Name: Karen J. Alexander
Title: Managing Director
Karen Alexander is a Senior Research Program Manager at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University with 23 years of experience planning, developing and implementing human service and accessible transportation programs; creating and directing mobility management and travel instruction services for targeted populations including people with disabilities, older adults, and low income workers; and designing, launching and sustaining community-based aging in place programs throughout northern NJ. Ms. Alexander’s career initially focused on paratransit planning and ADA compliance in New York City and New Jersey, with positions at NYCDOT, Urbitran, NYCT and NJ TRANSIT Accessible Services. More recent work has focused on accessible public transit, human service transportation, travel instruction and senior mobility in communities across NJ. Connecting older adults, people with disabilities and low income persons to opportunities for personal and economic development through transportation is a core motivation of much of her work. Ms. Alexander is committed and involved both personally and professionally; as a 2014 member of Metuchen’s Traffic and Transportation Committee she initiated a downtown Senior Walkability study; she currently serves on the Metuchen’s Planning Board and the local YMCA Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on several boards and committees engaged in helping persons with disability and older adults, including the NJ Council on Access and Mobility, NJ TRANSIT ADA Task Force, and the NJ Council of Special Transportation. Ms. Alexander received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.