Brittany is fascinated by cities. She studies the political economy of critical infrastructure projects in cities of the Global South and works toward making cities better places to live. As a doctoral student in the International Development Group at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, she investigates problems that stem from her professional experience in seven developing countries. Currently, she is examining the effects of shifts in political power on metropolitan infrastructure and service provision in Mexico. At MIT, she also works with the USAID-sponsored Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation on pedagogical issues related to technologies for use in developing countries.
Brittany has worked with multiple Latin American governments as a transportation engineer/planner and project manager, and she is an AICP certified planner. Her professional experience has focused primarily on Bus Rapid Transit system planning, but she has also led a wide variety of urban mobility projects, such as the design of Public Private Partnership contracts, bicycle sharing systems, demand modeling analyses for metropolitan transit systems, Transit Oriented Development strategies, smart parking projects, large metropolitan transportation surveys, walkability assessments, and indicator development.
As a dual degree masters student at U.C. Berkeley in Transportation Engineering and City & Regional Planning, Brittany's research considered policies relevant to the role of bicycles and electric bicycles, following the introduction of Bus Rapid Transit systems, in Jinan, China. Brittany holds a S.B. in Civil Engineering from MIT. She is an active member of the SIBRT Expert Advisory Committee and the Women's Transportation Seminar, as well as a former member of the Transportation Research Board Developing Countries Committee. She is also a U.S. Department of Transportation Eisenhower Fellow.