WalkBoston Names Stacey Beuttell as Next Exec. Director

Stacey Beuttell
February 16, 2019 — WalkBoston, a Boston nonprofit that promotes safer and easier walking in Massachusetts to encourage better health and a cleaner environment, this week announced that Stacey Beuttell has been named the organization’s next executive director.

Beuttell, who currently serves as deputy director of WalkBoston, will succeed Wendy Landman, who has led the organization for the past 15 years.

Landman will continue with her policy and advocacy efforts for WalkBoston after she steps down as executive director in September 2019

Since I started almost 15 years ago, we have moved beyond explaining the need for walkability to pushing for, and seeing the implementation of, changes in the built environment to support people walking,” said Landman. “Stacey’s passion for WalkBoston’s mission and her skill at drawing new people and communities into walking advocacy make her a perfect new leader. I am thrilled that she will lead WalkBoston to even bigger and better successes across Massachusetts.”

For the last six years at WalkBoston, Beuttell has advocated for complete streets programs, rural walking, sidewalk snow removal policies, safe routes to schools, age-friendly communities, and safe walking connections to transit.

She and Landman aligned WalkBoston’s efforts with public health professionals to promote access to safe, walkable neighborhoods, and with transportation and police organizations to reduce speeds and crashes between people driving and people walking.

In December, Beuttell led the launch of the organization’s WalkMassachusetts Network, an initiative designed to connect and support local groups working on walking. The network helps groups share advocacy techniques, approaches for securing improvements to the walking environment, and methods of building constituencies to improve local walking.

“WalkBoston covers a lot of ground, but there are 351 municipalities in Massachusetts,” said Beuttell. “By connecting people working on walking with us and with each other, we build the walking movement at the local level. That’s where real change happens.”

Prior to joining WalkBoston, Beuttell was a senior associate at Sasaki Associates, where she practiced as a landscape designer and planner for 13 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies/Environmental Studies from Dickinson College and a Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Michigan.

After Landman became executive director of WalkBoston in 2004, she galvanized support to ensure that the Charles River North Bank pedestrian bridge was built. The highly publicized walk she led with community and agency leaders showed that riverside trails to the new parks would dead-end without a bridge over the rail tracks. The bridge was completed in 2012.

During her tenure, Landman collaborated with the City of Boston to promote safer walking, including helping to shape the award-winning Complete Streets Guidelines and Vision Zero and Go Boston 2030 initiatives.

“Wendy Landman is synonymous with WalkBoston in the Boston area,” said board member Betsy Johnson, “but outside 495, WalkBoston has been known to municipal staff as ”—Stacey’s organization’ for years.”

City of Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca lauded Landman, noting, “Wendy Landman has worked tirelessly to promote safety and accessibility for the thousands of people who choose to make their way around Boston on foot each day. “We admire the work that Wendy has accomplished at WalkBoston and appreciate the positive impact that she has made on our local streets."

WalkBoston was founded in 1990, the first organization in America dedicated to making communities more walkable and safer for pedestrians. Since then WalkBoston has served as the model for other pedestrian advocacy organizations across the nation, and in 1996, IT co-founded the umbrella group America Walks.