A New Face in Your Blogosphere
Say "hello" to our new blogger! Photo courtesy of Megan McConville.

Say "hello" to our new blogger! Photo courtesy of Megan McConville.

You may recognize my name – I’ve been a contributor to TheCityFix for the past several months.  I recently took the job on full-time, so I wanted to introduce myself.

I’m happy to be working with EMBARQ for the second time.  After I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2003 with a degree in Government and Spanish, I moved to D.C. to take a position with EMBARQ, helping the organization coordinate its first projects in Mexico City and Shanghai.  Since then, I’ve coordinated communications efforts for environmental justice issues at the Sierra Club; studied the impact of a proposed bus rapid transit line on downtown revitalization in Lima, Peru as a Fulbright Fellow; worked for the Department of Community Development in my home city of Syracuse, N.Y.; and conducted research and analysis of transportation and land use issues for Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates.      Most recently, I finished my master’s degree in City & Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  While there, I specialized in transportation planning, and completed a master’s thesis on the relationship between mixed-use development and walking.

Sustainable transportation is more than a professional interest of mine – it’s also a hobby!  I ride my bike regularly around the D.C. area, and I’ve done a two-month, 2,000-mile bicycle tour through Europe.  My husband and I explored the bike paths, small towns, and out-of-the-way places in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and other countries, kicked our feet up at beer gardens and cafes catering specifically to cyclists, and got engaged along the way!

I look forward to covering international, domestic and local D.C. transportation issues for TheCityFix, and hope to delve into the links between transportation and climate policy in the wake of Copenhagen; innovative transportation funding mechanisms; preparations for the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill; and smart growth initiatives around the world, among other topics.  I look forward to reading your comments on my posts and your story ideas on my “Wire” at TheCityFix Social!

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