BYD Scholarship Awarded

Los Angeles, CA, October 31, 2019 --( BYD (Build Your Dreams) announced Julene Paul, a post-graduate student at UCLA who hopes to shape policies to enable people to attain good jobs and achieve better economic outcomes, won the $5,000 Build Your Dream WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar) – L.A. scholarship.

Paul is completing the second year of a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy at UCLA. She conducts research on transportation equity, finance, and work, with an interest in how changes in the labor market affect travel behavior and commuting.

“Through thoughtful design, transportation policies can decrease inequality and increasing mobility for different groups, especially those facing physical obstacles,” Paul said in applying for the scholarship. ”As a Mexican-American woman growing up in Los Angeles, I have long been sensitive to the ways in which ethnicity and diversity affect power and policy.”

Paul previously worked as a program manager with Department of Transportation in San Francisco. She also worked in Operations Support for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey while earning a graduate degree in planning from Rutgers. In addition to a degree from Rutgers, Paul has a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Harvard.

She enjoys driving fast on freeways, watching the Dodgers beat the Giants, and petting dogs.

“Personally, Ms. Paul comes across as an extremely bright, deeply committed student with a high level of integrity and a wry sense of humor,” Brian D. Taylor, a professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at UCLA, said in a recommendation letter for Paul. “While she has completed just the first of a four-year doctoral program, I already see her as a rising star in the transportation field, in which Latina women are unfortunately all too rare.”

BYD supports the career development of women in the transportation sector with team members serving in committee leadership positions at WTS and through the Build Your Dream scholarship donations.

Jenny Jing, project development manager for BYD’s SkyRail program, serves on a number of WTS committees, and Raffi Garboushian, social media and digital marketing specialist for BYD North America, serves as WTS-LA Communications co-chairman – Social Media.

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