Hello, my name is Naffie Njie and I am so excited to be joining the Walk Bike Nashville team as the Communications Assistant!
A little bit about me.
I was born in Southfield, Michigan to Gambian immigrant parents, and moved to Middle Tennessee as a teen. I grew up walking and riding bikes with my dad, and I gained an appreciation for outdoor spaces and nature working in my mother’s garden. I learned how to ride a bike pretty late, at age 10. But I haven't stopped riding since then. I live in Murfreesboro, and I do not have the opportunity to use my bike for transportation, but I love riding in my neighborhood and in our parks and greenways.
My passion for creative writing began in childhood and I have been pursuing a career in journalism and media ever since. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Media and Entertainment and a minor in Film Studies. I previously worked as a Communications Intern with the Civic Design Center and the Frist Art Museum here in Nashville. My work with the Civic Design Center introduced me to architecture, urban design, and how cities can be improved with effective infrastructure, advocacy, and planning.
As the Communications Assistant, I will be the person behind Walk Bike Nashville’s social media and our website. I will be focused on creating content to educate people about bicycle and pedestrian safety and working to ensure that we are speaking to all of Nashville as outlined in Walk Bike Nashville’s Anti-Racist Plan. I will also assist with addressing language accessibility and support the rest of the WBN team in other communications related to events and programs.
I am passionate about our mission to make Nashville more walkable and bikeable. I feel like I’ve been given a great opportunity to help express and grow Walk Bike Nashville’s messaging and I’m grateful. I have seen how car-centric cities have affected my transportation options, and I want to help change that for others. I also understand how transportation inequity has left vulnerable people in our city with few safe transportation options. I want to create content that changes Nashville’s culture for the better. I’m excited to apply my creative skills to educating and advocating for a safer Nashville.
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