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Keynote Speakers

Van Jones, political activist, commentator, author and attorney

Van Jones is a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor, and CNN political correspondent. He is the Founder and President of Dream Corps  an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our society. The Dream Corps three programs, #cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All, work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.

A Yale-educated attorney, Mr. Jones has written two New York Times bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives. Over the past two decades, he has founded four thriving social enterprises, advancing solutions to some of America’s toughest economic and environmental problems. In 2009, Mr. Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending


Brian Payne, executive director of the Central Indiana Community Foundation

Brian Payne is President and CEO of the $725 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the Foundation’s annual grantmaking has doubled to almost $50 million. The Foundation has a major focus on developing, attracting and retaining highly educated, creative, entrepreneurial and community minded people. Mr. Payne is the Founder/Leader of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail:  A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, a $63 million dollar, eight-mile, beautifully designed and landscaped pedestrian and bicycle pathway that connects every significant arts, cultural, heritage, sports and entertainment venue in Indianapolis' dynamic downtown. It was created by taking a lane of traffic away from cars and dedicating it to people on foot, bikes, Segways and wheelchairs.  The national consulting firm, Project for Public Spaces chose the Indianapolis Cultural Trail as the best North American example of a big, bold, transformative project that is changing the way we think of cities and city life.  


Seleta Reynolds, general manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ms. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices for Angelinos and the region. Ms. Reynolds has over 18 years of transportation experience throughout the United States. She has advised transportation technology companies like WalkScore, contributed to the state-of-the-practice as a Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board Member, mentored young professionals through Women’s Transportation Seminar, and nurtured research on Transportation Research Board committees. Ms. Reynolds serves as the President of the National Association for City Transportation Officials.


John Burke, president, Trek Bicycle Company

John Burke began working at Trek Bicycle in 1984 and has been president of the company since 1997. In addition to leading Trek, Mr. Burke served as chairman of President George W. Bush’s President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is a founding member of PeopleForBikes. Mr. Burke is an avid cyclist, runner, and a published author. His most recent book, 12 Simple Solutions to Save America, was released in June of 2016. John and his wife, Tania, live in Madison, Wisconsin.


Panelists, Presenters and Facilitators (updated as they are confirmed)

Michael Andersen; PlacesForBikes Staff Writer; PeopleForBikes
Michael may be the only person to have ever simultaneously been a member of the Online News Association and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. He covers the spread of low-stress biking networks in a reported blog on PeopleForBikes.org. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also served three years as news editor of BikePortland.org. You can follow his reporting at @PlacesForBikes on Facebook and Twitter.

Andy Bemis; Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Planner; City of Tucson
Bio coming

Jennifer Boldry, Ph.D.; Director of Research; PeopleForBikes
At PeopleForBikes, Jennifer connects the dots between great places to ride and ridership of all kinds. She aggregates and synthesizes secondary research and directs the primary research program.
Jennifer’s background is in statistical modeling with a focus on non-independent data. Jennifer has extensive experience applying her methodological expertise to help outdoor, bike, run, and snow sports companies grow their businesses and industries. She has directed research at National Analysts Worldwide, Leisure Trends Group, and most recently as President of Breakaway Research Group; and as Assistant Professor, taught courses at Montana State University. Jennifer holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University, where she was trained in experimental social psychology.

Councilman Albus Brooks; President; Denver City Council District 9
Councilman Brooks was elected to his first term on Denver’s City Council in 2011. He campaigned under the motto, “Connecting Diverse Communities,” a rallying cry that spoke to the values of the community and helped him defeat his 38 challengers. He began his first term as President of City Council in 2016. Councilman Brooks has had an incredible impact on his community, including helping to create the first affordable housing sustainable fund for $150 million and universal early childhood education for all 4-year-olds. Currently he is seeking to create sustainable funding for transportation mobility solutions. Before his time in the political arena, he served as the Director of the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership, an organization that invests in emerging leaders throughout Denver.

Charles Brown, MPA; senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center & adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; Rutgers University
Charles has 15 years of public and private sector experience in transportation planning, policy, and research, and extensive experience in community development across three states: Mississippi, Florida and New Jersey. He is considered a national thought leader and a leading voice in bike equity, environmental justice, open streets, and complete streets policy adoption and implementation. His current research focuses on the impact of crime on walking frequency and propensity as well as removing barriers to bicycling for blacks, Latinos, and women of color. He is an instructor of an advanced course on environmental justice for the National Transit Institute, and a member of course faculty for the Walkability Action Institute hosted by the CDC and NACDD. His work has been featured by or quoted in the New York Times, NPR, Streetsblog Los Angeles and Chicago, CityLab, and various other national and local media outlets.

