A Midwest transplant and first generation Indian American, Akshali moved to Seattle three years ago to work as a Transportation Planner for King County Metro Transit. In her role, she focuses on transit integration, mobility hubs, and access to transit in the Puget Sound region. Prior to Metro, she worked in the private sector as a consultant and as a planner for the City of Pittsburgh, PA. Akshali holds a Bachelor's Degree in Community & Regional Planning and International Studies from Iowa State University, where she studied abroad in Turkey, and a Master's of Regional Planning from Cornell University. She is passionate about global road safety, economic development, and urban mobility and is excited to explore her new home in the Pacific Northwest. Akshali is multi-lingual and loves exploring new places and cultures.