Mary McGuirk

APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Mary McGuirk
Tranportation Planner
Michael Baker International

Mary McGuirk Headshot

Please briefly describe your current position and how your work relates to the bicycle/pedestrian field:  
Currently, I am a Transportation Planner at Michael Baker International in San Diego, CA. My specialty is Active Transportation planning including but not limited: to complete streets, TDM, traffic impact studies/analyses, community engagement and outreach, and safe routes to school. Being a planner at an engineering firm, at times my work extends beyond bicycle and pedestrian planning. Regardless of what type of project I am working on, I strive to bring a unique perspective to my team that considers human-scale design in transportation solutions. Building an environment safe and welcoming for bodies of all ages, identities, and abilities is what I hope to continue to accomplish as my career continues to blossom.

Why do you want to be a Board member? What do you hope to gain over the term of your Board membership? 
First and foremost, I'd like to help increase gender, ethnic, and geographic diversity in our profession. Our work loses value when it is not inclusive or representative of the communities we impact in our world/bubble of planning and engineering. With this in mind, I would like to help APBP national develop and implement a strategy to further engage diverse audiences and to expand membership. One idea of accomplishing this is creating and providing more resources on these topics to local chapters.

Please describe your goals for APBP and how your leadership on the Board will benefit the association. 
Ultimately, I want to help APBP, its members, future members, and our communities thrive. I bring a unique perspective, being relatively young in my career and having both non-profit and consultancy work experience. My organizational skills, connection to my community, professional, and active transportation organizations, and my desire to create a more just built environment will serve the APBP board well.

Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP: 
Steering Committee member, San Diego APBP (2015-2018)
Membership Chair, San Diego APBP (2018-2019)
Chapter Co-chair, San Diego APBP (2020)

Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations: 
Student Representative Board Member, San Diego American Planning Association (2015-2016)
Event Organizer + Volunteer, San Diego American Planning Association (2016-2018)
Young Planners Group Committee Chair, San Diego American Planning Association (2019-2020)
Elected Board Member, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition (2020)