Deborah Murphy, Founder and Executive Director, is a consultant to the cities of West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Los Angeles and the CRA/LA; and to community-based organizations including the Playhouse District Association, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Trust for Public Land and Warner Center Association. In addition to founding Los Angeles Walks, Deborah is the Chair of the City of Los Angeles Pedestrian Advisory Committee, a member of the Green LA Coalition’s Living Streets campaign, and has conducted Walkabouts in three communities—Hollywood, Glassell Park/Cypress Park and Downtown Pasadena. Follow Deborah at @lawalksdmurphy
Emilia Crotty, MPH, Policy & Program Manager, is Los Angeles Walks' first full-time staff member. New to Los Angeles, Emilia spent the past 16 years in New York City, where she earned a BA in anthropology from New York University and then (12 years later!) a master's degree in community health education from CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. In between, she developed Bike New York's bicycle education program and was part of the small team that launched Citi Bike, the nation's largest bike sharing system. A longtime activist with Transportation Alternatives in NYC, Emilia also served for five years on her community board, helping to bring nine miles of bike infrastructure to her Queens neighborhood through a community-based participatory planning project. Emilia is the founding director of her hometown Turkey Trot 5k, which since 2010 has raised over $65,000 for local food pantries in coastal Massachusetts, and on her time off she leads bicycle tours for the Adventure Cycling Association. At least twice a day you can find Emilia walking her chihuahua terrier, Chewy, around town.
Mehmet Berker is a cartographer, GIS analyst, and graphic designer who uses traditional GIS software as well as graphic design software to create maps which seek to be informative as well as beautiful. He currently does this for Emerging Markets, Inc., and Emerging Markets Development Corporation, where he also assists in research, and serves as project manager. Prior to this, Mehmet lived in Minneapolis, where he worked for the Ramsey County (MN) Parks and Rec Department, helping build a parks-finder webmap, Go Ramsey Communities. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Mehmet has also worked for Growth & Justice, a social and economic justice research and advocacy nonprofit in Minnesota, and for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. While his passion for pedestrian advocacy has grown immensely his past three years of living in LA without a car, he has always believed that a society is only as good as its most vulnerable members, and that everyone deserves happiness, safety, and respect.
Colleen Corcoran is a graphic designer and design educator in Los Angeles. She has collaborated on design projects with a variety of community organizations and public agencies in the Los Angeles area, including Metro, The City of Santa Monica, Los Angeles Walks, The Museum of Contemporary Art, LA Alliance for a New Economy, Climate Resolve, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, and many others. Her work focuses on the use of design as a tool for education and positive change within the urban environment. She is also a founding board member of CicLAvia, an organization that opens LA’s streets as a public space for cyclists and pedestrians on Sunday mornings. She graduated from the CalArts Graphic Design MFA program in 2008.
Daveed Kapoor contributes a diverse range of experience as an architect, united by his consistent passion for space that improves the quality of people’s lives. He began his professional career in 2000 at Johnston Marklee where he led the design of artist’s studios, restaurants, offices and custom homes, as well as participated in multiple award winning projects. In 2005 Daveed founded utopiad.org, a land development and architecture collective focused on redressing social justice issues in Los Angeles. Working with developers and operators Utopiad has designed, entitled, permitted and constructed multiple housing, hospitality, live/work, and manufacturing places in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Francisco. In 2011 Daveed began transforming warehouse office spaces with RAC Design Build, he was architect of their 3048 Coolidge riverfront headquarters and assisted in pre-acquisition, appraisal and financing of the project. Daveed commutes by bicycle and is a transit advocate who has implemented bus stops, bike lanes and bus only lanes. With the DLANC Complete Streets Working Group he helped design, and was permit architect of, the Spring Street Parklets. Follow Daveed at @daveedkapoor
My La is a planner with the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. Her professional experience focuses around environmental consulting, GIS, and transportation planning. She has been working on updating the City’s Mobility Plan since October 2011. She obtained her BA from UCLA in Geography/Environmental Studies and her Masters from Cal Poly Pomona in Urban & Regional Planning with a research focus on pedestrian safety and urban form. As a native Angeleno, My grew up in East Los Angeles and understands the value of having a high quality environment. My appreciates the days where she can explore the city on foot, which is pretty much everyday.
Alexis Lantz, MA, is a policy analyst with the PLACE Program at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Previously, she was the Planning & Policy Director at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). During her tenure at LACBC she conducted the first ever citywide bicycle and pedestrian count for the City of Los Angeles and had a hand in shaping policies in the city and county of Los Angeles to increase infrastructure for bicycling as well as the amount and diversity of people bicycling for everyday transportation. She also worked to expand countywide advocacy capacity for bikeways and complete streets through LACBC's Regional Partnership program and developing the recently launched Neighborhood Bicycle Ambassador program. Alexis holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. While at UCLA, she initiated a student-led course on bicycle and pedestrian planning that continues today and authored the report “Cycling in Los Angeles” as a Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative fellow. Alexis serves as the chairwoman of the CalBike Board.
Jeri Dye Lynch, President and Founder of the Conor Lynch Foundation, became a pedestrian and driver safety advocate in 2010 after her 16 year-old son, Conor, was killed by a distracted, non-licensed, hit-and-run 18 year-old driver on October 19, 2010 while he was crossing the street during cross country training for his high school. Jeri’s ongoing efforts to promote safety awareness include; a PSA about Conor’s Story; a PSA by actor/comedian David Koechner about the dangers of distracted driving; Teen Driver Safety Fairs; School Assemblies; and her labor of love, the Annual 5K Run/Walk In Honor of Conor, which takes place during National Teen Driver Safety Week, ironically the same week Conor was killed. Jeri is a graduate of USC and Southwestern law school and was a practicing litigator from 1986-2001. Jeri was the President, CEO and COO of her family’s private school business, Pinecrest Schools, which had 6 campuses located in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Pinecrest operated for over 62 years and enrolled students from preschool to eighth grade. In addition to Conor, Jeri is the mother of two sons, Riley and Parker.
Alba Peña, MURP, is the Senior Program Coordinator at National Health Foundation. She currently works towards healthy community initiatives in South Los Angeles and has partnered with various community organizations to achieve policy, system, and environmental changes that include improved pedestrian infrastructure. Alba enjoys working with youth and community members, teaching them the synergy between planning and public health and how to use 3D Sketch up modeling tool to reimagine their streets. Alba graduated with her Masters in Urban Regional Planning from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and has over 9 years of experience working on community engagement in the City of Los Angeles. Her passion continues to be visiting other countries and documenting their efforts in creating walkable communities. Alba also sits on the board for California Walks.
John Mimms is Project Manager with Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a non-profit affordable housing developer. At Community Corp., John has focused on sustainability initiatives and how the organization can reduce its use of electricity, water, and gas. His background is in City Planning and Architecture and he is interested in incorporating quality design and sustainable principles into real estate and infrastructure development. John is a native Angeleno, but got his BA in Urban Studies at Columbia University in New York where he learned that cities are not inherently for cars and urban walking is possible. He graduated from USC with a Master’s degree in Planning, and lives in South LA, within walking distance to the Expo Line.