Since earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Health, Peggy has been working "upstream" to build healthier communities. She has developed special expertise in sustainable transportation and food systems, recognizing that how we move and what we eat are basic to human and environmental health.
Working through government agencies, non-profits and community-minded businesses, she
- conducts research,
- designs community education programs,
- works with public officials to develop policy, and
- organizes groups to assure that good policies stay in place.
Volunteers are often important in community work, and Peggy’s experience with advocacy groups has honed her skills in working with volunteers at all levels of involvement. She is comfortable working with neighborhood groups, single-issue campaigns and faith communities.
"Having worked with Peggy on environmental issues for over twenty years, I appreciate both her vision and her follow-through. I am most impressed with how she lives what she believes, and that authenticity shines through in the work that she does with community groups."
The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, President , Interfaith Power & Light
Illustrative Experience: Health
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and California Department of Health Services: Working with state and local officials and community activists, was instrumental in developing the Safe Routes to School movement in the United States. Operated a statewide clearinghouse, and researched and published Safe Routes to School - Practice and Promise for a national audience.
Walk San Francisco, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Transit Riders Union: Founding member of each of these sustainable transportation advocacy groups. Held leadership positions on Boards and as Executive Director. Defined mission, raised funds, gained collaboration from elected officials and community members to make positive changes in city environment.
"As a founding Board member of Walk San Francisco, I have had the privilege of watching it grow. I believe that when Peggy joined WalkSF as its first Executive Director, the organization really took great leaps forward. She dramatically increased our membership, gained a great deal of public attention to our work, and developed a comprehensive and diversified fund-raising strategy." Michael Smithwick, Community Leader
Veritable Vegetable, Inc.: Led the company's community education efforts at the neighborhood level, represented the wholesale distribution/small business community at the city level, and advocated for healthy farm and food policy at the national level.
California Department of Health Services: Developed programs for group education within WIC clinics. Topics included grocery shopping, gardening, cooking with children, and active play. Directed projects for the Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Unit, including analysis of research on nutrition and physical activity in children and adults.