It’s Been a Privilege, Tri-State

In July of 2007, I joined one of the most effective transportation advocacy organizations in the tri-state region. Ten years later, it’s time for me to say goodbye. This year will be my last as executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

For almost a quarter-century, TSTC has been on the front lines of the region’s most pressing transportation challenges: highway expansion, inadequate transit investment, high pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities, poor agency planning and traffic congestion. It has been a privilege to work toward transportation reform in the region and to share in many victories in the last 10 years, such as

Yet my most rewarding victory has been being part of, and leading, a team of the most intelligent, committed, tenacious, sharp, altruistic colleagues who accomplished this, and much more.

I leave this role thankful for the opportunity to better understand and explain how bad transportation policy decisions disproportionately impact the lives of the poor, ability-impaired, people of color, children and seniors. But I’m also grateful to have learned the tools to help undo and prevent these impacts, and I’m proud to have led an organization that helped start this conversation and shape this awareness.

Regardless of what comes next for me, I will always be an advocate, and I will continue to apply the lessons and knowledge I’ve absorbed during my tenure at TSTC.

While I will plan to step down during this calendar year, I have not set a departure date, and will remain at TSTC until a transition of leadership takes place.

Finally, I would like to thank the extraordinary TSTC staff, board and numerous civic, community, elected and agency partners for your support during these last 10 years. We sometimes call ourselves a “watchdog” organization, but as much as advocacy is about vigilance, it is also about optimism. We need that now more than ever.

7 Comments on "It’s Been a Privilege, Tri-State"

  1. Thank you VERONICA! For all you’ve done and all you will do. Your record speaks volumes. We must keep hearing your voice! You are too important to all of us. And thank you TSTC for all you do everyday. So much talent in one space that has produced so much good!

  2. You will be missed! Thanks for everything you have done to make our region safer.

  3. Seth Rosenblum | April 28, 2017 at 9:57 am |

    Will you be remaining on the MTA board for the rest of your term?

  4. We all here in the region will sincerely miss your intelligence, integrity, work ethic, and your optimism. I am sure you will be popping back up some where here in the transportation space, and of course you are still on the MTA board. That you for all of your efforts and steering the much needed TSTC.

  5. Linda Cox | May 4, 2017 at 5:03 pm |

    Beautifully said, Veronica. So grateful for your leadership and lessons.

  6. Veronica,, we cannot thank you enough for your deep impact on transpiration in our region and your sunny energy in the field of transportation . We will miss you enormously.

  7. michael setzer | August 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm |

    We’re losing a very effective voice for transportation in the region. Best of everything to you, but you will be missed.

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