Saumya Jain is a researcher for the Accessibility Observatory at the Center for Transportation Studies. In this role, she works with geospatial and data analytics tools to address transportation access and equity concerns in decision making, closely working with state departments of transportation and local transportation agencies. She also supports business development at the Observatory through project management, stakeholder partnership building, and grant writing.
Saumya holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before she joined CTS in January 2022, she worked at UW Madison's State Smart Transportation Initiative as a transportation planning and policy researcher. She also worked for a year at a transportation engineering consultancy in St. Louis, MO, before moving to applied transportation research and multimodal accessibility. She currently serves on the board of Our Streets Minneapolis and lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two cats.