BHP Series: Two-Wheel Society
President and CEO
Houston Parks Board
As one of the nation’s leading urban park planners, Beth White brings a broad range of experience and accomplishments to her role at Houston Parks Board. In January 2012, President Obama appointed Beth White to the National Capital Planning Commission, the federal planning agency for the National Capital Region. Prior to her role at Houston Parks Board, she served as director, Chicago region, for The Trust For Public Land and oversaw the development of Chicago’s innovative park and elevated trail system, The 606. Over the past decade, White has led several successful projects that involved public-private partnerships, planning, fundraising and opening new parks throughout the Chicago metropolitan region, spanning three states. White was also instrumental in the designation of Hackmatack, the only U.S. National Wildlife Refuge within 150 miles of Chicago and Milwaukee.
Prior to her work at The Trust for Public Land, White served as Chicago Housing Authority managing director in charge of communication activities, resource development, and intergovernmental relations. She also served as Chief of Staff for the Chicago Transit Board, directed the initial phases of Chicago’s $100 million Empowerment Zone program, supervised the City of Chicago’s award-winning CitySpace program, and, as the founding executive director of the non-profit Friends of the Chicago River, led the creation of the lauded Chicago River Urban Design Guidelines. She holds a Master’s degree in urban studies from Loyola University and a Bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Northwestern University.
Tom Bacon is a founding partner of Lionstone Investments and serves as an Investment Committee member and the lead partner responsible for the firm’s Development and US Land investment programs. Prior to forming Lionstone, Tom was a senior officer with Hines where he had three careers: domestic development, start-up of U.S. investment strategies, and ended his career as head of Latin American development. Tom is a graduate of The University of Texas, School of Architecture and received his MBA from Rice University. He currently serves on the board of Texas Children’s Hospital, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. As president or chairman of the Houston Parks Board for the last decade, Tom led the creation of Bayou Greenways 2020. BG2020 is a public/private partnership that is creating a system of linear parks that will stretch along all nine of Houston’s bayous to create 150 miles of off-road trails, 1,500 new acres of park land, and will connect most of the city’s major parks, neighborhoods, and employment centers. This initiative will place 1.3 million residents of Houston within 1.5 miles of a park—a major transformational event for Houston.
John’s 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.
City of Houston
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!
Clark Martinson, AICP, AIA Associate
Energy Corridor Management District
Clark Martinson is the Executive Director of Harris County Improvement District #4 (The Energy Corridor District). He is responsible for facilitating and implementing the District’s vision, mission, and goals for property owners, businesses, tenants and residents in the Energy Corridor District. He oversees District staff, consultants and committees responsible for Transportation, Maintenance, Public Safety, Parks, Trails, Branding and Business Development initiatives that are part of a Master Plan to increase the identity of the Energy Corridor, leverage public investment and maintain a positive relationship with property owners, business interests and residential communities within and surrounding the District.
Mr. Martinson has over thirty years experience bringing diverse parties together to improve places where we live, work and play. Clark believes that with community support, quality places are possible in rural, suburban and urban areas. Specialties include transportation alternatives, bicycle safety instruction, and planning, environmental and urban design, conflict resolution, budgeting, brainstorming, visioning and problem-solving. Clark is a certified planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects. For more information on what Clark is doing in the Energy Corridor, visit www.energycorridor.org