Marla Westervelt and Ashley Simmons to develop research and generate awareness of CFM’s work to transform the future of mobility
Washington, D.C., May 11, 2021 – The Commission on the Future of Mobility (CFM), a coalition working to establish policies to enable a new global transportation ecosystem that prioritizes the sustainable, equitable movement of people and goods around the world, today announced two new hires: Marla Westervelt as director of policy, and Ashley Simmons as director of strategic communications. Both hires will report to Alisyn Malek, executive director, working closely with her to shape CFM’s agenda.
Marla Westervelt joins CFM with nearly a decade of experience working in the transportation sector, pushing forward mobility outcomes that benefit the greater community. Marla has led research efforts at Eno Center of Transportation and LA Metro, shaped global data policy at Bird, and focused on business development at MobilityData. The perspective she brings having worked across both the public and tech-enabled private sector is unique and critical to expanding the point of view of the work of the commission. As director of policy, Marla will be responsible for driving thoughtful and rigorous research to define the future of mobility.
As director of strategic communications, Ashley Simmons joins CFM with more than a decade of experience representing advocacy organizations in the technology, telecommunications and transportation sectors, including Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America). She is also the founder and CEO of REVVIT Public Relations. She has both helped to change the conversation for existing industries and create the conversation for new industries which will be critical as CFM works to change the mobility dialogue globally. Ashley will be key to communicating and expanding awareness of CFM’s mission to reshape the vision for transportation policy.
“Our goal at CFM is to improve everyday life for people, communities and business, by shaping policies that provide better, more convenient access to safe and sustainable transportation options, while mitigating the climate crisis,” said Alisyn Malek, executive director, CFM. “Marla and Ashley are key to our work to disrupt traditional transportation policies and move towards embracing a people-centered, environmentally sustainable systems approach to global mobility. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we’re looking forward to leveraging research and global cooperation to affect positive change.”
As CFM looks to drive mobility transformation, Marla and Ashley will play critical roles in aligning and promoting CFM’s work to build strategies informed by data, break down silos, and promote policy solutions that address a new era of technology-enabled mobility and modernized transportation infrastructure to better serve the needs of everyone across all modes, from freight to passenger transportation.
About the Commission on the Future of Mobility
The Commission on the Future of Mobility (CFM) is a coalition of visionary leaders working to inform and implement policy changes throughout the world to optimize the movement of people and goods, making it faster, safer, environmentally sustainable and accessible to all. CFM is a project of SAFE, which works to enhance energy security and support economic resurgence and resiliency, by advancing transformative transportation and mobility technologies. For more information visit, https://futuremobilitycommission.org/. Follow CFM on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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