New Webinar: What’s Next for Walkable Communities (April 10, 2019 Webinar)


Webinar Title: What’s Next for Walkable Communities

Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

Transportation, mobility, and city planning are changing. With these changes come new opportunities and challenges for walkable community advocates. This webinar will explore programs, resources, and practices that are putting walking front and center of the future of communities. This webinar is intended for those who are familiar with topics and issues related to walking and walkability.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Explore what intersections exist between walking and new mobility
  • Discuss ways that walking advocates should be engaging on topics related to this work
  • Learn about programs and policies that are supporting communities of the future
About the Panel (more speakers will be added as they are confirmed)
Jean Crowther, AICP is a Senior Associate with Alta Planning + Design, a national firm specializing in active transportation and mobility. She leads Alta’s New Mobility practice, building on eight years as a bikeshare planning specialist and 15 years of planning for mobility options and transportation sustainability and equity. Jean leads bike share program evaluations, pedestrian and bicycle plans, and multi-modal studies across the country in communities of all sizes. She has a masters in city and regional planning, and is a national leader planning for shared mobility and new technology in the public right-of-way. Jean serves on the Transportation Research Board Forum for Autonomous Vehicles and Shared Mobility, a coalition of federal agencies, state DOTs, and automotive and technology executives setting a national research agenda for new mobility.


Ryan Westrom is the Mobility Partnerships Lead for Greenfield Labs in Palo Alto, CA who, through human-centered design, are exploring the future of mobility for Ford. Prior to moving west, he was a transportation planner and engineer at the District Department of Transportation (or DDOT) in Washington, DC. A licensed Professional Engineer and certified Professional Transportation Planner, Ryan holds undergraduate degrees in civil engineering and urban planning from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Transportation from MIT and has over 15 years of experience in the realm of transportation. A native of Minnesota, he has also worked in Boston and Chicago. He’s a husband and father of three girls. Ryan is a city dweller, basketball junkie, news reader (538, Kottke, The Ringer, NYT…), sports enthusiast, politico, and traveler, in pursuit of livable places and social justice.

Ellen Zavisca, Principal Transportation Planner, Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Ellen has been a transportation planner with Knoxville-Knox County Planning and the Knoxville Regional TPO since 2005. Her focus has been on greenway planning, pedestrian safety, Safe Routes to School, and health. Her projects have included creating multiple bike/ped and greenway plans; building a database and map of pedestrian/bicycle crashes in the Knoxville region; and rejuvenating the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Greenway Council. She is certified by the League of American Bicyclists as a bicycle safety instructor and teaches Street Skills for Bicyclists classes and bicycle rodeos. She has a master’s degree in urban planning from University of Illinois-Chicago.