For Julie Anne, creating smarter, greener towns and cities that work for people, the economy and the environment is a "no-brainer".
Growing up in Los Angeles made Julie Anne recognise early in life that transport and urban design have a profound impact on the way we live.
She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA and studied politics at the prestigious Sciences Po Paris, before moving to New Zealand as a scholar at the University of Auckland, where she gained a Masters of Planning Practice with first class honours. She went on to work as a transport consultant at some of New Zealand's leading firms, undertaking ground-breaking research in transport economics and urban design.
Julie Anne became involved with the Green Party soon after arriving in New Zealand - it was obvious that the Greens shared her vision for creating sustainable communities designed to serve everyone. She worked as a political and media advisor at Parliament before becoming an MP in 2011.
Since then Julie Anne has been leading the calls in Parliament for policy that gives people transport choices and embraces the principles of efficient and resilient towns and cities.
Her pragmatic outlook is a breath of fresh air for the transport conversation in New Zealand. She knows that the answers lie in local and central government policy that give people better options.
"We can create towns and cities that are healthier and happier. It will not only cost us less, in will enrich our lives for generations to come."