Please briefly describe your current position and how your work relates to the bicycle/pedestrian field:
I am currently employed as an Active Transportation Planner for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), so my work relates directly to the bicycle/pedestrian field. In my current role, I am a project manager for 5 (urban bikeway) capital projects, in various stages of development: one in planning, two in preliminary engineering and two in final design. I anticipate having the opportunity to shepherd all projects – to some extent – through construction, which is very exciting for someone who lives and breathes bikes, but whose primary experience is in planning. I guess I am finally joining the ranks of many esteemed APBP peers as a “plan-gineer.”
Why do you want to be a Board member? What do you hope to gain over the term of your Board membership?
I am interested in becoming a Board member for several reasons, chief among them is the opportunity to shape – what is to me – the most important professional organization for pedestrian and bicycle professionals. I think that APBP stands to make unique and substantial contributions to fields of planning, engineering, policy and advocacy. I also think that Board members can further capitalize on the impact of APBP in their respective fields and roles.
I am excited by the prospect of working with active transportation professionals from different fields, regions and backgrounds. I hope to form meaningful relationships with other Board members and with the organization, as a whole. As a previous Chapter Chair (for roughly 2.5 years), I am interested in an increased level of responsibility for, and influence over, the organization.
Please describe your goals for APBP and how your leadership on the Board will benefit the association.
My goals for APBP include, but are not limited to, the following: growing and broadening membership, providing increased support for the local chapters, expanding the mentorship program, organizing a well-attended and memorable Professional Development Seminar (PDS), and looking for new opportunities for member collaboration.
Of my leadership, others have told me I have an uncanny ability to bring people together, an uncommonly strong work ethic, and a contagious enthusiasm for the work we do as bicycle/pedestrian professionals. In my roughly 2.5 years as Chair of the San Diego Chapter of APBP, I led a Steering Committee which hosted an array of well-attended educational and social events, including lunch & learns, walking and biking tours, and happy hours. Through my role as Chair, I experienced the challenges and rewards of leading, and I learned a lot of lessons about what works and what doesn’t. Lastly, as someone who has worked for both the private and public sector, I think I have special insight about what people need and want from a professional organization like APBP.
Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP:
I have been involved with APBP, both the national organization and local chapter, since my start as an Active Transportation professional in 2012. My first volunteer role was as a Program Chair in 2014. This position quickly morphed into Chapter Chair for the San Diego region. I led the San Diego chapter until the winter of 2016. During this time, I was an active participant in the near-monthly “Chapter Chats.” I also participated in the APBP Mentorship Program, from 2015-2016.
Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations:
In addition to my APBP-related positions, I have volunteered for local bike advocacy organizations in both the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Bike East Bay) and San Diego (BikeSD and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition). For these organizations, I’ve parked bikes, “course marshalled” Open Streets events, collected ridership data, coordinated volunteers and conducted policy research.