Getting to Know: Chris Bongorno, Bongorno Consulting LLC

Posted: 08/27/2020
Category: Member Spotlight

Bongorno Consulting specializes in transportation & community planning, sustainable development, project management, & strategic planning. It believes in a Community Centered Planning approach, building solutions that are rooted within and customized to the unique needs of each community.

Bongorno Consulting is led by Chris Bongorno, a professional planner with more than 13 years of experience in management and leadership roles with a number of non-profit and for-profit organizations. Most recently, Chris was a Senior Associate with NelsonNygaard, where he tapped into his passion for uncovering solutions that improve mobility, accessibility, and sustainability in communities across the United States.

What brought you to TDM/how did you get involved in the field?

During my time as Planning Director with University Circle Inc. (UCI), a non-profit place management organization in Cleveland, OH, I led efforts to increase mobility options for the district’s 45,000 employees, 13,000 students, 10,000 residents, and 2.5 million annual visitors. This was a complex, but very interesting challenge that led me to the development of TDM strategies and TMA services.

After I transitioned to Bongorno Consulting, I helped UCI bring in NelsonNygaard in to lead one of our most substantial planning efforts – a 2-year mobility plan with clear implementation steps that I was able to help carry forward.  The ability to work from project inception, through planning, to implementation was very satisfying and drove me to find new opportunities for this type of work with both NelsonNygaard and now, my own firm.

Why did you get involved in ACT? What has been the most memorable moment of your experience in ACT?

I’d become familiar with ACT early in my TDM planning experience, taking advantage of some of ACT’s publicly available resources. I became an ACT member while with NelsonNygaard and had the privilege of attending the 2019 ACT International Conference in New York City.  This was a great experience on a number of levels and it inspired me to become more involved in the ACT Midwest Chapter and TMA Council.  The recent webinar series and 2020 Virtual Conference have further motivated me to stay engaged with ACT and increase my participation.

Within your work, what do you see as the future opportunities/challenges for TDM?

As TDM professionals, we need to continuously evaluate how our work impacts access and mobility for people of all backgrounds. As the 2020 ACT Virtual International Conference made clear, this responsibility has only intensified with the global pandemic and the increased focus on social/racial justice issues. It may not be natural or comfortable to ask these questions or change the way we work every day, but it is critical that we do so in order to repair the inequities and ensure safe, healthy, equitable travel options for our communities.

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