Amanda Leahy

APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Amanda Leahy
Transportation Planner
Kittelson & Associates

Amanda Leahy Headshot

Please briefly describe your current position and how your work relates to the bicycle/pedestrian field:  
I am a transportation planner focusing on bicycle and pedestrian planning and design, multimodal traffic operations and safety analysis, complete streets policy and implementation, and community engagement. I work for Kittelson & Associates where I partner with communities to support safe and sustainable modes of travel. I am currently managing development of several active transportation plans and leading preparation of concept plans for a number of roadway reconfiguration and intersection re-design projects.

Why do you want to be a Board member? What do you hope to gain over the term of your Board membership? 
I am seeking a second term on the board with the aim of continuing to grow and guide the association in an effort to achieve active, safe, and healthy communities across the continent! Over my second term of board membership I hope to learn even more about governance and budgeting for the organization, continue to build and strengthen connections with APBP members, and capitalize on leadership opportunities within existing and yet-to-be formed committees and task forces.

Please describe your goals for APBP and how your leadership on the Board will benefit the association. 
Over the next three years, I would like to:

  1. Continue to lead the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force in developing and executing an action plan that will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field and increase the diversity and cultural competency of the board.
  2. Continue to work with the Policy and Legislation Committee to create relevant and useful policy statements that align with our policy principles, and leverage the partnership with our Policy Specialist, Caron Whitaker, to influence policy decisions made at the federal level.
  3. Expand our membership, maximize member benefits, and increase opportunities for meaningful involvement.
  4. Maintain the financial health and sustainability of the organization by hosting successful conferences, webinars, and events, and identifying ways to diversify our revenue stream. As a second-term board member, I will bring my institutional knowledge and my passion for the profession to reinforce APBP's presence as a leader and valuable resource for the industry.

Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP: 
Board Member, 2018-20
Vice President of the Board, 2020
Policy and Legislation Committee Co-chair, 2018-ongoing
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force Lead, 2020-ongoing
Finance Committee Member, 2018-19
Advocacy Committee Member, 2016-2019
APBP Representative to the Transportation Equity Caucus, 2017-19

Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations: 
Bike East Bay Board Member, 2019-ongoing
Bike East Bay volunteer, various events
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland volunteer, various events
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition volunteer, various events
Safe Routes to School National Partnership, various events
Save the Bay volunteer, various coastal cleanups
Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) volunteer, Transportation YOU program with Girls, Inc.