Director of Engagement
National Association of City Transportation Officials
REAL POWER OVER REAL MONEY = EQUITABLE PUBLIC SPENDING
Our most pressing social and political issues are rooted in an unfortunate misalignment of citizen will, political power and where our tax dollars go. Elected officials and power brokers under-invest in preventative health measures, subsidize food that’s terrible for us, build neighborhoods in ways that worsen congestion and climate change, and starve basic community needs like education and public space. I bet if everyday people had direct power over how to spend public money—plus easy access to good data to drive their decisions—“we the people” could help our leaders to make better and more inclusive public investments and policies that support a culture of health. Participatory budgeting has given communities across North America the power to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars more equitably.
MORE ABOUT JENNIFER
I’ve worked to advance equity through grassroots transportation advocacy and active design research. The next frontier is getting elected and appointed leaders to act on good data and the voices of diverse constituents—I’m excited to bring a civic participation lens to advancing a culture of health.