The East Coast Greenway Alliance relies on a unique collaboration between staff members, elected officials and volunteer advocates to advance the Greenway.

Our Greenway Team

Meet the staff members and volunteer leaders who ​are spearheading the development of this ambitious, 3,000-mile linear park.

Meet the East Coast Greenway Alliance

Our staff members work from our headquarters on the Greenway in Durham, N.C., and from five remote locations along the route.

We value the diversity of perspectives, cultures, and experiences found throughout the Eastern Seaboard. We strive to respect and represent these diverse voices and we work to ensure that the Greenway's economic, environmental, and health benefits reach everyone, especially underserved communities.

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Members of the East Coast Greenway Alliance staff at its March 2022 retreat in Durham, North Carolina.

Staff Members

Executive Director | Dennis Markatos-Soriano

Deputy Director | Niles Barnes

Donor Relations Manager | Mary T. Rahe

Office Operations Manager | K.C. Ward

Grants & Membership Manager | Debbie West 

Communications:

Marketing & Communications Director | John Martin

Digital Communications Manager | Mary-Paige McLaurin

Creative Producer | Angela Hollowell

Field Staff:

National Greenway Director | Allison Burson

Northern New England Manager | Kristine Keeney

Southern New England Manager | Bruce Donald

Mid-Atlantic Manager | Daniel Paschall

Virginia & Washington, D.C. Coordinator | Elliott Caldwell

North Carolina Coordinator | Andrew Meeker

South Carolina & Georgia Manager | Brent Buice

Florida Coordinator | Robert Barto

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees holds overall responsibility for governance, fiscal oversight, and financial development for the East Coast Greenway Alliance. The board sets policy and ensures the financial health and viability of the Alliance.

Advisory Board

Members of the East Coast Greenway Alliance Advisory Board are specialists in a variety of fields who lend their expertise and experience to support the Alliance's mission.

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ECGA Co-Founder, Newton, MA, Chair

Patricia King

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Executive Director, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, St. Johns Island, SC

Dr. J. Herman Blake

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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Washington, DC

Ryan Chao

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Paratriathlete, Kingsland, GA

Ashley Cooper-Heath

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Community Organizer, Atlanta, GA

Devin Cowens

nedra deadwyler

Founder, Civil Bikes, Atlanta, GA

Nedra Deadwyler

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American College of Financial Services, New York, NY

Azish Filabi

olivia glenn

Senior Advisor for Equity and Chief of Staff, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Camden, NJ

Olivia Glenn

sarah hancock

Nonprofit leader, Cambridge, MA

Sarah Hancock

karen harley

Haliwa-Saponi Artist, Hollister, NC

Karen Harley

eleanor horne

Co-president, Lawrence Hopewell Trail, Lawrenceville, NJ

Eleanor Horne

patty huff

Vice President, Florida Bicycle Association, Everglades City, FL

Patty Huff

diane jenks

Host/Producer "The Outspoken Cyclist," South Euclid, OH

Diane Jenks

stanley katz

Retired Director, Princeton Univ. Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Princeton, NJ

Dr. Stanley Katz

eleanor mcmahon

President & CEO, Trans Canada Trail

Eleanor McMahon

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North Carolina State Senator, District 20

Senator Natalie Murdock

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Executive Director, League of American Bicyclists, Washington, DC

Bill Nesper

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Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ

Michael Oppenheimer

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President, Parks Hospitality Group, Raleigh-Durham, NC

Shaunak Patel

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Professor Emeritus, Raleigh, NC

John Pucher

hannah quimby

Executive Director, Quimby Family Foundation, Portland, ME

Hannah Quimby

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Vice President, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Topsfield, MA

David Read

diane robertson

Community Engagement Consultant, Carrboro, NC

Diane Robertson

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Principal, Vice President of Urban Planning, McAdams, Raleigh, NC

Mitchell Silver

vignesh swaminathan

Crossroad Lab, Cupertino, CA

Vignesh Swaminathan

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President & CEO, Downtown Durham, Inc., Durham NC

Nicole Thompson

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Associate Director of Energy & Climate, RTI, Washington, DC

Pablo Torres

karen votava

ECGA Co-Founder, Retired Executive Director, South Kingstown, RI

Karen Votava

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Senior Transportation Planner, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Raleigh, NC

Kenneth Withrow

Greenway Council

Our national body sets route standards and reviews new Greenway segments to ensure they meet those standards.

Council Chair: Andy Clarke, Virginia 

Jeff Behm, New York 

Scott Bogle, New Hampshire

Eric Brenner, Washington, DC

Champe Burnley, Virginia

David Connelly, North Carolina

Heather Dunigan, Delaware

Lisa Fernandez, Connecticut

Kathleen Gannon, Rhode Island

Robert Gaston, Maryland

Bob Hamblen, Maine

Matthew Johnson, New Jersey

Tom Kaiden, Virginia 

Jack Keene, Maryland

Shawn Megill Legendre, Pennsylvania

Chris Linn, Pennsylvania

Anne Maleady, Colorado

Megan Massey, New Jersey

Matthew Moldenhauer, South Carolina

Melissa Miklus, Maryland

Steve Mitchell, Connecticut

Colin Moore, Florida 

Janine Peccini, Massachusetts

Stuart Popper, Connecticut

Dave Read, Massachusetts

Mary Roth, Delaware 

Phil Riggan, Virginia 

Tommy Sailors, Georgia

Boaz Shattan, New York 

Karl Soderholm, Florida

Larry Stuber, Georgia

Iona Thomas, North Carolina

Join the Greenway!

Your support helps to develop this ambitious, 3,000-mile route, Canada to Key West. Your membership gift builds more protected miles that we can all enjoy, today and for generations to come.