|Elizabeth Zgoda, Esq.|
Policy Analyst – Transportation and Sustainability
Beth Zgoda is a Policy Analyst for Sustainable Communities, focusing on transportation and related performance measures. Beth comes to the Northeast-Midwest Institute after completing a Fellowship in Policy & Research with Smart Growth America. During her time as a Fellow, Beth researched and wrote about economically and environmentally sensitive patterns of development, including state transportation funding priorities, the benefits the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority provides to the DC region, and a variety of innovative transportation solutions.
Beth earned her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law and is licensed in the State of Maryland. During law school, Beth worked on issues arising from the intersection of development and climate change with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the Center for International Environmental Law, and the Community & Economic Development Law Clinic at American University. Prior to law school, Beth spent several years in her hometown, Cincinnati, as a paralegal specializing in commercial real estate. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio State University.