MEET THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Amelia Neptune, League of American Bicyclists
Amelia Neptune is the Director of the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America program. Before joining the League in 2013, Amelia was the Campus Bicycle Coordinator for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and previously worked in communications for The Nature Conservancy. Amelia has a Master’s of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA.
Emiko Atherton, National Complete Streets Coalition
Emiko Atherton is the Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. As the Director, Emiko oversees the Coalition’s federal advocacy, communications, research, and technical assistance programs. She has used her expertise in transportation policy, public health, land use, economic development, and legislation to consult with communities across the United States on how to create better transportation networks. Emiko is an international voice on Complete Streets and has spoken to audiences across the country about the value this approach.
Before joining the Coalition, Emiko served as the Chief of Staff for a King County Councilmember in Washington State. In that role, she worked closely with local and state governments, federal agencies and Congress, and MPO’s on policy development and implementation, coalition building, and transportation planning. This included engagement on Transportation 2040, the Puget Sound Regional Council’s long-term transportation plan; the development of pedestrian and bicycle connections to Sound Transit’s line rail stations in underserved communities; the integration of public health goals into the region’s transportation and land use plan; and working with a diverse range of stakeholder to include equity goals into King County’s strategic plan for transportation. Emiko received her Master’s in Public Administration from Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.
Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling Association
Jim joined Adventure Cycling at the end of 2004. With his family, he relocated to Missoula from Truckee, California, where he was president of the Sierra Business Council. Previously, he directed Greenbelt Alliance in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a senior legislative assistant in Washington, DC for Senator Tim Wirth. Jim was drawn to Adventure Cycling because of his major enthusiasm for cycling and self-propelled transportation. Jim serves on the board of America Bikes , is a founding member of the Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula, and served on the boards of Amnesty International USA and the Ginetta Sagan Fund for the Rights of Women and Children.
Dan Jones, 21st Century Parks - Louisville
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Dan holds degrees from Yale University (B.A., M.F.) and Indiana University, Bloomington (Ph.D.). He has spent much of his working life in the fields of education and business management. In addition to founding and managing his own business, he taught World History and the History of the American West at the University of Louisville, and most recently, an Honors Seminar entitled “Reading the Natural Landscape.” In 2004, he founded 21st Century Parks, Inc. a nonprofit corporation created to bring fresh vision to the development and preservation of new public parklands. Their current project, The Parklands of Floyds Fork, is one of the largest new metropolitan parks projects in the country: almost 4000 acres of new, donor-supported public park system in the last major undeveloped section of Metro Louisville. Dan currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Parks, where he oversees fundraising, planning, design, construction, and operations of the new parks. He is married, with four children, and enjoys hiking, camping and fishing with his family, skiing, running, and reading.