Monthly Event

CANCELLED - A discussion with Leslie Richards, SEPTA GM

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM




**UPDATE** The Design Advocacy Group (DAG) has decided to cancel our upcoming April 2 monthly meeting due to growing concern over potential spread of COVID-19 at large events. We are committed to the health and safety of all of our members and the public, as we are committed to public discourse on issues of design and equity in Philadelphia. We are at work to reschedule our planned April speaker, SEPTA GM Leslie Richards. Please stay tuned for updates and we look forward to seeing everyone at a later date. Leslie Richards is the first transportation planner to lead SEPTA. She is passionate about the link between transportation and equity, accessibility, and sustainability. She will discuss the future of SEPTA, public engagement, and her vision for public transportation in Philadelphia.

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Leslie Richards, SEPTA GM

Leslie Richards was appointed SEPTA's new General Manager in January 2020, becoming the first planner in that role. Between 2015 and 2019 Leslie served as PennDOT Secretary under Governor Tom Wolf and in this role launched PennDOT Connects, a program that engages local community input and prioritizes quality of life issues in transportation projects. She previously served as a member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, and holds a master's degree in regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.