About Us

Steve Hooker

Steven HookerTreasurer, Board of Directors

Phoenix, AZ

shooker [at] americawalks.org

Dr. Hooker is currently Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Exercise & Wellness Program at Arizona State University, where he received his Ph.D. His research explores the impact of the built environment on physical activity behavior (particularly walking and biking), including evaluating the role park, playground, trail, street, and other community features have on physical activity for persons of all ages and in diverse settings (e.g., urban, rural, low income areas, racial/ethnic minority neighborhoods). He previously served as Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Initiative for the California Department of Health Services, as well as Director of the Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Hooker also brings his experience working with senior walkability issues, community-based public health programs and pedestrian and bicycle coalitions. He says, “I view America Walks as the leader in pedestrian and walking advocacy in the U.S. They are well positioned to make a significant impact on national, state and local policies and programs that support walking for all abilities and ages. My research, practice and service experience, expertise, and interests align closely with America Walks mission and goals.”