SCAG Expands Active Transportation Department!

Jepson_SarahBTapShortly after the adoption of SCAG’s 2012 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS), Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata promised to expand SCAG’s Active Transportation department (see previous post). We are happy to announce that last week the new manager for Active Transportation and Special Programs started her new role and we couldn’t be happier with SCAG’s choice!

Meet Sarah Jepson:

On November 4, Sarah Jepson joined SCAG as the new manager for Active Transportation and Special Programs.  Most recently, Sarah worked at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) for four years, as Metro’s first Sustainability Manager. In this role, she was responsible for integrating sustainability principles and practices into the agency’s planning and programming functions, including the Long Range Transportation Plan, Transit and Highway Corridor Studies, and Call for Projects grant program.  She also coordinated Metro’s Sustainability Committee, leading policy initiatives, developing performance metrics and evaluation tools, and directing program communication. Sarah was instrumental in facilitating the adoption of Metro’s first Countywide Sustainability Planning Policy & Implementation Plan and the RTP/SCS Joint Work Program with SCAG, both of which commit Metro to playing a stronger leadership and funding role in active transportation across Los Angeles County.

Sarah previously worked for the City of Los Angeles, in the Environmental Affairs Department where she developed a Sustainability Score Card to measure success toward achieving the Mayor’s sustainability priorities. She also worked on growth management issues for the King County Executive in Seattle, Washington.  In this capacity, Sarah led a community revitalization initiative focused on better aligning land-use and transportation planning to create a more walkable community, which resulted in zoning changes, public infrastructure investments, park improvements, and public-private partnerships that have fostered redevelopment. Sarah started her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Sarah received a BA in English from Miami University in Oxford, OH; and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI.

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