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About Us

 

The Art and Walkability Project is a local group of residents and business owners promoting walkability using a strategy of incorporating art on surfaces and structures in the public realm.

Margaret K. Rifkin
Core Group Lead, The Art and Walkability Project

Margaret is an Urban Designer and Planner whose mission is working with communities to make neighborhoods more walkable and business districts more successful though Creative Placemaking.

 She previously worked for the Montgomery County Planning Department. She has lived within walking distance of Downtown Wheaton for over twenty years.

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Wendy Howard
Core Group, Adviser & Volunteer, The Art and Walkability Project
Executive Director, One Montgomery Green

Wendy is the Executive Director of One Montgomery Green, a local non-profit formed to promote Montgomery County, Maryland as a “visibly green” sustainable community. In her role, Wendy has been instrumental in increasing One Montgomery Green’s outreach and promoting Montgomery County, Maryland as a “visibly green” sustainable community. In 2020 Wendy received and was recognized as one of the first 40 certified Climate Change Professionals certified by the State of Maryland. She is a Montgomery County native from the Wheaton area.

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Tina Mwebaza
Core Group, Adviser & Volunteer, The Art and Walkability Project
Co-Owner, Hakuna Matata Grill

Tina is the co-owner of Hakuna Matata Grill, an authentic East African cuisine restaurant and bar in Wheaton, Maryland.  She is also a Manager at Deloitte and has expertise in project management and economics. She lives in Montgomery County and is originally from Uganda.

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Kristy Daphnis
Core Group, Adviser & Volunteer, The Art and Walkability Project
Community Advocate, Transportation Safety and Equity

Kristy is a 15+ year resident of Wheaton, Maryland, who is a vocal advocate for transportation safety and equity across Montgomery County and the State of Maryland. She is the Co-Founder of Open Streets Montgomery and Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets, a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and currently serves as the Chair of the Montgomery County Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. She also works for the Federal Government.

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Mariela Garcia-Colberg
Core Group, Adviser & Volunteer,  The Art and Walkability Project
Vice-Chair, Wheaton Urban District Advisory Council

Mariela is a long-time Wheaton resident, originally from Puerto Rico, who is an active leader in the community through her service on the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee and many other community organizations. She  works for the Transportation Research Board on transit policy. 

 

Selection Committee

 

More information on the Selection Committee coming soon!

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