Experts

Episode 1

Sideya Sherman
Sideya Sherman
Municipal Art Society of New York

Sideya Sherman is director of NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES), where she is responsible for overseeing implementation of NYCHA’s new outcome-driven resident economic opportunity platform—the Zone Model—a place-based framework for generating economic opportunity and connecting public housing residents to critical programs and services. Prior to joining NYCHA, Sideya was a Project Director for the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) where she was responsible for helping community-based organizations and neighborhood advocates confront local planning, land use, and economic development challenges. Sideya has also taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. She holds a B.A. from Utica College and an M.S. from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.

Paul Steely White
Paul Steely White
Transportation Alternatives

Paul Steely White is the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a non-profit advocacy group at the center of New York City’s bike-lane and public-space boom. Paul joined Transportation Alternatives in 2004 after seven years as projects director for the New York City based Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Founded in 1973, the mission of Transportation Alternatives is to reclaim New York City streets from the automobile and promote bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

Jonathan Gold
Jonathan Gold
Restaurant Critic, Los Angeles Times

Jonathan Gold is the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. He won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2007 and was a finalist again in 2011. A Los Angeles native, he began writing the Counter Intelligence column for the L.A. Weekly in 1986, wrote about death metal and gangsta rap for Rolling Stone and Spin among other places, and is delighted that he has managed to forge a career out of the professional eating of tacos.

Neha Bhatt
Neha Bhatt
Smart Growth America

Neha Bhatt is Deputy Director of Policy Development & Implementation for Smart Growth America. Through advocacy and while working within government, Neha’s career has involved a mix of policy development and campaign management. Before joining SGA, Neha served as the Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, where she organized best practices and policies workshops and lobbied on the federal transportation bill on behalf of city departments of transportation. Neha gained direct legislative experience while working as policy advisor to the Ward 6 City Councilmember in the District of Columbia. Highlights of that work included launching the city’s first car free day, implementation of a new market-priced parking pilot program, passage of new substantive storm water mitigation standards for the Anacostia Waterfront development zone and passage of new bike parking requirements for residential and commercial buildings. For almost five years, Neha served the Sierra Club’s Challenge to Sprawl Campaign. This work included congressional outreach, media outreach, lending expertise to local level smart growth campaigns around the nation, providing trainings and producing national reports. While earning her Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, Neha completed fellowships in the planning departments of Washington D.C. and Arlington, VA. She also joined an urban planning team and traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to evaluate a brownfield site and develop recommendations for redevelopment. Neha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of New Jersey.

Chris Krzyzkowski
Chris Krzyzkowski
Physical Therapist

A Physical Therapist who believes in the power of the brain to transform your life. Located in the Bay Area. Chris's Dendrite Health Solutions takes a comprehensive manual therapy approach. With over 12 years of experience as a Physical Therapist he believes the most important factor in overcoming pain, recovering from a traumatic brain injury, a stroke or the trauma of a surgical procedure is the ability for your therapist to make you feel safe. Without a feeling of safety, there is no possibility for the brain to learn a new movement, action or task.

Jeanne Fogle
Jeanne Fogle
A Tour de Force, Washington, D.C.

Jean Fogle operates A Tour de Force tours - individually escorted custom tours of Washington, D.C. that will take you to the monuments and beyond. She is a fourth-generation Washingtonian and Certified Master Tour Guide, a local historian, adjunct professor of Washington History, and author of the Encyclopedia Britannica Washington City Article and three books: "Two Hundred Years: Stories of the Nation’s Capital", "Proximity to Power: Neighbors to the Presidents on Lafayette Square", and "Washington, D.C.:A Pictorial Celebration".

Chris Leinberger
Chris Leinberger
George Washington University

Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns. He is President of Locus - Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, The Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor at George Washington University School of Business, Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution in Washington DC, and Founding Partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism and transit-oriented development firm.

Robert Hammond
Robert Hammond
Friends of the High Line

Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, has lived in the West Village since 1994. He has worked as a consultant for a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors and non-profits, including the Times Square Alliance, Alliance for the Arts and National Cooperative Bank (NCB). Robert is also a self-taught artist. From 2002 to 2005 he served as an Ex-Officio Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2009. Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, he graduated with Honors in History from Princeton University.

Episode 2

Julie Crockford
Julie Crockford
Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Julie Crockford has served as President and Executive Director of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a public private partnership, since 2007. The Conservancy, founded in 1998, brings people together to renew, enliven and advocate for the Emerald Necklace park system in Boston and Brookline designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded its stewardship capacity, doubling the number of volunteers for the parks and launching an environmental education and summer employment program for city youth, among other initiatives.

Mary Fichtner
Mary Fichtner
Boston By Foot

Mary came to the Boston Society of Architects with a passion for Boston’s art scene and a love of exhibit design, as well as more than 10 years of experience in arts and nonprofit management. Mary has a master’s degree in art history from UMass/Amherst; currently serves as chairman of the board for Gallery 263, a nonprofit community art space in Cambridgeport; and serves on the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission. When she leaves the BSA at the end of the day, she heads home to Beacon Hill where she enjoys cooking, crafting, bluegrass music and playing with her pit bull, Bella. Boston By Foot is dedicated to promoting public awareness and appreciation of Boston's rich history and architectural heritage by offering a wide range of guided tours and programs conducted by a dedicated corps of highly-trained and enthusiastic volunteer tour guides.

Mark Fenton
Mark Fenton
Tufts University

Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS television. He's author of numerous books including the best selling "Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness" (Lyons Press, 2nd edition 2008). He was a developer of the University of North Carolina's Safe Routes to School clearinghouse, and facilitator for the walkable community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking; he now provides technical training and community planning as an independent consultant.

Regina Benjamin
Regina Benjamin
18th Surgeon General of the United States

Regina Marcia Benjamin is an American physician and a former vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who served as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States.[1] Benjamin previously directed a nonprofit primary care medical clinic in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and served on the Board of Trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Steve Blair
Steve Blair
University of South Carolina

Steven N. Blair is Professor in the Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Dr. Blair is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, Society for Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, and American Kinesiology Academy; and was elected to membership in the American Epidemiological Society. Dr. Blair is a past-president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and the American Kinesiology Academy. Dr. Blair is the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees — Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium; Doctor of Health Science degree from Lander University, U.S.; and Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, University of Bristol, UK. He has received awards from many professional associations, including a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, ACSM Honor Award, Population Science Award from the American Heart Association, and is one of the few individuals outside the U.S. Public Health Service to be awarded the Surgeon General's Medallion. He has delivered lectures to medical, scientific, and lay groups in 48 states and 50 countries. His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease. He has published over 550 papers and chapters in the scientific literature, and is one of the most highly cited exercise scientists with over 31,000 citations to his body of work. He was the Senior Scientific Editor for the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.

Irene Davis
Irene Davis
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Davis received her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. She earned her Masters degree in Biomechanics from the University of Virginia, and her PhD in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University. She is a Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware where she studied the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury in runners for the past 20 yrs. Dr. Davis is the Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. Her current areas of study include mechanical factors in tibial stress fractures and patellofemoral disorders along with the effect of physical therapy interventions such as gait retraining. She is interested in the mechanics of barefoot running and its effect on injury rates, and is a barefoot runner herself. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office and National Institutes of Health to support her research related to stress fractures. She serves as a consultant for patients with lower extremity problems related to overuse. Dr. Davis has given nearly 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored over 100 publications on the topic of lower extremity mechanics during running. She has been active professionally in the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Society of Biomechanics, and International Society of Biomechanics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Biomechanics, and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a past President of the American Society of Biomechanics. She has organized and coordinated national research retreats on topics of the foot and ankle, anterior cruciate ligament injuries and patellofemoral pain syndrome. She has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Discovery, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Parade and Time Magazine.

Edward Phillips
Edward Phillips
Harvard Medical School

Edward M. Phillips, MD is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He is Director of Outpatient Medical Services of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network in Boston, Massachusetts and Assistant Physiatrist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital and Consultant at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Phillips has consulted on the physical complaints of psychiatric patients at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA for the past 12 years.

Wil Wheaton
Wil Wheaton
Star Trek: The Next Generation

Richard William "Wil" Wheaton III is an American actor, blogger and writer, known for his portrayals of Wesley Crusher on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gordie Lachance in the film Stand by Me, Joey Trotta in Toy Soldiers, and for his recurring role as a fictionalized version of himself on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

Luna Salavar
Luna Salavar
BART Communications Officer

Luna Salavar is a former project manager for the award-winning "Spare the Air/Free Transit" program. She served as Public Information Officer for the Capitol Corridor intercity passenger rail service and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for over five years. She is currently a Communications Officer for BART.

