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 early childhood and food systems, recognizing that how we raise our young and what we eat are basic to human and environmental health. In her volunteer work, Peggy supports sustainable transportation groups to assure that healthy physical activity is accessible to all.
Working through government agencies, non-profits and community-minded businesses, she
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, community activists 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, founding President , Interfaith Power & Light
Illustrative Experience: Health
Healthy Food, Healthy Families: Farm Fresh Rhode Island: Consulted with both the Food System Enterprise and Community Access initiatives of this energetic non-profit organization, working to improve both the food system and families’ access to better food.
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.