New Executive Director Takes Helm of Friends of the Katy Trail

Amy Bean has taken the helm at Friends of the Katy Trail as its new executive director.

Bean earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas and a masters of public policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. It was at the Harvard Kennedy School that her passion for nonprofit management and social enterprise began.

She’s worked at the Center for Women and Enterprise in Boston, served as executive director of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network in Dallas, and she started own social enterprise, Tiny Bee Gift Co.  

Most recently, she brought the Brooklyn-based Shared Studios global, experiential art concept “Portal” to Dallas and partnered to host it at NorthPark Center, Klyde Warren Park, and Bonton Farms.  

 “I am delighted to be joining the Friends of the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a true Dallas treasure, and I am honored to be working to maintain and enhance this beloved landmark,” Bean said.

Ann Whitley Wood is continuing with the trail as its director of major gifts, and Lauren Whitson has been promoted to director of operations.

Eric Paulson is the new president of the Friends of the Katy Trail board of directors.  Other officers include Charlie Shufeldt, past president; Buddy Cramer, vice president; Troy Daniel, vice president; Ken Elmgren, treasurer; and Ruthie Shor, secretary. 

In addition, the friends added eight new members to the board:  Eric Bing, Cricket Griffin, Bess Dickson, Lara Francis, Adam Mengacci, Jill Rareshide, Shannon Stamm, and Newt Walker.

 “We’re very excited to have Amy onboard to continue the momentum and energy our ‘Complete the Trail’ campaign generated in the past year with Charlie’s leadership. With Amy working with our talented board members, officers and staff, I know that we will continue to make the Katy Trail even better,” Eric said.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected]

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