Technical Assistance Contacts

Technical Assistance Contacts

To Request T.A. Services
  • Phone: (503) 610-6619
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The America Walks T.A. Team

Kate KraftKate Kraft, PhD, Executive Director

Kate has led America Walks since 2015. Previously, as a Senior Program Officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she was the primary architect of RWJF’s Active Living portfolio. Kate is a recognized expert in the ways structural environments impact health, and her past work has resulted in collaboration between design, planning, transportation, and public health professionals to identify new methods for creating healthy communities for all.

Ian ThomasIan Thomas, PhD, State and Local Program Director

A specialist on the benefits of walkable communities and strategies for creating them, Ian headed up America Walks’ initiative to design and develop the Walking College. From 2000 until 2013, he was founding Executive Director of the PedNet Coalition of Columbia, MO, coordinating a campaign that led to Columbia adopting the first Complete Streets policy in Missouri, and launching one of the largest Walking School Bus programs in the U.S. In 2013, Ian was elected to City Council, where he spearheaded adoption of Columbia’s Vision Zero policy.

Heidi SimonHeidi Simon, Deputy Director

Since joining America Walks in 2014, Heidi has transformed the organization’s communication strategy, growing the organization’s reach to more than 35,000, and leading the Every Body Walk! Collaborative. Previously, she managed external relations for federal government, corporate, and nonprofit clients in Washington, DC. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Heidi holds degrees from Loyola University Chicago and George Washington University.

Emilie Bahr, AICP, Walking College Program Manager

Emilie is a writer and urban planner. She is passionate about walkable and bikeable communities, and has led active transportation coalitions in in her home state of Louisiana. Her writing has been published in the Huffington Post, Next City and Momentum magazines and her first book, “Urban Revolutions: A Woman’s Guide to Two-Wheeled Transportation,” was released in 2016. Emilie lives in the Bayou St. John neighborhood of New Orleans.

Crystal Bowne, MPH, Program Coordinator

A public health practitioner, educator, and advocate, Crystal has worked with municipalities, non-profits, and other organizations to implement policy, systems, and environmental changes that promote health. Among her accomplishments, she has helped create pedestrian-friendly spaces in neighborhoods and develop community gardens at churches, schools, and women’s shelters. Crystal lives in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock, Arkansas.

T.A. Project Partners

Walk2Connect Cooperative

The Walk2Connect Cooperative trains and develops walking leaders, builds custom walking routes, creates connection-focused walking experiences, and partners with planners and policy-makers to improve walkability. Based in Denver but active across the country, Walk2Connect is a worker-owned co-op, whose decision-making process is anchored in a collaborative “we” effort and whose mission and service to community are built on social responsibility and self-sustainability.

Walk2Connect works with government agencies, nonprofits, and private companies in the areas of public health, transportation, recreation, trails and open space, public housing, place-making, community connection, and youth and families. In 2016, Walk2Connect hosted 1,647 walks with a total of 9,160 walkers. Member owners Dustin Ratcliff and Ana Lucaci have partnered with America Walks in several previous and ongoing projects, including the Maryland WALKshop series.

M.G. Tech-Writing, L.L.C.

In business since 1993, M.G. Tech-Writing, L.L.C. (MGT) is a multi-faceted, culturally sensitive technical writing and planning firm with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certification in Arizona, Alaska, and California.

MGT provides transportation and health support services including community engagement, neighborhood safety assessments, Safe Routes to School action plans, Complete Streets policy development, Vision Zero policies and plans, Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plans, and grant-writing. MGT President Michia Casebier has extensive experience in developing Tribal Safety Plans for Native American communities.

For More Information

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