Walking College Mentors
The Walking College is a national peer learning community. The following experienced walkable community campaigners helped design the Walking College and will serve as Mentors by facilitating video-interactive coaching sessions with small groups of Fellows:
Jeanne Anthony, Independent Consultant, Washington, DC
Jeanne Anthony is a national leader in developing strategies and resources to help communities implement safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services, and opportunities for older residents to participate in community activities. Previously, as a Senior Project Advisor with AARP’s Livable Communities team, she developed and managed the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities as well as the Technical Assistance program delivered in partnership with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. Her work focuses on developing tools and resources to guide the efforts of communities as they work to more become age-friendly.
Jeanne is a specialist in:
- Aging in place
- Planning, processes, and resources for Age-Friendly Communities
Geraldolyn Horton-Harris, Social Equity Consultant, Geraldolyn Horton-Harris & Associates, LLC; Community Advocate, Chicago, IL
Geraldolyn Horton-Harris was a 2016 Walking College Fellow, and she returns to the Walking College in 2017 as a member of the Mentoring Team. As a neighborhood advocate in Denver, she spearheaded an initiative to re-vitalize Mestizo Curtis Park, resulting in more than one million dollars in improvements, by managing a partnership including the Trust For Public Land, Denver Parks and Recreation, and Groundwork Denver. Geraldolyn was also a founding staff member of Americorps National Civilian Community Corps (Denver Campus).
Geraldolyn is a specialist in:
- Health equity and environmental justice
- Difficult conversations and conflict styles
- Collaborative partnerships
- Systems thinking
Wendy Landman, Board member, America Walks; Executive Director, WalkBoston, Boston, MA
Wendy has served as Executive Director of WalkBoston since 2004. She has led the organization’s growth into a statewide advocacy presence and works with leaders in state and municipal government as well as the non-profit community. Ongoing initiatives include technical assistance to municipal staff and local advocates; design review of transportation, smart growth and development projects around the state; and Safe Routes to School programs. Wendy serves on the Board of America Walks and is a member of the Coordinating Committee for the national Every Body Walk! Collaborative.
Wendy is a specialist in:
- Non-profit management
- Joint advocacy among municipal staff and local residents
- Providing effective comments on road designs
Mukul Malhotra, Board member, America Walks; Principal and Director of Urban Design, MIG Inc., Berkeley, CA
Mukul Malhotra has over 15 years of experience in urban design, planning and architecture, with a special interest in streetscape design and the pedestrian experience. A board member with America Walks and Principal and Director of Urban Design with MIG Inc., he is one of the creators of re:Streets – a multi-disciplinary collaboration that explores ways streets could be designed for living, instead of just driving. Mukul lives a car-free life in Berkeley, California – he says it’s easier not to be tempted to drive if you don’t have a driver’s license.
Mukul is a specialist in:
- Community engagement
- Planning and design of streets and public spaces
Eileen McCarthy, Ward 3 Representative, Washington, DC Pedestrian Advisory Council
Eileen McCarthy serves on the Washington, DC Pedestrian Advisory Council, which advises the Mayor, DC City Council and DC agencies on pedestrian safety and accessibility. In 2016, she led the Council’s efforts to support adoption of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act of 2016, which mandated bicycle and pedestrian priority areas, and also created a task force to review major crashes and identify needed engineering and other improvements. Previously, Eileen worked as a lawyer at the US Department of Labor – she has lived in Washington DC since 1980, using her feet, buses and trains for 99% of her travels, and has never obtained a driver’s license.
Eileen is a specialist in:
- Crash data analysis
- Transportation policy and regulations
- Legislative research and drafting
- Automated enforcement
Faye Paige Edwards, MBA & MA, Community Health Worker, GirlTrek Team Organizer, St. Louis, MO
Faye Paige Edwards was a 2016 Walking College Fellow, where she advocated for the passage of a St Louis traffic calming ordinance and continues to work to improve walking/biking infrastructure with an equity lens. Faye champions a built environment that promotes physical activity, spreading the joy of inter-generational play, walking and biking to African-American women and anyone who wants to be active with them. Faye has more than 30 years’ experience in sales, marketing and training and holds an M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business, an M.A. from Occidental College earned as part of the National Urban Fellows Program and a B.A. from Lincoln University (PA).
Faye is a specialist in:
- Inter-generational play
- City government and public transportation
- Social and emotional skill building and increasing physical activity in families
Ana M. Lucaci, MPH, Walk2Connect Co-op Member-Owner, Made2Walk Founder/Owner, Longmont, CO
Ana Lucaci has used walking as a means of transportation for many years, particularly while growing up and working in Romania. After a pedestrian/car crash, she became a walking advocate, helping others experience walking as a means of staying healthy and speaking out to make walking accessible and safe for all. She holds a Certificate in Public Health from CU’s Colorado School of Public Health and holds a Masters of Public Health from Walden University. Ana is a 2017 graduate of the Walking College and she successfully launched her Walking Action Plan, Made2Walk, into a program educating motorists on how to keep pedestrians safe in traffic and within the built environment. She is a core-owner of Walk2Connect Cooperative and has recently been appointed by the Longmont City Council to serve as a Commissioner on Longmont’s Planning and Zoning Committee.
Ana is a specialist in:
- Pedestrian Safety
- Walking for Health
- Public Health and Urban Design
Lidwien Rahman, former Oregon Department of Transportation Principal Planner and veteran Board member at Oregon Walks, Portland, OR
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Lidwien has been a land use and transportation planner in Oregon since 1981. She recently retired from the Oregon Department of Transportation where she worked to develop local plans for walkable, bikeable, and transit-supportive compact mixed use neighborhoods. An avid walker, hiker, bicyclist, and traveler, she has been a Board member and Plan and Projects Committee Chair with the advocacy organization Oregon Walks for 15+ years.
Lidwien is a specialist in:
- Integrated land use and transportation planning and policy
- Pedestrian and bicycle planning
- Streetscape planning