Mission

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.

Visions

These photos inspire our visions of a walkable Austin.

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Meet The Board

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Angela Richter
President

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.

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Tom Wald
Vice President

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.

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Heyden Walker
Treasurer

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.

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Adam Greenfield
Secretary

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.

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Zack Lofton

Zack is a city planner who has worked at various scales from accessible sidewalks to regional transportation networks. His interest in urban design and planning stems from a desire to improve the city for active transportation and he believes walkable communities are inherently more just because they provide access and options for everyone. Zack holds a master’s degree in community & regional planning from UT Austin and a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and is a member of the American Planning Association and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

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Daniel Alvarado

Daniel is an Urban Planner and Designer who advocates for public space as a commons, regenerative land management, and a just transition away from a fossil fuel economy. He holds a MS in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas, and B.A. from Colorado College. He works as an Associate Planner with Grantworks, Inc, and as a private consultant specializing in rural and small city comprehensive, water resources and environmental planning.

Daniel represents District 1 on the City of Austin Urban Transportation Commission, and as an alternate member of the City of Austin Bicycle Advisory Council. He was formally the manager and co-chair of the Colorado College Bicycle Cooperative, student representative of the UT Tree Campus USA Committee, and student representative of the Colorado College Design Review Board. Daniel’s passion for active transportation arose from his decades of training and competition as an adventure runner and cyclist.

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