By Barb Thoman, Executive Director
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I have been with Transit for Livable Communities since it was founded nearly 20 years ago. During that time I have had the great privilege to work with so many of you. Without your efforts and support, TLC could not have accomplished all that we have.
With our organization in a strong position to continue advancing equitable, sustainable, and healthy transportation, I feel a tug to move on. I signaled this intention to the TLC Board of Directors last year, and together we decided to align my departure with the completion of the legislative session. That time is now close, and with this message I want to let you and all of our members know of the leadership transition coming at the end of May. As I leave, I hope to be celebrating with you an historic win for multimodal transportation at the legislature. Then, I am looking forward to a 6-9 month sabbatical to garden, ride my bike, spend more time with my family, and consider what transportation work I want to do next.
After careful consideration, the Board has selected Melissa Martinez-Sones and Roger Meyer to co-lead Transit for Livable Communities while the organization seeks the right candidate to serve as Executive Director for the long term. This interim structure also enables TLC’s talented, experienced staff to stay focused on our advocacy and program work.
Melissa and Roger come to us from Meyer Consulting, with significant experience in nonprofit management and organizational transition. Both are active Saint Paul residents who have worked to improve the walkability and livability of their neighborhoods. As Interim Executive Director, Melissa Martinez-Sones will focus on day-to-day oversight of the organization. Roger Meyer will support Melissa, while also working with TLC on strategic planning to maximize our impact going forward.
This is an exciting time. In the past year, we have co-chaired the statewide Move MN campaign to increase funding for all modes of transportation and we have advanced innovative new programs that address transportation as a basic need and rethink transportation in the workplace. Nevertheless, there is much more to do—this legislative session and beyond—to ensure all communities have safe and reliable transit, bicycling, and walking options. You can count on Transit for Livable Communities to continue leading these efforts.
Expect to hear from TLC about a gathering in June to mark my departure, meet Melissa and Roger, and connect with our dedicated board members and staff.
In the meantime, stay in touch and stay involved!