Our mission is to make walking useful, safe, and enjoyable for all Austinites by collaborating with diverse communities and leaders to improve infrastructure, policies, and programs.
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Meet The Board
Angela believes that creating more walkable places has the potential to create community, improve equity through access, and promote environmental sustainability. Angela has a MS in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas and a BA in Environmental Studies from Villanova University. Professionally, she serves as Executive Director of Save Barton Creek Association, and brings her knowledge of nonprofit management to her position on the board. Angela has a strong background in community engagement, nonprofit advocacy, and urban planning policies.
Pedestrian environments improve our connection with other people, with our surroundings, and with our inner selves. Tom believes that pedestrian advocacy yields great results and that Austin has high potential for improvement.
Tom serves on the Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council, the Bicycle Advisory Council, the Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Planning Team, the Mueller Transportation Committee, and has organized for walking and bicycling funding in several local bond elections. Tom is former Executive Director of Bike Austin and co-founder of the University of Texas at Austin Orange Bike Project.
Katie is the Executive Director of Bike Austin and the founder of ATX Walks, which passionately merges the need for people to live more physically active lifestyles and the advocacy for safe places in which to move. ATX Walks offer personal coaching services, community walks, and partnerships with local businesses and organizations wanting to create healthier work environments for their teams.
Katie’s dream is to see Austin be known not only for its live music, Barton Springs, and the bats under Congress Avenue, but foremost for its walkability. Walking, connecting with people, and promoting active living in Austin are her thrills every day. From walking the sidewalks around campus as a student at The University of Texas to exploring the personality-rich neighborhoods of Austin today, Katie savors her connections with this one-of-a-kind place she calls home.
Adam is a community organizer whose work often focuses on public space and community-building. He is a City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council member and Executive Director of Streets For All, an organization that promotes block parties, neighborhood street fairs, and car-free public spaces as ways to build happy, safe, and connected communities. Adam also founded Built Curious, which uses walking tours to promote public awareness of the connection between urban design and quality of life. When Adam lets his hair down, it’s usually bicycling through the central Texan countryside or reading The Economist at Barton Springs.
Heyden Black Walker, CNU-A, is an urban planner with Black + Vernooy, former teacher, and mother of two young adults in Austin, Texas. She co-founded Reconnect Austin, a community-based call to lower and cover the main lanes of I-35, creating a vision for a multimodal corridor that reconnects communities. Heyden holds a Masters in Community in Regional Planning from UT-Austin and serves on the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council, Multimodal Community Advisory Committee, Bond Corridor Focus Group; the Congress for the New Urbanism; VisionZeroATX; and Walk Austin. Heyden is a 2016 Fellow of the national Walking College.