ITDP is a nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City with offices in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States. ITDP’s programs focus on public transport, non-motorized transport, travel demand management, parking, transport policy, and urban development.

Carolynn Johnson

West Coast Program Manager

Carolynn (she/her/hers pronouns) leads ITDP’s West Coast engagement, research, capacity building and advocacy projects. She manages a variety of work focused in this region, widely-known for its sprawl and car-centric infrastructure, including designing policy measures and street interventions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by prioritizing zero-emission mobility. 

Based in Southern California, her priorities for the region include integrating an equity-lens into planning and advocacy efforts to improve bus, walking, and biking infrastructure for low income populations and frontline communities that will be disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis. 

Initially responsible for resource development for ITDP’s global operations, Carolynn brings experience and knowledge of international transport to the Pacific Coast communities in the United States. She previously served as the Executive Director of COAST, the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation, in Santa Barbara, California, guiding the organization through strategic planning. 

Prior to joining ITDP in 2016, Carolynn also worked at the Rainforest Alliance on project design and partnerships for the organization’s sustainable agriculture, finance, forestry, and tourism programs across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She has also held positions at New York City’s Office of Sustainability assessing electric vehicle feasibility, the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, and People for the American Way. 

Carolynn holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s in English from Carleton College.


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