Kathy Griswold is a longtime pedestrian safety advocate and champion for citizen education and engagement with local and state issues. She served on the Ann Arbor Public Schools’ Transportation Safety Committee for 15 years beginning in the mid-1990s. Extending her concern with broader student safety issues, she served on the Board of Education from 2001 to 2005, successfully advocating for the $250 billion bond that provided funding for the construction of Skyline High School and upgrades to all school buildings.
Ms. Griswold grew up in Flint, Michigan when the auto industry was the major economy. She attended the University of Michigan where she earned a Master of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration with a specialty in technology. She worked in various corporate positions at the Unisys Computer company and as a medical information consultant. She has been interested in technology and the human interface since the 1970s, with the introduction of personal computers. Her current interest in how pedestrians and autonomous vehicles will interact in communities, has resulted in a policy initiative—AV-CAPSULE: Autonomous Vehicles – Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety with Uniform Laws and Environments.