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2021 Transportation Justice Fellowship

The transportation field was forced to confront itself this past year. The ongoing pandemic and protests against police brutality and anti-Black racism prompted practitioners to evaluate the ways our field has upheld inequities and white supremacy.

As our sector begins to reflect on its legacy of infra-structural racism, we recognize that practitioners of color have always advanced the cause of liberation and justice within the public realm.

We also recognize the need to meaningfully invest resources to support and sustain the people doing the heavy work to operationalize equity across the transportation field.

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) seeks mobility practitioners who identify as people of color* to take part in a project-based fellowship program for mid-career professionals in the US.

  • Over 9-months, participants will receive over 60 hours of training and support to develop individual and institutional capacities for creating a more just and representative mobility field.
  • Participants will enhance personal and professional skills, co-strategize on projects, and expand their networks of peers focused on equity and justice within the mobility field.
  • NACTO will select a cohort of practitioners who bring deep knowledge of issues in transportation and mobility justice, and some experience in enacting change.
  • If in-person travel becomes a safe option before the end of 2021, the Fellowship will also cover the costs of travel and related incidentals for optional NACTO-coordinated gatherings.

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is an association of 86 major North American cities and transit agencies formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues. NACTO’s mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible, and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life.

The Transportation Justice Fellowship is a new program of the Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP), a collaboration among The City of Philadelphia, NACTO and the PeopleForBikes Foundation. BBSP works to increase access to and use of shared micromobility systems in low-income and communities of color. Since its founding, BBSP has diligently developed programs and communications strategies to increase equity in shared micromobility, highlight best practices, and elevate the voices of those who have been traditionally underrepresented in transportation decision making.


Though run by NACTO and funded as a project of BBSP, the Transportation Justice Fellowship is open to practitioners of color working in any field (i.e. not just transportation) and in any transportation mode (i.e., not just shared micromobility).  A significant portion of your work should be directly related to mobility on public streets. NACTO and BBSP are committed to transportation as a path to opportunity. We recognize that removing barriers to mobility access for all people is closely linked to removing barriers to employment, retention, and promotion for practitioners of color within transportation and related fields. Freedom of mobility for all cannot be achieved without representation for all.

  • Applicants may work or reside in any US city, and work in any sector. This includes:
    • a transportation, transit, or public works department or agency
    • an allied public agency or department (e.g., planning, public health, economic development)
    • a private sector organization
    • a nonprofit organization or community group
    • We will give preference to applicants working in NACTO member cities, inclusive of applicants who work outside of transportation, transit, or public works departments or agencies within these cities.

Learn more about eligibility, program expectations, and application timeline in the Transportation Justice Fellowship program brief.

If you have any questions about the Fellowship, please contact [email protected].

Learn more about the 2021 Transportation Justice Fellowship formation and framework on the Better Bike Share Partnership blog.

Learn more about NACTO’s Bike Share and Shared Micromobility Initiative



The 2021 Transportation Justice Fellowship is an initiative of the Better Bike Share Partnership. The Better Bike Share Partnership is a collaboration funded by The JPB Foundation to address barriers to transportation use for low-income and communities of color. The partners include The City of Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the PeopleForBikes Foundation.

*We have adopted the People of Color Nonprofit Professionals group definition of “People of Color” as: “African descent/Black, Asian, Chicanx/Latinx, First Nations/Native American/Indigenous, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Southwest Asian, North African/Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian, and Mixed-Race peoples, and people identifying with regions of the world outside of Europe and not part of a history of settler colonialism (e.g., white European Dutch-English South Africans).