Walk San Francisco is San Francisco’s pedestrian advocacy group. Walk SF and its members are making San Francisco a more livable, walkable city and reclaiming our streets as safe, shared public space everyone can enjoy.
Jodie is responsible for leading Walk San Francisco’s strategic work. She has a long and successful history leading communications, fundraising, and advocacy at urban livability, active transportation, and poverty alleviation nonprofits. Prior to joining Walk SF, Jodie was Deputy Director at the SF Housing Action Coalition, where her work was critical in passing Home SF, a policy to incentivize building more affordable and family-friendly housing in San Francisco. During her eight-year tenure as Development Director at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, she helped grow the organization from four to seventeen staff and collaborated on the Great Streets Project, which led to Sunday Streets and the now-thriving parklet program. Jodie earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Clark University. Contact via email or call at 415.431.9255, ext 2.
Cathy leads the organization’s Vision Zero advocacy, including managing the Vision Zero Coalition, and she also oversees Walk SF’s walkability and Safe Routes to School work. Cathy came to Walk SF in 2015 with a background in Safe Routes to School, active transportation, and urban planning. For two years, she served as the Coordinator of San Ramon Valley Street Smarts, a program delivering traffic safety education and walking/biking encouragement solutions to 33 schools. Previously, she provided bicycle and pedestrian planning services to the Alameda County Transportation Commission, the City of San Jose, and the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, organizing Santa Cruz’s first Open Streets event. Cathy holds a Masters in Urban Planning from San Jose State University. Contact via email or call at 415.431.9255, ext 3.
Josie organizes community members to advocate for projects that foster walkability and reclaim streets as shared public space, including leading the Green Connections campaign to implement a citywide network of safe, traffic calmed, and ecologically sustainable streets that connect people to parks, open space and the waterfront. Josie also works to ensure that developers are integrating pedestrian safety and walkability and supports other transformative projects, such as plazas, living alleys, and intersection murals. Prior to joining Walk SF in 2016, Josie was a City Hall Fellow at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) where she helped coordinate the development of the Agency’s five year $3.4 billion capital budget. In addition, she has previously worked as a community organizer advocating for workers’ rights in Los Angeles and affordable housing in Minneapolis. Having grown up in a union household in Los Angeles, Josie has a deep personal and professional commitment to social justice and equity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies from Macalester College. Contact via email or call at 415.431.9255, ext 4.
Ben is responsible for developing, organizing, and coordinating office operations and procedures. Ben joined Walk SF in 2015 as an outreach intern, then became a staff member as an operations assistant in 2016. In addition to his position at the organization, he is a Spanish translator and research assistant at an online archive and documentation center. Previously, Ben was a healthcare communications coordinator in New York City. Prior to that, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, where he worked with community-based organizations and rural entrepreneurs to encourage the adoption of sustainable and profitable practices to help curb deforestation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Contact via email
Brian supports outreach efforts for Walk SF’s annual events, volunteer, and membership programs. Brian joined Walk SF in 2016, bringing a diverse background in fundraising, communications, and campaign management. Prior to Walk SF, he spent five years in fundraising at Stanford University. At Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, his responsibilities included executing reunion fundraising campaigns, organizing alumni volunteer engagement and development, and managing donor stewardship and communication. Previously, Brian held roles in marketing, communications, development, and social media at organizations including Edible Front Range Magazine and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Contact via email or call at 415.431.9255, ext 5.
Natasha works as a Community Organizer focused on grassroots, neighborhood engagement and empowerment to support strong transportation projects within the Excelsior/Outer Mission/Ingleside communities. In collaboration with the Vision Zero Coalition and partner organizations, she works to build the capacity of community members who have traditionally been left out of planning processes, and who often rely on walking, transit and biking to get around. Natasha first joined Walk SF in 2016 as a Membership and Outreach Intern. Previously she held various internships with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and is currently completing her Bachelors of the Arts in Urban Studies and Planning with a focus in Ethnic Studies and Social Justice at San Francisco State University. Natasha moved to San Francisco from Palm Springs y ella habla español. Contact via email or call at 415.431.9255, ext 8.
As a member of the San Francisco Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Partnership, Greg encourages walking, biking, public transit use, and carpooling at participating San Francisco schools. In collaboration with parents, teachers, students, and school administrators, he organizes neighborhood task forces to help create and implement positive change in San Francisco’s neighborhoods. In addition, Greg manages the City Streets Investigator (CSI) program, which provides third through fifth-grade students with courseware to help them identify, understand, and resolve traffic safety problems by developing their analytic and critical thinking skills. Prior to his work at Walk SF, Greg was a community organizer and curriculum author for a number of nonprofit after-school programs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz. When not at Walk SF, he is a working musician, poet, and organizer of the local arts in San Francisco. Contact via email. Contact via email or call at 415.431.9255, ext 7.
As a member of the San Francisco Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Partnership, Vernon will be focused on encouraging
families and students to walk, bike, take transit, and carpool to San Francisco schools in the SoMa and Bayview neighborhoods. Before joining Walk SF in June 2018, Vernon was an Environmental Education Associate at Department of the Environment where he worked to educate elementary, middle, and high school students on water conservation, pollution prevention, and zero waste. A native of Louisiana, Vernon has been an engaged member of the San Francisco community for the past 10 years and is happy to continue to be able to serve San Francisco communities and residents with his work at Walk SF. Contact via email or call at 415.431.9255, ext 6.
|Marselle Alexander-Ozinskas, President||Program Officer, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation|
|Joseph Steinberger, Treasurer||Principal Environmental Planner, Bay Area Air Quality Management District|
|Josh Bingham, Secretary||Consumer Operations Strategist, Google Author, Pedestrianist blog|
|Meghan Arnold||Adobe Systems|
|Zoee Astrachan||Landscape Architect, Founding Principal and CEO, INTERSTICE Architects|
|Kimberlee Kimura||San Mateo County Health System, Director of Administration|
|Brooke Kuhn, MBA, MPH||Executive Director, Girls on the Run of the Bay Area|
|Chandani Patel Thompson||Attorney, Sephora|
|Shaana A. Rahman||Principal, Rahman Law PC, Civil Trial Attorney|
|Alice Rogers||Neighborhood Advocate, South Beach Rincon Mission Bay Neighborhood Association|
|Luke Stewart||Director of Design and Planning, Mission Bay Development Group LLC|
Sophie Maxwell Former San Francisco District 10 Supervisor, 2000-2011
Margie O’Driscoll Former Executive Director, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco
Bonnie Nelson Founding Principal, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting
Rodrigo Santos Principal & Co-Founder, Santos & Urrutia