NEW YORK (June 20, 2014) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today nominated Seleta Reynolds as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), positioning Los Angeles to excel in livable transportation and fulfill the promise of programs such as People Street, the Great Streets Initiative, and the LA Bike Program. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) praised Mayor Garcetti for selecting a visionary leader, and congratulated Seleta Reynolds today on her appointment.
“Seleta is a real leader in modern street design, and a huge win for the city of Los Angeles,” said Linda Bailey, Executive Director of NACTO. “Her commitment to safe, livable streets has catalyzed transformative changes in San Francisco, and her experience will be invaluable in accelerating progress in Los Angeles. I look forward to working with her in her new capacity and seeing her impact over the next few years.”
“Los Angeles is changing the way it looks at transportation,” said Mayor Garcetti in a press release. “Seleta is the ideal field marshal in our war against traffic who will bring to bear all the tools at our disposal, from better road design to transit to technology to bicycle and pedestrian improvements. She is also a big believer in our Great Streets Initiative and has committed to applying her passion and expertise to revitalizing key community corridors across our city to improve neighborhood gathering places and generate economic activity.”
As a representative to NACTO’s steering committee on urban street design, Reynolds has played a central role in several of NACTO’s signature projects, including the Urban Street Design Guide, the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, and the Designing Cities conference series. With more than 16 years of experience planning, funding, and implementing active transportation projects throughout the United States, Reynolds has demonstrated the passion, drive, and tenacity to realize a bold agenda for world-class transportation systems.
In her current role as Livable Streets Manager at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Reynolds leads three teams in the Livable Streets sub-division responsible for innovation, policy, and coordination for complete streets projects citywide. Reynolds has spearheaded San Francisco’s Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic deaths within a decade, directing plans to implement at least 24 near-term engineering capital projects to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, especially on high injury corridors. In addition, Reynolds’ teams’ recent projects include protected bike lane design and construction, the launch of a bikesharing system, and the revamp of a citywide traffic calming program.
Reynolds currently serves on the Transportation Research Board Pedestrian and Bicycle Committees and the WalkScore Advisory Board. She is a past president of APBP. Prior to joining the SFMTA, Reynolds lead the companywide bicycle and pedestrian practice for Fehr & Peers and served as the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City of Oakland.
Los Angeles is one of the founding members of NACTO, a group that began in 1996 to address the unique transportation challenges faced by large cities. LADOT leads the planning, design, construction, and operations for transportation systems in the city of Los Angeles and partners with sister agencies to improve trans-modal service and infrastructure in the city and the region. The Department currently has an annual budget of approximately $131 million and an authorized staff of 1,278 full-time employees and 272 part-time employees. The Department is also responsible for extensive federal funding in transportation-related grants and special funds. For more information, visit ladot.lacity.org
About the National Association of City Transportation Officials
NACTO is an association of 34 cities formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues. Members include Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. Affiliate members of NACTO include Arlington (VA), Austin, Boulder, Burlington (VT), Cambridge, Fort Lauderdale, Hoboken, Indianapolis, Louisville, Memphis, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Somerville (MA), and Ventura (CA). International members include Toronto and Vancouver.