Morning Keynote (8am-9am): Writing the Next Chapter

After an afternoon of exploring the local area and hearing from inspiring panelists, this keynote session will challenge attendees to think about how their experience at the National Walking Summit-St. Louis can help make the St. Louis community (and all attendees’ communities) more walkable in the years to come. Attendees will hear from a panel of thought leaders on the opportunities they see to overcome barriers and build a future where every neighborhood can be navigated safely, comfortably and joyfully on foot, including an overview of inspiring pedestrian projects that are in process in St. Louis right now.

About the Moderator

Kea Wilson has more than ten years experience as a writer telling emotional, urgent and actionable stories that motivate average Americans to get involved in making their cities better places. She is also a novelist, cyclist, and affordable housing advocate. She lives in St. Louis, MO, and can be reached at kea@streetsblog.org.

 



About the Panel

Jacque Knight is a Transportation Planner with CBB. Jacque has a passion for promoting transportation systems that put people first and create walkable, vibrant and healthy communities. She works to support a better quality of life through projects that enhance active transportation and increase access to opportunity. She is a transportation planner at CBB Transportation. Recent and current projects include St. Louis County Action Plan for Walking and Biking, Bevo Great Streets, Collinsville Great Streets, and the Downtown St. Louis Multimodal Plan. Jacque serves as the chair for the Community Mobility Committee, an advisory committee for the City of St. Louis on items related to walking, biking, and micromobility issues. Jacque has a Master of Urban Planning, a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, all from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.

Grace Kyung works at Urban Strategies, Inc. as a catalyst in changing how to plan for communities by applying a health and racial equity lens to develop healthy communities. To do this in a just way, she works alongside community members to recognize historical circumstances and the current conditions necessary to achieve equity. Grace is developing the Downtown East St. Louis Transformation Plan that’ll focus on housing, neighborhood, and people strategies to ensure all families are stable and thriving. Grace has received recognition and awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Missouri State APA, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and the Transportation Research Board. She is also a core-organizer with the Untokening, which is comprised of advocates from diverse social and racial backgrounds who work in professional and personal capacities to advance equity in mobility and community development.

Scott Ogilvie works in the Planning and Urban Design Agency for the City of St. Louis. Prior to that he served on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for eight years. While being a champion for active transportation, he passed a number of pieces of legislation to improve the city’s non-motorized transportation amenities and policy. He also helped guide a number complete streets, traffic calming, and trail projects to completion. Outside of the transportation realm, he passed legislation limiting campaign donations in local elections, and participated in reform to the City’s tax incentive process. One of his proudest achievements was shepherding through the funding to resurface the badly deteriorated Penrose Park Velodrome, which reopened in 2019.