Member spotlight: Melissa Foley

Member Spotlights,

Meet Melissa Foley, President of ACT's Northern California Chapter! In this month's member spotlight, you'll learn about her current role, time in the association, and professional experience. 

Please introduce yourself and your organization.
I am the Strategic Account Manager at Commute with Enterprise and President of the NorCal Chapter. I have been with Enterprise for 22 years and in Commute for 11 years. Commute with Enterprise offers one of the most sustainable transportation options and cost-effective commuting solutions available today. It eliminates more than 1.4 billion commuter miles driven each year while taking more than 64,500 individual cars off the road, simultaneously eradicating the need for parking spaces. In addition, more than 1.1 billion pounds of carbon emissions are reduced by customers annually. Commute with Enterprise offers customizable programs that help communities overcome transportation challenges, both long- and short-term.

What brought you to TDM and how did you get involved in the field? 
I kind of "fell" into TDM when I joined the Commute division at Enterprise. As my network of colleagues expanded the more I learned about TDM and the crucial role it plays in sustainable and efficient transportation for all.

Why did you get involved with ACT?
As I grew professionally in my position, my passion for TDM grew. Commute with Enterprise is a big supporter of ACT and encouraged me to become more involved. I am very fortunate to have a wonderful leadership team who understands the importance ACT plays in TDM initiatives.

What has been the most memorable moment of your experience in ACT?

My most memorable moment has been ImpACT! Leadership Training. This was a turning point for me in my life both professionally and personally. The information I learned and the bonds I made with others in TDM were very valuable. It gave me the skills and confidence to take back to various aspects of life and work to be successful.

What would you tell someone thinking about becoming a member of ACT?
What is the cost of not doing it? If you are passionate about TDM, there is no better way than to collaborate with other like-minded professionals. I have learned so much from the webinars, conferences, councils, etc. You will create bonds with others in the industry that will last a lifetime.

What do you see as future opportunities and/or challenges for TDM?
I see an opportunity with TDM & Equity. I look forward to advancing equitable transportation for all members of a community regardless of income, age, race, or other demographic factors. People should never have to worry about how they are going to get to work. By addressing the transportation needs of different groups and improving access to transportation services, TDM can contribute to greater equity in urban and rural areas.