Susan ZielinskiUniversity of Michigan
Managing Director, SMART
What inspires me about SMART:
The diverse and growing group of passionate and committed scholars, practitioners, and business leaders working through SMART’s global learning community to take a truly innovative, integrated, and practical approach to moving people, moving goods and moving less, sustainably and equitably.
Susan Zielinski is Managing Director of SMART. Just before joining SMART/CARSS, 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 Canada-wide “link tank” that works to catalyze and support sustainable urban transportation innovation as well as New Mobility industry development, an integrated industry approach developed at MTE. As a transportation planner for the City of Toronto, she worked for over 15 years developing and leading transportation and liveability policies and initiatives. She has advised on a range of local, national, and international initiatives, including the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency, Transport Canada’s Sustainable Development Advisory Committee, the Gridlock Panel of the Ontario Smart Growth Initiative, the OECD’s Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Project, the King of Sweden’s jury of the Stockholm Partnerships for Sustainable Cities, and the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT). She was also a long-time board member of Canada’s Center for Sustainable Transportation and founding board member of the Green Tourism Association.