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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

Please note: Schedules are now locked from being changed. If you would like to make changes to your schedule, please come see us at the registration desk. See you in Vancouver!
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Katherine Kraft

America Walks
Executive Director

Kate is the Executive Director for America Walks. She is a recognized expert in how structural environments impact health, and serves as a spokesperson for the emerging “Active Living” movement. Her past work resulted in collaboration between transportation, planning, design, and public health professionals to identify new methods of place-making for health. A hallmark of Kate’s work is connecting disparate community sectors and cross-disciplines in re-assessing how to design communities and care systems that facilitate healthy lifestyle choices.

Prior to joining America Walks staff in 2013, Kate was an independent consultant in the area of environmental and policy approaches to promoting healthy lifestyles and creating health-promoting built environments. As a former Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she was the primary architect of the RWJF Active Living portfolio. Kate served on the social work faculty at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey as well as a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania. She spends her leisure time running and biking; and helping to develop beautiful, public trails as a member of Rails to Trails Conservancy Board of Directors.