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Doug Arseneault

Given the evolving mobility ecosystem, I am passionate about facilitating collaboration between governments, mobility providers, and community organizations. In an unknown future threatened by climate change and social disconnection, planners have a responsibility to shape innovative communities that ensure equitable access to prosperity. No one should be left behind in the mobility revolution.


A lifelong multimodal traveler, Doug has worked for more than a decade toward systemic shifts that move communities closer to equity. He is a proud graduate of the UCLA Master of Urban and Regional Planning program in Transportation Policy and Planning, with support from the American Public Transportation Foundation’s Americans with Disability Act scholarship in recognition of his commitment to accessible transportation. While at UCLA, he conducted a national study of public-private-nonprofit partnerships to enhance equitable access to bike- and scooter-share networks, as well as developed a comprehensive guide to mobility hub development. Prior to graduate school, he led community engagement and local government relations for the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), in Columbus, Ohio. Doug also managed the relationships between COTA and emerging transportation service providers, including micromobility and microtransit companies. Doug was named one of the Future 50 by Columbus CEO magazine and 52 Young Professionals to Know by City Pulse magazine, as well as a New Leaders Council fellow. An Angeleno through and through, he began his career in the legislative affairs department at the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) based in the San Fernando Valley, where he advocated for improved transit service in the majority-Latino east Valley. His vision is to redesign US and international cities to be more connected physically and socially, through community-led planning that balances innovation and community preservation.