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Meet the Team

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.

Staff

Staff

Jodie Medeiros, Executive Director

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 DeLuca, Walk SF Policy & Program Director

Cathy DeLuca, Policy & Program Director

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.

 

Ben Barrett, Operations Manager

Ben is responsible for overseeing the execution and continuous improvement of office operations, financial management, and vendor relations. 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 a nonprofit research and advocacy group. Previously, 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 from Cornell University. Contact via email

 

Brian Haagsman, Walk SF Outreach CoordinatorBrian Haagsman, Outreach Coordinator

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 Opfell, Community Organizer for Walk SF, HeadshotNatasha Opfell, Community Organizer

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.

 

Greg Zeppa, Safe Routes to School Organizer

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 Street Safety Explorers program, which helps 3rd through 5th-grade students develop their analytic and critical thinking skills by identifying, understanding, and resolving traffic safety problems. 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.

 

Vernon Haney, Family & Schools Coordinator

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 educated elementary, middle, and high school students about 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.

Board

 

Board

Walk San Francisco Board Member Marselle Alexander Ozinskas Marselle Alexander-Ozinskas, President  Program Officer, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Walk San Francisco Board Member Josh Bingham Josh Bingham, Secretary Consumer Operations Strategist, Google Author, Pedestrianist blog
Meghan Arnold Meghan Arnold Adobe Systems
Zoee Astrichan Headshot Zoee Astrachan Landscape Architect, Founding Principal and CEO, INTERSTICE Architects
Kimberlee Kimura San Mateo County Health System, Director of Administration
Walk San Francisco Board Member Brooke Kuhn Brooke Kuhn, MBA, MPH Executive Director, Girls on the Run of the Bay Area
Chandani Patel Thompson Attorney, Sephora
Walk San Francisco Board Member Shaana Rahman Shaana A. Rahman Principal, Rahman Law PC, Civil Trial Attorney
Alice Rogers Neighborhood Advocate, South Beach Rincon Mission Bay Neighborhood Association
Walk SF Board Member Luke Stewart Headshot Luke Stewart Director of Design and Planning, Mission Bay Development Group LLC

AdvisoryCouncil

 

Advisory Council

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

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