Did you hear? We are back to celebrate Los Angeles Walks legacy of 25 years of pedestrian advocacy. Come join us for our annual Sidewalk Soirée, welcome our new Executive Director, Alex Ramirez and to thank our outgoing ED John Yi for his 5 years of dedicated service to walking in Los Angeles!
Come celebrate over food, drinks and good company as we celebrate our wins for pedestrians and look ahead to building a more walkable and just Los Angeles. And of course, uplift our honorees who are aligned with our work in fighting for LA pedestrians everyday:
LOS ANGELES WALKS LEGACY AWARD
Los Angeles Walks Founder Deborah Murphy
There would be no LA Walks without Deborah Murphy, who launched what would become the first citywide pedestrian advocacy group 25 years ago. Under Deborah’s leadership, LA Walks secured key wins during its early days, including the hiring of the City's first pedestrian coordinator, establishing the City Planning Department's Walkability Checklist, and the creation of a citywide Vision Zero initiative. Outside of LA Walks, Deborah is a widely respected urban designer, and her work at Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning has helped deliver over $450 million in pedestrian and safety infrastructure funding to LA’s streets and sidewalks. She also currently serves as the Chair of the Los Angeles City Pedestrian Advisory Committee. A fixture at walking events across the city, Deborah is easy to spot in her signature brightly patterned Marimekko dresses, fashionable-yet-functional sun hats, and her Jack Russell terrier, Fiona, at her side.
LOS POBLADORES COMMUNITY GROUP FOR WALKING AWARD
Willowbrook Inclusion Network (WIN) Founder Reggie Johnson
Reggie Johnson launched the Willowbrook Inclusion Network (WIN) in the community he grew up in as a non-profit, for-purpose social enterprise dedicated to community planning, civic engagement, economic growth, and workforce development. WIN works to secure a dynamic and sustainable future for Willowbrook — including developing a new pedestrian plan for the community in partnership with LA Walks. Reggie has also brought his leadership, facilitation, and engagement skills to the Best Start LA Watts-Willowbrook Community Partnership, ACT-LA, and Park Equity Alliance, and he was most recently appointed to Los Angeles County’s Measure A Citizens Oversight Board. When riding Metro to the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station, be sure to look for Reggie, who is featured alongside other community leaders in the station’s mural, “Gifts of Freedom and Knowledge” by George Evans.
MINERVA HAMILTON HOYT CALIFORNIA CHAMPION FOR SAFE STREETS
Coalition for Clean Air President and CEO Joe Lyou
For three decades Joe Lyou has worked to give Californians powerful tools to fight air and water pollution in their communities. In 2003, he founded the California Environmental Rights Alliance, a public interest group dedicated to tackling environmental justice issues and holding the state’s elected officials accountable. He has served as an appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board and, most recently, to the California Transportation Commission, where he was an outspoken voice for aligning the state’s $20 billion in transportation investments more closely with its climate goals. Joe is currently President and CEO of the Coalition for Clean Air, a statewide organization dedicated to protecting public health, improving air quality, and preventing climate change.
BIDDY MASON COMMUNITY ADVOCATE FOR WALKING
Principal + Founder of tamika l. butler consulting, tamika l. butler
tamika l. butler is a nationally acclaimed expert, writer, and speaker on issues related to the built environment, equity, anti-racism, diversity and inclusion, organizational behavior, and change management. As the Principal + Founder of tamika l. butler consulting, she focuses on shining a light on inequality, inequity, and social justice by providing training, coaching, and public speaking for a wide range of organizations in the public and private sectors. tamika has served as Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, and most recently was the California Director of Planning and Director of Equity and Inclusion at Toole Design. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, researching how transportation policy and infrastructure have been used to segregate, isolate, and prevent the mobility of Black and other historically oppressed groups of people.
RAY BRADBURY COMMUNITY WALKING CHAMPION
CicLAvia Executive Director Romel Pascual
As one of the largest open streets events in the country, CicLAvia has transformed Los Angeles — and Romel Pascual has been a key figure from the very first event on 10/10/10. As Deputy Mayor for Energy and Environment during the administration of former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Romel’s leadership within LA’s city government helped the organization and the event gain traction in CicLAvia’s fledgling years. Now as CicLAvia’s Executive Director, Romel has successfully merged the mayor’s original vision and CicLAvia’s mission to help create what has become a city institution. 50 events later, CicLAvia continues to work closely with communities throughout the region to turn streets into vibrant public spaces.
CHARLES LUMMIS LOCAL POLITICAL LEADER OF WALKING
LA County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell
As the daughter of parents who were public servants and a third-generation Angeleno, Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell leads with a deep understanding of the vital safety net LA County provides to millions of families and is committed to ensuring that all residents can thrive. Within her first year as Supervisor and with support from the County Board of Supervisors, she passed a landmark guaranteed income program, made LA County the first in the nation to phase out urban oil drilling, and strengthened the County’s ability to quickly respond to mental health crises among our unhoused residents. As a Metro board member, Supervisor Mitchell has become a champion of transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists countywide, notably serving as Grand Marshall of the 2024 Kingdom Day Parade while riding her bright blue bike.
Some images of our last Sidewalk Soirée hosted at the Sabsay House and home of Deborah.
1110 Bates Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
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