Jessica Meaney is the Founder and Executive Director of Investing in Place, an organization committed to transportation investments that strengthens communities. She is a transportation advocate who has been living in Los Angeles for over 20 years, primarily relying on Metro buses to get around in the LA Region. This personal experience using transit led her to work in the field in transportation policy – ultimately to create Investing in Place to address what she saw as an unmet need for an organization that prioritized the needs and focused on improving the experience (safety, reliability) of mobility for those without access to a private vehicle. Investing in Place does this through policy research and advocacy, and by a communications effort to provide timely information and education on pending transportation policy and investments decisions in Los Angeles. Investing in Place works to support a network of elected officials, community organizers and leaders, public agency staff, business leaders and funders to create a collaborative and shared space for efforts to improve mobility options for all throughout the Los Angeles Region – particularly in low income communities and communities of color.
Jessica has her Master of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts from Prescott College in American Studies. Prior to Investing in Place, Jessica worked at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership as the Southern California Policy Director and Southern California Association of Governments as Regional Transportation Planner.