Denise Pinto is the Executive Director of the Jane's Walk project. Named in honour of Jane Jacobs, the project supports community organizers from over 200 cities, Calgary to Calcutta, as they produce programmes of citizen-led walking tours that get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.
Denise has walked with Jane's Walk leaders and delivered keynote lectures in Vienna, Hong Kong and Chicago. Trained as a landscape architect, she is also an Advisory Board member for Open Streets Toronto, a Steering Committee member for Walk Toronto, a Board Member for MABELLEarts, and the former Chair of the Editorial Board for OALA's Ground Magazine, where she frequently contributes.
In 2012, she won a Medal of Excellence at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Urban Design Awards for a project on urban agriculture. In 2016, she was named a Vital Person by the Toronto Foundation, one of a handful of people making a difference in the city. Denise aspires to be better at thinking on her feet, and can often be found on stage performing amateur improv when she is not geeking out about urban landscapes.