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Ann Arbor Spark

Pandemic Pivots: Ann Arbor Mobility Startups Responding to COVID-19

Thursday, July 16 2020 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm

In its new lunch-and-learn series, Ann Arbor SPARK is bringing together select companies that have evolved their business model in response to COVID-19.

For the third session in this lunch-and-learn series, we welcome two representatives from mobility companies who will share how the industry is adapting, how their companies are evolving, and how these new solutions support the community-at-large.


Tara Lanigan

Director of Business Development, May Mobility

Tara is the director of business development at May Mobility, a self-driving shuttle startup based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is focused on helping cities and organizations find mobility solutions that work for their communities. She previously served as May Mobility’s first customer success manager, leading city launches for most of the company’s early AV pilots. Tara is a University of Michigan alum and has worked in the Michigan startup world since 2014.

Rachel Kosla

Community Development Manager, Feonix-Mobility Rising

As a social worker, advocate, and community member, Rachel is dedicated to engaging in socially-just and change-focused work that will ensure transportation access for all. With over four years of experience as a disability awareness educator, Rachel has experience teaching and working alongside people from different age groups, backgrounds, and professions. Her work with Feonix-Mobility Rising creates and facilitates in-person and online disability awareness training programs for professionals in the mobility industry. She is currently working with AARP Driver Safety to launch a pilot program called AARP Ride@50+, focused on providing older adults greater access to transportation.