Toole Design Group is thrilled to announce that Tamika L. Butler, Esq., a national expert and widely sought-after speaker on transportation equity, has joined our firm. Tamika will serve in two roles: as Director of Planning, California, and as the company’s Director of Equity and Inclusion. She will be based in our Los Angeles, CA office.
Known for her collaborative style and extensive experience working on active transportation planning and outreach projects with a diverse array of communities, Tamika will lead planning and engagement processes for clients in California and beyond.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to do the work of equitable transportation planning with Toole Design,” said Tamika. “This is a firm that has clearly articulated its intention to do work that serves communities of all races, backgrounds, incomes, and ages, and I’m pleased to be a part of setting Toole Design’s path forward to becoming the leader in equitable planning in California and beyond.”
“I am ecstatic that Tamika Butler is joining Toole Design,” said Jennifer Toole, President. “The transportation profession needs more people who fundamentally understand the importance of planning and designing inclusive streets and public spaces. Tamika has been a leading voice in this effort, and I am so excited to work with her to help our clients serve everyone in their communities.”
A civil rights attorney with a diverse background in law, nonprofit leadership, and community engagement, Tamika brings a unique perspective to the intersection of transportation, inequality, community, and shared values. Formerly the executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Tamika helped the LACBC shift its advocacy platform to include and incorporate the voices of communities of color, LGBTQ communities, and young people into its work improving active transportation in Los Angeles County. Her three-year tenure leading the LACBC brought numerous advocacy wins and earned the organization national attention for its work on ensuring that bicycle planning and programs across Los Angeles County includes and acknowledges its community members’ values and lived experiences.
In addition to her responsibilities on planning projects, Tamika will also lead Toole Design’s internal efforts to become a more diverse, inclusive workplace that employs people of all backgrounds. This includes collaborating with Human Resources on recruiting and hiring practices, leading trainings for staff, and serving as a resource for colleagues across the country.
“One of the things that appealed to me about Toole Design is their desire to do the right thing,” said Tamika. “Joining a firm with the internal commitment and dialogue necessary to be a leader in this space, and the willingness to lead by example is very important to me. I cannot wait to get started.”
You can reach Tamika at email@example.com.