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A New Roadmap for Transportation and Health Equity

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  • Moderator: Alyssa Rodriguez, Director of Information Technology | City of Henderson, Nevada

    Alyssa Rodriguez presently works at the City of Henderson, Nevada as the Director of Information Technology. With nearly 20 years of experience, she has a diverse employment history including municipal engineering, consulting and academia. Her background includes a wide variety of transportation engineering and planning projects including complete streets design, traffic impact studies, traffic signal design, travel demand modeling, maintenance management and asset management systems, safe routes to school, fleet management, and GIS applications. She is a Professional Engineer registered in the states of Nevada and California.

    A proud Montana State Bobcat, Alyssa received her Civil Engineering bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU. Alyssa is also a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, certified by ITE, an organization for transportation professionals. Alyssa’s participation with ITE also includes leadership roles at all levels, and she currently serves as the Vice President on the organization’s international board of direction.

  • Veronica O. Davis, P.E., Co-Founder/Principal Planning Manager | Nspiregreen, LLC

    Veronica O. Davis, PE is a self-described transportation nerd. She believes all people should have access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation. She has over 16 years of experience in civil engineering and planning. She is currently a co-owner and Principal Planning Manager at Nspiregreen LLC.

    At Nspiregreen, she is responsible for managing the Multimodal Transportation and Community Planning projects, which includes surface transportation planning, policy development, and long-range planning. She was the Principal-in-Charge for the Vision Zero Action Plans for the District of Columbia and the City of Alexandria in Virginia. This includes guiding the team to develop strategies to prioritize the safety of people biking and walking.

    Veronica is one of the co-founders of Black Women Bike (BWB), an organization and movement that encourages African American women to use biking for health and wellness as well as an alternative form of transportation for commuting. In less than two years the organization has grown to over 1,900 African American women ranging in age from late 20’s to early 70’s. She is also on the Board for America Walks.

    She earned her dual Masters Degrees (Engineering Management and Regional Planning) from Cornell University. She has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. She is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. In July 2012, the White House recognized her as a Champion of Change and Transportation Innovator for her professional accomplishments and community advocacy in the District of Columbia.

    She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, daughter, and dog.

  • Leslie Meehan, MPA, AICP, Director | Office of Primary Prevention, Commissioner's Office of Tennessee Department of Health

    Leslie Meehan, MPA AICP oversees the Office of Primary Prevention in the Commissioner’s Office of the Tennessee Department of Health. The Office serves as a hub for upstream, primary prevention policies and strategies that impact social influencers of health. Her work includes increasing physical activity through the built environment to positively impact social, emotional and physical health. Previously, Ms. Meehan served ten years as the Director of Healthy Communities for the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in Tennessee. At the MPO, she focused on the intersection of transportation and health, specifically transportation’s impacts on physical activity, air quality and injury. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally, most recently by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (2018 Vision Award), the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (2017 Joseph W. Cullen Excellence Award) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (2017 Transportation Achievement Award for Planning).

    Ms. Meehan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals, the League of American Bicyclists and the Tennessee Public Health Association. She is co-author of the Transportation Sector of the National Physical Activity Plan, served as expert advisor on the U.S. Department of Transportation and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Transportation and Health Tool, was appointed by Transportation Secretary Peters to the National Safe Routes to School Task Force and has presented at a White House event on transportation and health. She served as a panel member on the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s Research Roadmap for Transportation and Health and the Guidebook for Communications between Transportation and Public Health Communities. She is the chair of the Transportation Sector of the National Physical Activity Plan and co-chair of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation and Public Health.

  • Jeff Riegner, PE, Vice President | Whitman Requardt & Associates LLP

    Jeff Riegner is vice president of Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP and manager of the firm’s Delaware Valley transportation practice. His passion is transforming our communities by making smart transportation choices. Jeff is a professional engineer and certified planner with nearly 30 years of transportation and land use consulting experience, mostly for public-sector clients. He is an International Board member of ITE, a steering committee member and workshop instructor for the National Complete Streets Coalition, and past chair of ITE’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. Jeff is also the author of the “Design and Operation of Complete Streets and Intersections” chapter of ITE’s Traffic Engineering Handbook, 7th Edition. He holds degrees from the University of Delaware and the University of California at Berkeley.

November 2, 2020
Mon 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 30M

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