|Tony Dang, Executive Director Based in Oakland
Tony oversees Cal Walks’ policy advocacy, development, community engagement programs, and operations. Tony is passionate about creating more vibrant, livable communities through the intersection of health, transportation, sustainability and equity. Tony travels across California to educate and empower community residents to engage in local, regional, and statewide transportation planning and policy processes and become effective active transportation advocates through Community Pedestrian Safety Trainings and youth-oriented VideoVoice workshops.Tony serves on numerous advisory committees–including the Caltrans Active Transportation Program-Technical Advisory Committee and the California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Technical Advisory Committee. Tony previously served as the immediate past Co-Chair of the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan’s Pedestrian Safety Committee, where he shepherded the Committee’s action plan development for the 2015 SHSP Update. Tony has also served as a member of the CalSTA California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities (CTIP) Work Group and the Caltrans District 4 Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Tony is a certified instructor of the Safe Routes to School National Course and also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Bicycle Coalition and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) and as a member of the Steering Committee of ClimatePlan.
Tony holds a BA from Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity.
|Wendy Alfsen, Senior Director Based in Oakland
Wendy Alfsen is Senior Director at California Walks. She is a prominent member of the pedestrian safety community on local, state and national levels, serving on many advocacy collaboratives, as well as statewide and national committees, including the 6 Wins for Social Equity in Sustainable Community Strategy advocacy, Caltrans SRTS Advisory Committee, State Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Pedestrian Safety Committee, Caltrans Active Transportation Livable Communities Advisory Group, and the California Pedestrian Advisory Committee. California Walks provides pedestrian safety advocacy, local group mentorship, community engagement, and training communities and professionals, walkability assessments, and policy development for safe walking transportation. Wendy Alfsen also worked for more than 20 years as a California lawyer on the personal toll on human lives from traffic crashes.
|Jaime Fearer, AICP, Deputy Director Based in San José
Jaime is passionate about where she lives, and about where you live, too, and she is particularly interested in the critical intersection of equity, public health, and active transportation planning and advocacy. She focuses on California Walks’ partnerships across the state, and is building upon those relationships as multi-generational advocates work together to positively influence policy and land use changes that will improve pedestrian safety and walkability in their communities. Jaime is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and she currently serves on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) as the representative for the City of San José.
Prior to joining California Walks, Jaime worked with City of Greenbelt, Maryland, as a community planner where she focused on a number of projects, including working with Greenbelt’s Advisory Planning Board to complete the city’s Pedestrian and Bicyclist Master Plan, implementing Safe Routes to School infrastructure improvements at a local elementary school, and securing a grant to complete a citywide bike share feasibility study. Before attending the University of Maryland—College Park for a Master of Community Planning, Jaime worked for over a decade in the bookselling and publishing industries.
|Caro Jauregui, Senior Manager, Policy & Programs Based in Los Angeles County
Caro Jauregui has dedicated her life to resolve the educational achievement gap, environmental injustices and public health disparities. Caro has worked with organizations like Alcohol Justice, WAGES-Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security, GRID Alternatives and KIPP Bay Area Schools. Rooted in social justice, the experience gained from these organizations has allowed Caro to think critically, innovatively and to create change on various fronts.
Caro graduated with a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and a Minor in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She received her Master’s in Public Policy from Mills College in 2013. She conducted research regarding California water policies, renewable energy, transportation and disaster preparedness during her time at Mills. Most recently, Caro has worked with El/La Para TransLatinas to create the organizational infrastructure of an agency of transformational resistance and she also assisted in directing a multi-state campaign with ColorOfChange to end state-based contracting with for-profit prison companies as a consultant.
|Miha Tomuta, Community Engagement Manager Based in Orange County
Miha is dedicated to getting people out of their cars and into their communities. She believes the best way to explore and experience a place is on foot. Miha was born in eastern Europe and grew up in Southern California where she attended the University of California Los Angeles. She received a Master’s in Geography with an emphasis in environmental design from UC Davis where she researched the potential impact of urban growth on agricultural land and complete streets policies in California. Miha has worked with organizations like the California Department of Public Health, AARP, Caltrans, Kaiser Permanente, Safe Kids, and numerous cities, counties, and school districts to create walkable and livable communities.
Most recently, Miha worked with WALKSacramento, a pedestrian advocacy organization in Northern California. Her work included reviewing development projects and policies from an active transportation perspective, managing several Safe Routes to School projects, and performing walkability and safety audits for schools and communities.
Miha is excited to join the Cal Walks team and to continue working to create safe, healthy, fun, and equitable communities in Southern California and across the state. She hopes to inspire young and old to get involved and be the voice for change in their communities.
|Austin Travis Dylan Hall, Central Valley Policy Manager Based in Fresno
Austin is passionate about improving transportation equity in the Central Valley. After experiencing a more walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented community while attending UC Santa Cruz, Austin moved back to his hometown of Fresno to dedicate himself to promoting more active forms of transportation. Austin sees the issues of transportation, poverty, urban sprawl, environmental justice, and public health as inexorably linked, and has worked towards organizing the community to address these issues. Austin serves on the board of the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition, and is an alternate to the San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee. He has also served as the coordinator for the Fresno Partnership, a collaborative project between labor, conservation, and environmental and social justice groups, and worked with Cultiva La Salud on improving community health in Fresno County. Austin received his BA in History with a minor in Politics from UCSC.
|Wendy Ortiz, Community Engagement Coordinator Based in Orange County
Communal holistic health has been at the forefront of Wendy’s work within the intersecting fields of public policy and community organizing. At Center for American Progress, Wendy authored a policy report on the intersections of climate change and inequality in the context of the California drought, highlighting the unique and disproportionate challenges faced by California’s low-income and farming communities. As a community organizer with the Texas Hunger Initiative, Wendy engaged a multi-generational, cross-cultural community in establishing an organizing coalition concerned with high rates of poverty, poor healthcare access, environmental justice issues, youth education and economic prosperity.
Wendy graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. On her free time, Wendy walks and bikes through her hometown foraging for plants and visiting her lovely friends.
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