Political will and institutional support is important for growing active transportation networks. Policies such as Complete Streets, Vision Zero, and more can be building blocks to active commutes. Learn more on how these policies get turned into action at this session.
Moderator: Kevin Mills, Vice President of Policy, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
About the Panel
- Jennifer Alford is a civil engineer with more than 22 years of design and analysis experience in traffic, highway, and site/civil engineering. She holds professional licenses as Professional Engineer and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. Jennifer has served as the City of Westerville’s Traffic Engineer since December 2017, where her role involves being a problem solver, human psychologist (understanding people’s interesting driving habits) and an integral part of the city design team to develop safe and people-friendly environments. Her current projects include Westerville’s Strategic Mobility Plan, along with signage, intersection, signals, speed limit, and multi-mode integration management.Jennifer volunteers as Webmaster for the Great Lakes District of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and has been involved with many engineering organizations over the years – including the American Society of Highway Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Women’s Transportation Seminar, and Engineers Without Borders. In 2006, she was named the Ohio Young Engineer of the Year by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers for the State of Ohio and Franklin County, and served the Engineers’ Club of Columbus as president in 2006-2007. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University.
- Alexandra Petrella is an Associate Planner at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), where she coordinates the Transportation Demand Management Strategic Plan to mitigate single occupancy vehicle use and improve air quality for the Central Ohio Region. Alexandra also focuses on alternative transportation planning and works with regional partners to encourage smart growth and sustainability through innovative education and outreach initiatives.
Alexandra previously served as a Transportation Planner for VN Engineers, where she studied crash data and field analyses to make design recommendations to multi-modal facilities that improve safety and livability for Connecticut road users. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in City and Regional Planning.
- Dr. Katherine Swidarski recently earned her PhD from The Ohio State University in Public Health. She has a background in social psychology and health behavior change with a minor in city and regional planning. She has served as the Program Manager for the Columbus Safe Routes to School program since August 2017. In her role, she works collaboratively with the Columbus City School District, various City of Columbus Departments, and neighbors of Columbus to advance policy, systems and environmental changes for the safety of children. Before moving to central Ohio, Swidarski spent 10 years advancing safe routes county-wide in Miami-Dade, Florida and San Francisco, California.