Neha Bhatt
Neha Bhatt
Smart Growth America

Neha Bhatt is Deputy Director of Policy Development & Implementation for Smart Growth America. Through advocacy and while working within government, Neha’s career has involved a mix of policy development and campaign management. Before joining SGA, Neha served as the Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, where she organized best practices and policies workshops and lobbied on the federal transportation bill on behalf of city departments of transportation. Neha gained direct legislative experience while working as policy advisor to the Ward 6 City Councilmember in the District of Columbia. Highlights of that work included launching the city’s first car free day, implementation of a new market-priced parking pilot program, passage of new substantive storm water mitigation standards for the Anacostia Waterfront development zone and passage of new bike parking requirements for residential and commercial buildings. For almost five years, Neha served the Sierra Club’s Challenge to Sprawl Campaign. This work included congressional outreach, media outreach, lending expertise to local level smart growth campaigns around the nation, providing trainings and producing national reports. While earning her Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, Neha completed fellowships in the planning departments of Washington D.C. and Arlington, VA. She also joined an urban planning team and traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to evaluate a brownfield site and develop recommendations for redevelopment. Neha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of New Jersey.

Aaron Paley
Aaron Paley
CicLAvia

Aaron Paley is the President and co-founder of Community Arts Resources (CARS), co-founder and Executive Director of CicLAvia (the nation's largest car-free event) as well as the founder and board chair of Yiddishkayt Los Angeles, the largest organization devoted to Yiddish culture west of the Hudson. Paley is currently spearheading the creation of CicLAvía – a new project to create temporary public space from city streets for Angelenos to walk, bike, socialize and celebrate. He received a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. in Non-Profit Arts Management from UCLA.

Adonia Lugo
Adonia Lugo
CicLAvia

Adonia is a cultural anthropologist and an activist. Since June 2008, she's been blogging about her carfree adventures as a Chicana woman because she believes our cities can be socially equitable and sustainable. In Los Angeles, she co-founded CicLAvia and City of Lights/ Ciudad de Luces (now Multicultural Communities for Mobility). She also created labikemvmt.org, a collaborative history of the LA bike movement. In 2012, as the Seattle Bike Justice Project, she conducted interviews about bicycling with leaders in Seattle's communities of color. She currently lives in Washington, D.C., where she is the Equity Initiative Manager at the League of American Bicyclists.

Antonio Villaraigosa
Antonio Villaraigosa
41st Mayor of Los Angeles

Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa served as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, California from 2005 to 2013. Prior to being elected Mayor he was a member of the California State Assembly from 1994 to 2000, the Democratic leader of the Assembly from 1996 to 1998, and the Speaker of the California State Assembly from 1998 to 2000. After leaving the State Assembly due to term limits he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council from 2003 until he was elected Mayor in 2005.

Daveed Kapoor
Daveed Kapoor
Los Angeles Walks

Daveed Kapoor contributes a diverse range of experience as an architect, united by his consistent passion for space that improves the quality of people’s lives. He began his professional career in 2000 at Johnston Marklee where he led the design of artist’s studios, restaurants, offices and custom homes, as well as participated in multiple award winning projects. In 2005 Daveed founded utopiad.org, a land development and architecture collective focused on redressing social justice issues in Los Angeles. Working with developers and operators Utopiad has designed, entitled, permitted and constructed multiple housing, hospitality, live/work, and manufacturing places in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Francisco. In 2011 Daveed began transforming warehouse office spaces with RAC Design Build, he was architect of their 3048 Coolidge riverfront headquarters and assisted in pre-acquisition, appraisal and financing of the project. Daveed commutes by bicycle and is a transit advocate that has implemented bus stops, bike lanes and bus only lanes. With the DLANC Complete Streets Working Group he helped design and was permit architect of the Spring Street Parklets.

Deborah Murphy
Deborah Murphy
Los Angeles Walks

Deborah has contributed her unique skills to a wide range of civic and professional organization task forces, boards, and committees. She is widely recognized for her leadership and vision in community consensus building, comprehensive city and active transportation planning, streetscape design and pedestrian safety issues. In her efforts to make Los Angeles more walkable, she founded a pedestrian advocacy organization, Los Angeles Walks, is the Chair of the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a member of the Green LA Coalition Transportation Work Group Living Streets Initiative, a board member of the Streetsblog Los Angeles, and has conducted Walkabouts in three communities – Hollwood, Glassell Park/Cypress Park and Downtown Pasadena.

Mohja Rhoads
Mohja Rhoads
Los Angeles Walks

Mohja Rhoads is a PhD candidate and the University of Southern California. Los Angeles Walks is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to promoting walking and pedestrian infrastructure in Los Angeles, educating Angelenos and local policymakers concerning the rights and needs of pedestrians of all abilities, and fostering the development of safe and vibrant environments for all pedestrians.

Richie Trimble
Richie Trimble
Rider/Designer

Back in April 2013, Richie Trimble got quite a bit of attention for riding a Huffy modified into a 14.5′ tall bike called Stoopidtall. Now, he’s topped that by almost six feet with the Stoopidtaller. Coming in at 20 feet 2.5 inches at the handlebar and weighing about 275 pounds, the new bike is said to be the tallest bicycle in the world. It rides on 36″ wheels, uses eight full length bicycle chains and parts of a Monster Beach Cruiser. He built it over four days, then took to the streets of Los Angeles on December 28th.

Episode 3

Clay Cockrell
Clay Cockrell
Walk and Talk Therapy

Clay Cockrell is the founder of Walk and Talk Therapy. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has over 20 years experience as a practicing therapist. He has had the privilege to work in several different settings that he believes provides him with a unique ability to relate to his clients. His years on Wall Street have provided him a great insight into the unique pressures of the corporate world. He's watched and participated in the triumphs and tragedies, the wins and losses of this unbelievably competitive world.

Catherine Nagel
Catherine Nagel
City Parks Alliance

Catherine is the Executive Director at City Parks Alliance. Experienced, innovative non-profit executive with diverse background in strategic partnerships, fundraising, organizational development, project management, community outreach, cross-cultural communication, urban policy and grassroots advocacy. Expertise in issues related to urban parks and historic landscape preservation.

Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg
108th Mayor of the City of New York

Michael R. Bloomberg was the 108th Mayor of the City of New York. He was first elected in November 2001, two months after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, a time when many believed that crime would return, businesses would flee, and New York might never recover. Instead, through hundreds of innovative new policies and initiatives, Mayor Bloomberg made New York City safer, stronger, and greener than ever. During the Bloomberg administration, crime went down more than 30 percent. The welfare rolls went down 25 percent. High School graduation rates increased 42 percent. Ambulance response times are at record lows. Teen smoking fell by 50% from 2001 to 2011. More than 850 acres of new parkland have been added. And the City has weathered the national recession in much better shape than most places, far outpacing the nation in job growth.

Ken Salazar
Ken Salazar
50th United States Secretary of the Interior

Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar served as the 50th United States Secretary of the Interior, in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a United States Senator from Colorado from 2005 to 2009. He and Mel Martinez (R-Florida) were the first Hispanic U.S. Senators since 1977; they were joined by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) in January 2006. Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, he served as Attorney General of Colorado from 1999 to 2005.

Helle Søholt
Helle Søholt
Gehl Architects

Helle Søholt is a Founding Partner and CEO of Gehl Architects. Helle has extensive international urban design experience with projects within the wide spectrum of the office works. Helle furthermore has teaching experience in both Urban Design Theory and Studio Work, and has been representing the office at a wide range of internationally renowned conferences as a keynote speaker. Helle has gained an MA in Architecture and Urban Design from Copenhagen, Denmark as well as an MA at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Paul Steely White
Paul Steely White
Transportation Alternatives

Paul Steely White is the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a non-profit advocacy group at the center of New York City’s bike-lane and public-space boom. Paul joined Transportation Alternatives in 2004 after seven years as projects director for the New York City based Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Founded in 1973, the mission of Transportation Alternatives is to reclaim New York City streets from the automobile and promote bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

Bill Castro
Bill Castro
Manhattan Parks Commissioner

Bill Castro began his career at Parks over 20 years ago as Assistant to the Director of PEP, after serving as a legislative assistant for City Councilman Antonio G. Olivieri. In 1982 he became the Director of PEP. In 1985, Castro served as the Chief of Recreation for the five boroughs for three years and the assistant Commissioner for Recreation until 1991. He left Parks for a short break to obtain a Masters in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Returning to Parks in the Spring of 1994, Castro served as the Bronx Borough Commissioner under Henry J. Stern until his most recent appointment.

