Director of Healthy Living Initiatives
Office of the Mayor
City of Nashville
1 Public Square
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
Adetokunbo "Toks" Omishakin, MURP, is an urban planner with vast experience on issues related to community design and its impact on public health. He started his professional career in 1999 working as a project designer for IMS Engineers. He moved to Nashville in 2002 to work as Nashville’s first bicycle and pedestrian coordinator at the Metro Planning Department. While at the Planning Department he assisted on the creation of more than ten community plans, providing leadership on issues related to open space planning, parks, greenways, sidewalks, and bikeways. In 2003, he led a partnership team that applied for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living by Design grant. That same year, Mr. Omishakin was appointed the grants project director when Nashville became one of 25 cities to receive the highly coveted award to design more active-healthy living communities.
Late in 2008, Mr. Omishakin accepted a new position with Mayor Karl Dean’s office to coordinate multimodal transportation issues with several metro and state departments. In 2010, he was appointed the director of healthy living initiatives, to guide efforts from the Mayor's Office on the $7.5 million in federal funding Nashville received to improve active living and healthy eating. In this role he also severs as the Mayor’s liaison to the Healthy Nashville Leadership Council and Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee.