Name: Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP
Title: Senior Research Specialist
Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP, PP is a Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and a founder of the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has worked in the transportation-planning field for over twenty years with a focus on developing sustainable and equitable transportation and land use solutions for communities. She is a leader in creating multi-disciplined approaches to environmental and policy change through community-based initiatives and partnership building. Leigh Ann is a licensed professional planner, both nationally and in New Jersey.
Leigh Ann manages the NJ Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Resource Center and the statewide School Crossing Guard Training program. She specializes in initiatives that address pedestrian and bicycle safety, health, equity, and access through research, training, education, community engagement, and best practice in policy and design. In addition, she conducts and provides training on Health Impact Assessment and facilitates health in all polices discussions and research. She was instrumental in launching several statewide health, safety and environmental initiatives including Planning Healthy Communities Initiative, Safe Routes to School, Sustainable Jersey, Mayors Wellness Campaign, and Shaping NJ. Through these and similar initiatives, Ms. Von Hagen has worked to make the healthy choice the easy choice through changes to the built environment and by supporting a culture of healthy, active living.
As a veteran bicycle and pedestrian planner, Leigh Ann also worked for several private engineering firms on a variety of comprehensive planning projects and as a risk communication researcher for the Center for Environmental Communication and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.
- Burger J, Pflugh KK, Lurig L, Von Hagen LA, Von Hagen, S. “Fishing in Urban New Jersey: Ethnicity Affects Information Sources, Perception, and Compliance.” Risk Analysis 1999; Vol.19, No.2.
- Pflugh, KK, Lurig, L, Von Hagen, LA, Von Hagen, S, Burger, J. “Urban Angler’s Perception of Risk from Contaminated Fish.” Science of the Total Environment 1999; 228(2-3):203-218.