Tom Reidy
Tom Reidy
Madison Square Park Conservancy

The Madison Square Park Conservancy is the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to keeping historic Madison Square Park a bright, beautiful and active public park. Madison Square Park, a seven-acre urban oasis, is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron District at East 23 Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. The Conservancy raises the funds that support lush and brilliant horticulture, park maintenance, park security and a variety of free cultural programs.

Vin Cipolla
Vin Cipolla
The Municipal Art Society of New York

Vin Cipolla is an entrepreneur and civic leader noted for his contributions in both the private and public sectors. He is the founder of three media and information technology marketing firms and has served as Chief Executive Officer for six U.S. corporations in the financial services, telecommunications, consumer goods and media industries. Additionally he served on nine corporate boards throughout his career. He is a supporter of the arts and an active proponent for environmental preservation and sustainability as evidenced by his positions on the Board of Directors for more than twenty-five non-profit organizations including the National Park Foundation and the Municipal Art Society of New York, where he also served as President.

Tim Tompkins
Tim Tompkins
Times Square Alliance

Tim Tompkins has been the President of the Times Square Alliance since 2002. The Alliance is a business improvement district that works to improve and promote Times Square - cultivating the creativity, energy and edge that have made the area an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life for over a century. Prior to coming to the Alliance, he was the Founder and Director of Partnerships for Parks, which works to support New York City’s neighborhood parks. He has worked at New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, The New York City Charter Revision Commission, and was briefly the Nationals Editor at the Mexico City News, an English language newspaper in Mexico.

Bob Huttar
Bob Huttar
Irvine Ranch Conservancy

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy works hand-in-hand with a wide range of partners including city, county and state governments, academics, landowners, and non-profit organizations. They were founded with the initial resources and capacity necessary to develop supportive partnerships with other landowners and managers by providing complementary and specialized expertise. The staff is guided by a broad vision to work together to transform the wildlands and parks into a nationally acclaimed treasure of conservation management and recreational enjoyment.

Sam Adams
Sam Adams
Former Mayor of Portland

Samuel Francis "Sam" Adams is an American politician and the former mayor of Portland, Oregon. He grew up in Newport, Oregon, attended the University of Oregon and worked on a number of campaigns before taking office as a Portland commissioner. Among them was Vera Katz's run for mayor of Portland. After she won, he served as her chief of staff for eleven years and then went back to school, earning a degree in Political Science. In 2004, he was elected to the Portland City Council, serving four years on the council earning a reputation as a "policy-driven advocate for sustainability, the arts, and gay rights." He was elected to a four-year term as Mayor of Portland in the May 2008 primary, with 58% of the vote and a dozen other candidates on the ballot. He was outed as gay by the alternative newspaper Willamette Week in 1993 and was the first openly gay mayor of a top-30 U.S. city. In July 2011, Adams announced that he would not seek a second term as mayor.

John Arden
John Arden
Author and Psychologist

Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy. His work incorporates what is currently known about the brain and its capacities, including neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, with psychotherapy research, mindfulness, nutritional neuroscience and social intelligence. He conducts seminars on Brain-Based Therapy throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Arden’s most recent book, The Brain Bible is based on recent developments in neuroscience and health psychology. It is a self-help book consistent with his Rewire Your Brain which offers the general public down to earth advice based on new developments in neuroscience. Instead of a gimmicky quick fix, this book offers a formula of the five main factors shown to contribute to brain health. You can remember those five by using the mnemonic “SEEDS.” The SEEDS formula represents the important healthy brain factors that you need to “plant” now and cultivate through the rest of your life. The research behind each factor of the formula is rich with new developments from neuroscience that overthrown many of our preconceived beliefs about longevity and indeed about the brain.

Karim Khan
Karim Khan
University of British Columbia

Professor Karim Khan, MD, PhD, FASCM, is a Canadian sports physician and academic who is an advocate of physical activity for its public health benefit. His research focused on activity for bone health and falls prevention particularly in the aging demographic. Professor Khan was also a major contributor to the paradigm shift that ‘tendinopathies’ are not inflammatory conditions and this led to physicians appreciating the need for active exercise as treatment – the concept of ‘mechanotherapy’.

Episode 4

Dan Koeppel
Dan Koeppel
Big Parade

Dan Koeppel is an American author and columnist. He has written columns for the New York Times Magazine and Popular Science, as well as having written extensively in a variety of mountain biking periodicals. He was previously the editor of the magazine Mountain Bike leaving the magazine in 1996. However, he still contributes a column titled 'Hug the Bunny' to the magazine. He was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2003 for his journalism work. He is a former commentator for the business and radio program Marketplace, and has a writing credit for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Inheritance". Dan organizes the two-day event known as bigparadeLA. It is a public walk starting at Downtown Los Angeles' Angels Flight, ends at the Hollywood Sign, above Hollywood and covers 35 miles and 101 sets of public stairways. He is perhaps best known for his first book, To See Every Bird on Earth, touted as his attempt to understand his father's obsession with listing birds. His second book, Banana:The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, was released in December 2007.

Alissa Walker
Alissa Walker
Journalist

Alissa Walker writes and speaks about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for many publications and events. She is the urbanism editor at Gizmodo and her work regularly appears in Los Angeles Magazine, the LA Weekly, Dwell, Fast Company, GOOD, T Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on the KCRW public radio show DnA: Design and Architecture. In 2010 she was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow for her writing on design and urbanism, and in 2011 she was awarded an ArtPlace grant for the initiative GOOD Ideas for Cities, where creatives propose solutions to urban problems proposed by city leaders. Alissa lives in a Dodger blue house in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, and relishes life in L.A. without a car. Read more at her blog, A Walker in LA, and follow her @awalkerinLA on Instagram and Twitter.

Christine Peters
Christine Peters
Save Elysian Park

Christine is the President of Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park. In 1965 the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park was created after downtown business developers presented a plan to bulldoze the historic Avenue of the Palms in the Park and build the Los Angeles Convention Center! In response, the surrounding neighborhood communities organized and formed the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park, with Grace E. Simons as its first president. Their letter-writing campaigns and efforts were successful and the ill-advised plan to build the LA Convention Center in Elysian Park was abandoned. For almost 50 years, CCSEP has continued its vigilance against the encroachment of self-serving interests and has survived years of hard-fought battles against overwhelming odds to preserve the integrity of Elysian Park.

Scott Dissel
Scott Dissel
The Trust for Public Land

Scott Dissel is the philanthropy director for The Trust for Public Land in Colorado. The Trust for Public Land was founded to create parks and protect land for people to enjoy, and we’re still the only large conservation organization focused on this goal. Today, nearly ten million Americans live within a ten-minute walk of a park or natural area created with our help, and millions more visit these sites every year. We’re working toward a day when everyone has easy access to a safe, green place to play.

Neha Bhatt
Neha Bhatt
Smart Growth America

Neha Bhatt is Deputy Director of Policy Development & Implementation for Smart Growth America. Through advocacy and while working within government, Neha’s career has involved a mix of policy development and campaign management. Before joining SGA, Neha served as the Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, where she organized best practices and policies workshops and lobbied on the federal transportation bill on behalf of city departments of transportation. Neha gained direct legislative experience while working as policy advisor to the Ward 6 City Councilmember in the District of Columbia. Highlights of that work included launching the city’s first car free day, implementation of a new market-priced parking pilot program, passage of new substantive storm water mitigation standards for the Anacostia Waterfront development zone and passage of new bike parking requirements for residential and commercial buildings. For almost five years, Neha served the Sierra Club’s Challenge to Sprawl Campaign. This work included congressional outreach, media outreach, lending expertise to local level smart growth campaigns around the nation, providing trainings and producing national reports. While earning her Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, Neha completed fellowships in the planning departments of Washington D.C. and Arlington, VA. She also joined an urban planning team and traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to evaluate a brownfield site and develop recommendations for redevelopment. Neha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of New Jersey.

Chris Leinberger
Chris Leinberger
George Washington University

Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author, balancing business realities with social and environmental concerns. He is President of Locus - Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, The Charles Bendit Distinguished Scholar and Research Professor at George Washington University School of Business, Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution in Washington DC, and Founding Partner of Arcadia Land Company, a New Urbanism and transit-oriented development firm.

