Molly Kleinman, the Ford School’s Program Manager of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, is the most recent addition to the 11-member Ann Arbor Transportation Commission (AATC). The diverse group of commision members advise the city on transportation decisions ranging from mobility to equity to safety. Dr. Kleinman’s first term on the AATC spans from August 2018 to May 31, 2020.
Launched in January 2017 as the replacement for Ann Arbor’s Taxicab Board, the Commission serves as an advisory board on private and public transportation for city officials regarding access, ecological impact, and safety. According to an MLive article on the AATC’s formation, the Commission advises city officials on “transportation grants, streets and highways, public rights-of-way, bus and rail service, pedestrian and bikeway programs…safety-related programs…and regulation of vehicles for hire.”
An experienced transportation advocate, Dr. Kleinman was an original board member for Common Cycle, a non-profit organization devoted to empowering Ann Arbor cyclists via “access to education, workspace, and resources.” While a board member, Dr. Kleinman organized Common Cycle’s first successful fundraising campaign and helped Common Cycle apply for 501(c)3 non-profit status. Not afraid to get her hands dirty, Dr. Kleinman also volunteered at Common Cycle’s Mobile Repair Stand, assisting in "basic bike repairs and tune-ups."
We at the Ford School would like to congratulate Dr. Kleinman’s appointment to the Ann Arbor Transportation Commission and offer our heartfelt gratitude for her work for the city, as well as for improving upon access to transportation for all Ann Arbor residents. We look forward to seeing her hard work reflected in the city’s future transportation initiatives.
Molly Kleinman received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy from the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Dr. Kleinman also earned her M.S. from U-M’s School of Information.