Ann Chanecka; Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator; City of Tucson
Bio coming

Laura Dierenfield; Active Transportation Program Manager; City of Austin
Bio coming

Jennifer Dill; Professor, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning, Director, Transportation Research and Education Center; Portland State University
Dr. Jennifer Dill is a professor in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and Director of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC). Dr. Dill’s research focuses on the relationships between transportation, land use, health, and the environment, with a focus on bicycling and walking. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Dill worked as an environmental and transportation planner in California. Dr. Dill has a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a BS in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from UC Davis.

Kate Fillin-Yeh; Director of Strategy; National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
Bio coming

Spencer Gardner; Project Planner; Toole Design Group
Spencer Gardner is a data and analysis expert at Toole Design Group with experience creating multimodal transportation plans. He has developed GIS tools that use the Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) framework to assess the quality of bicycle accommodations and identify locations in need of improvement. He also has experience using LTS ratings and network analysis techniques to highlight connections and gaps in a city's transportation network. He has presented his work on spatial databases, LTS analysis, and network evaluation at several conferences, most recently the 2017 National Conference of the American Planning Association.

Tessa Greegor; FC Bikes Program Manager; City of Fort Collins
Bio coming

Amelia Kegel; Owner; Wheel and Sprocket
Bio coming

Aylene McCallum; Director, Downtown Environment; Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.
Bio coming

Randy Neufeld; Director; SRAM Cycling Fund
Randy started his career as a cycling advocate in Chicago at the Active Transportation Alliance, formally known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. He began as executive director in 1987, and then served as Chief Strategy Officer from 2004 through 2009. During over 20 years of NGO leadership in Chicago, he gained experience in all aspects of cycling promotion including planning, mapping, safety, marketing, design, policy, lobbying and funding. With the support of SRAM, Randy continues as a leader in cycling advocacy in Chicago, nationally, and internationally; with involvement in America Bikes, the National Complete Streets Coalition, the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the National Partnership for Safe Routes to School, and Chicago bike/ped groups.

Mayor Betsy Price; Mayor; Fort Worth, Texas
Bio coming

Martha Roskowski; Vice President of Local Innovation; PeopleForBikes
Bio coming

Mayor Wade Troxell; Mayor; Fort Collins, Colorado
Bio coming

Drusilla van Hengel, Ph.D.; Principal; Nelson Nygaard
Dru has more than 20 years of academic and practical transportation planning and operations experience. She focuses on bicycle and pedestrian master planning and capital project development, project evaluation, healthy communities, and safe routes to schools and parks. Her academic background and public sector work in land development, traffic operations, and community planning provides a unique perspective and rich depth of experience that has benefited communities across the country as they decide how to take their next move toward making walking and bicycling viable options for people of all ages and abilities.

Kyle Wagenschutz; Director of Local Innovation; PeopleForBikes

Kyle is leading a three-year initiative called The Big Jump Project to expedite the planning and development of comfortable bicycling networks with a goal of doubling or tripling bicycle rates in 10 U.S. communities by 2020. Hired in 2010 as the first Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Memphis, Tennessee, Kyle’s job was to establish Memphis as a national leader and innovator on applying bicycle and pedestrian programs. In 2013, the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals awarded Kyle with its Young Professional of the Year Award for exceptional accomplishments in the field of walking and biking. In 2015, Kyle was named a Champion of Change at a ceremony at the White House for his work in Memphis.

Mayor A C Wharton; former Mayor; Memphis, Tennessee
Bio coming

Nathan Wilkes; Senior Active Transportation Designer; City of Austin
Nathan is responsible for the planning, design and implementation of active transportation facilities in Austin, Texas and works in the Austin Transportation Department in the Active Transportation Program. Over the past nine years with the City, he has helped Austin become a national leader in innovative planning, street design and bicycle network buildout with a focus on all ages and abilities. He has also helped build one of the most sustained and large scale street retrofit programs in the nation and improve bicycling barriers, integrated on- and off-street networks. He has been an active contributor in moving forward national best practice through a number of efforts including the NACTO Cities for Cycling Initiative and the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project.

Andy Williamson; Director of Program Development; International Mountain Bicycling Association
Andy’s business card says Director of Programs however he serves many roles - a catalyst, a salesman, a mentor, a lobbyist, a project manager, board member, outdoor adventurer, a strategic planner, and visionary. At IMBA he leads the organization’s mission-focused programs designed to protect, create, and enhance great places to ride mountain bikes. Whether it was leading trips across the country for a university outdoor program, managing a park district outdoor recreation program, or as a dedicated volunteer and advocate he has spent his career working to educate and inspire people to get out and live and has been invested in insuring everyone has a place to find their own adventure.


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