Steve Blair
Steve Blair
University of South Carolina

Steven N. Blair is Professor in the Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Dr. Blair is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology, Society for Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, and American Kinesiology Academy; and was elected to membership in the American Epidemiological Society. Dr. Blair is a past-president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, and the American Kinesiology Academy. Dr. Blair is the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees — Doctor Honoris Causa degree from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium; Doctor of Health Science degree from Lander University, U.S.; and Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, University of Bristol, UK. He has received awards from many professional associations, including a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, ACSM Honor Award, Population Science Award from the American Heart Association, and is one of the few individuals outside the U.S. Public Health Service to be awarded the Surgeon General's Medallion. He has delivered lectures to medical, scientific, and lay groups in 48 states and 50 countries. His research focuses on the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease. He has published over 550 papers and chapters in the scientific literature, and is one of the most highly cited exercise scientists with over 31,000 citations to his body of work. He was the Senior Scientific Editor for the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health.

Robert E. Sallis
Robert E. Sallis
Exercise Is Medicine

Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, serves as the chairman for the Exercise is Medicine initiative and previously served as president (2007-08) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Sallis received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his medical degree from Texas A&M University. He completed his residency in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, Calif., where he served as chief resident. He has served as the head team physician at Pomona College since 1988, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine. Dr. Sallis lectures and publishes extensively in the area of sports medicine and serves as chairman of the Science Advisory Committee to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He received the 2008 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the 2009 Leonardo da Vinci award for international leadership in sports medicine from the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine. Dr. Sallis currently serves as editor-in-chief of ACSM's clinical journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports.

Deborah Murphy
Deborah Murphy
Los Angeles Walks

Deborah has contributed her unique skills to a wide range of civic and professional organization task forces, boards, and committees. She is widely recognized for her leadership and vision in community consensus building, comprehensive city and active transportation planning, streetscape design and pedestrian safety issues. In her efforts to make Los Angeles more walkable, she founded a pedestrian advocacy organization, Los Angeles Walks, is the Chair of the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a member of the Green LA Coalition Transportation Work Group Living Streets Initiative, a board member of the Streetsblog Los Angeles, and has conducted Walkabouts in three communities – Hollwood, Glassell Park/Cypress Park and Downtown Pasadena.

Mohja Rhoads
Mohja Rhoads
Los Angeles Walks

Mohja Rhoads is a PhD candidate and the University of Southern California. Los Angeles Walks is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to promoting walking and pedestrian infrastructure in Los Angeles, educating Angelenos and local policymakers concerning the rights and needs of pedestrians of all abilities, and fostering the development of safe and vibrant environments for all pedestrians.

Roy Spence
Roy Spence
GSD&M Idea City

Roy Spence is the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of the advertising agency GSD&M and author of the books The Amazing Faith of Texas and It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business Is Driven By Purpose. In 2004, he won the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas. The Austin, Texas chapter of the American Advertising Federation and Texas Monthly magazine have previously named Spence Adman of the Year and Adman of the Century.

Angel Luis Poventud
Angel Luis Poventud
Atlanta BeltLine Docent

Atlanta has their very own Angel, and he spreads happiness wherever he goes. Whether you know him from his multitude of projects, his zooming around Piedmont Park on rollerblades, or his trademark green dress and beaming smile, you've probably seen him around. Angel's made a lot happen in Atlanta, and it's not stopping any time soon. He's working to make Atlanta a better, more tree-filled, walkable place through his work with projects like Trees Atlanta, the BeltLine, and more.

Brian Leary
Brian Leary
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Brian Leary is a Managing Director with Jacoby Development – an Atlanta-based and national developer of corporate, mixed-use and retail projects. From 2009 to 2012, Brian was President & CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. ‐ the organization planning and executing the implementation of the BeltLine, one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a $3+ billion project that will shape the way Atlanta grows over the next 25 years and beyond. When complete, it will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails, transit, public art and thousands of units of affordable housing along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta, connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other. Prior to leading the BeltLine team, Brian oversaw the design and development of Atlantic Station – the largest urban brownfield redevelopment in the nation at the time and its 13.5M square foot master plan for Jacoby Development and AIG Global Real Estate. In 1998, he began developing the master plan into a National model for Smart Growth and new urbanism and successfully negotiated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Atlantic Station, and the new multi-modal 17th Street bridge, to become the first project of its kind in the United States and led a national coalition to create a $2 billion alternative energy and energy efficiency program with the U.S. Treasury and EPA.

Ed McBrayer
Ed McBrayer
PATH Foundation

Ed McBrayer, Pete Pellegrini, and Maxine Rock formed the PATH Foundation, a 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization with a mission to develop a system of interlinking greenway trails through metro Atlanta for commuting and recreating. At about the same time, Sam Friedman and his biking buddies were getting back from a West Coast biking trip where they encountered beautiful off-road trails. They believed Atlanta should have similar amenities and met to discuss how they might play a role in building trails nearer home. The two groups met, and the rest is history. Sam assembled and chaired the PATH Board of Directors, and Ed and Pete became the first two PATH employees.

Valarie Wilson
Valarie Wilson
Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Valarie Wilson serves as Executive Director of the BeltLine Partnership, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering support for Atlanta’s BeltLine, the largest urban revitalization project in America. As executive director, Ms. Wilson is responsible for a capital campaign to raise $60 million in private funds to meet critical BeltLine needs, and she oversees an extensive program of public education and community outreach initiatives.

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Nicholas Dinapoli
Nicholas Dinapoli
Shorewalkers

Shorewalkers is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting and preserving New York City's surrounding shores. Our environmental and outdoors group has been a leading advocate for projects such as the development of the Grand Harlem River Park, a park larger and more diverse than Central Park, the 330-mile Hudson River Trail, and the opening to the public of Hudson River property. Shorewalkers was instrumental in developing the Batt to Bear Trail, 56 miles from the Battery to Bear Mountain. Since 1982, Shorewalkers has led invigorating walks exploring varied and extensive shore areas in and around New York City. Shorewalkers, and its premier annual event, THE GREAT SAUNTER, which takes place the first Saturday in May each year, have won praise and recognition from civic leaders and New York State Legislators.

Christine Yost
Christine Yost
Shorewalkers

Shorewalkers is a non-profit group dedicated to promoting and preserving New York City's surrounding shores. Our environmental and outdoors group has been a leading advocate for projects such as the development of the Grand Harlem River Park, a park larger and more diverse than Central Park, the 330-mile Hudson River Trail, and the opening to the public of Hudson River property. Shorewalkers was instrumental in developing the Batt to Bear Trail, 56 miles from the Battery to Bear Mountain. Since 1982, Shorewalkers has led invigorating walks exploring varied and extensive shore areas in and around New York City. Shorewalkers, and its premier annual event, THE GREAT SAUNTER, which takes place the first Saturday in May each year, have won praise and recognition from civic leaders and New York State Legislators.

Cy A Adler
Cy A Adler
Shorewalkers

For about 15 years Cy taught oceanography and physics, and math at CCNY, LIU, and other schools. He lives in the West 90s; he can see the Hudson River and New Jersey from his apartment. Now he serves as president of Shorewalkers, Inc., a not-for-profit organization founded twenty-four years ago to promote shorewalking and the preservation and enhancement of metropolitan shorelines.

Heather Deutsch
Heather Deutsch
District Department of Transportation

Heather Deutsch is the Trail Planner and Bicycle Program Specialist for the District Department of Transportation. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides funds to the District to develop and maintain trails and trail-related facilities.

Jeffrey Ciabotti
Jeffrey Ciabotti
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Jeffrey Ciabotti is a senior planner with Toole Design Group. With more than 15 years of experience on projects throughout the U.S., Jeff is a recognized national leader in trails and active transportation. Jeff’s background as Vice President for Trail Development at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and National Director of Programs, Partnerships and Health at Save the Children gives him in-depth knowledge of the connection between land use, transportation and health. At RTC he helped catalyze thousands of miles of trails through policy advocacy, expert technical assistance, training and leading the organization’s planning team. As a non-profit executive Jeff has managed matrix organizations overseeing multiple field offices. Combining this national perspective with his on-the-ground project experience creates a balanced approach with each project and a keen awareness of the power of the public process. Jeff’s work includes launching RTC’s Urban Pathways Initiative, administering a national grants program and managing local/regional corridor inventory and assessment plans. He has presented numerous workshops, trainings, and keynote addresses domestically and internationally to share his enthusiasm for trails and active transportation.

