Amy Thomson

Transportation Policy Analyst
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Amy is a transportation policy analyst with a focus on accessible public transit systems that connect riders to livable communities, family, work, and recreation.

She discovered city planning working as a journalist. Attending city and county government meetings opened a lens on what mattered to the residents who had the ability to apply for an ADU on their property or advocate for sidewalks leading to their local bus stop. She is interested in housing and transit development and how we can hear from the public in design charrettes and engagement around the future of the Bay Area — with a focus on Black, brown and low income communities.

This brought her to the communications team at a Bay Area urban planning think tank, SPUR, where she worked on putting together panel events covering topics like inclusive design and how to implement Bus Rapid Transit. She also facilitated design workshops to find out how Bay Area youth envision the region in 2070. 

Amy most recently finished a Masters from UC Berkeley in urban planning with a focus on public transportation systems and regional planning. During the pandemic she completed course projects interviewing essential workers about their experiences commuting; and separately, she spoke with bus drivers about their experiences working during the pandemic and continuing essential services. She holds a B.A. from the College of Charleston in media studies and communications.