New Webinar: Making the Case for Transit (April 11, 2018)

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Webinar Title: Making the Case for Transit

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

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About the Webinar

Every trip is a walking trip, whether you are on foot the entire way or just to the nearest transit stop. Transit can be a critical partner and advocate in the fight for walkable communities. Working together, we can create livable communities where all members have access to school, work, play, and more. This webinar will feature successful resources, programs, and campaigns on how to make the case for people-first walking and transit solutions. This webinar assumes some knowledge of issues related to walking and walkability.

 Attendees of this webinar will:
  • Learn about available tools and resources for creating successful transit and walkability campaigns
  • Hear from programs working to create improved transit options
  • Expand the way we think about the connections between walkability and transit
About the Presenters 

Meg Fencil, Program Director, Sustain Charlotte. Meg educates, engages and unites the community through our programs and is actively involved in fostering partnerships within the community and assessing program outcomes. Prior to her work with Sustain Charlotte, Meg designed and implemented original research programs as a U.S. Fulbright grant recipient in Croatia and a National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellow in Japan. While completing her dissertation research in coastal south Texas, she advocated for responsible coastal management, protection of freshwater flows to estuaries and sustainable fisheries. Meg holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin. She taught project-based mathematics to 9th grade students at West Charlotte High School through Project L.I.F.T. and Ten80 Foundation. An experienced educator at both the university and K-12 level, Meg enjoys developing educational materials and reaching diverse groups of stakeholders in relevant and innovative ways.

Sally Flocks is the founding President & CEO of PEDS, an advocacy organization dedicated to making streets and communities in Georgia safe, inviting, and accessible to all pedestrians.

Sally serves on numerous local, regional and state advisory committees and task forces that promote walk-friendly policy and funding changes. These include teams assigned to advising the City of Atlanta on use of infrastructure funds, developing regional policies that ensure transportation equity, and developing and implementing the Georgia Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. She also works with neighborhood and civic organizations and others to promote walk-friendly policy and funding changes.

She served previously on the Board of Directors of America Walks, the Complete Streets National Steering Committee and the steering committees of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

Sally graduated from Stanford University and has a doctorate in history from Yale.

Kirk Hovenkotter is the National Network Coordinator at TransitCenter. Kirk connects agency staff and leaders to each other to tackle the thorniest issues in transit. Kirk supplies the hardest working people in transit with the tactics, statistics, and strategies to make transit more frequent, reliable and comfortable.

Kirk holds a B.A. from the University of Washington and a Masters of Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Nora Kern is the Executive Director of Walk Bike Nashville (WBN), a grassroots non-profit dedicated to making Nashville more walkable, bikeable and livable. Nora has worked at WBN since 2013, when she became one of the organization’s first paid staff. Nora’s work with the organization has focused on growing and establishing its educational outreach, engagement activities and advocacy voice.  A Nashville native, Nora graduated from Williams College with a major in history and leadership studies. Her experience ranges from oral history, to state politics, to the Cumberland River Compact and the Nashville Civic Design Center. Throughout her work has centered on building stronger and healthier communities. Today she serves on the Mayor’s Livable Nashville Committee, the board of the Nashville New Leaders Council, and on Transit for Nashville Coalition steering committee. In 2016 Nora was also appointed by Mayor Barry to the Traffic and Parking Commission for Metro Nashville-Davidson County.