Elizabeth Joy
Elizabeth Joy
University of Utah

Elizabeth Joy is the Medical Director for Outcomes Research for Clinical Programs at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. In addition, she practices Family Medicine and Sports Medicine with the Orthopedic Specialty Group at the Avenues Specialty Clinic by LDS Hospital. She is a Professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

Gabe Graff
Gabe Graff
Bureau of Transportation

Gabe Graff works with the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Portland Safe Routes to School is a partnership of the City of Portland, schools, neighborhoods, community organizations and agencies that advocates for and implements programs that make walking and biking around our neighborhoods and schools fun, easy, safe and healthy for all students and families while reducing our reliance on cars.

John Hickenlooper
John Hickenlooper
Governor of Colorado

John Hickenlooper, a self-described “recovering geologist now on loan to public service,” was elected Governor in 2010. His unconventional road to the Capitol began when he left the oilfields of western Colorado in the late 1980s and opened the state’s first brewpub. As he says, “I went from exploring oil to selling beer.” His business grew, helping to revitalize a now popular neighborhood in downtown Denver, and he became active in Denver’s civic life. One thing led to another, until, goaded by friends and other business leaders, he successfully ran for Mayor of Denver in 2003.

Lynn Kostecki-Csanyi
Lynn Kostecki-Csanyi
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Lynn Kostecki-Csanyi is a Physiatrist, Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is Assistant Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the Napa Solano area.

Joann Manson
Joann Manson
Harvard University

JoAnn Elisabeth Manson is a physician, best known for her public leadership and advocacy in the field of women's health. She is the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health at the Harvard Medical School, a professor of epidemiology in the Harvard School of Public Health, and chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Daphne Miller
Daphne Miller
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Daphne Miller founded WholefamilyMD in 2000 to focus on the whole person and to incorporate a blend of conventional and alternative healing approaches. She believes that her most valuable role is to help patients discover their “inner doctor,” the skills they need to manage their own health. Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor at UCSF where she teaches nutrition and integrative medicine. Since 2005, she has consistently been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America. Dr. Miller is a contributing writer to the Washington Post as well as other publications and she is author of two books: The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World, Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You (HarperCollins 2008) and Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up (HarperCollins 2013). Miller is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency and an NIH-funded primary care research fellowship at UCSF. She is also a Bravewell Fellow with the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine.

Mark Fenton
Mark Fenton
Tufts University

Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS television. He's author of numerous books including the best selling "Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness" (Lyons Press, 2nd edition 2008). He was a developer of the University of North Carolina's Safe Routes to School clearinghouse, and facilitator for the walkable community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking; he now provides technical training and community planning as an independent consultant.

John Barrasso
John Barrasso
U.S. Senate, Wyoming

Senator John Barrasso was sworn in to the United States Senate in 2007 having represented the people of Natrona County in the Wyoming State Senate. Barrasso was then elected to the United States Senate on November 4, 2008 and reelected in 2012 to his first full term. Barrasso is known by many as Wyoming’s Doctor. He has a long and recognized career in both medicine and public service. During 24 years as an orthopedic surgeon in Casper, Barrasso served as President of the Wyoming Medical Society and was named Wyoming Physician of the Year. He also served as medical director of the Wyoming Health Fairs, bringing low-cost health screening exams to people all around the Cowboy State. Barrasso is known throughout Wyoming for his health messages. His public service announcements have been on TV, radio and in numerous newspapers for more than 20 years. Barrasso has also hosted Wyoming’s efforts on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon.

Karim Khan
Karim Khan
University of British Columbia

Professor Karim Khan, MD, PhD, FASCM, is a Canadian sports physician and academic who is an advocate of physical activity for its public health benefit. His research focused on activity for bone health and falls prevention particularly in the aging demographic. Professor Khan was also a major contributor to the paradigm shift that ‘tendinopathies’ are not inflammatory conditions and this led to physicians appreciating the need for active exercise as treatment – the concept of ‘mechanotherapy’.

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Scott Robson
Scott Robson
Denver Parks & Recreation

Formerly the Manager of Parks and Recreation for the City and County of Denver, Robson was appointed by Mayor John Hickenlooper and has been with the City of Denver since 2007. In his role, he oversees an operational budget of approximately $46 million dollars, 500 full-time staff and has had the opportunity to play significant roles in planning the 2008 Democratic National Convention and the 2010 Biennial of the Americas in Denver. The City of Denver’s Park & Recreation system includes over 20,000 acres of urban and mountain parks along with 26 recreation centers and 7 municipal golf courses. Before joining the Hickenlooper administration in 2007, Robson worked for the U.S. National Park Service, Boulder County Government, and Grand County Government in Colorado. Robson earned his Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and his Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Jeffrey Ciabotti
Jeffrey Ciabotti
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Jeffrey Ciabotti is a senior planner with Toole Design Group. With more than 15 years of experience on projects throughout the U.S., Jeff is a recognized national leader in trails and active transportation. Jeff’s background as Vice President for Trail Development at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and National Director of Programs, Partnerships and Health at Save the Children gives him in-depth knowledge of the connection between land use, transportation and health. At RTC he helped catalyze thousands of miles of trails through policy advocacy, expert technical assistance, training and leading the organization’s planning team. As a non-profit executive Jeff has managed matrix organizations overseeing multiple field offices. Combining this national perspective with his on-the-ground project experience creates a balanced approach with each project and a keen awareness of the power of the public process. Jeff’s work includes launching RTC’s Urban Pathways Initiative, administering a national grants program and managing local/regional corridor inventory and assessment plans. He has presented numerous workshops, trainings, and keynote addresses domestically and internationally to share his enthusiasm for trails and active transportation.

Tim Wohlgenant
Tim Wohlgenant
The Trust for Public Land

Tim Wohlgenant brings more than 15 years of leadership experience to TPL, successfully completing numerous complex, multi-party transactions in his career involving the acquisition of conservation properties in Colorado and throughout the West. His appointment is effective September 4, 2007. Since 1997, Wohlgenant served as a principal with Western Land Group, Inc., Denver, CO, a private consulting firm specializing in public land exchange facilitation. He was also an Associate and Editor for World Wildlife Fund's RESOLVE Center for Environmental Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C. from 1993 to 1995, where he also implemented international training projects and facilitated domestic consensus-based mediations. In Colorado, Tim has consulted to local governments and land trusts on open lands and natural resources planning. His work includes preparation of open lands plans for several towns and counties, the drafting of Standards and Practices for the Stewardship of Conservation Easements (adopted by the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts in 1996), and serving as the first Director of the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust.

William Huyett
William Huyett
Berkley Unified School District

William Huyett is the former Berkley Unified School District Superintendent. In 1974 William Huyett began his career in public education as a high school math and physics teacher. It wasn’t long before he found a passion for administration, serving as a high school vice principal, middle and high school principal. Huyett spent the past 16 years as superintendent in three districts: Dixon, Lodi and Berkeley.

Chris Urbina
Chris Urbina
Colorado Department of Public Health

In 2004, Chris Urbina, a 1980 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was named director of the Denver Public Health Department, which is part of Denver Health. With him came a long-held philosophy that individual medical practice and the larger role of community health are intertwined.

Tori Rhoulac-Smith
Tori Rhoulac-Smith
Safe Routes to School

The goal of the Greater Washington Region Safe Routes to School Network is to build partnerships and leverage resources in the region to improve policies and the built environment to support increases in physical activity through walking and bicycling to school and in daily life. If you agree with our work to increase walking and bicycling, your organization can endorse the Greater Washington Platform. Organizations will be listed on our website.

Wendy Kohrt
Wendy Kohrt
University of Colorado, Denver

Dr. Kohrt received her PhD in Exercise Science from Arizona State University in 1986 and spent the first 13 years of her career in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She carried out research projects there on the effectiveness of exercise and hormone replacement therapy to prevent such diseases as diabetes and osteoporosis in women and men, aged 60 years and older. In 1999, she moved to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) in Denver, where she established the IMAGE research group - Investigations in Metabolism, Aging, Gender, and Exercise. The mission of the IMAGE group is to be a national leader in aging research focused on the prevention of disease and the maintenance of functional independence in old age.

Jackie Epping
Jackie Epping
Centers for Disease Control

Jacqueline (Jackie) Epping is a Senior Health Scientist with the Applied Research, Guidelines and Policy Team of the Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the course of her career, she has focused on both older adults and children as specific populations in which to promote physical activity. Jackie has played key roles in the creation of the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the National Physical Activity Plan, released in 2010, the creation of the first national professional organization for physical activity and public health practitioners in the U.S. – the National Physical Activity Society., and the creation of the first professional credential for Physical Activity Practitioners in Public Health. She is a member of the national Coordination Team currently updating the Community Guide Recommendations for interventions to increase physical activity. She serves on the National Steering Committee for the US Play Coalition, the Board of Director of the Kids and K-9s for Healthy Choices program, the National Advisory Committee for the American Fitness Index and as federal advisor to the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.

