Jessica Szelag

Traveling to new places inspires me and the path chosen to get there is the heart of the adventure. After moving to Seattle from the east coast, I rediscovered biking and the potential self-propelled travel has for unlocking the secrets of a city. I'm thrilled to help clients redesign their great places and create active, vibrant, and livable communities.


Jessica is a transportation and land use policy and planning professional based in Alta’s Anchorage, Alaska office. She has over 13 years of experience creating safer and more connected communities through pedestrian, transit, and bicycle-oriented design. Jessica’s expertise includes transportation demand management strategies, long-range land use and transportation planning, parking management policies, shared mobility, wayfinding, strategic planning, project management, and group facilitation.

Before joining Alta, she was the Executive Director of Commute Seattle, a transportation management association working to reduce drive-alone trips to downtown Seattle and a Program Manager for Zipcar, Inc. Jessica holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Villanova University. When not working with clients to build better biking and walking networks, she can be found playing in the mountains of Alaska – hiking, running, mountain biking, or skiing.


  • “Shared Mobility City Index: Top Cities for Mobility in Density and Parking Rankings;” Author; Movmi Shared Mobility Blog; February 2017
  • “2017 Shared Mobility City Index Report;” Author; Movmi Mobility Services; January 2017
  • “Establishing a Unified Public Parking System with Privately-Owned Facilities;” Presenter; International Downtown Association Conference and Tradeshow; September 2015
  • “Multi-Modal Innovation and Sustainable Design with Gabe Klein;” Panel Discussion; Urban Land Institute Northwest; August 2014
  • “Transportation Solutions;” Panel Discussion; South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce; July 2014
  • “Closing the Gap Between Bike Commuter Amenities and Demand”; University of Washington Bicycle Urbanism Symposium; Seattle, WA; June 2013
  • “TDM Solutions Through the Lens of the Triple Bottom Line”; Association for Commuter Transportation Annual Conference; Chicago, IL; August 2011

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