As Executive Director of WalkBoston for the past 8 years, Wendy spends all of her professional time working on walking issues – thinking about policies, strategies and activities that will make Massachusetts more walkable and ways to re-introduce the public to the convenience, ease and joy of walking. Among WalkBoston’s ongoing initiatives are: Transportation for Massachusetts – a coalition working to create walkable, transit accessible and transit served communities; Safe Routes to School programs jointly funded by a health care, foundation and public sources; technical assistance programs for municipalities; and programs to train new populations to be walking advocates including public health outreach workers, teens in Boston neighborhoods, and senior volunteers and local public works staff in suburban communities.
WalkBoston also leads walks directed to specific areas of their advocacy, reviews private development projects and major transportation projects around the state, works to improve sidewalk snow and ice clearance, and creates wonderful walking maps to attract new walkers and encourage municipalities and large employers to get engaged in advocacy. Wendy came to WalkBoston, and now to the America Walks Board, with 25 years of experience in urban planning – spanning all modes of transportation, as well as master planning, smart growth and environmental review. She also serves on the Board of the National SRTS Partnership. She holds BS and Master of City Planning degrees from MIT, and a Diploma in Urban Design from the University of Edinburgh.
Wendy joins the America Walks Board as she feels our organization is poised to take a greater role in the national discussion about transportation, health and the environment which aligns with the work of WalkBoston.