WalkDenver names Jill Locantore as Executive Director

by Jessica Vargas on January 26, 2018

WalkDenver has appointed Jill Locantore as its Executive Director, succeeding WalkDenver’s Founder and first Executive Director Gosia Kung, who stepped down at the end of the 2017. Jill previously served as Associate Director for WalkDenver.

“Jill has been critical to the success of WalkDenver and our work to make Denver the most walkable city in the country,” said Zach Owens, WalkDenver’s Board Chair. “She started as a Board member who wrote grant applications that were successful and allowed us to grow from an all-volunteer board to a fully staffed organization. For the last few years she has championed our programming and policy work including Denver Deserves Sidewalks, Vision Zero, Project Shift, and tactical urbanism projects completed in partnership with neighborhoods throughout the city. The board is thrilled to have Jill as our next Executive Director and we are excited for her leadership that will continue to transform Denver’s transportation sector for pedestrians.”

Jill brings more than 10 years of experience in urban and regional planning to the position. Prior to joining WalkDenver in 2014, Jill worked as Principal Planner for the Denver Regional Council of Governments and as a transportation planner for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in Washington, DC. Throughout her career, Jill has focused on the intersection of land use and transportation with environmental sustainability, economic development, public health, and social justice issues.

Jill’s interest in urban planning and walkability dates back to 1997 when she gave up her car, because she couldn’t afford it at the time, and in exchange gained a lifelong passion for cities. “I quickly learned that cities designed first and foremost for people, not cars, are the best places to live,” Jill said. “No matter who you are – old, young, rich, poor, able-bodied or not – in a walkable city you can be safe, healthy, happy, and connected to your community. I’m extremely grateful to Gosia for building WalkDenver into such a strong organization with a great track record of success, and I’m excited to lead WalkDenver into our next chapter.”

Key initiatives Jill will be leading for WalkDenver in 2018 include deepening our partnerships with allied organizations including BikeDenver and Bicycle Colorado; pursuing sustained, dedicated funding for pedestrian infrastructure; supporting the City’s implementation of the recently completed Vision Zero Action Plan; and advocating for the transformation of major arterials such as Colfax, Federal, and Broadway/Lincoln into truly multimodal, safe, people-friendly streets.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: