Kathy Fitzpatrick has been with the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District since 2017 as the MCEDD Mobility Manager. The MCEDD Mobility Manager promotes a vision for a connected transportation system throughout the region. The Mobility Manager convenes the bi-state Gorge TransLink Alliance, manages the Drive Less Connect program in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties and is responsible for a variety of specific transportation contracts for MCEDD. Kathy received her Masters in English from San Diego State University and has experience and training in government administration, land use planning, project management, and grant writing. She is a Ford Family Foundation Fellow (Federal Grant Writing Specialist). Kathy is deeply committed to serving the diverse rural area of the Columbia River Gorge and believes that transportation modal diversity has the power to profoundly impact Gorge communities by addressing issues related to equity, housing affordability, physical and emotional health, social connectivity, and sustainability.