Board & Staff

Board Members

Head shot photoBrianna Frey, President
Brianna is the Director of Planning and Associate Principal at a local planning and design firm, Asakura Robinson. She has over 7 years of experience in economic development and stakeholder engagement. Brianna has volunteered for RLPI since 2017. She’s excited to be part of something that can change Central Texas as we know it. Brianna is most excited about using the Parkway to commute between Mueller and Downtown Austin.


Head shot photoClaire Hempel, Vice President
Claire is a Principal at Design Workshop, a landscape architecture, urban design, and community planning firm. She’s been part of the RLPI since 2021. Claire sees the incredible potential of Austin, and is passionate that a pedestrian and bikeway is an imperative piece of infrastructure. Based in southwest Austin, Claire is excited to utilize a connected system of trails that would allow her to ride all the way from south to north Austin.


Head shot photoChris Maldonado, Secretary
Chris is a Client Executive at Accenture-Microsoft Business Group at Avanade and has over 20+ years of experience in the IT consulting and sales industry. Chris is the president of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Austin. Chris is most excited by RLPI to promote a safe haven for transit and recreational activities for local citizens.


Head shot photoAnika Keswani, Treasurer
Anika is a Director of Strategy & Operations at Salesforce, with over 18 years of experience in the technology field. She’s been part of RLPI since 2020. Anika is passionate about creating pathways for bikes to become an effective means of transportation for all ages & abilities, and looks forward to the day she, her husband, and their 3 sons can ride without fear from north-central Austin to downtown on the Parkway.


Head shot photoJacob Villanueva
Jacob is Chief Creative for The Texas Tribune, and has been part of RLPI since 2017. Jacob is proud to be focusing on a small section that will impact the larger community around non-car-based transit. He’s most looking forward to rolling on the Parkway to get to Q2 Stadium for Austin FC games and the nearby breweries.


Head shot photoEric Goff
Eric is an electricity infrastructure consultant with a focus on ERCOT market energy transition issues. Eric can’t wait to ride to Q2 Stadium for a game. He’s excited about creating a strong alternative to traffic, and has been a part of RLPI since day 1.


Head shot photoJulio Carrillo
Julio Carrillo, AICP, LEED AP ND, is a Senior Planner; Manager with Parkhill’s Planning Sector. Julio is a Certified Planner (AICP), Peruvian Architect (CAP), and LEED Accredited Professional. He co-founded and directed Peru’s Green Building Council. He served as chair in Austin’s AIA Urban Design Committee (2022), and as the chair of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Urban Land Institute of Austin – Texas (2022). He has been awarded and recognized for his urban design practice. In 2021, Julio was selected as an International Expert of a group leading a research team of young professionals planning the future of cities in Asia. Julio is Director at Planning Commitment Inc, forging the implementation of the PLANNING 2050 initiative: a commitment for cities, communities, planning professionals, firms, and organizations to take action that positively impact aspects of Equity, Climate Change and Resiliency.


Head shot photoCarly Haithcock
Carly is a Senior Engineering Associate with Nelson\Nygaard where she plans and designs safe, comfortable infrastructure for people walking and biking. Carly joined the Board in Spring 2022 and chairs the Grants Committee. She is excited to be a part of an effort from the advocacy/stewardship side. Her favorite segment of the Parkway is Rosewood Avenue to 12th Street.


Head shot photoMelissa Henao-Robledo
Melissa Henao-Robledo is the Business Development Team Member for Landscape Forms.
She earned a Masters in Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University and an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University. Melissa’s knowledge of the industry and experience with landscape architects, architects, and designers, is a great addition to the RLPI board. Melissa devotes much time to service in her community, assisting a number of other outreach organizations.



Tom Wald, Executive DirectorHead shot photo
Tom is co-founder of RLPI, and is a longtime Austin-area trails, walking, and bicycling advocate. He also serves on the boards of People United for Mobility Action (PUMA), Austin Outside, and Safe Streets Austin, and was Bike Austin Executive Director from 2009-2014.


Jennifer Potter-Miller, Community Engagement ManagerHead shot photo
Jennifer joined RLPI in January 2023, and focuses on community engagement, event management, communications, and fundraising. She has chaired the Friends of Patterson Park since 2016, and served on the Austin Parks Foundation board from 2019 to 2021. At Patterson, she led a community-driven neighborhood park planning process, organized a number of annual community events, and raised funds for several park improvement projects. She loves walking on urban trails and hiking in the woods. Her favorite segment of the Parkway is the Boggy Creek Trail, which stretches from Rosewood Ave. to 12th St.


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  • Tom Wald
    published this page 2021-05-07 08:45:25 -0500