Seattle Public Schools

New Program Coordinator for Safe Routes to Schools

Brooke Nelson, Program Coordinator for Safe Routes to Schools

Brooke Nelson has been hired as program coordinator of Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS). In this role, Brooke will work with the City of Seattle to create an active transportation program available to all public schools in Seattle and focus on Tier 1 and 2 equity schools. The program will support more students to walk and bike to and from school with activities like walking school buses, bike trains, and involving students in designing their neighborhood streets.

Prior to this role, Brooke worked with organizations such as the Cascade Bicycle Club, the Adaptive Cycling Center with Outdoors for All, Ballard Food Bank, and Cornerstone Advocacy Services. In these outreach roles, Brooke built trusting relationships with youth, families, and school staff and increased her passion for eliminating transportation inequities in marginalized communities.

With four years of experience collaborating with schools, youth, and families, Brooke possesses a deep understanding of the complexities within school ecosystems. Brooke plans to center her work around fostering relationships to provide leadership and guidance for the successful implementation of SRTS strategies in schools.

“This position is the perfect match for my dream to work at the intersection of mobility justice, youth work, and community-based social work,” Brooke said.

Brooke holds a master’s in social work from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in biological sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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