Irene Davis
Irene Davis
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Davis received her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. She earned her Masters degree in Biomechanics from the University of Virginia, and her PhD in Biomechanics from Pennsylvania State University. She is a Professor Emeritus in Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware where she studied the relationship between lower extremity structure, mechanics and injury in runners for the past 20 yrs. Dr. Davis is the Director of the Spaulding National Running Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. Her current areas of study include mechanical factors in tibial stress fractures and patellofemoral disorders along with the effect of physical therapy interventions such as gait retraining. She is interested in the mechanics of barefoot running and its effect on injury rates, and is a barefoot runner herself. She has received funding from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office and National Institutes of Health to support her research related to stress fractures. She serves as a consultant for patients with lower extremity problems related to overuse. Dr. Davis has given nearly 300 lectures both nationally and internationally and authored over 100 publications on the topic of lower extremity mechanics during running. She has been active professionally in the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Society of Biomechanics, and International Society of Biomechanics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Biomechanics, and a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a past President of the American Society of Biomechanics. She has organized and coordinated national research retreats on topics of the foot and ankle, anterior cruciate ligament injuries and patellofemoral pain syndrome. She has been featured on ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Discovery, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Parade and Time Magazine.

Joann Manson
Joann Manson
Harvard University

JoAnn Elisabeth Manson is a physician, best known for her public leadership and advocacy in the field of women's health. She is the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women's Health at the Harvard Medical School, a professor of epidemiology in the Harvard School of Public Health, and chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

NiCole Keith
NiCole Keith
Indiana University

NiCole Keith is a professor that walks her talk…literally. As an associate professor in the department of Physical Education, she is passionate about getting people moving and exercising for better health. She even walks her talk by keeping a Trek Desk in her office … a desk that fits over a treadmill machine. Keith is also passionate about reaching out to the community with her expertise. She is a founder of the acclaimed PARCS program, Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (formerly Fit for Life). This collaboration between Indianapolis Public Schools and the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management provides a fitness center manned by physical education students and supervised by IUPUI faculty at three area high schools. The fitness center services are available to IPS students, parents, teachers, and community members during after school and evening hours. Since its inception in 2005 it has impacted the health of over 10,000 clients

Jill Dougal Mackinnon
Jill Dougal Mackinnon
Vallejo Rehabilitation Center

Dr. Jill Dougal Mackinnon MD and PHD is a female Internist, has 22 years of experience and practices in Internal Medicine, Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine & OMM, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Jillian Rose Reed
Jillian Rose Reed
MTV's Awkward

Jillian Rose Reed is an American actress. She is best known for playing the role of Tamara Kaplan in MTV's Awkward.

Oscar Carrosco
Oscar Carrosco
Disneyland Spokesperson

Oscar is a former Disneyland Ambassador. He is currently a spokesperson for Disneyland Resorts. Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It was originally the only attraction on the property; its name was changed to Disneyland Park to distinguish it from the expanding complex in the 1990s.

Nic Offer
Nic Offer
!!!

Nic Offer is a New York City-based musician. He is best known as the vocalist of the dance/punk band !!!, which he helped form in Sacramento, California in 1996. Offer also played bass and keyboards for the electronic band Out Hud from 1996 until 2005.

Daphne Miller
Daphne Miller
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Daphne Miller founded WholefamilyMD in 2000 to focus on the whole person and to incorporate a blend of conventional and alternative healing approaches. She believes that her most valuable role is to help patients discover their “inner doctor,” the skills they need to manage their own health. Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor at UCSF where she teaches nutrition and integrative medicine. Since 2005, she has consistently been elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America. Dr. Miller is a contributing writer to the Washington Post as well as other publications and she is author of two books: The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World, Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You (HarperCollins 2008) and Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up (HarperCollins 2013). Miller is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine residency and an NIH-funded primary care research fellowship at UCSF. She is also a Bravewell Fellow with the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine.

Ann Marchetti
Ann Marchetti
Action for Healthy Kids

For nearly two decades, Ann Marchetti has held leadership roles in several successful nonprofit agencies working toward a singular goal -- improving the health and well being of children, youth and families. Drawing upon her unique combination of public policy, business and creative skills, Ann has assisted these nonprofits in optimizing their business models to build organizational capacity and develop sustainable programs. Ann was awarded the 2008 Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service to Children and Youth by the National Child Labor Committee. This body remarked, “Ann has been at the forefront of action and has been the voice to improve the health, education, well-being and futures of millions of children.” Most recently, Ann served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the Cambridge, Massachussetts-based National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), which specializes in improving the quality of care for children. Since 2005, Ann provided leadership in building the organization’s marketing, finance, human resources and board governance capacity.

Rob Elliot
Rob Elliot
Irvine Company

Robert Elliott is group senior vice president of Urban Planning and Design for the Irvine Company. As group senior vice president, Mr. Elliott oversees all aspects of community planning and design for development projects on the company's landholdings. This includes villages, residential neighborhoods, resort communities, and commercial centers containing office, retail, entertainment, hotel and cultural uses.Before joining the Irvine Company in 1990, Mr. Elliott was managing principal at The SWA Group in Laguna Beach, where he managed a 60-person urban design, planning, and landscape architecture firm.

Bob Huttar
Bob Huttar
Irvine Ranch Conservancy

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy works hand-in-hand with a wide range of partners including city, county and state governments, academics, landowners, and non-profit organizations. They were founded with the initial resources and capacity necessary to develop supportive partnerships with other landowners and managers by providing complementary and specialized expertise. The staff is guided by a broad vision to work together to transform the wildlands and parks into a nationally acclaimed treasure of conservation management and recreational enjoyment.

Michael O'Connell
Michael O'Connell
Irvine Ranch Conservancy

Michael oversees all aspects of stewardship, public programs and business operations for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy. He has 25 years experience in land protection and conservation science including senior positions with The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology, and the Advisory Board of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. He is currently on the Dean’s Leadership Council for the School of Biological Sciences at UC Irvine. Michael has co-authored two books on conservation and a number of scientific and popular articles. He has a bachelor's degree in Geology from Carleton College and a Master’s in Conservation Biology from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Julie Crockford
Julie Crockford
Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Julie Crockford has served as President and Executive Director of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a public private partnership, since 2007. The Conservancy, founded in 1998, brings people together to renew, enliven and advocate for the Emerald Necklace park system in Boston and Brookline designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded its stewardship capacity, doubling the number of volunteers for the parks and launching an environmental education and summer employment program for city youth, among other initiatives.

Paul Steely White
Paul Steely White
Transportation Alternatives

Paul Steely White is the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a non-profit advocacy group at the center of New York City’s bike-lane and public-space boom. Paul joined Transportation Alternatives in 2004 after seven years as projects director for the New York City based Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Founded in 1973, the mission of Transportation Alternatives is to reclaim New York City streets from the automobile and promote bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

Bill Castro
Bill Castro
Manhattan Parks Commissioner

Bill Castro began his career at Parks over 20 years ago as Assistant to the Director of PEP, after serving as a legislative assistant for City Councilman Antonio G. Olivieri. In 1982 he became the Director of PEP. In 1985, Castro served as the Chief of Recreation for the five boroughs for three years and the assistant Commissioner for Recreation until 1991. He left Parks for a short break to obtain a Masters in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Returning to Parks in the Spring of 1994, Castro served as the Bronx Borough Commissioner under Henry J. Stern until his most recent appointment.

Tom Reidy
Tom Reidy
Madison Square Park Conservancy

The Madison Square Park Conservancy is the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to keeping historic Madison Square Park a bright, beautiful and active public park. Madison Square Park, a seven-acre urban oasis, is located in the heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron District at East 23 Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. The Conservancy raises the funds that support lush and brilliant horticulture, park maintenance, park security and a variety of free cultural programs.

Vin Cipolla
Vin Cipolla
The Municipal Art Society of New York

Vin Cipolla is an entrepreneur and civic leader noted for his contributions in both the private and public sectors. He is the founder of three media and information technology marketing firms and has served as Chief Executive Officer for six U.S. corporations in the financial services, telecommunications, consumer goods and media industries. Additionally he served on nine corporate boards throughout his career. He is a supporter of the arts and an active proponent for environmental preservation and sustainability as evidenced by his positions on the Board of Directors for more than twenty-five non-profit organizations including the National Park Foundation and the Municipal Art Society of New York, where he also served as President.

