As a result, my position requires me to be on the cutting edge of active transportation design and planning to provide the best and most applicable guidance to public agency clients. This requires a broad understanding of all aspects of transportation but particularly active transportation. I am expected to be a trusted adviser to clients on the latest and greatest treatments from cities across the county to literature on pedestrian safety countermeasures to fostering equitable community engagement strategies on to how to make streets great places for people. I am also expected to mentor Fehr & Peers staff on these topics.
Why do you want to be a Board member? What do you hope to gain over the term of your Board membership?
APBP is a great organization that has nurtured my professional development over the years. Through scouring the listserv, learning from fellow practitioners at conferences, and sharing my own experiences and work at conferences and on webinars, APBP has had a major influence on my professional career trajectory. I want to become a board member to inspire and support other professionals and to help maintain the organization’s status as the leading active transportation organization. A big part of why APBP is such a great organization is the usefulness of the discussions and information – this is something I’d love to contribute to as a board member. Active transportation is an incredibly dynamic field. APBP opens doors to a wealth of information, research, and best practices to understand and absorb, which is critical as the field changes frequently and practitioners continue to innovate and try to find better ways to make safer, more vibrant places for people to walk and bike. I am committed to fully engaging as a board member, and expect that will mean creating lasting relationships with my fellow board members and taking on significant roles to make APBP events and initiatives successful. These opportunities will be win-win situations, where I can contribute to the organization, but also continue to develop professionally and create key connections and learning opportunities for my colleagues and clients.
Please describe your goals for APBP and how your leadership on the Board will benefit the association.
My goals for APBP as an organization are three-fold:
1. Keep APBP relevant and continue to solidify the organization’s role as the pre-eminent active transportation organization. Making the organization as effective as possible in stimulating dialogue between practitioners and supporting practitioners in developing technical knowledge is critical as transportation evolves so rapidly. Other organizations, namely NACTO, have raised the bar for providing design guidance, particularly on biking. APBP can learn a lot from NACTO’s communication style and messaging. Being nimble as an organization and responding effectively to our rapidly changing field, would be one of my major goals for APBP.
2. Infuse APBP with fresh new ideas, staying on top of cutting edge topics in the broader transportation landscape. Understanding and responding to major innovations and disruptions coming from outside of the active transportation world is key to APBP’s ongoing success. Autonomous vehicles, the rise of TNCs, and changing funding landscapes have significant effects on active transportation. Fehr & Peers leadership in those areas is an asset that I can bring to APBP to make sure that, as bicycle and professional professionals, we are included in those discussions and proactively shape the future of walking and biking with those changes in mind.
3. Encourage inclusivity and diversity in membership. APBP is unique in terms of the diversity of its members – it includes people with diverse educational backgrounds (planners, engineers, landscape architects, policy) who work in very different positions (planners, bike/ped coordinators, advocacy, engineers of all kinds, federal policy, etc) in different geographies (not just cities but in suburban and rural areas as well). This is a major strength that makes the APBP dialogue unique and robust. Having lived and worked across the country and with an educational background in both landscape architecture and planning, I can empathize and understand a variety of member needs and interests.
Lastly, there are a variety of skills and ideas that I can bring to the board to help APBP achieve each of the three goals of the Strategic Plan.
APBP Strategic Plan Goal #1 Embody operational excellence, sustainability, accountability and transparency.
-Day-to-day project management and consulting experience require proactive organization, communication, financial management, and facilitation
APBP Strategic Plan Goal #2 Engage, connect, and educate our members to grow and succeed professionally
- Opportunities to modernize and streamline member communications and knowledge sharing using web-based platforms
- Organizational experience with facilitating dialogue and knowledge sharing via web-based intranet for Fehr & Peers’ Bicycle and Pedestrian Discipline Group
- Experience developing monitoring plans and metrics for evaluating success
APBP Strategic Plan Goal #3 Provide influential and authoritative leadership to advance active and healthy communities
- Organizational experience developing annual research action plans for Fehr & Peers’ Bicycle and Pedestrian Discipline Group
- Opportunity for additional leadership from APBP to define the relationship between multi-modal transportation trends and active transportation via white papers and policy statements
- Experience developing policy statements through complete streets design guidelines and similar project work
Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP:
My primary contributions to APBP have been via conference presentations, panel moderation, and webinars, but I am eager to grow that into more concrete volunteer and leadership opportunities. I presented at ProWalk/ProBike in Pittsburg, PDS in St. Louis, and a webinar on tactical urbanism (also organized a webinar topic on trail crossings in 2017). In addition, I have participated in various local chapter gatherings for APBP Bay Area.
Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations:
As a Bicycle and Pedestrian Practice Lead at Fehr & Peers, I help steer the Bicycle and Pedestrian Discipline Group, which is our active transportation research and development group. The role includes overseeing the development of tools (for example, trail crossing enhancement criteria tools) and white papers (for example, a walking and biking comfort metric methodology). I am responsible for setting the annual action plan for this Bicycle and Pedestrian Discipline Group, which involves identifying the latest topics and innovations in active transportation and how we can invest research and development dollars in furthering those with additional research, development of engineered design guidelines, or facilitating their use on diverse types of projects. Another leadership position has been through the Early Career Mentor program for Fehr & Peers staff. This entails coaching younger staff on how to get more involved in active transportation projects, charting their career path, and setting goals and milestones to help them get there. Additionally, for the past several Bike to Work Days, I have led Fehr & Peers pro bono efforts, partnering with local advocacy groups to design and install separated bikeway installations.