Katherine “Kate” Kraft, PhD
Executive Director, America Walks
As the new Executive Director, Kate will provide seamless leadership for America Walks as it continues to experience a chapter of unprecedented growth. Kate has the institutional knowledge needed to prepare America Walks for its bright future and her years of experience within the walking and active living movements will be used to build prestigious partnerships, develop new programs and expand the conversation of the walking movement. Kate has previously served as the National Coalition Director and Interim Executive Director for America Walks.
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. 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.
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.
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. Kate 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.