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Getting to Know: Anna Wittow, Seattle Children's

Posted: 06/24/2021
Category: Member Spotlight

I am a transportation planner for Seattle Children’s. Our mission at Seattle Children’s is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. My department helps our thousands of amazing workforce members get to work. My team develops and supports transportation programs and policies focused on reducing our workforce drive-alone rate. I started at Seattle Children’s as a transportation planning intern in 2017 after finishing a master of public administration at the University of Washington. The internship eventually led me to my current role, which focuses on communications and outreach.

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

Since I was a kid, I’ve been an avid transit rider and have always appreciated and shared the benefits of public transit with anyone who will listen. I believe transit should be as easy to use and accessible. After living in Chicago and moving back to Seattle, I deeply missed the comprehensive transit system there, but delighted in how much transit service had improved and increased in Seattle since I’d left in 2009. I am passionate about mitigating climate change and transportation habits that impact CO2 emissions. My environmental policy courses and my love of transit led me to want to work in TDM, and Seattle Children’s impressive commute program allows me to work on a variety of commute options.

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

I had the opportunity to attend the TDM Forum when it was in Seattle in 2019 and it was a wonderful experience. It was great to meet other people working in TDM – I got to connect with people who work on TDM for other hospitals in several different cities and learned about different roles in TDM. I appreciated getting to learn from people working for organizations and cities of all sizes on topics I am enthusiastic about. For example, I got some great ideas for Bike Month from one of the sessions.

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

I think it will be both an opportunity and a challenge to design programs that can easily be changed as we continue to move toward a post-pandemic environment. Determining what the future of commuting will look like, while trying to make plans for our commute programs, has been a challenge this year. I think we have an opportunity to be creative in how we create or update programs based on what commute patterns we see throughout the next year.

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