New Advocates

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 and supporting the class in other ways:

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:

  • Place-making
  • 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 MalhotraMukul 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

Jeff Olson, Principal, Alta Planning & Design

Jeff Olson is an architect, planner, entrepreneur and author who has been involved in greenways, open space, active living, and alternative mobility projects for more than 30 years. He has had a diverse career with national, international, and local experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. His major projects include the Grand Canyon Greenway, the Empire State Trail, the White House Millennium Trails Program and the NW Arkansas Razorback Greenway. Jeff was one of the co-founders of Alta Bicycle Share, which launched Citi Bike in New York and operated systems in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, Toronto and other cities. Jeff started America’s first university course in bicycle and pedestrian planning at UAlbany, and is a frequent inspirational speaker at conferences, public meetings and other events. His trailblazing work in the field of active mobility was recognized in 2014 by the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Jeff’s unique vision and leadership ability are important assets to projects ranging from large scale regional plans to site-specific projects and programs.

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

Dan Suraci, AICP, Industry leader in bicycle and transit integration; Principal of Urban Cycling Solutions

Dan Suraci, AICP is a strategic thinker and pragmatic leader with a proven track record of management results across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  As CEO and founder of Urban Cycling Solutions, Dan is a nationally recognized expert on equitable mobility solutions and active connections to transit; working in collaboration with more than 30 transit agencies across the country, Dan led the development of APTA’s national guide for Bicycle and Transit Integration. His multidisciplinary portfolio also includes projects ranging from the development of New York State’s first active transportation and complete streets training curriculum for planning boards and municipal officials to a pilot wayfinding system in New York Penn Station and a feasibility study of an extension of the Empire State Trail on Long Island. Outside of the office Dan is an avid bicyclist and instructor on safe riding practices.

Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director, America Walks 

Ian Thomas is a veteran of the walkable communities movement. He served on the America Walks Board of Directors for seven years, until his appointment as our State and Local Program Director in September, 2014.

In 2000, he co-founded the PedNet Coalition of Columbia MO, and led the organization as its Executive Director for 13 years. Among several accomplishments, he coordinated the campaign to pass Columbia’s Complete Streets policy in 2004 – one of the earliest such policies in the U.S. In 2013, Ian was elected to the Columbia City Council, where he launched several new initiatives to expand healthy community policies, including an effort to expand the city’s bus system. He is a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council.

Ian and his wife, Ellen, a pediatrician, live in Columbia.

Heyden Black Walker (MSCRP, CNU-A), Director of Planning, Black + Vernon Architecture and Urban Design

Hayden Black Walker is Director of Planning for Black + Vernooy Architecture and Urban Design. Together with Sinclair Black, she co-founded Reconnect Austin, a community-based call to lower the main lanes of I-35 through downtown Austin, creating a vision of the highway rebuild that reconnects neighborhoods, while providing multi-modal access to jobs, medical facilities, transit, and civic resources. With the goal of equity in transportation, increased safety, and access for all, Heyden also donates her time and advocacy efforts to the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council, the Statewide Pedestrian Safety Coalition, Cap Metro’s Project Connect Ambassador Network, as well as the Board of Directors for the Congress for the New Urbanism, VisionZeroATX, and Walk Austin. Heyden is a fellow of the National Walking College.