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 
Heidi Simon, Deputy Director
Ian Thomas, PhD, State and Local Program Director
Susan Feldman, Operations Manager
Emilie Bahr, Walking College Manager & Communications Specialist 
Crystal Bowne, Program Coordinator
Kelsey Card, Communications & Outreach Specialist
Susan Lyon, Summit Manager

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.

Mukul Malhotra, President, Board of Directors
Kevin Mills J.D., Vice President, Board of Directors
Laura Shipman, Vice President, Board of Directors
Charles Brown, Clerk, Board of Directors
Paulina Baeza,
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Anita Bennison, 
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Veronica Davis,
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David Dixon,
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SteVon Edwards, MPH, Board of Directors
Lawrence D. Frank, Ph.D., AICP, CIP, ASLA, Board of Directors
Wendy Landman, Board of Directors
Alex Moore, Board of Directors
Adetokunbo ‘Toks’ Omishakin, Board of Directors
Molly O’Reilly, Board of Directors
Kathy Smith, MA, Board of Directors
Kathy Sykes, Board of Directors