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East Coast Greenway Alliance

Connecting People to Place

aka ECGA   |   Durham, NC   |  http://www.greenway.org

Mission

The East Coast Greenway is a 3,000-mile inter-urban, multi-user transportation and recreation trail network connecting communities along the east coast of the United States from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. The spine route consists of a series of locally owned and managed trails, linked to form a continuous network, identified by the public through signage, maps, and user guides. The East Coast Greenway is a developing off-road route serving cyclists, hikers, and other non-motorized users for transportation and recreation.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mr. Dennis Markatos-Soriano

Main address

5826 Fayetteville Road Suite 210

Durham, NC 27713 USA

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EIN

04-3326812

NTEE code info

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have a vision and plan to achieve a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future for our 450 communities in 15 states throughout the US Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida. Today, too many people suffer from the effects of sedentary lifestyles and the resulting obesity and health risks. By getting more of the tens of millions Americans in our corridor outside for regular walks, runs, and bike rides, we are improving health outcomes and lowering health costs. Climate change is wreaking havoc throughout the world and is on course to get much worse in terms of risks from flooding, drought, dangerous temperatures, and more. The transportation sector is now the biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, so we need to lower the use of oil-powered automobiles by substituting those trips with low-carbon means such as biking and walking. Today's unequal economy threatens to rip the fabric of our country, making community centers like our linear park critical to our nation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

East Coast Greenway development

The organization's programs include advocating for greenway development in all east coast states from Maine to Florida, placing signage along designated portions of the East Coast Greenway, creation of educational and promotional materials, providing technical support to local partners and government agencies, and supporting our state committees who advocate within their state to complete the Greenway.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Greenway miles completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

East Coast Greenway development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is our annual tally of new greenway constructed and inspected to become complete as a segment of our 3,000-mile linear park vision.

Total number of Greenway miles signed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

East Coast Greenway development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to sign the entire 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway. As of 2019, 1,000 miles are left to sign in the next few years to make navigation easier and the experience safer and more convenient.

Number of visits to our park (millions)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

East Coast Greenway development

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is an estimate of the number of annual visits people made to our linear park via bike rides, runs, and walks in the millions which translate into a bigger public health and environmental impact.

Number of followers and supporters in our network

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

East Coast Greenway development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to build a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future for the 450 communities we connect throughout the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida.

By eradicating the biggest barrier (unsafe infrastructure), we are moving commutes, errands, and recreation from automobile trips to biking and walking. This effort increases the quality of life throughout our corridor.

As people flocked to the East Coast Greenway during the pandemic as a haven of health and sanctuary of sanity, use skyrocketed to 50 million bike rides, runs, and walks per year to make the Greenway the most visited park in America. Our goal is to develop hundreds more miles of Greenway throughout many of the nation's most populous areas to double use by the end of the decade and have a major impact lowering carbon emissions, fostering public health, and building community through equitable public space.

Our Strategic Plan to 2020, which went live in 2016, lays out a strategy of collaborative engagement with partners on the local, state, and regional level that mobilizes more resources than ever before. In our first few years, we already accomplished our goal of having the appropriate regional coordinator staffing level to cover all 15 states and DC (6 full-time staff, up from 3 in early 2016). We now have the people in place who can build relationships with key stakeholders, including our volunteer State Committees and others though our regional summits, to institutionalize the Greenway into the fabric of park and transportation systems from the municipal to the federal level.

Key strategies to raise the profile of the Greenway include effective events like the 3,000-mile East Coast River Relay in the fall of 2017, regional summits convening greenway leaders and key stakeholders throughout our region, and investment in Communications capacity to inspire increased Greenway use, growing support, and a sustainable organization for the decade of critical Greenway development ahead.

Finally, we aim for our organization to trail-blaze innovative strategies that foster a thriving Greenway and a strong nonprofit organization focused on its completion. We plan to integrate best practices from throughout the sector while retaining unique elements that fit our diverse team, geography, and mega-project scale.

We have a team of ambitious, smart, and positive staff and volunteers who are energized by the project and every small success toward our grand vision.

We have a track record of strong achievement and organizational resilience and growth. Our efforts have spurred the development of over 1,000 miles of Greenway through local to federal investments of $1.5 billion.

We have an Executive Director, Dennis Markatos-Soriano, with decades of experience leading effective nonprofit organizations. A Public Service Award recipient at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Prize winner at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School Master program, the organization has grown from 4 staff early in his tenure to 13 staff and a healthy financial position of 6+ months of liquidity. During this time, the organization's network of supporters and followers has grown 15X to over 130,000 people. The staff and volunteer team is full of effective individuals who complement each other well to achieve an astounding impact for the 60 million people who live in our corridor.

Through effective collaboration, we have woven together the most visited park in America -- with over 1,000 miles of off-road greenway completed as part of our 3,000-mile spine that serves 50 million visits per year from Maine to Florida. We serve people in some of our nation's biggest cities (New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, and Washington, DC) and many small towns and rural areas in-between them.

As a free public park, our corridor is lowering the costs of transport for hundreds of thousands of people and providing a space that builds community through equitable public space in a country suffering from hyper-partisanship and division. The Greenway is connecting millions of people to the nature around them, building the environmental stewards of tomorrow that our world needs to tackle climate change and other challenges ahead. The Greenway is also empowering people to live healthier, whether as the gateway to an active lifestyle for a toddler learning to bike or as a safe space for senior citizens to exercise away from automobiles.

While this progress is remarkable, too many people suffer from the health effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Too many people continue to struggle to pay their car and fuel payments every month when they could trade that experience for a bike or a pair of shoes if they have the safe infrastructure and empowering programming. And our nation's greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants from transportation remain stubbornly high despite significant progress in the electric power sector. We aim to be a major part of the solution to these problems by completing the East Coast Greenway -- a linear park for all to build community and enjoy everything from the moose to the manatee, the best blueberry pie to the best key lime pie, and all that the East Coast has to offer.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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East Coast Greenway Alliance

Board of directors
as of 01/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brandon Douglass

Axiom

Term: 2023 - 2024

Brandon Douglass

Axiom

Larry Silver

Langsam Stevens Silver & Hollaender

Andy Clarke

Toole Design Group

Joseph Impellizeri

Lori Bush

Becky Smith

REI

Spencer Finch

Alta Planning+Design

Nicole Thompson

Downtown Durham Inc.

Regina Yan

Appian Corporation

Atiba Mbiwan

Zeist Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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