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Trips for Kids appoints a new national director

Published August 1, 2017

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Trips for Kids has appointed Robert Alan Ping as its executive director. Ping will be responsible for leading the implementation of the national strategic plan to enhance and expand the Trips for Kids National organization of independent community chapters.

In April of this year, the TFK board announced it was separating the founding TFK Marin chapter from national efforts with the formation of TFK national and was conducting a search for an executive director. Ping is the result of that search.

Ping has more than 25 years strategic management experience specializing in bicycling, walking, social equity and youth development. Prior to joining Trips for Kids, Ping was executive director for the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. He also worked for eight years as the technical director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a public health effort to increase the number of children walking and cycling to school and in daily life.

"Robert's proven leadership and depth of experience, enthusiasm and commitment make him ideally suited to launch this next phase of the Trips for Kids National organizational development," said Chuck Lesem, Trips for Kids' board president. "We are excited to work with Robert to help us achieve our vision of a world where every kid in every community has the opportunity to know the joy of riding a bike and the freedom to explore the natural world on two wheels."

"I am thrilled to join the Trips for Kids team," said Ping. "I remember the natural beauty and the feeling of freedom and accomplishment the first time I rode a mountain bike, and look forward to helping community leaders around the country to bring that life-changing experience to many more of America's youth."

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