It is bittersweet that we share the news that Jessica Meaney will be leaving the Safe Routes to School National Partnership team at the end of this year to pursue deeper transportation finance work in LA County. We are excited for this new phase in Jessica’s career and look forward to continuing to work together as partners to advance active transportation and Safe Routes to School in the Southern California region.
Since 2012, the National Partnership has worked with our local partner the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) to lead the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative, an open and inclusive space to discuss issues around finance and implementation for walking and bicycling. In that time, we have achieved representation on Metro’s Technical Advisory Committee, additional funding from Metro Express Lanes and the Call for Projects, a motion to create an Active Transportation Finance Strategy and, most recently, a countywide Complete Streets Policy. Throughout, we have hosted convenings with community-based organizations, business and labor leaders, elected officials and public agency staff. This effort has truly been collaborative with so many partners across the county.
I (Jessica) have been tremendously honored to be a part of national, state, regional and local efforts that support the Safe Routes to School movement for the past five years and remain personally committed to the movement. Through my transition, the Active Transportation Collaborative will be evolving to respond to emerging policy opportunities in LA County such as a broad policy platform anchored in health and social equity for Metro’s Long Range Transportation Plan update and a potential new transportation ballot measure. I am excited to start this new chapter in my professional life and continue to work with partners across the county, including the National Partnership and LACBC.
The National Partnership will be hiring a new staff member to join our team in Southern California to continue supporting Safe Routes to School allies in the seven Southern California counties.
Thanks to all of you for your amazing partnership and we both look forward to continuing to work with you to advance healthier and more equitable communities in Southern California and statewide!
Please don’t hesitate to contact Jeanie Ward-Waller with any questions.
Jeanie Ward-Waller and Jessica Meaney