Position Description: The Deputy Chair shall help to coordinate activities involving multiple Directors and assist the Chair in his or her responsibilities. In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Chair shall act in the official capacity of the Chair and perform all duties of that office.
Candidate: David Ederer, Graduate Student, Georgia Institute of Technology
Positions Sought: Deputy Chair
Candidate Statement: Having worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more than3 years, I bring a unique perspective to transportation. While at CDC, I was a member of the Transportation Safety Team, and ran CDC’s global road safety programs. My work focused on helping public health agencies in foreign countries collect data on road traffic injuries and deaths, and working at the United Nations to advance road safety issues in the Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat III Agenda. My unique background can help bring the fields of public health, urban planning, and civil engineering closer. Many of our Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) may not be aware of the many public health professionals working on transportation safety. These individuals are dedicated and passionate. I know that they would been keen to speak at YPT events and mentor YPT members that might be interested in learning more about the public health approach to injury prevention and transportation. As Deputy Chair, I would be able to help bring a public health perspective to YPT events and connect YPT members to the public health community in Atlanta.
I recently began my PhD in transportation engineering at Georgia Tech. One of the main reasons I decided to attend Georgia Tech is the Institute’s close relationship with the City of Atlanta and its commitment to improving transportation for our city. For similar reasons, I hope to serve on the YPT board. Working with other committed young professionals will help ensure that the City of Atlanta makes transportation decisions that reflect the needs of young people Atlantans. Many of Atlanta’s current and future transportation leaders are YPT members. I hope to help YPT make sure that young people’s voices are heard as Atlanta makes decisions that impact our future for years to come.
Candidates for 2016-2017 YPT Atlanta Board of Directors:
Chair – Jeshua Pringle, City of Atlanta – Office of Transportation
Deputy Chair – David Ederer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration
Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance – Matt Pettit – Citilabs
Vice Chair for Membership
Vice Chair for Programs
Vice Chair for Sponsorship
Vice Chair for Communications and Outreach Erin McGehee, Georgia Commute Options
Director-at-Large (Five Positions) – Patrick Gregory McAtee, Project Manager, Neel-Schaffer; Craig Scott