Jeanie Ward-Waller Jeanie Ward-Waller, President
Jeanie Ward-Waller is Policy Director for the California Bicycle Coalition. Jeanie landed in Sacramento and in policy work after bicycling across the country in support of bike-friendly communities and Safe Routes to School. She is trained as a civil engineer, but has found her passion in bicycle advocacy. Prior to joining the California Bicycle Coalition, Jeanie served as the Senior California Policy Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. She loves living in Midtown Sacramento with her three dogs, where her bicycle provides her main mode of transportation.
Alba Peña, MURP, Vice President
Alba Peña is the Senior Program Coordinator with the National Health Foundation. In this role, Ms. Peña serves as the adult ally for the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program in South Los Angeles. As the adult ally, she works with students to address and promote nutrition and physical activity issues in their community through community-based research and spatial analysis. Ms. Peña also assists in coordinating the Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program. Ms. Peña has two years of experience working with youth in underserved communities, and 5 years working with community organizations in Los Angeles County. In her professional experience, Ms. Peña has worked towards creating more livable and healthy communities through participatory planning and advocating for change in the built environment. Ms. Peña received her Masters of Urban Regional Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles where she worked on various community mapping projects, including Cultivate Los Angeles, a comprehensive group report on urban agriculture in Los Angeles County. Ms. Peña received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Jessica Meaney Jessica Meaney, MA, Secretary
Jessica Meaney, MA is a transportation advocate who has been living intentionally car free in Los Angeles for over 15 years. Academically trained as a sociologist, Jessica’s approach to transportation policy began with looking at the key roles public transit, walking and bicycling play in social cohesion and community health. Jessica’s policy approach has focused on using transportation finance research and advocacy efforts to achieve those outcomes, particularly in low income communities and communities of color.Currently, Jessica serves as the Managing Director of Investing in Place, a new non-profit effort working to support a constituency for equitable planning and build strategic relationships with agencies and efforts that invest in the built environment in Los Angeles County. Most recently, Jessica worked at the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on State and Regional Transportation policy and before that, as a transportation planner at the Southern California Association of Governments.
Janet Abelson Janet Abelson, MBA, Treasurer
Janet Abelson is currently the Mayor for the City of El Cerrito and has been a City Council Member since 1999. Janet has also served as Mayor in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. Janet also serves as a Commissioner of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, as well as Chair of the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee.
Barb Alberson Barb Alberson, M.P.H.
Barb Alberson is a public health educator with more than 35 years of experience in the government sector. Currently, Ms. Alberson is the Senior Deputy Director for Policy and Planning, San Joaquin County Public Health Services. In this role, she is guiding the department through the formal process to achieve national Accreditation status and oversees the department’s Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention program and public health activities that address the built environment (e.g., impacts of land use and transportation planning on health and mobility). Previously, Ms. Alberson served as the Chief of the State and Local Injury Control Section in the California Department of Public Health; as the Health Education Consultant for the California Department of Aging; and oversaw Medicaid community-based initiatives for seniors in the California Department of Health Services’ Office of Long Term Care and Aging. On the national level, Barb has served as a consultant to many federal agencies and national associations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; National Council on Aging, and national Directors of Health Promotion and Education; she was also a member of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Safe Routes to School Task Force, and served on the Board of America Walks. Ms. Alberson serves as faculty for numerous national, regional, and state conferences each year. She earned her BA from University of California at Los Angeles, and her MPH from California State University at Northridge.
Bev Shelton Beverly Shelton (aka Grandma Beverly)
Beverly Shelton is a retired truck driver and became a tireless child pedestrian safety and anti-distracted driving advocate after losing her 5-year old grandson, Zachary Michael Cruz, in Berkeley, CA on February 27, 2009 to a distracted driver. Zachary was attempting to cross the street with other children from his after-school program, as well as with adult supversion in a marked crosswalk. Beverly travels California as a speaker on pedestrian safety and coordinates the A-Z families initiative to support others who have lost loved ones.
David Grant David Grant, MA, MBA, Emeritus
David Grant has worked in ageing and health care advocacy for more than thirty years. David was most recently the Executive Director of San Francisco Senior Action Network, and for five years was Director of Health Policy. He has worked on Medicare and Medi-Cal programs for Families USA (Washington, D.C.), the Soros Foundation, and in San Francisco with the Health Access Foundation. David is a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Healthy San Francisco, the universal health care program. He was a state coordinator for the Patient Bill of Rights campaign to reform HMO’s in the 90’s, and for the OURx Campaign for prescription drugs in the past decade. David is a nationally recognized advocate for Medicare beneficiaries, and a national expert on Medicare Part D.