Tim Tompkins
Tim Tompkins
Times Square Alliance

Tim Tompkins has been the President of the Times Square Alliance since 2002. The Alliance is a business improvement district that works to improve and promote Times Square - cultivating the creativity, energy and edge that have made the area an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life for over a century. Prior to coming to the Alliance, he was the Founder and Director of Partnerships for Parks, which works to support New York City’s neighborhood parks. He has worked at New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, The New York City Charter Revision Commission, and was briefly the Nationals Editor at the Mexico City News, an English language newspaper in Mexico.

Sideya Sherman
Sideya Sherman
Municipal Art Society of New York

Sideya Sherman is director of NYCHA’s Office of Resident Economic Empowerment and Sustainability (REES), where she is responsible for overseeing implementation of NYCHA’s new outcome-driven resident economic opportunity platform—the Zone Model—a place-based framework for generating economic opportunity and connecting public housing residents to critical programs and services. Prior to joining NYCHA, Sideya was a Project Director for the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) where she was responsible for helping community-based organizations and neighborhood advocates confront local planning, land use, and economic development challenges. Sideya has also taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute. She holds a B.A. from Utica College and an M.S. from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.

Raymond J. Baxter
Raymond J. Baxter
Kaiser Permanente

Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, is Kaiser Permanente’s senior vice president for Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. As a member of Kaiser Permanente’s National Executive Team, Dr. Baxter leads the organization’s activities to fulfill its social mission, including care and coverage for low-income people, community health initiatives, health equity, environmental stewardship and support for community-based organizations. He also leads Kaiser Permanente’s work in research, health policy and diversity, and serves as president of Kaiser Permanente International. Dr. Baxter has more than 30 years of experience managing public health, hospital, long-term care and mental health programs, including heading the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Dr. Baxter also led The Lewin Group, a noted health policy firm. Dr. Baxter holds a doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Holy Ghost!
Holy Ghost!

Holy Ghost! is an American synthpop duo from Brooklyn, New York City, consisting of Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel.

Nic Offer
Nic Offer
!!!

Nic Offer is a New York City-based musician. He is best known as the vocalist of the dance/punk band !!!, which he helped form in Sacramento, California in 1996. Offer also played bass and keyboards for the electronic band Out Hud from 1996 until 2005.

Raymond Roker
Raymond Roker
Goldenvoice

Raymond Leon Roker founded URB Magazine in December 1990. In addition to being a creative director, Roker is a former (and part-time) electronic music DJ and club promoter. In the '80s and '90s Roker was a graffiti artist in Los Angeles, producing numerous murals around the city and doing commercial work for television and films.

Dan Deacon
Dan Deacon
Musician

Dan Deacon is an American composer and electronic musician based out of Baltimore, Maryland. Since 2003, Deacon has released eight albums under several different labels. Deacon is renowned for his live shows, where large-scale audience participation and interaction is often a major element of the performance.

Crystal Antlers
Crystal Antlers

Crystal Antlers is a band from Long Beach, California.

Angel Luis Poventud
Angel Luis Poventud
Atlanta BeltLine Docent

Atlanta has their very own Angel, and he spreads happiness wherever he goes. Whether you know him from his multitude of projects, his zooming around Piedmont Park on rollerblades, or his trademark green dress and beaming smile, you've probably seen him around. Angel's made a lot happen in Atlanta, and it's not stopping any time soon. He's working to make Atlanta a better, more tree-filled, walkable place through his work with projects like Trees Atlanta, the BeltLine, and more.

Ed McBrayer
Ed McBrayer
PATH Foundation

Ed McBrayer, Pete Pellegrini, and Maxine Rock formed the PATH Foundation, a 501 (c) 3, nonprofit organization with a mission to develop a system of interlinking greenway trails through metro Atlanta for commuting and recreating. At about the same time, Sam Friedman and his biking buddies were getting back from a West Coast biking trip where they encountered beautiful off-road trails. They believed Atlanta should have similar amenities and met to discuss how they might play a role in building trails nearer home. The two groups met, and the rest is history. Sam assembled and chaired the PATH Board of Directors, and Ed and Pete became the first two PATH employees.

Brian Leary
Brian Leary
Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Brian Leary is a Managing Director with Jacoby Development – an Atlanta-based and national developer of corporate, mixed-use and retail projects. From 2009 to 2012, Brian was President & CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. ‐ the organization planning and executing the implementation of the BeltLine, one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment projects currently underway in the United States. The Atlanta BeltLine is a $3+ billion project that will shape the way Atlanta grows over the next 25 years and beyond. When complete, it will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails, transit, public art and thousands of units of affordable housing along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta, connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other. Prior to leading the BeltLine team, Brian oversaw the design and development of Atlantic Station – the largest urban brownfield redevelopment in the nation at the time and its 13.5M square foot master plan for Jacoby Development and AIG Global Real Estate. In 1998, he began developing the master plan into a National model for Smart Growth and new urbanism and successfully negotiated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Atlantic Station, and the new multi-modal 17th Street bridge, to become the first project of its kind in the United States and led a national coalition to create a $2 billion alternative energy and energy efficiency program with the U.S. Treasury and EPA.

Valarie Wilson
Valarie Wilson
Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Valarie Wilson serves as Executive Director of the BeltLine Partnership, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering support for Atlanta’s BeltLine, the largest urban revitalization project in America. As executive director, Ms. Wilson is responsible for a capital campaign to raise $60 million in private funds to meet critical BeltLine needs, and she oversees an extensive program of public education and community outreach initiatives.

Robert Hammond
Robert Hammond
Friends of the High Line

Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, has lived in the West Village since 1994. He has worked as a consultant for a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors and non-profits, including the Times Square Alliance, Alliance for the Arts and National Cooperative Bank (NCB). Robert is also a self-taught artist. From 2002 to 2005 he served as an Ex-Officio Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2009. Born and raised in San Antonio, TX, he graduated with Honors in History from Princeton University.

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Motor Mouth Mike
Motor Mouth Mike
NASCAR Emcee

Michael Turner, aka Motor Mouth Mike is a professional performer with an extensive history of entertaining people all over the globe!

Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer
NASCAR Driver

Clint Bowyer is an American stock car racing driver. He drives the No. 15 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Prior to driving for MWR, he drove for Richard Childress Racing for eight years and won the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.

Jeff Burton
Jeff Burton
NASCAR Driver

Jeffrey T. "Jeff" Burton, nicknamed The Mayor, is an American stock car racing driver. He competes part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 66 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing.

Rep. Joe Baca
Rep. Joe Baca
U.S. Congress

Joseph N. "Joe" Baca was a U.S. Representative, last serving California's 43rd congressional district. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 42nd from 1999 to 2003, is located in southwestern San Bernardino County and includes Fontana, Rialto, Ontario and parts of the city of San Bernardino. After redistricting, he decided to run in the new, adjacent 35th congressional district, where he faced fellow Democrat Gloria Negrete McLeod (due to California's "top two" primary system).

Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
NASCAR Driver

Michael Curtis Waltrip is a professional race car driver, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, racing commentator, and published author. He is the younger brother of three-time NASCAR champion and racing commentator Darrell Waltrip. Waltrip is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500; having won the race in 2001 and 2003. He is also a pre-race analyst for NASCAR on FOX. He currently drives the No. 66 Toyota Camry part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the GT2 Ferrari for AF Corse in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He also competed in the 2011 edition of 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Robert E. Sallis
Robert E. Sallis
Exercise Is Medicine

Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, serves as the chairman for the Exercise is Medicine initiative and previously served as president (2007-08) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Dr. Sallis received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his medical degree from Texas A&M University. He completed his residency in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, Calif., where he served as chief resident. He has served as the head team physician at Pomona College since 1988, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine. Dr. Sallis lectures and publishes extensively in the area of sports medicine and serves as chairman of the Science Advisory Committee to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He received the 2008 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the 2009 Leonardo da Vinci award for international leadership in sports medicine from the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine. Dr. Sallis currently serves as editor-in-chief of ACSM's clinical journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports.

