Our Staff

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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 started the Walk Bike Ambassador program.  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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         Education and Advocacy Coordinator 

Jessica joined the Walk Bike Nashville team in the spring of 2017 as the Education Coordinator. 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:

            • Walk Bike University
            • Becoming a Volunteer Instructor
            • Becoming a Walk Bike Ambassador
            • How to bike in a dress 

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Robert Johnson

Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator & Travel Green Coordinator

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 and the Travel Green 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 6 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


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Jake Lee

Events & Outreach Coordinator

After one year of volunteer involvement with Walk Bike, Jake joined the team full-time as the Events  and Outreach Coordinator in February of 2018. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Psychology from Vanderbilt University, Jake brings a love for all forms of cycling to the team as a daily bike commuter, rural road explorer, and mountain biker. He has served the Nashville cycling community as a bike shop employee over the last four years and hopes to unite the city’s diverse groups of cyclists and walkers to promote our shared interest in making a safer and more accessible city. Find him around the city's art venues and riverside greenways. 

Contact Jake with questions regarding:
• Tour de Nash
• Open Streets
• Walk Month and Bike Month
• How to make friends with a checkout clerk


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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