My name is Meredith Montgomery and I am thrilled to step into the Executive Director position at Walk Bike Nashville!
After growing up in Houston, Texas I graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio where I studied Studio Art and Environmental Studies. The first half of my professional career was spent in the nonprofit sector and I held a variety of positions from Conservation Biologist and Lead Zoo Keeper to Director of Donor Relations at Yoga Health Foundation and Executive Director of a Mississippi nature center.
From 2010 to 2021 I balanced my mom duties with the multi-faceted responsibilities of publishing a natural living magazine in Fairhope, Alabama. Walking and biking with our two boys (now 7 and 12) to school for the last 6 years led me into the world of active transportation and connectivity. I co-chaired Fairhope’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, served on multiple sustainability-focused steering committees and implemented a Bike to School program at our elementary school.
Walk Bike Nashville’s emphasis on transportation equity and becoming an anti-racist organization had a major influence on my decision to pursue this position. While I have always been a proponent of diversity and equity, one of my most recent actions includes the launch of a Diverse Conversations department in my healthy living publication—because diverse communities are healthy communities. These monthly articles sought to amplify interracial dialogue and foster empathy while spotlighting local people of color. I was also an active member of Hope Community (a multicultural and multiracial organization that brings people together to unite as one human race) and just before our relocation, I served as a liaison between active transportation groups and citizens in Fairhope’s historically Black neighborhood to address the need for walking and bicycling infrastructure.
I am also an artist, a nature lover and a casual photographer that enjoys documenting our family’s adventures. I ride a large cargo bike and I drive a tiny electric car. During my free time you can find me digging in the dirt, at the soccer fields or recharging in the woods with my family and our rescue pups.
I am eager to utilize my experience and passions in new capacities here at Walk Bike Nashville in partnership with you—our loyal stakeholders. I look forward to connecting with you and I invite you to reach out to me via phone or email any time. Together we can have a positive impact as we work to build a more walkable, bikeable and livable Nashville.
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