City of Houston, Pedestrian-Bicycle Coordinator
Anita Hollmann is the City of Houston’s Pedestrian-Bicycle Coordinator housed within Public Works & Engineering Department. She enthusiastically accepted this position at the inception of the Houston Bike Plan process and development in 2015. Her current responsibilities include the review of all pedestrian and bicycle influenced Capital Improvement Projects, coordination of 3rd party bicycle facilities within City right-of-way, bicycle parking implementation, bicycle count program implementation, construction detour request and negotiation, citizen coordination of bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure request, as well as various educational components, such as Bike Month and continued community outreach. Prior to her role here, Anita was a Senior Transportation Planner in the Transportation Planning Division of the Planning & Development Department where she managed the award-winning Urban Houston Framework, managed three sub-regional multimodal studies, two cycles of the Mayor Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan (MTFP), assisted in countless livable center studies, as well as provided direction and initial framework to the Houston Complete Street and Transportation Plan (HCSTP). With an additional 5 years as a private consultant in both Washington D.C. and in Texas, Anita continuously finds ways to “practice what you preach” working with consultant teams and local advocates to build a viable and intrinsic multimodal network for all system users. Anita obtained her Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University, where she obtained certifications in Sustainable Urbanism and Geographic Information Systems and was recognized as a standing member of the Graduate Student Council. Anita is also a chatter box, so be sure to say hi.
Executive Director, BikeHouston
John Long is the Executive Director for BikeHouston. His primary goal is to support the full implementation of the Houston Bike Plan over the next 10 years — and by doing so, contribute, along with so many other Houstonians working in government agencies, the business sector, and non-profit organizations, to re-imagining the urban experience in H-town. Prior to joining BikeHouston, John served for twenty-one years as the Head of School (Executive Director) of a non-profit private school in Houston. He holds an M.Ed. from Cleveland State University and a B.A. in English from Yale University. John rides his road bike in Houston and in Colorado. He and his wife, Kathy, share tandem bike rides along the newly developed bayou trails. And he is now learning that it is really possible to be a bike commuter in Houston.
Catherine Butsch Villarreal
Communications Director, Houston Parks Board
Catherine Butsch Villarreal joined the Houston Parks Board in October 2014. She aims to raise local and national awareness of the Bayou Greenways project and help establish it as a signature feature of the City of Houston. Prior to moving to Texas, Catherine lived in Washington, D.C., and worked in communications at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a public health advocacy organization, and at a public relations firm. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy in 2010. Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., Catherine spends her free time enjoying both Houston’s great trails and restaurants.