BikeWalkKC is excited to welcome Kristen Jeffers as our new Communications and Membership Manager. Her role at BikeWalkKC and Kansas City B-cycle will include leading efforts to share our story with the world, increase our engagement in the community, and grow our membership base.
Kristen is an emerging leader in the national urban planning and bicycle/pedestrian communities. She has a diverse array of experiences in the nonprofit sector, including writing, community planning, and small business management. Kristen’s most prominent online work is The Black Urbanist, a platform for discussing urban studies and community development.
Her writing has been featured on Streetsblog, The Atlantic Cities (CityLab), Next Cities, and many more. She is also a regular speaker and facilitator at the Congress for New Urbanism, American Planning Association, and other venues across the U.S. Kristen has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from North Carolina State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
We look forward to adding Kristen’s talents and enthusiasm to the growing BikeWalkKC family. Please join us in welcoming her to Kansas City, and look for an opportunity to meet Kristen in the coming weeks.
Kristen Jeffers Bio
Kristen was born in Greensboro, NC to two parents who instilled in her the love of learning, the love of telling stories, the love of helping others and the love of her home state and all the elements that make up its environment. In 2010, after an early career in the nonprofit and professional services sector, she took the communication degree she’d earned from North Carolina State University and combined that with the Master of Public Affairs she would earn in 2012 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to create The Black Urbanist, an outlet for her interests in promoting urban studies and community development. Her thoughts and comments have since been featured in The Atlantic Cities, Next City, Sustainable Cities Collective, Streetsblog Network, Yes! Weekly and the (Greensboro) News and Record. She has spoken and served on panels at the Congress for New Urbanism, the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association UNC Global South conference and a number of other summits, classroom lectures and professional gatherings. In 2014 she launched North Carolina Placebook, a site dedicated to reporting on metropolitan planning and governance throughout the state of North Carolina. She makes the best mixtapes, knows all the best restaurants in Greensboro and cheers loudly for her Wolfpack, especially on the basketball court.