Raymond J. Baxter
Raymond J. Baxter
Kaiser Permanente

Raymond J. Baxter, PhD, is Kaiser Permanente’s senior vice president for Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. As a member of Kaiser Permanente’s National Executive Team, Dr. Baxter leads the organization’s activities to fulfill its social mission, including care and coverage for low-income people, community health initiatives, health equity, environmental stewardship and support for community-based organizations. He also leads Kaiser Permanente’s work in research, health policy and diversity, and serves as president of Kaiser Permanente International. Dr. Baxter has more than 30 years of experience managing public health, hospital, long-term care and mental health programs, including heading the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Dr. Baxter also led The Lewin Group, a noted health policy firm. Dr. Baxter holds a doctorate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Tyler Norris
Tyler Norris
Every Body Walk! Collaborative

Tyler now serves as Vice President, Total Health Partnerships at Kaiser Permanente – the leading integrated health delivery system in the United States. For three decades, Tyler has served as a social entrepreneur and trusted advisor to philanthropies, health systems, governments, NGO's and collaborative partnerships working to improve the health of people and places. His work in the public, private, non-profit and civic sectors has included initiatives with over 400 communities and organizations in the United States and internationally.

Christopher J. Fleury
Christopher J. Fleury
GfK Consumer Research

GfK is the trusted source of relevant market and consumer information that enables its clients to make smarter decisions. More than 13,000 market research experts combine their passion with GfK’s 80 years of data science experience. This allows GfK to deliver vital global insights matched with local market intelligence from more than 100 countries. By using innovative technologies and data sciences, GfK turns big data into smart data, enabling its clients to improve their competitive edge and enrich consumers’ experiences and choices.

Kate Kraft
Kate Kraft
America Walks

National Coalition Director, Kate staffs the Every Body Walk Collaborative, providing leadership and direction for this new and growing partnership of national and local organizations, business, and agencies. Prior to joining America Walks staff in 2013, Kate was an independent consultant in the area of environmental and policy approaches to promoting healthy lifestyles and creating health-promoting built environments.

T. Morgan Dixon
T. Morgan Dixon
Girl Trek

GirlTrek is a 2-year-old national nonprofit in Washington, DC with an active community of over 150,000 women and girls! Vanessa Garrison and Tanya Morgan Dixon are the dynamic duo behind the movement. GirlTrek started with a routine telephone call. The two women discussed the health challenges facing their families and communities. The conversation ranged from the lack of healthy food options in poor neighborhoods to the influence of hip hop videos on the psyche of teenage girls.

Laura Fenn
Laura Fenn
The Walking Classroom

The Walking Classroom Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and education of all students. The Walking Classroom program is an in-school obesity intervention that promotes health literacy and develops and supports lifelong fitness habits for all students while addressing different learning styles. The method combines standards-aligned academic content and exercise during the regular school day.

Vanessa Garrison
Vanessa Garrison
Girl Trek

The conversation took an unusual turn. “What would Harriet Tubman do?” They considered starting a W.W.H.D. t-shirt company; but after a long and colorful conversation, they started GirlTrek. They wanted to dedicate their lives to addressing the root causes of inactivity in their communities. Since 2011, the founders have represented GirlTrek and its mission as keynote speakers at national conferences and top universities. GirlTrek's innovation has been cited in peer-reviewed research and featured in national media stories. Morgan and Vanessa are in-demand speakers on public health, the obesity-crisis, affordable health solutions, and health barriers - specifically walkability - in urban neighborhoods. For interviews or speaking engagements contact us. A Brief History GirlTrek is a 2-year-old national nonprofit in Washington, DC with an active community of over 150,000 women and girls! Vanessa Garrison and Tanya Morgan Dixon are the dynamic duo behind the movement. GirlTrek started with a routine telephone call. The two women discussed the health challenges facing their families and communities. The conversation ranged from the lack of healthy food options in poor neighborhoods to the influence of hip hop videos on the psyche of teenage girls.

Zarnaaz Bashir
Zarnaaz Bashir
National Recreation and Parks Association

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. Our work draws national focus to the far-reaching impact of successes generated at the local level. Leveraging their role in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity to improve their communities NRPA’s members of park and recreation professionals and citizen advocates are more than 40,000 strong and represent public spaces in urban communities, rural settings and everything in between.

Regina Benjamin
Regina Benjamin
18th Surgeon General of the United States

Regina Marcia Benjamin is an American physician and a former vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who served as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States.[1] Benjamin previously directed a nonprofit primary care medical clinic in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and served on the Board of Trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Vincent Gray
Vincent Gray
Mayor, Washington, D.C.

Vincent Condol Gray is an American politician who is serving as the seventh Mayor of the District of Columbia. Prior to his inauguration as mayor in January 2011, Gray served as Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia, and as Councilmember for Ward 7. In the 1990s he also served as director of the DC Department of Human Services.

Jonah Berger
Jonah Berger
Author, Contagious

Jonah Berger is the James G. Campbell Associate Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published dozens of articles in top-tier academic journals, and popular accounts of his work have appeared in places like The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Science, Harvard Business Review, Wired, BusinessWeek, and Fast Company. His research has also been featured in The New York Times Magazine’s annual “Year in Ideas” issue. Berger has been recognized with awards for both scholarship and teaching, including being named Wharton’s “Iron Prof.” At Wharton, he teaches an elective called Contagious: How Products, Behaviors, and Ideas Catch On. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

I'll Push You
I'll Push You
Justin Skeesuck & Patrick Gray

Justin Skeesuck is The Disabled Traveler. He inspires and instructs People with Disabilities how to successfully navigate and overcome the many challenges they are faced in their lives and when traveling. Patrick Gray is a Program Manager for St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho. Simply put, he is Justin’s best friend. He will act as “the pusher” on the 500 mile Camino trek, pushing Justin in his wheelchair from start to finish, up mountains and through valleys. Whatever it takes to complete the journey, Patrick is ready and willing.

Shavon Arline-Bradley
Shavon Arline-Bradley
NAACP

Shavon Arline-Bradley is the Director of Health Programs for the NAACP. Shavon Arline-Bradley has 10 years of public health experience in the areas of health disparities, federal and state government health program management, and community and stakeholder collaborative relationship building. She served as the Health Programs Coordinator of REACH 2010 @ the Heart of New Orleans focusing on the heart health of over 1300 African American women.

Craig Martinez
Craig Martinez
The California Endowment

The California Endowment was established in 1996 as a result of Blue Cross of California's creation of its for-profit subsidiary, WellPoint Health Networks. Since then, we've invested in health broadly, from strengthening the safety net for families struggling with poverty to diversifying the health care workforce. The lessons learned from early investments were the genesis for Health Happens Here and the 10-year, $1 billion Building Healthy Communities plan, in which residents in 14 places are working to transform their neighborhoods.

George Branyan
George Branyan
District Department of Transportation

George Branyan is DDOT's Pedestrian Program Coordinator. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is committed to achieving an exceptional quality of life in the nation’s capital through more sustainable travel practices, safer streets and outstanding access to goods and services. Central to this vision is improving energy efficiency and modern mobility by providing next generation alternatives to single occupancy driving in the city.

Neha Bhatt
Neha Bhatt
Smart Growth America

Neha Bhatt is Deputy Director of Policy Development & Implementation for Smart Growth America. Through advocacy and while working within government, Neha’s career has involved a mix of policy development and campaign management. Before joining SGA, Neha served as the Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, where she organized best practices and policies workshops and lobbied on the federal transportation bill on behalf of city departments of transportation. Neha gained direct legislative experience while working as policy advisor to the Ward 6 City Councilmember in the District of Columbia. Highlights of that work included launching the city’s first car free day, implementation of a new market-priced parking pilot program, passage of new substantive storm water mitigation standards for the Anacostia Waterfront development zone and passage of new bike parking requirements for residential and commercial buildings. For almost five years, Neha served the Sierra Club’s Challenge to Sprawl Campaign. This work included congressional outreach, media outreach, lending expertise to local level smart growth campaigns around the nation, providing trainings and producing national reports. While earning her Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, Neha completed fellowships in the planning departments of Washington D.C. and Arlington, VA. She also joined an urban planning team and traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to evaluate a brownfield site and develop recommendations for redevelopment. Neha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the College of New Jersey.

Jeanne Fogle
Jeanne Fogle
A Tour de Force, Washington, D.C.

Jean Fogle operates A Tour de Force tours - individually escorted custom tours of Washington, D.C. that will take you to the monuments and beyond. She is a fourth-generation Washingtonian and Certified Master Tour Guide, a local historian, adjunct professor of Washington History, and author of the Encyclopedia Britannica Washington City Article and three books: "Two Hundred Years: Stories of the Nation’s Capital", "Proximity to Power: Neighbors to the Presidents on Lafayette Square", and "Washington, D.C.:A Pictorial Celebration".