Tennessee Advocacy Organizer
Christy Smith serves as the Tennessee advocacy organizer for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership working to build, strengthen and maintain a state network of diverse organizations, public agencies and partners. Her work focuses on leveraging funding for bicycle and pedestrian construction projects (including the award and obligation of federal Safe Routes to School and Transportation Enhancements funds), promoting Complete Streets and street-scale improvements and advancing joint use/shared use policies – all with an emphasis on lower-income communities.
Before joining the National Partnership, Christy served as the highway safety coordinator, a public health educator for the Chattanooga- Hamilton County Health Department. She managed the bicycle and pedestrian safety programs for the county as well as the car seat safety program. Christy led the Advisory Council on Traffic Safety (ACTS), a network of more than 200 traffic safety experts. Through her work with ACTS she organized mock crashes, walk to school days, bicycle rodeos and multiple media campaigns focused on safety. Prior to working for county government her work included the non-profit agencies The Y and The Boys & Girls Clubs.
Christy has a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Western Washington University. She is a League of American Bicyclist Instructor and loves to participate in and attend all types of sporting events.