A Survivor-Centric Approach
Chana Widawski, LMSW joined Transportation Alternatives as the inaugural Families for Safe Streets Social Worker and Organizer in November 2017. She now serves as Senior Organizer and orchestrates a comprehensive program of trauma informed support services, social activism and legislative advocacy for those who have been directly impacted by traffic crashes. Chana has balanced her passion for community building, social justice and environmental activism through a range of government, nonprofit and community positions including managing programs at the Kings County District Attorney's Victim Services Unit, directing the Volunteer program of the Educational Alliance, performing waste audits for Think Zero, travel writing globally and community organizing locally. She serves on the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory and CHEKPEDS Boards.
A four season bicycle commuter, Chana holds a Masters Degree in Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing Planning and Development from Hunter College where she serves as adjunct faculty, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner. Chana is a native New York Stater and currently resides in Hell's Kitchen where she has spearheaded several local initiatives including a food scrap drop off program and the renowned HK Free Store.