Our Staff


David Bavas

Office Manager

David joined Walk Bike Nashville in March of 2018.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and is currently perusing his MBA through Washington State University.  David is passionate about the work that Walk Bike Nashville is doing to make our roads and sidewalks more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. You can find him and his family on the many paths and green spaces in town.

Interests Include:

  • Biking
  • Buses
  • Balance Sheets

Lindsey Ganson

Advocacy and Communications Director

Lindsey joined Walk Bike Nashville in April 2019 after serving on the Walk Bike Nashville board for three years. A Brooklyn native, who moved to Nashville in 2014, Lindsey holds a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and has previously worked for MP&F Strategic Communications, Transportation Alternatives, NYC Department of Environmental Protection and NYC & Company, New York City’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.

Contact Lindsey with questions regarding:

  • Biking and walking infrastructure needs
  • Getting involved with Walk Bike Nashville’s current advocacy campaigns
  • The legislative process
  • Best places to hike with kids in Middle Tennessee 

Robert Johnson

Safe Routes to Schools Manager

Robert volunteered as a Walk Bike Nashville Instructor and Ambassador before joining the Walk Bike Nashville team at the start of 2017. He manages the Safe Routes to Schools program. From London, UK, he has also lived in Sydney, Australia. He has a 20 year background in railroads, plus experience with development control. Robert has two children in public school in Nashville, and his 9 year old son had the third highest mileage in the Nashville Slow Rider team in the League of American Bicyclists 2016 National Bike Challenge. He holds a Master's degree in Transport Planning and Management from Westminster University in London.

Contact Robert with questions regarding:

  • Safe Routes to Schools 
  • Teaching children how to ride a bicycle
  • Bicycling with children - on and off your own bike
  • Installing a bike rack at your workplace
  • How to drive a steam locomotive

Nora Kern 

Executive Director

Nora joined Walk Bike Nashville in November 2013 and during her time has helped grow the organization to what it is today. She has launched Walk Bike University, spearheaded advocacy efforts, and helped guide the strategic direction of the organization.  A native Nashvillian, Nora holds a Bachelors degree from Williams College and has previously worked in non-profits, Tennessee politics, oral history, business development, and commercial salmon fishing.

Contact Nora with questions regarding:

  • Sponsoring Walk Bike Nashville
  • Getting involved with Walk Bike Nashville
  • How to commute to work on your bike
  • How to catch Wild Alaskan Salmon
  • What Nashville used to be like back in the good old days
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Brenda Pérez

Bilingual Community Engagement Coordinator

Brenda (she/her) joined the Walk Bike Nashville Team in the fall of 2020. Brenda has been a fierce advocate for immigrant rights and labor rights in the Nashville and broader community. In her words, "I'm excited to create events & programming that are equitable and gather up our folks to speak on the issues that shape our neighborhoods and city."  Originally from Mexico, she has called Nashville home for close to twenty years and has Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University.

Brenda (ella) se unió al equipo de Walk Bike Nashville en el otoño de 2020. Brenda ha sido una feroz defensora de los derechos de los inmigrantes y los derechos laborales en Nashville y en la comunidad en general. En sus palabras, "Estoy emocionada de crear eventos y programas que sean equitativos y que reúnan a nuestra gente para hablar de los temas que dan forma a nuestros barrios y a la ciudad".  Orignalmente de Mexico ella ha llamado a Nashville su hogar por cerca de veinte años y tiene una maestría en Divinidad de la Universidad de Vanderbilt.

Contact Brenda with questions regarding:

  • Host an event in your neighborhood |Programar un evento en tu vecindario
  • Coaliton and Partnership Opportunities |Oportunidades de trabajo de Coalicion
  • Upcoming events |Events Programados
  • How to start a worker cooperative | Cómo fundar una cooperativa de trabajadores


Jessica Rinne

Events and Education Director

Jessica joined the Walk Bike Nashville team in the spring of 2017. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, she moved to Nashville for graduate school in 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt. Her background is in teaching, counseling and most recently, guiding cycling tours in California, France, Portugal and Spain.

Contact Jessica with questions regarding:

  • Tour de Nash
  • Open Streets
  • Plateau to Percy Bike Tour
  • Adult education
  • Families for Safe Streets Nashville
  • How to bike in a dress 


Ashleigh Wilson

Bike Valet Coordinator

Ashleigh joined the Walk Bike Nashville team in the Spring of 2018, but had been a volunteer with the organization prior. If you've ever used our Bike Valet service in the last two years, or been one of our volunteers, you've run across Ashleigh as she holds down the fort and ensures everyone's bicycles stay safe and sound.