Jessica Treat has made a career change. She's the new executive director of Transit for Livable Communities, the state's largest transportation advocacy organization.

Treat previously was executive director of St. Paul Smart Trips, a position she held since 2007.

Treat arrives at Transit for Livable Communities (TLC)  just ahead of the 2016 legislative session where transportation should be a hot topic. TLC along with allied groups are expected to make a push for lawmakers to make significant investments in the state's transportation system.

""Treat is a smart, strategic leader and a passionate advocate for transit, bicycling and walking in the region," said TLC board chairman Adam Welle. "Under her direction, Transit for Livable Communities will be well-positioned to advance our mission, grow our impact and create positive change in Minnesota."

Treat spent eight years with St. Paul Street Smart Trips. She also has worked at the Midway Transportation Management Organization and served as the executive director of the Lexington-Hamline Community Council.

"This new role is an exciting opportunity," Treat said. "I look forward to working with TLC's board, staff, allies, and members to build on the strong foundation that Transit for Livable Communities has established during its nearly 20-year history as a leading voice in transportation advocacy in Minnesota."

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