April 2015

April 2015


Safe Routes to School E-News
Issue #110: April 2015

Senior California Policy Manager Job Announcement

Position:  Senior California Policy Manager

Organization:  Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Employment and Classification:  “At will” employment status; Full-time salaried position

Location:  Your home office within commuting distance of Sacramento

Applications:  Applications are due on Friday, April 10, at 5pm PDT and should be sent to hr@saferoutespartnership.org. Applications received by Thursday, April 2 will be considered for interviews as soon as April 3. (Specific details on how to apply are included below.) You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as there will be rolling interviews.

Start Date: Early May 2015

Summary:  Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) and use your professional talents and personal passion to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.

The Senior California Policy Manager serves as the lead staff for the National Partnership’s state policy work in California. As such, the Senior California Policy Manager maintains the California network and leads work with state agencies and the state legislature on strategies to increase funding and improve policies that result in more infrastructure and programs to support safe walking and bicycling for children and families, especially in lower-income communities, throughout California. The Senior California Policy Manager will also provide Safe Routes to School program and policy technical assistance as needed, and collaborate closely with other California-based staff.

For more information about the available position, please see the detailed job description.


  • Minimum of four years proven success in a policy, campaign or advocacy position
  • Experience with network/coalition building to develop collaborations and unified action to create policy changes
  • Knowledge of relevant California laws
  • Knowledge of Safe Routes to School, transportation, equity and public health issues
  • Ability to be a public speaker, comfortable presenting in front of large groups
  • Ability to work from home, and to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Track record of supervising complex projects with multiple stakeholders, and organizing/motivating volunteers and groups
  • Experience in meeting facilitation
  • Experience with providing technical assistance to help groups advance their goals
  • Organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with excellent attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, creative, detail-oriented and energetic
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in related field preferred
  • Experience in fundraising a plus
  • Proficiency with PCs and with MS Office software

Background: The Safe Routes to School National Partnership was founded in 2005 and is a network of more than 700 organizations. Our mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children, and to foster the creation of livable sustainable communities.

Annual Salary: The position offers a starting annual salary in the range of $65,000 to $75,000/year (depending on experience) plus health insurance (medical, dental and vision) benefits, paid time off, and optional participation in a deferred compensation plan. A PC computer, telephone and internet access will be provided.  All Safe Routes to School National Partnership employees work from home offices.

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples in one PDF file to:  hr@saferoutespartnership.org. The PDF file shall be named as follows:  [LastName]_CAPolicyMgr.pdf. Ensure that the subject line of your email includes the text “Senior California Policy Manager.” We do not accept telephone or email inquiries. 

Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 10 at 5pm PDT, but applications received by Thursday, April 2 will receive first consideration.  Applications must be submitted in the format indicated in order to be considered.  Receipt of applications will be acknowledged with an email reply.  The position will be open until filled, and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Visit www.saferoutespartnership.org for more information about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. 


Safe Routes to School National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer.


Safe Routes to School National Partnership Announces Cassandra Isidro as New Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               


Beth Richards, Development and Marketing Director
Safe Routes to School National Partnership


Safe Routes to School National Partnership Announces Cassandra Isidro as New Executive Director

Oakland, CA (March 18, 2015) – The Safe Routes to School National Partnership announced today that Cassandra Isidro has been named as their new Executive Director.

“The Safe Routes to School National Partnership Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Cassandra to our organization,” said Risa Wilkerson, Board Chair. “Cassandra has a strong history of organizational leadership with an emphasis on cultivating partnerships. We are confident in her ability to build on the collaborative efforts of the field as the movement evolves.”

Isidro brings the organization more than 20 years of executive leadership, program planning and development experience in the nonprofit sector. Her background in public health education, combined with an MBA, provides a strong foundation for her new role as executive director for the National Partnership. Isidro has served as executive staff for the Hawaii State Chapter of the America Red Cross, the USO of Hawaii and most recently led development and partnership efforts for the American Medical Student Association and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). Cassandra has a deep commitment to ensuring the health of our nation’s youth and in her most recent position for SHAPE America provided leadership and support for the build and launch of Let’s Move! Active Schools, of which the National Partnership is a supporting organization.

“The National Partnership has a powerful mission, strong leadership and committed staff. I could not be more excited about this opportunity to serve the organization at this time of growth,” said Isidro. “Throughout my career I have dedicated my efforts to resilient and healthy communities and I look forward to building on that work at the National Partnership to create safe and healthy neighborhoods for all kids.”

Since 2005, the National Partnership has been improving the quality of life for kids and communities by promoting active, healthy lifestyles and safe infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking. The National Partnership advances policy change; catalyzes support for safe, active, and healthy communities with a network of more than 700 partner organizations; and shares its expertise at national, state, and local levels with those who are helping propel this mission and vision forward.

During 2015, the National Partnership will be celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing critical leadership to the national active transportation movement. In addition, Isidro and board will be updating their five-year strategic plan in collaboration with key partners, expanding our policy reach to new states and regions, and launching the Fire Up Your Feet program in new communities.   

“We are looking forward to moving our mission forward under Cassandra’s leadership,” Wilkerson said. Founder and board member, Deb Hubsmith, added, “I believe Cassandra will thrive in her new position as Executive Director. She brings excellent professional experience, enthusiasm and a collaborative attitude.”

Isidro will join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on April 6, 2015 and will work from the Washington DC area, leading a staff team located across the country. For more information about the National Partnership and its programs and initiatives, visit saferoutespartnership.org.




New Report: North Carolina - Writing the Next Chapter of Its Transportation Legacy

New Report: North Carolina - Writing the Next Chapter of Its Transportation Legacy

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has released a new report, “North Carolina: Writing the Next Chapter of Its Transportation Legacy”. The report considers the state of walking and bicycling infrastructure in North Carolina, citing frightening, inequitable safety statistics for non-motorized transportation, with state funding levels for needed bicycle and pedestrian improvements falling far below what is needed or what is promised through state-level policy. The contents of the report are particularly timely given the arrival of the newest NC General Assembly in Raleigh. Our state’s legislators must consider the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists in our state. As noted in the report, the General Assembly should work with NCDOT to speed up expenditure of existing bicycle and pedestrian funding, particularly in the Safe Routes to School program, and set aside a portion of Transportation Alternatives Program funds specifically for these needs. The report is available on the National Partnership’s website here.