Washington DC

Drusilla van Hengel, PhD

Active Transportation and Safety Sector Co-Lead
Dru asks great questions, listens compassionately, and steers conversations in important directions.

Dru's academic, public works, private consulting, and advocacy organizational leadership is unrivaled among active transportation and safety subject matter experts. With more than 25 years of practical experience in land development, traffic operations, safe routes to school, and transportation safety and access, she has a track record of delivering built projects, implementable plans, and innovative practices. Dru is your choice for figuring out how to eliminate the cultural, organizational, and design gaps and barriers institutionalized by decades of planning for automobility instead of equitable transportation options.


Ph.D., Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine

M.B.A., Sustainable Business, Bainbridge Graduate Institute

M.A., Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine

B.A., Psychology and Biology, Dartmouth College