The Board of Directors is made up of individuals who care deeply about bicycle and pedestrian solutions in Tampa.
Christine Acosta, Executive Director
Through her companies Pedal Power Promoters and Tampa Bike Valet, Christine is working to change the culture of cycling through public, private, and philanthropic partnerships. A 30-year Tampa resident, Christine has experienced safe, fun bicycling as her preferred mode of transportation in many cities around the world, including Paris, Milan, Brussels, Geneva, Montreal, and New York. She is a founding member of Walk Bike Tampa.
Jackie Toledo, Board President
A product of Tampa’s public schools, Jackie graduated from Gaither High School and was awarded an academic engineering scholarship to the University of South Florida from the Latino Scholarship program. In 2000, Jackie received her degree in civil engineering from USF and decided to stay in Tampa so she could give back to the community that had given her so much. Though Jackie takes great pride in her professional successes and community involvement, her biggest joy is raising her five children with her husband Jose.
After an agonizing adolescence in Tampa, Elizabeth fled for the larger world. Living in and around Baltimore, Washington, Manhattan, Bologna, Munich, Warsaw, Athens, New Delhi, Bombay, and Berlin, and traveling in another 40+ countries, she returned to Tampa in 2012 with an enhanced sense of Tampa's potential. Concerned with automobile traffic, pollution, unhealthy populations, and lack of accessibility, she founded Car(e) Free Bayshore (now Walk Bike Bayshore) in 2014 and joined WBT at its inception.
A mother raising two children in the SoHo District of Tampa, Vanessa believes her neighborhood does a good job of advising about safety of pedestrians. She wants to help promote community involvement and interaction through alternative modes of transportation. Vanessa is originally from New York City.
Jeff has been a downtown Tampa resident since 2009 and serves as the President of the condominium association in the building in which he resides. He is also a member of the Tampa Downtown Partnership Transportation Committee, and chairs the Downtown Tampa Parking Task Force. Jeff is a strong supporter of complete streets, public transportation, and walkable communities.
Lauren currently serves as a board member of Walk Bike Tampa. Her experience as a commercial real estate professional and her positions on other non-profit boards, including as President of Channel District's only neighborhood association, gives her a unique perspective on issues related to Walk Bike policy in Tampa. Her perspective lends insight to both community and business needs.
Kevin is a student at the University of Tampa, and has extensive experience with neighborhood advocacy organizations. Kevin is also a board member of Connect Tampa Bay, a mass-transit advocacy group. He has been a resident of Hillsborough County all his life. He is a strong advocate for a urbanist vision of Tampa and Hillsborough County, walkability, and the promotion of his hometown.
Catherine Durkin Robinson, Board Vice President
Catherine co-parents twin sons and works full-time as a community organizer. She is also a freelance writer and triathlete. Call her at 813-453-4274.