throughout the continent, and speak frequently at conferences, seminars, and public meetings to better educate engineers, city officials, and the public about bicycle facility best practices. I’ve also spent a considerable amount of time throughout my career working on ADA accessibility issues, including the design of curb ramps, the review of pedestrian facility designs on behalf of agencies and DOTs, and the review of accessibility issues for transit facilities.
Why do you want to be a Board member? What do you hope to gain over the term of your Board membership?
I have spent 15 years in active leadership roles in the American Society of Civil Engineers, but am interested in focusing more of my attention on APBP. From my past experiences, I’ve developed a keen appreciation for the role that a national professional association can plan in the career of practitioners around the world. I also recognize the satisfaction and personal gratification that comes from giving back to the profession. Personally, I look forward to new opportunities to network with, learn from, and form long-lasting relationships with multimodal experts. I also look forward to addressing the challenges associated with understanding the organization’s operations and how we can make it more sustainable.
Please describe your goals for APBP and how your leadership on the Board will benefit the association.
My goal for APBP is to strengthen the organization through a focus on membership benefit and growth. The benefits of membership in a professional organization are often the main (or only) consideration of a member when choosing to join or renew their membership. As APBP continues to grow, membership benefits may require more diversity to meet the needs of a growing membership. I intend to bring an open mind and an understanding of how other professional organizations have tackled similar issues to allow APBP to adapt to a growing membership. This assessment of membership benefit may include a consideration of revenue streams, new workshops and programming, the role and involvement of local chapters, opportunities for coordination with other professional organizations, and identifying programming that sets APBP apart from other organizations. Focusing on the needs of, and benefits for, student members will also be an important area of focus to grow our membership in a sustainable manner. APBP is uniquely positioned to link professionals across many professions and disciplines to improve bicycle and pedestrian conditions, which is more important now than perhaps at any earlier time in our profession. As more cities tackle Vision Zero and low-stress multimodal environments, APBP should be the organization that brings those professionals and leaders together and provides the venue for networking and sharing new, innovative, and successful ideas. I am interested in guiding the organization’s development to make sure that our limited resources are targeted toward high-value, high-impact activities that benefit our members and the entire transportation industry.
Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP:
I’m a member of the National Capital Region Chapter and have attended APBP webinars and local events. I served as a co-presenter for a National Chapter event on accessibility, leading participants on an ADA audit using wheelchairs, walkers and canes.
Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations:
Most of my professional involvement has been with the American Society of Civil Engineers, where I’ve been an active member at the local and national level for the past 15-years. Previous leadership positions have included: National Committee on Younger Members: Chair & Eastern Geographic Member (2013-2016), National Membership Communities Committee: Member & Corresponding Member (2015-2017), Philadelphia Younger Member Forum: Executive Board Member & President (2006-2013), Philadelphia Section: Webmaster (2009-2014). I also have volunteered as the head judge for the regional ASCE Concrete Canoe competition for the past 7-years, and was a volunteer for the Future City competition for 8-years and the MathCounts program for 7-years. Finally, I’ve volunteered for numerous opportunities to engage with students at all levels of their education, including participating in career days for elementary and high school students, civil engineering clubs for middle schools, and teaching classes and giving seminars for university students.