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Jeri Stroupe and Drusilla van Hengel, PhD, on Transportation Planning and Design for Social Impact

Portland State University School of Architecture's Center for Public Interest Design welcome Jeri Stroupe and Drusilla van Hengel, PhD, in a CPID Talk on transportation planning and design for social impact.

Jeri Stroupe is an interdisciplinary project manager, passionate about planning and designing public realm projects and transportation systems that support healthy, connected, and equitable communities. She brings nearly a decade of experience in project development and implementation and takes a collaborative approach to helping clients achieve outcomes that support broader development goals. Jeri has expertise in complete streets, pedestrian and cyclist safety, corridor planning and evaluation, and community outreach and facilitation.

Prior to joining Nelson\Nygaard, Jeri led place-based initiatives at Wayne State University’s Office of Economic Development, leveraging university assets for neighborhood improvements and shifting from a commuter culture to a 24/7 campus. She worked on two of Michigan’s first health impact assessments focused on corridor redevelopment and non-motorized plans, and has served as Chair of the Regional Transportation Authority of Southeast Michigan’s Citizens Advisory Committee in 2017.

Drusilla van Hengel has more than 25 years of transportation planning and operations experience in California. As the national lead of Nelson\Nygaard’s active transportation sector, she is an expert on bicycle and pedestrian planning and design, Vision Zero, and Safe Routes to School. Her unique blend of experience in land development, traffic operations, and community planning, combined with an MBA on sustainable business, positioned her to become renowned for delivering built projects, implementable plans, and innovative practices. Dru helps make walking and bicycling viable options for people from one to one hundred by eliminating the cultural, organizational, and design gaps and barriers institutionalized by 70 years of planning for auto-mobility.

Her recent projects include Safe Mobility Santa Ana, LADOT’s Safe Routes to School Education and Enforcement, LADOT’s Vision Zero Youth Safety Study, and a Honolulu Complete Streets Rehabilitation Project. Dru’s work in South and Los Angeles began in 1993 with in home interviews with people affected by the displacement practices utilized for the construction of the Century Freeway. Today she works with school communities in Central and South Los Angeles regularly, and has used these in-person experiences to inform qualitative and quantitative analyses for project development and prioritization.   She is a co-lead of Nelson\Nygaard’s ongoing equity initiative.