Pauline Chow, Esq.
Southern California Regional Policy Manager
Pauline works to advance land use and transportation policies in Southern California counties, cities and agencies so that bicycling and walking is safer and more accessible to all communities. She helps builds coalition around Health Eating and Active Living policies and leads the SoCal network team's efforts in Orange County, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Upon joining the team in January 2012, Pauline and the SoCal network team organized support and comments across the counties about the Southern Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategies (RTP/SCS). As a result, the SoCal network team and its partners successfully drafted and passed a SCAG RTP/SCS post-implementation motion that created subcommittees on active transportation, public health, and transportation finance, as well as more planning dollars for regional active transportation.
She serves to connect resources and educate elected officials on the benefits of active transportation infrastructure and non-infrastructure programs through comment letters, webinars, presentations and conferences. Her documentation of local best practices on the CA site and on regional network monthly calls contributes to the growing demand and opportunities for Safe Route to School programs and active transportation planning. In 2012, Pauline organized sessions on the economics benefits of walking and bicycling as a SCAG toolbox special lecture and Mobility 21 Annual Summit panel. Pauline is especially interested in leveraging online advocacy for public participation, policy change and to close the gap in underserved communities in SoCal. Additionally, she is a Center for Civic Leadership and Policy Fellow for the Inland Empire and developing a social change project for Ontario, CA.
Sample best practice documentation: Planting Seeds for Active Transportation: Ways to Jump Start Active Transportation Infrastructure in Your City, Institute of Transportation Engineers Newsletter, June 2012, available at: www.itesocal.org
Before coming to the National Partnership, Pauline worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Public Law Center in affordable housing advocacy and homelessness prevention. At the Public Law Center, she advocated for underserved client's rights in court, settlement and negotiations. Also, she worked as a business strategy consultant and bank risk analyst. During law school, she received a grant to conduct field research in Chengdu, China on the housing development's effects on rural land use rights. She received a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and B.S. in Math/Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.