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Unit Manger, Transportation Planning Solutions
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Originally from Gilbert, AZ, Ellen Kennedy has worked as an urban planner on multi-modal transportation, environmental, and land use projects around the country. With a focus on sustainability, Ellen approaches her work with social, environmental, and financial concerns in mind. Formerly a Presidential Management Fellow with Federal Transit Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a planning project manager for Parsons and AECOM, and administrator of a private foundation, Ellen has brought interdisciplinary teams together to produce thoughtful, data-driven, and community-engaged results. She has developed intermodal feasibility studies addressing iconic, historic buildings; contextually sensitive master plans; and environmentally mindful planning, operations, and policy visions, including authoring the first Ecological System Plan for Minneapolis Parks. Ellen currently manages a new transportation solutions unit within Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Division, working on travel reductions and modal shift strategies.
An advocate for unbiased public policy research, Ellen believes in the importance of informed decision making. She emphasizes the need for authentic public engagement in planning and public processes and has observed how reliable research helps to inform and motivate participants.
Ellen is married to a brilliant geographer, has two adorable children ages 5 and 2, and enjoys time playing outside and adventuring around the globe with her family.