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October 27, 2021 | 8 AM – 11 AM

Leah Shahum

Founder and Director, Vision Zero Network

Leah Shahum is the founder and director of the Vision Zero Network, a national campaign supporting communities working toward Vision Zero — zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries. The Network helps communities develop and share best practices for safe mobility for all road users.

As a German Marshall Fund Fellow, Leah researched Vision Zero strategies in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the 10,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which promotes bicycling for everyday transportation. Leah formerly served on the Boards of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Ethan Fawley

Program Coordinator, City of Minneapolis Vision Zero Program

Ethan Fawley is the Vision Zero Program Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis working to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries. He led the creation of the Minneapolis 2020-2022 Vision Zero Action Plan and coordinates implementation of that plan, including efforts to lower speed limits, proactively install safety improvements on High Injury Streets, and advance automated traffic enforcement. Before joining Minneapolis, Ethan worked for a decade in community organizing around transportation topics like Complete Streets and transit funding. He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota.

Ian Thomas

State and Local Program Director, America Walks

Ian Thomas is the State and Local Program Director with America Walks. In this role, he develops and delivers education programs for advocates, professionals, and elected officials, about the benefits of walkable communities and strategies to create them.

From 2000 until 2013, Ian served as the founding Executive Director of the PedNet Coalition of Columbia, MO. During this time, he developed one of the largest Walking School Bus programs in the country, coordinated a campaign that led to Columbia adopting the first “complete streets’ policy in Missouri, and was instrumental in reducing neighborhood speed limits.

In 2013 and again in 2016 and 2019, Ian won election to the Columbia City Council, where he continues to advance healthy and walkable community policies. He is a member of the National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Tracey Bramble

Information Specialist, Iowa DOT

Tracey Bramble is currently the Iowa DOT’s social media content manager, providing daily input into the agency’s Facebook and Twitter, as well as multiple blogs, strategically positioning messages to work together on various platforms to reach the intended audiences.

As part of Iowa’s Zero Fatalities team, Bramble is responsible for spreading safety messages through the very popular Message Monday program which includes both safety messages on overhead message boards and related content on social media.

Bramble, a 30-year veteran of public affairs and marketing, holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University and has completed the Certified Public Manager program at Drake University.

Joanne Tinker

Program Evaluator and State Traffic Records Coordinator, Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau

Joanne Tinker is a 31 year employee of the Iowa Department of Public Safety. For the past 10 ½ years, Joanne has served as the Program Evaluator and State Traffic Records Coordinator within the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. Her primary duties include problem identification analysis, Highway Safety Plan and Incentive Grant application and development, and compiling the Annual Evaluation Report.

Joanne currently serves on the Fatality Reduction Task Force, State Strategic Highway Safety Plan Advisory Board and Implementation Team and is a co-chair for the Statewide Traffic Records Coordinating Committee, along with considerable involvement with other partnership initiatives. Joanne has been intergral in the development of the State’s Impaired Driving Coalition and Blue Print and has developed plans and processes that have been recognized by GHSA as “Best Practices”. 

Joanne holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from Upper Iowa University and completed the Certified Public Manager’s Course from Drake University.

Kyle Durant


Transportation Planner II, 
Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments

Kyle Durant has been employed by INRCOG since 2009 and is currently a Transportation Planner II. Durant has worked on a wide range of short- and long-range transportation plans and projects, and numerous grant applications for trail, recreation and highway projects. Durant has also led many local planning initiatives including the Cedar Valley Trails Wayfinding Signage project, Rolling Prairie Trails Wayfinding Signage project, 2040 and 2045 Regional Bicycle Accommodation Plan, and Wellsburg Bicycle and Pedestrian Concept Plan. He is an active member of the Waterloo Complete Streets Advisory Committee and spearheads the Black Hawk County Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Committee. Durant has participated in numerous professional development opportunities involving conferences, training workshops and seminars on trail planning, crash analysis and safety improvements, public involvements, complete streets, economic development and transportation, transportation safety and multimodal transportation. Durant has a Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of Northern Iowa.

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