Jemilah Magnusson

Global Communications Director

With a more than 15-year background in non-profit communications and international development journalism, Jemilah (she/her/hers pronouns) heads ITDP’s global communications team. She oversees ITDP publications (print and online), social media campaigns, strategic promotions, and global knowledge management and draws on her wealth of non-profit sector experience as a communications advisor to ITDP’s global field offices.

Jemilah has worked in every one of ITDP’s program areas—including bus transit, walking and cycling, parking reform, climate change, and road safety—ensuring the effective transition of information between technical staff, funding agencies, municipalities, the public, and other stakeholders. She led the development and publication of ITDP’s TOD Standard and spearheaded the integration of transit-oriented development and other holistic transportation solutions into ITDP’s recognized practice areas. She is also the joint lead of ITDP’s annual Mobilize Summit and Sustainable Transport Award, which brings municipalities, innovators, and sponsors from around the world together and showcases a city’s achievements in sustainable mobility.

Before joining ITDP in 2012, Jemilah was a managing editor for United Nations–sponsored publications (Peace Child International), a journalist for The Green Guide (now part of National Geographic), a communications director for one of the oldest microfunding organizations in the United States (Citizens Committee of New York City), and a communications and event lead for renowned international and NYC-based organizations such as the Buckminster Fuller Institute.


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