Vienna McLeod

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Vienna McLeod

Manager, Standard Development

Movement Concept Lead
International WELL Building Institute
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New York, New York
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In her role with IWBI, Vienna is part of the Standard Development team where she oversees the Movement concept. Drawing from her background in exercise and movement science and public health epidemiology, Vienna works to curate and translate an evidence-base on the intersection of health and the built environment as it relates to physical activity and ergonomics. Vienna is a firm believer in the concept of "move more sit less" and believes that buildings and communities, when thoughtfully designed and supported by robust policies, can have a significant impact on the quality and quantity of our movement, in and outside of the workplace. Vienna works on a diverse portfolio of projects and initiatives for IWBI. She oversees the addenda process for the entire suite of WELL programs. She also serves as the project manager for a multi-organization, collaboration seeking to establish a set of universal guidelines for sensor technologies and their application in buildings. In past roles, Vienna oversaw the final stages of development and launch of the First Edition WELLographies which were released to the Build WELL app in 2017. Before joining IWBI, Vienna completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology at Colombia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. During her tenure at Mailman, she worked as a research assistant on NIH funded physical activity projects in cancer survivors and helped launch a pilot study that examined the impact of physical activity on the human microbiome. Her graduate thesis work evaluated the relationship between physical activity and lymphedema in a cohort of breast cancer survivors. Vienna also served on the board of two student organizations: The Graduate Student Association (GSA) and Students for Food Policy and Obesity Prevention (FPOP). Vienna is also active with several professional associations related to health and the built environment. From 2017-2018, Vienna served as the Chair of Communications for the American Public Health Association’s Physical Activity Section. Currently, she is an active member of the Sedentary Behavior Council of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health and also supports active transportation initiatives representing IWBI in the Local Empowerment Working Group of the Partnership for Active Transportation.

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