10-Minute Walk Learning Series
Includes a Live Event on 04/18/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)
Parks are essential to the physical, social, environmental, and economic health of a community—and cities nationwide. That’s why the National Recreation and Park Association, The Trust for Public Land, and the Urban Land Institute are leading a nationwide movement to ensure there’s a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person, in every neighborhood, in every city across America. Through a collective national voice, Mayoral endorsement, and local action, the 10-Minute Walk Campaign aims to increase park access, quality, and funding within a 10-minute walk of home.
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10-Minute Walk: Equity-based Master Planning
May 23, 2019 @ 2:00 PM
Join 10-Minute Walk park professionals and advocates to discuss all things park access and quality! Each network call will be based on the last webinar in the 10-Minute Walk Learning Series. For April, we will be focusing on using data to prioritize actions. Bring your questions, comments, and strategies, and engage in the conversation with other professionals committed to enhancing park access and quality in their cities. An agenda with discussion questions will be posted to the 10-Minute Walk group on NRPA Connect.
Senior Program Manager at National Recreation and Park Association
As a public health professional its my goal to combine my skills and experience to ensure that everyone has an environment around them that encourages inspiration, well being, health, physical activity and a connection to the community. I am dedicated to reducing health disparities in low-income communities by learning from and helping others make a change in their community environment.
With successful experience building strong partnerships with community based organizations, organizing and managing large volunteer groups, developing communications materials, and conducting research, I have the foundations to help your community or organization advocate for and promote changes in built environments, policies, and systems that encourage healthy behaviors.
I would love to learn about how your organization is contributing to or would like to create a better environment for health!
Program Specialist, National Recreation and Park Association
Jared Mummert is a Program Specialist at NRPA, working on the 10-Minute Walk campaign. As a graduate in Environmental Law and Policy from Unity College, he is dedicated to environmental justice issues. Prior to his time at NRPA, Jared worked as a political and community outreach organizer on multiple campaigns, including organizing farmers in Maryland to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act, engaging Colorado voters in the 2014 midterm election, and connecting low-income families to national parks. He has also served in the Student Conservation Association, AmeriCorps, and the National Park Service as park ranger for multiple sites, including Grand Teton National Park. As an avid outdoorsman and public lands advocate, Jared is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to quality open spaces.
Campaign Lead, The Trust for Public Land
Harris Solomon serves as The Trust for Public Land’s campaign lead, overseeing campaign communications strategy, city outreach, and the development of new program areas, ensuring effective implementation and day-to-day operations for the 10-Minute Walk Campaign. He previously served as the 10-Minute Walk Campaign Manager, and has held prior positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York.
Joseph Claunch, Ph.D
Director of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project
Joseph Claunch is a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated with his Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Kansas. Joseph’s research and programming interest have focused on what coaches, teachers and mentors can do to optimize the motivation of Native American youth. Joseph is currently the director of Zuni Youth Enrichment Project and the head varsity football coach at Zuni High School in western New Mexico. Joseph recently led the development of a 3-acre community center and park in the heart of Zuni's main Pueblo village.
Atheletics Administrator, Clayton County (Georgia) Parks and Recreation
Koboi Simpson is the Athletics Administrator for the Clayton County Parks & Recreation Department, in Clayton County, Georgia, where he manages youth sports operations and supervises the county's college internship program. He serves on the NRPA Conference Programming Committee, and he is a frequent speaker at several state and national conferences, delivering presentations on best practices in youth sports. Koboi is a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion, serving on NRPA’s Equity Advisory Panel. Koboi is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and a Certified Youth Sports Administrator.
Parks and Recreation Manager, City of Covington, Kentucky
Rosie Santos has 10 years of experience in environmental education and community programming. In her more recent position as the Parks and Recreation Manager for the city of Covington, Kentucky, she oversees recreation services, as well as park and trail planning and development. In collaboration with a citizen advisory group and other partners, she developed an innovative process for redeveloping neighborhood parks throughout the city.
Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, Trust for Public Land
Benita Hussain is the Director of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, for which she is leading the strategic direction and broader marketing efforts. A former corporate lawyer, she has 15 years of experience in sustainability, urban policy, and communications. As an advisor to Mike Bloomberg in his role as UN Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, she developed his policy agenda and the Global Compact of Mayors, the world’s largest coalition of cities pledged to fight climate change. Prior, she led late-Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s Greenovate Boston campaign -- a community-based initiative designed to promote climate action and to raise Boston’s profile as a green leader – and launched Boston’s first residential composting program. She joins TPL from the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she led a $10 million division devoted to climate change, food systems, and sustainable finance. Benita holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Cornell University and has written for Outside Magazine, SIERRA, and the Boston Globe, among others.
GIS Data Administrator, Denver Parks and Recreation
Joe Lovell is the GIS Data Administrator for Denver Parks & Recreation. Joe has a B.S Degree in Geographic Sciences from James Madison University and over 15 years experience developing spatial databases, performing analysis, and producing cartographic maps. Joe began working in parks planning in 2008, launching the department’s comprehensive GIS system and advancing the use of data for capital improvement planning. Joe has recently led projects focusing on the condition of park assets and access to recreation facilities in underserved communities. As a frequent park user, Joe knows the value parks and open spaces bring to every community.
Planning Supervisor, City of Raleigh Parks Department
TJ McCourt (AICP) manages strategic and long-range planning for the City of Raleigh Parks Department. He holds a JD in Environmental & Land-Use Law from the University of Florida as well as a Masters in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His professional work involves analyzing the City of Raleigh’s open space goals from a systems perspective, exploring how parks and recreation fit into a broader context of city planning, natural resources, social equity, and public health.
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