Speaker Details

Ms. Laura Cohen

Western Region Director

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy


Laura Cohen has 20 years’ experience working at the intersection of recreation, active transportation, and sustainable, equitable communities. As Director of the Western Region, Laura is responsible for carrying out Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s mission to create healthier places for healthier people. She is currently co-leading a partnership called the Active Transportation Resource Team to provide technical assistance and build capacity in disadvantaged communities to improve bicycling and walking conditions and bring more resources to the most challenged areas. She is a champion for policies and funding to support bike/ped/trail investment; an enthusiastic coalition builder and a passionate advocate for healthy, active communities. She is co-founder and Chair of the S.F. Bay Area Trails Collaborative. Laura holds degrees from U.C. Santa Barbara (Political Science), U.C. Berkeley Law School.


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