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Susan Zielinski

Susan Zielinski

Managing Director
SMART at the University of Michigan (Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation)

Susan Zielinski is a global thought leader on the sustainable future of transportation and the growing New Mobility industry to supply it.

She is currently Managing Director of SMART at the University of Michigan. SMART stands for Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation. In 2006 Susan was engaged to develop and fulfill SMART’s mission to catalyze smart, connected, sustainable, and multi-modal transport systems and ventures through tech transfer, enabling research, and a global learning community.

Before joining SMART Susan spent a year as a Harvard Loeb Fellow focused on New Mobility innovation and leadership. Before that, she spent 15 years at the City of Toronto developing programs and policies advancing innovative, integrative, sustainable transport; healthy cities, green tourism, and green industry and economic development. 

While at the City she developed “Moving the Economy” (MTE), a locally and federally supported “link tank” advancing New Mobility integration, innovation, and economic development. There she initiated and chaired the first international MTE summit in 1998 and subsequently commissioned the first formal open study on the emerging global New Mobility industry (then assessed in the multi-billions).

Susan’s partnerships and affiliations include: the World Economic Forum, the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, the OECD International Transport Forum, Ford Motor Company, the National Academy of Sciences, the Transportation Research Board, and more.

Years of Mobility-related work: 30.

About SMART at the University of Michigan

SMART at the University of Michigan works globally to catalyze and advance implementation of smart, sustainable, and equitable transportation systems and the industry and enterprise that will supply them.

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