Dani Simons


Dani Simons is director of communications & external affairs at Motivate.

Previously, Simons was director of communications and marketing at the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy.

Simons has worked for over a decade on urban environmental issues at the city, state, and national levels and coordinated a myriad of special events that bring community and media attention to the relationships between social equity, transportation, and public space.

Before joining ITDP, Simons served as director of strategic communications for the New York City Department of Transportation, working for Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, where she managed everything from the NYC DOT's marketing campaigns, websites, and social media campaigns, to its reports and its Summer Streets program, which she started. Prior to that she was the development and communications director at Transportation Alternatives.

Simons has a master's degree in environmental science from the Yale School of Forestry and the Environment.

Featured Work

CREDIT: City of San Francisco.

SEP 16, 2011 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Innovations: Happy Park(ing) Day 2011

Urban advocates, planners, officials, and artists join forces each September to install miniature parks and pop-up cafes in parking spaces normally reserved for cars.