ACTIVE STREETS EVENTS MISSION
We aim to produce vibrant, community-led events that activate our streets in order to:
PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Joseph is passionate about building community around and in our streets for all road users. He has a track record of working on diverse issues with the University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability. He previously provided operations & logistics management for a division of Republic Services, the second largest recycling & waste hauler in the US. There he focused on customer service, driver safety, and system efficiency.
His work activities have always been supplemented by community involvement like his position on the Executive Board of Keep Alachua County Beautiful. Prior to co-chairing the pilot Open Streets event and now Active Streets, Joseph volunteered for two years as co-chair of Green Caffeine a twice monthly educational speaker format provided through the local chapter of U.S.G.B.C. He has also worked on a host of events and activities to shine a positive light on transportation issues. A few of these are: the Homecoming BikeGator, Dinner & Bikes movie event (with Joe Biel & Elly Blue of Portland OR), PechaKucha, The Conch Cycling Takeover, a live band bicycle trailer, and the upcoming RTS Stories event to kick off RTS Diaries.
Shawn has been a Gainesville resident since 2002 and is a 2004 graduate of the University of Florida Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department. After college he stayed in Gainesville to start a career in Civil Engineering and raise a family with his wife Carolyn. He is a State of Florida registered Civil Engineer with over 10 years' experience in the planning, design, and permitting of civil engineering projects and is the Owner and Principal Engineer at Sustainable by Design, LLC. His interests include keeping up with two active kids, trail running and racing ultramarathons, and riding bicycles for fun and transportation.
Ally is a Brooklyn-born, Miami-raised microbiologist, former Peace Corps Volunteer, nurse practitioner and current Vice President of the 1,000-plus member Gainesville Cycling Club who claims Gainesville as her Florida hometown. She has fond memories of riding her candy apple red Schwinn World Sport 10-speed around southern Dade County and then in Gainesville while she was an undergrad in the late '80s, reveling in the freedom that her bike afforded her. All these years later, she continues to commute by bike and enjoys cycling vacations with her husband with the occasional impromptu side trip to visit to the skilled artisans who fabricate US-made hand-built bicycles. She believes that roads are for people, not cars, that bikes belong, and that cycling is inherently safe, good for our health, and good for the earth. She believes that Florida should focus on promoting our State as an international cycle tourism destination. She secretly wishes that we really had a Gainesville Bike Mafia so she could become a member.
Jill is an enthusiastic advocate for active streets! As Field Organizing Manager at Transportation Alternatives in New York City, Jill led a team of organizers, local activists, community leaders and countless volunteers on projects for more equitable access to public space in an effort to make the City’s neighborhood streets and arterial roadways a safer and more vibrant place to walk, bike and use public transit. Jill applied her community- driven campaign strategy to several successful city and state campaigns that resulted in reduced traffic injuries and fatalities, and improved quality of life. Jill has served on the Alliance for Biking and Walking's national steering committees for equity in active transportation, and community organizing for bike-related projects. Having recently returned to her home state of Florida, Jill is thrilled to join Active Streets Alliance as Director of Policy and Advocacy. Jill holds a BFA New York University, and is a 2017 Juris Doctor Candidate at University of Florida Levin College of Law with a focus on Public Interest, Social Justice, and Constitutional Law.
Kathryn is a Gainesville native, graduate of Eastside High School and a graduate of the University of Florida studying natural resource conservation and sustainability. She serves as a member of the City Beautification and Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Board and is active with Students for the New Urbanism. In her free time she enjoys cycling to local eateries and running.
She joined Active Streets Alliance to become more engaged in the community's growth of active transportation and help enhance the interface between people and their local surroundings.
Born in Florida, Sally has lived in Gainesville for over fifty years (and still loves it). She has held a variety of positions in town such as: pre-school and secondary teacher, editor, event planner, business manager, college projects developer, grant writer and video producer. Most recently she was a radio journalist. Sally studied physical education at Furman and has a Journalism degree from the University of Florida. She has worked at Santa Fe College, University of Florida and in private business. She is active in transportation issues and making Gainesville a wonderful place to live.
Planning Committee Alumni
Sami is a Gainesville native, graduate of Buchholz High School and a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Sustainability Studies and a minor in Spanish. Sami works with Forage Farms and Bike Florida performing communications and community outreach services. During the summer, Sami serves as a full-time staff member and site manager with the Appalachian Service Project (ASP) building houses and inspiring groups of volunteers. In her free time, Sami enjoys traveling and spending time with her family - especially her incredible older sister, Melissa.
Heather is an Urban and Regional Planning graduate student at the University of Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment from UF, as well. She has planning experience as the Landscape Director for UF Project Makeover, the transportation intern for the City of Fort Lauderdale's Department of Transportation and Mobility, and is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator for Students for the New Urbanism at UF and the WalkSafe Local Coordinator for Alachua County. Heather is passionate about tactical urbanism projects that promote active transportation, healthy communities, and New Urbanism concepts. When she is not coordinating, attending class, job searching, or working on her thesis, Heather can be found bicycling, running, or exploring new local businesses/restaurants/breweries in Gainesville.
Kimberly is a full-time graduate student at the University of Florida studying urban and regional planning. Kimberly is an active member within her community, spending her time outside of school in various organizations including the Students for the New Urbanism, the Active Streets Alliance, and serving at Five Bar, a local restaurant in downtown Gainesville.