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Active Trans welcomes new executive director

Active Trans is thrilled to announce that it has a new executive director, Amy Rynell.

Amy is an experienced nonprofit leader with a demonstrated commitment to social change. Working in the research and policy arm of the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance for the past 22 years, Amy has spent her career in social justice and human rights work.

During the past 8 years, she served as senior director for the research and policy division of the Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations.

“My career has been focused on tackling the root causes of social problems to move toward a more just, equitable society,” she said. “The core beliefs of Active Trans resonate deeply with that experience, my values, and how I live my life. Having safe, viable transportation options is so vital for livability, access to opportunity, community connectedness, and beyond. Mobility matters.”

Amy has a well-honed set of skills in nonprofit strategy development, fundraising, and talent cultivation. She’s especially passionate about setting goals related to social change and leading diverse groups of people to accomplish them.

“Watching Active Transportation Alliance grow in size, scope, and impact over the years has been impressive and so important for our region,” said Amy, who’s a regular walker, cyclist, and transit user. “This is the moment for this work; the conversations, windows, and opportunities are growing and movement towards equity is tangible.”

Welcome, Amy!