|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 and Bicycle 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.
|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, and GRID Alternatives. 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.
|Esther Postiglione, State Policy Manager Based in Sacramento
Social justice and public health are at the core of Esther’s beliefs in creating healthy communities. Growing up in the Central Valley, Esther has seen first-hand the impacts of the built environment on small urban and rural communities. Working in various sectors such as local government, rural and urban clinics, and non-profits has given her a unique understanding of the challenges in advancing the needs of public health and social justice interventions. At Cultiva La Salud, Esther managed the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant. The REACH program helped to advance policies that promote access to walking and biking facilities to Latino communities in Fresno, Stanislaus, and Kern Counties. With Cal Walks, Esther works to advance statewide policies, and she leads the Focus Cities work which provides technical assistance to local government and community-based organizations in seven cities throughout the State.Esther graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Master of Public Health with a focus on Health Promotion. In her free time, Esther enjoys an active lifestyle with friends, family, and loves to travel and learn from other cultures and communities. Esther is excited to be a part of the California Walks team and to advancing the health of all Californians in her statewide role.
|Wendy Ortiz, Community Programs Manager 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. In her free time, Wendy walks and bikes through her hometown foraging for plants and visiting her lovely friends.
|Miha Tomuta, Community Programs 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 continue working to create safe, healthy, fun, and equitable communities in Southern California and across the state with the Cal Walks team. She hopes to inspire young and old to get involved and be the voice for change in their communities.
|Chris J. Johnson, Walk San Jose Program Manager Based in San José
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