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Lisa Jacobson

Senior Program Officer, Mobility, Barr Foundation

Lisa Jacobson is a senior program officer on Barr’s Climate team. Her work focuses on transportation and land use, in particular accelerating the development of more walkable, connected, and low-carbon communities in Massachusetts. She has significant transportation planning and policy experience at the local, state, and federal levels. Prior to joining Barr in 2016, Lisa worked at Nelson\Nygaard, a transportation planning firm dedicated to promoting vibrant, sustainable, and accessible communities. She worked closely with policy-makers, elected officials, and community members to effectively implement improvements to regional mobility, both in Greater Boston and around the country. She previously worked in Washington, D.C., at Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition, where she developed policies to encourage street design to incorporate all users, regardless of age and ability, and for the Land Trust Alliance, where she initiated the roll-out of several new training programs and tool kits. Lisa received a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University. She is a StreetsblogMASS board member, served on the WTS-Boston leadership team, and is a co-founder of the Young Professionals in Transportation’s Boston Chapter. She is a proud East Boston resident, where she spends her time chasing her husband and twin toddlers around the neighborhood. She requires a good cup of coffee and bike ride to fully wake up.