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Erin Hafkenschiel

Title: Executive Director for Mobility, Vanderbilt University
NACTO Title: Speaker, Designing Cities conference
Erin Hafkenschiel

Erin Hafkenschiel is the Executive Director for Mobility for Vanderbilt University. In this role, she is responsible for launching the university’s first-ever strategic transportation office which will lead mobility planning and policy development for the school and the creation of a comprehensive transportation-demand management program. 

Erin served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Sustainability for Nashville Mayors David Briley and Megan Barry from 2016-2018. Erin joined Mayor Barry’s office from California Environmental Associates, a sustainability-consulting firm in San Francisco. Her previous experience includes philanthropic work for the Bay Area Council and for the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she helped manage a $22 million portfolio of environmental grants, and the launch of the China Sustainable Cities Initiative. Erin was a 2008 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to China, where she studied sustainable urban planning and transportation. In 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission. Erin holds a Master’s in Public Policy & Urban Planning from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Political Economy of Industrialized Societies from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was also captain of the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team.