Our History

The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) was founded in 2014 by a small group of mobility pioneers. Led by Sharon Feigon with participation by Susan Shaheen, David Bragdon, and Scott Bernstein, SUMC envisioned its role as a clearinghouse of information about the emerging industry and a testing ground for new strategies and ideas.

SUMC has successfully followed its early business plan and grown from an initial $600,000 investment to a budget in the coming fiscal year of $3.29 million. The first funding came from the sale of IGO CarSharing, the social venture that Sharon Feigon headed at the Center for Neighborhood Technology. IGO first brought carsharing to the Chicago region and led the industry in many innovations.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public interest organization, SUMC continues IGO’s mission by working to make it possible for everyone to live well without owning a car.