Bike Walk Mississippi's Board of Directors
Ocean Springs, MS
Melody Moody Thortis
Melody Moody Thortis served as the full-time Executive Director at Bike Walk Mississippi from 2010 - 2017 and as its part-time director since 2017. Melody holds a Masters degree in International Development, Advocacy and Human Rights from Eastern University, a graduate certificate in Creative Placemaking from the New England College of Art & Design and is originally from Kingsport, Tennessee. Under her leadership, Bike Walk Mississippi gained a national reputation for its work in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy. Bike Walk Mississippi was recognized by the national Alliance for Biking and Walking as 2013's "Advocacy Organization of the Year" and Bicycling Magazine named Melody as 1 of 14 "Innovators using bicycles to change the world". Melody has served as Mississippi's primary congressional advocate for the past 11 years, lobbying both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on behalf of bicycle and pedestrian interests and her work on behalf of Bike Walk Mississippi has contributed to the Transportation Alternatives Program supporting access to bicycle and walking programs and infrastructure across the nation. Melody brings a passion of representing all people who walk or ride a bicycle by choice or by need and is passionate about using the bicycle as a tool for community development.
Check out her TEDx talk about that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGbU9I6yS1U
Bicycle Safety Ambassador