Meet Lars & Jill: New TLC Board Members
This month, Transit for Livable Communities welcomes two new members to our Board of Directors. We are excited about the passion and expertise Lars D. Christiansen and Jill Johnson bring to our board and look forward to working closely with them both in the year ahead!
Lars D. Christiansen is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Sociology at Augsburg College. He has been involved in transportation advocacy in Minneapolis and Saint Paul for the past decade, including serving on the Boards of Nice Ride Minnesota (2009-2012) and Saint Paul Smart Trips (2010-2012). He is a member of the Hamline-Midway Coalition's Transportation Committee (2009 - present), and in that capacity Lars is lead organizer of the Central Corridor Friendly Streets Initiative. His scholarship focuses on urban sustainability and resilience, transportation systems, public engagement, social movements, Pragmatism, and social theory. A member of the League of American Bicyclists and Adventure Cycling Association, Lars enjoys bicycle touring and mountain centuries, and commutes by bicycle year-round.
Jill Johnson is an Environmental Sustainability Senior Analyst at Target. Her work focuses on enhancing sustainability efforts within Target's overseas supply chain. Jill received her Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, during which she held positions with the Scowcroft Group and the Foreign Commercial Service. Prior to Georgetown, Jill served in the Peace Corps in both Mozambique and Uzbekistan. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Women's Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
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As TLC embarks on another busy year of growing options for bus, light rail, bicycling, and walking, we also extend sincere thanks to Greg Pratt and Bill Smith, who recently wrapped up their terms of service on the TLC Board of Directors. Both Greg and Bill have been, and continue to be, wonderful allies for the organization. We wish them well and look forward to collaborating with them in new ways in the future.