New Webinar: Act Fast: The Growing Call for Slower Speeds (August 8, 2018)


Webinar Title: Act Fast: The Growing Call for Slower Speeds

Webinar Date/Time: August 8, 2018 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

Every community member has a right to safe places to walk and be physically active. It is critical that we address the poor street design, improper speeds, and culture that prioritizes cars over people that continues to unnecessarily endanger the most vulnerable users of the public rights of way.  Unfortunately, the rise in pedestrian fatalities in recent years reminds us that our work in this fight is far from done. Hear from those leading the call for slower speeds and communities putting people first in the call for safer streets. This webinar is for those advocates just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in this topic.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn about programs, policies, and resources being developed to help in the commitment to reducing traffic fatalities
  • Hear from a community who is doing the hard work on the ground to make streets safer
  • Be inspired to take action to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries
About the Panel

Alex Epstein is a highly experienced public communications and policy development strategist and team leader.

As Director of Transportation Safety, Alex works to develop and execute behavior and policy change initiatives, national public education campaigns, coalitions, road user outreach and other activities to reduce injuries and fatalities associated with the Council’s strategies addressing transportation safety. He serves as a key subject matter expert and spokesperson, building strong relationships within the transportation community, among state and federal government leaders, DMVs, court representatives and NSC corporate and affiliate members.

Alex continues in his role leading the Advanced Automotive Safety Technology initiative and its public facing MyCarDoesWhat national driver education campaign on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and vehicle automation. Previously, he developed and managed the DriveitHOME national education project for parents of new teen drivers.

Alex has extensive broadcast TV news experience, having worked for the Gannett Corporation in the L.A. Bureau of the USA Today On TV national television news program, as well as for the Walt Disney Company as senior producer/special projects for KCAL-TV News Los Angeles, where he wrote and produced television programs, series, specials and mini-documentaries. For corporate work, he and his team were recognized by PR Week magazine for executive producing the Video News Release of the Year, and received the PR News Platinum award, North American Excellence Award in PR and others.

A native of New York City, Alex began in broadcast television at the CBS affiliate in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a graduate of Bennington College and the Yale University School of Organization and Management. He is married and has two children.

Matt Ferris-Smith is a Vision Zero Specialist at the Bureau of Transportation in Portland, Oregon; it is a position he has held since 2015. He has two Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in Urban Planning and in Communications.



Leah Shahum is the founder and director of the Vision Zero Network, a national campaign supporting cities working toward Vision Zero — zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries. The Network helps communities develop and share best practices for safe mobility for all road users.

As a German Marshall Fund Fellow, Leah researched Vision Zero strategies in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the 10,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which promotes bicycling for everyday transportation. Leah formerly served on the Boards of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Jane Terry is the Senior Director of Government Affairs at the National Safety Council. An experienced policy and legislative leader, she has nearly 20 years of experience working with local, state and federal government officials on transportation, telecommunications, workplace safety, community development and healthcare initiatives.

Prior to joining the National Safety Council, Jane served as the Director of Government Affairs at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In this role, she effectively communicated the work of the NTSB to Congressional leaders resulting in a higher level of funding for the agency during a time of budget cuts. Her education and advocacy efforts resulted in many NTSB safety recommendations in the areas of aviation, pipeline, rail, and highway safety becoming law.

At NTSB Jane developed the platform for on-scene government affairs support for accident investigations. She led on-the-ground engagement with elected officials and the community during the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, PA, the 2014 Harlem, NY, gas pipeline explosion, the 2013 crude oil train derailment and explosion in Casselton, ND, the 2013 Asiana Airlines accident in San Francisco, the 2013 I-5 bridge collapse in Washington state, the 2012 hazardous materials train derailment in Paulsboro, NJ, and the 2010 Marshall, MI, oil pipeline rupture.

Jane led her own government relations firm in Atlanta, GA, handling transportation and local government policy at the state and federal levels. Prior to that, she worked in Washington, D.C. on the staff of Georgia Senator Max Cleland.

Originally from Austell, GA, Jane graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science and Economics and lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband and two daughters.