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2020-21 Leadership Fellows

Betty Smoot-Madison

Title: Public Works Director, City of Atlanta
Betty Smoot-Madison

Betty is an Urban Planner w/ expertise in Transportation and Community Planning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Morgan State University. Upon completion of grad school, Betty began her planning career in Prince George’s County, one of the nation’s wealthiest predominantly African-American jurisdictions, located just outside of the nation’s Capital, where she gained experience in transit-oriented development, implementation strategies, neighborhood revitalization, and university-oriented development, amongst other planning principles. While working in Prince George’s County, Betty led the Pedestrian Safety Workgroup, which was established by the Prince George’s County Healthcare Action Coalition to create policies and strategies for improving pedestrian and bicycle safety in the built environment. Betty worked in Prince George’s County for 5 years, then moved on to work for Baltimore City Department of Transportation, where she advanced in several roles, including, Senior Transportation Planner, ADA Coordinator, and Ombudsman for the Automated Traffic Violation Enforcement System (ATVES). While working in Baltimore, Betty initiated and led the city’s first roadway safety program, Toward Zero Baltimore, and also played a major role in developing the speed and red-light camera program, which has been the most successful automated enforcement program to date for the city.

Betty relocated her family to Atlanta in 2018 to work with the city’s transportation team and has made significant strides since her start. She manages a team of 7 under the Department of Public Works and oversees right-of-way asset management. She is working closely in the exciting work of creating the new City of Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT), which is expected to be fully formed by Summer 2020.

Betty is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA) and the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS). She is a self-proclaimed foodie, magazine junkie, avid reader, put’s God first in her life, and enjoys spending time with her family. She’s enjoying her new Georgia life with her husband and daughters.