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Director & Chairperson: Jim Smith

Jim Smith was born in Coral Gables, Florida. He graduated from Archbishop Curley High School in Miami, earned a BS in Accounting at FSU, and an MBA from the University of Miami.


During his working career, he served as Controller of the Miami Herald and Vice-President of Finance & CFO of Linen Supermarket, Inc. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Delray Beach, where he co-founded Safety as FDOT Envisions (SAFE) and later, Human Powered Delray( HPD).  Jim was attracted to Delray Beach because Atlantic Avenue reminded him of the Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile of his youth – a pedestrian friendly street with wide sidewalks and low-rise buildings.


Soon after moving to Delray in 2000, he became a turtle monitor and museum volunteer. In 2002, he served on the Delray Beach Elder Ready Task Force. In 2002-3, Jim chaired the Delray Beach Ped/Bike Task Team. He coordinated and established the first “Walk A Child To School Day” in Delray. He single-handedly conducted a Delray Downtown Restaurant, Transportation and Parking Survey. 


In 2008-09, he served on the first City of Delray Beach Budget Task Force. In 2011, he was appointed to serve on the Delray Beach General Employees’ Pension Board. He currently serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Board. In 2012-13, Jim served on the Tri-Rail Coast Link (TRCL) PI/Outreach and Financial Sub-Committees. In 2014-15, he served on the Delray Beach Congress Avenue Task Force and chaired the Transportation Planning, Aesthetics and Design Subcommittee. Also, in those years, he served on the National Complete Streets Coalition, sponsored by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.


Jim has received numerous ped/bike awards over the years. In 2004, he was recognized by the Florida Bicycle Association (FBA) as Florida’s Bike Advocate of the Year. In 2008, Jim was presented a distinguished service award for Bike/Ped Education by the Traffic Safety Committee of the Palm Beaches. In 2017, Jim was recognized for “his tireless volunteer work over many years for helping make Florida become the most pedestrian, bicyclist and transit friendly state in the USA” and named the Complete Streets Champion of the Year by the Palm Beach Transportation Authority (TPA), formerly the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (PBMPO).


Over the years, Jim has authored hundreds of articles and “Letters to the Editor” regarding ped/bike safety, and has advocated for ped/bike safety at hundreds of public meetings.  

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Director & President: John J. Morgan, Jr.

John Morgan currently serves as the President for SAFE. He brings more than 40 years of public sector leadership in the growth management, water resources protection, environmental restoration, and adaptive management arenas. He specializes in assembling and leading multidisciplinary teams to provide integrated solutions for growth management and environmental challenges. John has substantial experience in growth management and water policy, watershed management, water quality, habitat restoration, and emergency management. John has also developed expertise in smart growth, climate change adaptation/resilience, and sustainability principles.


Before joining the City of Delray Beach team in 2014, John worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the South Florida Water Management District. While with the City of Delray Beach John served as the Sustainability Officer, Public Works Director, and Environmental Services Director. He was responsible for maintaining and improving the City’s public infrastructure including transportation, water utilities, facilities, and the beach as well as project management for all capital improvements. He also directed the activities of the City’s sustainability programs to ensure that initiatives, implementation, and activities are well coordinated, executed, and aligned with the City’s sustainability objectives.


Over his career John provided leadership on several large-scale projects including the Kissimmee River Restoration Project, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, and Lake Okeechobee Protection Program. He has more than four decades of public sector experience providing him with a keen understanding of federal, state, and local planning, regulatory, and project management processes. During this time, Mr. Morgan collaborated with a variety of stakeholders on environmental, political, and social issues while leading water resource management projects.


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Director, Treasurer & Acting Secretary: Dr. Barry M. Feldman

Barry Feldman’s career includes both local government and higher education. He was the city manager in several cities including West Hartford, Connecticut where he was city manager for twenty-one years. During his West Hartford tenure he helped lead a transformation of not only the city government but the city itself.


After stepping down from his post in West Hartford he joined the University of Connecticut (UConn) as Chief Operating Officer. While at UConn he also taught in the graduate public  policy program. 


From UConn Barry joined the graduate public policy faculty at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where he taught several graduate level courses in public policy.


Barry holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Public Administration from The Pennsylvania State University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.


Barry and his wife Clare live in Delray Beach.

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Director & Information Technology Advisor: Charlyne Smith

Charlyne was born and raised in Miami.  She earned a BS in Mathematics from FSU and an MS in Operations Research from the University of Miami.


She had a long career in IT, working for IBM, Harvard University, Eastern Airlines, System One and Electronic Data Systems.  Since retirement she has volunteered as a museum docent and has been assisting  SAFE with its information technology needs for the past 16 years.

 

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Director: Jeannette DeOrchis

Jeannette has been a long time SAFE member and volunteer.