New faces at the National Center for Safe Routes to School

Welcome Pam Barth, MRP, Project Manager at the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Pam holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master's in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

After 10 years as a relational database developer, Pam turned her passion for all things pedestrian into a career. Most recently she spent two years at Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., a Fortune 100 private engineering consulting company, where she did NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) planning for transportation projects.

At NCSRTS, Pam is responsible for coordinating programs and activities that provide technical assistance to states and communities on how to promote safe walking or bicycling to school as part of the national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. She oversees technical assistance to all 51 state SRTS programs as well as subcontractor work related to the development of technical materials. She also provides oversight and technical support for program activities such as Walk to School Day promotions and mini grants to assist program start ups. Pam's database knowledge enables her to provide backup support for NCSRTS' data tracking program.

Having married into a bicycling dynasty, Pam enjoys spending time biking, hiking, reading, and hanging out with her husband Chris and their son Daniel.

Welcome Raquel Rivas, Marketing Manager at the National Center for Safe Routes to School. She joined the staff in late Summer 2008 and is responsible for marketing and communications strategies, including media relations, for the NCSRTS.

Previously, Raquel worked on Latin American communications for Mayo Clinic and its three medical practices in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. She also has worked as a public relations consultant for local and state agencies in Florida. Raquel also has experience as a newspaper reporter in Florida and her native Puerto Rico. She holds a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in English.

Raquel has fond memories of walking to school with her mother and younger siblings in Puerto Rico, and enjoys doing the same with her daughter. She is available to conduct media interviews and write articles in either English or Spanish, and also is conversant in Portuguese.