About Us

Our mission is to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s students and their families and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.

Our Story

In 2007, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership initiated the State Network Project to establish SRTS networks in nine states and the District of Columbia. That work has continued over the years in different states including California.

In January 2012 the National Partnership initiated the Regional Network project. The regional network project launched in 2010 with support from Kaiser Permanente in the areas of Southern California, the Greater Washington DC Area and in the Atlanta Region. We brought our efforts to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 and the Portland, OR region in 2013.

Our California state and regional networks in California work to bring together advocacy groups, parents, community members, government agencies, and other leaders. They also help ensure that Safe Routes to School funds succeed in California, leverage additional resources, and address and improve regional transportation policies.

Email Jonathan Matz, California Senior Policy Manager, at jonathan@saferoutespartnership.org if you have questions, concerns, or just want to get involved.

Many thanks to Kaiser Permanente and The California Endowment for their support of the National Partnership’s work in California.

Our Staff

matzJonathan Matz, California Senior Policy Manager

Los Angeles, CA

jonathan@saferoutespartnership.org | (323) 422-4948

Jonathan Matz serves as California Senior Policy Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. In this role, he works to promote state and local policies that facilitate active transportation and safe streets. Additionally, he advises governments and agencies in low income communities on safe streets policy and helps them build capacity and secure funding for Safe Routes to School infrastrucure and planning through California's Active Transportation Program and other sources.

martinezMarty Martinez, Bay Area Regional Policy Manager

San Francisco, CA

marty@saferoutespartnership.org | (415) 637-6488

Marty Martinez, MPP serves as the Bay Area regional policy manager and is strengthening our diverse networks in the Bay Area to support policies and funding for Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets and creating healthy communities.  Marty earned his Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley as a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow, and is a graduate of Swarthmore College.


demiDemi Espinoza, Southern California Regional Policy Manager

Los Angeles, CA

demi@saferoutespartnership.org | (503) 739-3654

Demi Espinoza is one of two Regional Policy Managers in the Southern California region, focusing on the Inland Empire counties of Riverside and San Bernardino. Demi works with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and County Transportation Commissions in Southern California counties on policy and funding opportunities for active transportation. Demi is an Inland Empire native who grew up in the region and earned her B.A. in Sociology at Cal State San Bernardino. She returns to California after spending four years in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining the National Partnership, Demi worked on racial equity and policy advocacy with the Coalition of Communities of Color and Basic Rights Oregon on an array of equity issues, including marriage equality, open and affirming faith advocacy and racial justice. Locally, she has worked as a Regional Field Manager with Equality California in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.