Jane’s Walk was founded in 2006 by a group of Jane Jacobs’ friends and colleagues as a way to honour and activate her ideas. That first year, there were 7 walks in Toronto. Over the next 10 years, the movement saw rapid global uptake. In 2017, 1,700 Jane’s Walks took place in 223 cities around the world, spanning 37 countries and 6 continents.
The Jane's Walk Project Office is based in Toronto and operated by a small staff and team of volunteer advisors. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alia is an inquisitive city-builder who has worked for nonprofits, local governments, and private enterprises in Colorado Springs, Toronto, Aspen, Shanghai, and Minneapolis. She connects, recruits and supports the global network of City Organizers who run Jane’s Walk in 200+ cities around the world. She also directs Toronto's local programming. Alia has an MPA from the University of Colorado-Denver and a belief that kindness, joy, and inclusive, equitable community-building make cities thrive. Things that float her boat include biking to work, mountains, turmeric, trivia, alliteration, and evidence-based public policy.
Jane's Walk is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform, which supports on-the-ground efforts to create uncommon solutions for the common good. Tides Canada is a national Canadian charity dedicated to a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity.
Tides Canada’s shared platform provides governance, human resources, financial, and grant management for leading environmental and social projects across Canada, allowing projects to more effectively achieve their missions. Tides Canada has full fiduciary and governance responsibility for Jane's Walk.