Elizabeth Stampe, former communications director of the Greenbelt Alliance, will start as executive director of local pedestrian advocacy organization Walk San Francisco this week. Stampe will be the first executive director at Walk SF in four years.
What’s the makeup of Walk S.F.? Currently, we have about 400 members and an eight-person board of directors.
What are your top priorities as the new executive director of Walk S.F.? One of the things that we really want to do is grow the membership so we can build on this movement about making our streets better. Beyond that, there are also specific corridors that we want to target for traffic-calming measures, and more broadly, we’d like to work on reducing speeds throughout The City.
Can Walk S.F. use the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition as a template for success? I think it would be great to grow in the same way as the Bike Coalition, but it’s a bit of a different situation. I’m not sure people identify so clearly with walking as they do with bicycling, but ultimately everyone is a pedestrian at some point.
What is your idea of a great street to walk on? I think a perfect street would have wide sidewalks and lots of trees, plus some nice food vendors. Walking should be ... a really fun experience.