Susan Engelking founded Tiny Transit® Strategies, a grassroots movement that advocates protected networks for Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs*) and other low speed modes as a low-cost urban mobility solution. LEAN Lanes can relieve traffic congestion, improve public health and safety, reduce financial stress, lower air emissions, help cities grow their economies, and improve mobility for everyone. For the nation, the new mode is a step toward economic resilience, reduced carbon emissions, and energy independence.
Susan’s background is economic development. She has the distinction of having served as project manager or senior editor for each of the three long range economic development plans for Austin, Texas spanning 20 years. As a City Council aide and then as a director in the Economic Development Division of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Susan was one of the leaders involved in envisioning and positioning Austin as having a key role in the global information economy.
Susan is founder and president of Engelking Communications LLC, a marketing and public relations firm that since 1998 has consulted with dozens of clients in an array of industries. She serves as strategist, ghost writer, editor, and trusted advisor for her clients.
She is a founding shareholder in EE-ABF Holding LLC, Texas Pyrolysis Group, and Earth Energy Renewables, all in the waste recycling space and based in Bryan, Texas.
Susan served three terms as president of the Austin Children’s Museum, raised over $3 million for its expansion, and was instrumental in its evolution to become the Thinkery. Susan was Treasurer for Nan McRaven’s winning campaigns for trustee for Austin Community College. Nan McRaven became president of the board of trustees for several years.
Susan has been named Austin Communicator of the Year by Women Communicators of Austin, and she has served as a board member and advisor for numerous organizations, including Travis Audubon, Boy Scouts, and SafePlace. She has a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and B.S. in education, also from UT Austin, magna cum laude, with concentrations in English and history.
Susan has two children in middle school, Joely and Jack. Her prime directive for Tiny Transit® Strategies is safe, low cost, low stress, low emission, climate-conscious mobility for their generation. She doesn’t want to see another child killed on Austin roads.