Susan Zielinski

| January 30, 2012
Susan Zielinksi

Susan Zielinksi


Managing Director, SMART, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

I care deeply that transportation systems do what they’re meant to do: help serve human needs. That can (and needs to) be everything from the most basic of survival for the growing urban poor and aging populations globally, right through to social, environmental, and economic transformation in communities and regions, drawing on new information technologies, new business models and social enterprise, and public-private innovation. Now is as good a time as any, if not better.


Susan Zielinski (MES, RPP) is Managing Director of SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (see She has developed and brought to her work at SMART concepts of and approaches to implementing New Mobility Hub Networks / The New Mobility Grid, New Mobility industry development, Public Private Innovation, and “Moving Minds”. Just before joining SMART, Susan spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focusing on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Prior to 2004, she co-founded and directed Moving the Economy (MTE), a Municipality of Toronto-based “link tank” developed to catalyze and support sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as New Mobility industry development, an integrated industry cluster approach developed at MTE. She worked for over 15 years in the Planning Department at the City of Toronto, developing and leading transportation and livability policies and initiatives. She also advises on a wide range of local, national, and international transportation and urban and economic development initiatives.

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