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Established in May 2007, The Mobility Education Foundation's high-caliber board, advisors, and ambassadors are building a network of supporters and champions for our national mission. 

The Mobility Education Foundation
P.O. Box 30784
Seattle, WA  98113
(206) 390-8118

Board of Directors

Tracy Carroll tested the idea of mobility education in a four month "Teen Mobility" pilot course at West Seattle High School. He has been working to develop cultural solutions to our transportation problems for over a decade. Tracy is co-founder of Flexcar, NetGreen, Efficiency Works!, and Working Together! Previously, he worked in business development for Carroll Seating Co., Citizens for a Better Environment, Dressler Energy Corp., and CM Financial Group. He has worked as a consultant to transportation enterprises such as The Seattle Popular Monorail Authority, Flexcar and NuRide.

Tracy has been active on community and corporate boards, including the Queen Anne Community Council, TREEmendous Seattle, Seattle Great City Initiative, and Puget Sound Tidal Power’s New Tidal Energy Services, Inc. Tracy graduated from University of Kansas with a degree in business administration with a concentration in mechanical engineering. As a parent of two boys, he is passionate and dedicated to finding and engaging solutions that use our limited capital and time effectively and make a real contribution to the next generation.

Sharon Cornish co-taught the 2005 "Teen Mobility" pilot course at West Seattle High School. She is a management consultant dedicated to facilitating change through development and delivery of interpersonal training programs, and business management consulting. For more than nine years, she has created and delivered training programs within organizations such as The Boeing Company, Trammell Crow, Hexcel Structures and Edmonds Community College. The focus of her training is on teaching skills to effect deep and sustainable personal change within leaders and team members. Her work creates the foundation for building open and trusting organizations.

For 20 years prior to working independently, Sharon managed change efforts for organizations including Weyerhaeuser Company, Westwood Shipping Lines, Beak Consultants, Crowley Marine Services and Rivers Council of Washington. She has served as a board member of Rivers Council of Washington and presently serves on the Advisory Board for Antioch University's Center for Creative Change. Sharon holds an MBA from the University of Washington and is certified as a trainer of The Human Element.

Barbara Culp was born big enough to walk at birth and grew up in a tiny town in North Central Washington where sidewalks were rare, horses were plentiful, and guns were god. She broke into her piggy bank to buy her first bike at six. At eight she was riding miles down the river to crash her boyfriend’s birthday party. Seeing that his daughter was headed down the wrong road, her father bought her a horse for her eighth birthday. The boyfriend was forgotten and she rode non-stop until age 18.

College at Western Washington University and a work as a social worker counseling young girls followed. As a parent of two children, she managed law offices, got another degree, pursued a career in marketing, event management, and bicycle education. From 1998 until 2007, she served as executive director of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, growing the organization from 700 members to over 3000. Her reputation as a trusted collaborator and long-term strategic thinker led to numerous statewide committee appointments and legislative successes, including: the Cooper Jones Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee for the Washington Traffic Safety Committee (chair from 1998 – 2006); Washington State Department of Transportation’s Transportation Enhancement Committee (2005 to present), Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (2004 to present) and Safe Routes to School (2004 to present); Puget Sound Regional Council, Transportation Policy Board (1998- 2007) and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, (chair 1998-2007), the Cooper Jones Act (1998), an amendment to the Cooper Jones Act, the Safe Passing Bill (2006), and the Anti-Vehicular Assault Bill.

Barb is past president of the national Thunderhead Alliance and a certified instructor of the Safe Routes to School National Course. She regularly teaches communities how to implement design, enforcement, and programs, and “complete streets” policies to make communities more bikeable and walkable.

David Levinger has a career that spans the spectrum of transportation modes and technologies, from commercial aircraft engineering and off-shore helicopter safety, to transit operations, roadway safety, and pedestrians. Before founding The Mobility Education Foundation, he was the first Executive Director of Feet First, where he integrated concerns of health, community, and land use into the transportation context.

David has served as a board member or appointee for numerous non-profits and government agencies including America Walks, the Washington State Department of Transportation, Seattle's Urban Sustainability Advisory Panel and the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board. He is Affiliate Associate Professor of Urban Design & Planning at the University of Washington, where he collaborates with the CDC Physical Activity Policy Research Network and the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network. 

David is a certified instructor in the Safe Routes to School national course and a consultant to the FHWA bicycle and pedestrian clearinghouse projects. He presents nationally on topics including pedestrian planning & design, traffic safety, culture, and community participation. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of transportation planning, design, and research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY), Antioch University Seattle, and the University of Washington. David holds a BS in engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in political anthropology from Rensselaer. He is a licensed professional engineer in Washington State. 

Robert Ketcherside's first memory of riding the bus is from his home in Burien to his mother's work in Federal Way. It was a long, exciting trip and instead of looking out the window he rode in the contorting, articulated middle of the King County Metro commuter bus. Rob learned to commute as an exchange student in Tokyo, Japan. At Western Washington University his room was a short walk from classes, but in Tokyo it was an hour-long adventure, transferring at two of the busiest train stations in the world. After several years commuting by car from downtown Seattle to Microsoft's Redmond, Washington campus, he made a return visit to Tokyo and remembered what transit life was like. Rob promptly sold his car, saving money and reducing stress.

Rob is the former chair of the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board (2002-2004), and served on that board from 2001 to 2005. He also served on the Seattle Chinatown International District Urban Design Plan Community Adisory Board from 2002 to 2005. He's lived in Tokyo as a student and as a manager at Microsoft, for a total of four years. A love for urban environments is coupled with a love for history.


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