Get to know me


My name is

Shaun Jacobsen.

Advocate for livable cities

By promoting active transportation and human-oriented design, I hope to shape cities that put people first.


I created and write on Transitized, a blog dedicated to news, issues, and ideas about modern urban transportation.


To discover what cities can offer their residents and the places that do it best, I enjoy traveling to and documenting cities around the world.

I have studied abroad in Paris, France.


I speak French and Brazilian Portuguese.

Learning languages is a personal hobby.


I attended the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee starting in September 2009 and graduated cum laude in August 2012.

Here's what I accomplished:

Sociology Bachelor of Arts
French Bachelor of Arts
Urban Planning Certificate
Economics Minor
Study Abroad Paris, France
Final GPA 4.0 scale


Web Design HTML, CSS, Responsive
Web Development Javascript, PHP, SQL
Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Office Software Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
Visual Basic macros
Interpersonal Communication Public speaking;
Proficiency in French,
Elementary in Portuguese
Efficiency Reduced redundency & simplified business processes through programming

Worker & Volunteer

Sep 2012 – Current Senior Incentive Coordinator
Ipsos North America Chicago, IL
  • Advise clients on proper incentive for various types of international market research
  • Implement new promotion/marketing materials for a wide array of demographic profiles
  • Reduce delivery time of incentive rewards by as much as 80% through business process improvements and computer automation
  • Draft communication and promotional materials in English and French
Oct 2012 – Apr 2013 volunteer Community Representative
46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman Chicago, IL
  • Developed project proposals to address transportation issues as part of the participatory budgeting process in collaboration with transportation committee
  • Researched city/state planning ordinances and standards to ensure feasibility
  • All transportation committee projects voted for and slated for implementation in 2014-2015
Jan 2011 – Aug 2012 Peer Advisor
UWM Study Abroad Office Milwaukee, WI
  • Performed administrative duties including preparing materials, answering phone calls, sorting mail, & working with students during a study abroad experience
  • Translated documents and communicated in the French language
  • Motivated fellow students to study abroad through campus events & presentations
  • Administered multiple calendars, organized events, and prioritized
 projects & tasks for the optimum efficiency of the office

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