We are grateful to our Walk Score advisors who share our mission to promote walkable neighborhoods.
Dan Burden is an internationally recognized authority on walkability. Time Magazine recently listed Dan as "one of the six most important civic innovators in the world." The Transportation Research Board honored Dan by naming him their Distinguished Lecturer in 2001. In 2007, the New Partners for Smart Growth presented Dan its first ever "Lifetime Achievement Award." The Association of Pedestrian and Bicyclists Professionals listed Dan its first "Lifetime Achievement Award." To date he has helped get 2400 communities back on their feet. In 1996, Dan founded Walkable Communities, Inc. In 2005, Dan joined Glatting Jackson, Kercher Anglin, Inc., where Dan now works as a Principal and Senior Urban Designer. Dan has written a number of books, all available through www.lgc.org.
Executive director, Sightline Institute. Alan's visionary work on the Cascadia Scorecard inspired the creation of Walk Score. Alan founded Northwest Environment Watch in 1993, which became Sightline Institute in 2006. Durning has written or contributed to nine Sightline books, most recently, Sightline's Cascadia Scorecard 2007. Past books include Tax Shift, Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things, and the award-winning This Place on Earth: Home and the Practice of Permanence. Current topics of focus for Alan include walkability, bike friendliness, and climate fairness. Prior to founding Sightline, Durning was a senior researcher at Worldwatch Institute. A sought-after speaker, he has lectured at the White House, major universities, and conferences on five continents.
David is the Communications Director for Smart Growth America. A veteran journalist on urban and environmental affairs, he is the author of Choosing Our Community's Future: A citizen's guide to getting the most from development, and Rethinking the American Dream, a popular handbook for journalists covering planning issues, as well as numerous articles. Most recently, Goldberg helped to write Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, published by the Urban Land Institute. A former editorial writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he also has written guides to planning, development and communications for Realtors, advocates, public health officials, foundations and others. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University's journalism school, Goldberg was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University in 2002—03.
Chris Leinberger is a land use strategist, developer, teacher, consultant and author. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, doing research and developing strategies to develop or redevelop "walkable urban" places. He is also a Professor of Practice and Director of the Graduate Real Estate Development Program at the University of Michigan. In addition, he is a founding partner of Arcadia Land Company. Chris has written award-winning articles for publications such as the Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Urban Land magazine, among others, and is the author or has contributed chapters to eight books. His most recent book is The Option of Urbanism, Investing in a New American Dream.
Barbara McCann of McCann Consulting is an author and former journalist who has written numerous reports, articles and books on transportation and land use. She helped found and serves as Coordinator of the National Complete Streets Coalition. She is co-author of the books Growing Cooler and Sprawl Costs, and edited the Smart Growth Toolkit for Realtors. She served as Director of Research at Smart Growth America, where she co-authored the first national study to show a link between the built environment and health status. She served as the Director of Information and Research at Smart Growth America and while at the Surface Transportation Policy Project authored a series of ground-breaking transportation research reports, including the Mean Streets series on pedestrian safety. Prior to that, Barbara worked for 13 years as a writer and producer at CNN.
Shelley Poticha is the President and CEO of Reconnecting America. Ms. Poticha's efforts have led to a renewed national conversation about the role of transit in shaping our communities and the importance of building diverse and inclusive neighborhoods. Prior to this position, she was the Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). Ms. Poticha guided CNU’s growth into a nationwide coalition focused on urban revitalization, growth policy, and sprawl. She lectures extensively and has authored several books, including Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities in the Twenty First Century, New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development, Charter of the New Urbanism, and The Next American Metropolis. She holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and twin daughters.
Seleta Reynolds plans, funds, and implements bicycle and pedestrian projects as a consultant for the Seattle office of Fehr & Peers. Seleta contributed to the national Safe Routes to School toolbox and has served as a guest lecturer on transportation planning for San Jose State University and UC Berkeley. She serves on the Transportation Research Board Pedestrian Committee and as the President of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. One of her favorite side projects was a collaboration with artists Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings to imagine the future of transportation for the Art on Market Street project in San Francisco. Prior to joining Fehr & Peers in 2001, she was the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City of Oakland. Seleta lived car free in the Bay Area for 10 years before moving to Seattle in June 2008.
Bronwen Thornton is Development Director for Walk21. She is responsible for extending the reach of the international conference series and the International Charter for Walking. With a background in architecture, sociology and transport, Bronwen has worked for government, business and charities in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has developed strategic transportation policies and delivered key programs to support walking and cycling. She runs professional training and community workshops in Australia, Britain and Canada. Bronwen has on-street experience undertaking walkability audits, reviewing transport and urban designs and negotiating positive outcomes for better communities.
Clark Williams-Derry oversees research programs for Sightline Institute. Most recently, he led a multi-year project to develop the Cascadia Scorecard. Before joining Sightline, Williams-Derry investigated federal farm and wetlands policy as a senior analyst at Environmental Working Group (EWG) in Washington, DC. Williams-Derry has spoken widely on environmental issues, including as a speaker on an hour-long C-SPAN talk show; as a keynote speaker at state and local Audubon groups; and as a panelist on wetland and farm policy. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1989 with a joint degree in mathematics and philosophy.