Our Story

People like options. When it comes to getting to work, having options that reward you is even better!  The demand for attractive commuting alternatives to driving alone continues to grow significantly.  CommuteSmart is a federally-funded initiative of the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham that formed in 1999 to promote alternative commuting options for the Birmingham area. 

CommuteSmart is designed to work with commuters and employers to make changing commute to work habits less intimidating.  We offer incentives and services to help ease your transition from driving alone to a cleaner commute.  Together, we can reduce traffic, improve air quality, and strengthen our community.



Lisa Smith

Program Manager

Lisa grew up in the Birmingham area and is a graduate of Judson College in Marion, Alabama.  She is a highly effective service professional with over 25 years’ experience in customer service, sales and account management in several industry sectors.  She strives to maintain customer loyalty through dedicated customer relationships.  Lisa and her husband have two older daughters and a dog.  In their spare time, they enjoy attending music concerts, food festivals and watching football.


Jeniese Hosey

Marketing Outreach Coordinator 

Jeniese is a Birmingham native and a graduate of the University of Alabama. “I love working for CommuteSmart and having the opportunity to expose people to a smarter, different way to get to work.” In her spare time Jeniese writes the fashion blog “The Jenesaisquoi”, cheers on the Crimson Tide and travels as much as possible! 


Ashton Tucker

Marketing Outreach Coordinator 

Ashton grew up in the Birmingham area and is a graduate from the University of South Alabama. She takes pride in being a very personable person and loves to meet new people. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Ashton is a lover of Harry Potter and her dog Albus.


Ashley Ward

Special Projects Coordinator

Originally from North Alabama, Ashley relocated to the Birmingham area 12 years ago. “I have always loved helping people; the smallest gesture sometimes makes a bigger impact than you could ever imagine. The excitement people have about this program makes my job so fulfilling!” Ashley is a wife and mother of two children that keep her very busy! Her favorite past times are bargain shopping and Hallmark movies.


Gabrielle Deshotel

Commute with Enterprise Client Service Representative

Gabrielle grew up in Daphne, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with an Undergrad in Communication and a Master’s in Communication Management.  She played Indoor volleyball all four years. She is a very outgoing individual who isn’t afraid to put herself out there and strike up a conversation with a total stranger.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, traveling and eating!