About Us


America Walks is built on the strength of its network of supporters, advisors and staff.  The organization and its network works tirelessly toward the commitment of providing every community with safe and accessible walking conditions.


The staff of America Walks is committed to the success and growth of the organization.  Please click on a member of staff for contact information and a short biography.
Katherine “Kate” Kraft, PhD, Executive Director 
Ian Thomas, PhD, State and Local Program Director
Jean Brannan, Fund Development Director
Susan Feldman, Operations Manager
Heidi Simon, Partnerships and Communications Director
Kristen Henry, MPH, CHES, Evaluation and Research Manager
Susan Lyon, Summit Manager
Emilie Bahr, Communications Specialist 

Board of Directors

With Board Members from all across the United States, America Walks is proud of the leadership and support provided by these integral members of its team. Please click on a board member to learn more about them.

Kathy Smith, MA, President, Board of Directors
Steven Hooker, Ph.D., Vice President, Board of Directors
Mukul Malhotra, Vice-President, Board of Directors
Gunther Oakey, Treasurer, Board of Directors
Charles Brown, Clerk, Board of Directors
SteVon Edwards, MPH, Board of Directors
Lawrence D. Frank, Ph.D., AICP, CIP, ASLA, Board of Directors
Sonia Jimenez, Board of Directors
Wendy Landman, Board of Directors
Kevin Mills, Board of Directors
Alex Moore, Board of Directors
Adetokunbo ‘Toks’ Omishakin, Board of Directors
Molly O’Reilly, Board of Directors
Laura Shipman, Board of Directors
Penny Stern MD, MPH, Board of Directors