Lauren Alpert | Transportation
Master's of Regional Planning | University at Albany, SUNY | Albany, NY | December 2011
Bachelor of Arts | Anthropology | State University of New York at New Paltz | New Paltz, NY | 2006
Internships, Experience & Awards
2010-2011 Advanced Institute for Transportation Education/University Transportation Research Council 2- Scholarship Recipient
Bicycle Related Projects Intern, Parks and Trails of New York, January 2010-Present Lauren acted as assistant tour director for two statewide bike tours which included registration, communications with participants and coordinating volunteers in support of 500 plus cyclists.
She is also co-writing a cycling guidebook for the Hudson River Valley which will include a detailed route and attraction information.
Veggie Mobile Assistant Coordinator | Capital District Community Gardens | May 2008 to August 2009
Lauren managed operations of mobile produce market which included setting prices, driving a 16’ box truck, safety procedures and quality control. Lauren had an active role in vendor and customer relations. She also supervised up to four other team members and additional volunteers.
In addition to the day to day operations prepared detailed memos for market procedures and oversaw the expansion from 12 market stops to 15 market stops in the capital region.
Project Coordinator | New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) | August 2006 to May 2008
Lauren directed an office on the Pratt Institute campus which included recruiting and training students in media outreach, event organizing and coalition building. Along with students led campaigns on campus and in the community meeting with legislators and staff regarding the "Bigger Better Bottle Bill", mass transit and funding for higher education.
As a planner Lauren’s overarching goals are to improve our mass transit systems and work to limit dependence on automobiles for everyday tasks, like going to work or to the supermarket. She has been interested in car sharing and already completed a paper regarding the history and current state of the car sharing market. As a community gardener Lauren has taken an interest in supporting urban agriculture and exploring ways to combat food deserts.
Thesis/Research Paper Topic
Lauren’s research will center on the implementation of Complete Streets. Lauren would like explore the role car sharing and urban agriculture can play in not only completing streets but creating complete neighborhoods.