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Speakers

We will update the list of keynote speakers, presenters and panelists regularly.  

Keynote Speakers

Valerie Jarrett; Senior Advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn, and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School






Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Capital Management Holdings, 2U, and Lyft.

Ms. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration’s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, and affordable childcare, and led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence.

Ms. Jarrett has a background in both the public and private sectors. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of The Habitat Company in Chicago, Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, Commissioner of Planning and Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also served as the director of numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards including Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s “100 Most Influential People.”

Jarrett received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981.

 

Manuel Calvo; Mastermind of Sevilla, Spain's bicycle network, and Sustainability Senior Consultant for EstudioMC

Manuel Calvo is the Sustainability Senior Consultant for EstudioMC, a sustainable mobility and planning firm, in Sevilla, Spain. As the author and strategy advisor of Sevilla's bicycle plan during its implementation from 2007-2010, Manuel became one of the primary architects of Sevilla’s Cycle-Lane Network, now comprising more than 160 km of separated cycle tracks or traffic-calmed streets throughout the city. Implementing this network in only three years, combined with the pedestrianization of central boulevards and plazas in the city’s core and launch of a fleet of 2,600, resulted in a rapid shifts to bicycling. Today, more than 70,000 bikes are used daily for trips throughout Sevilla, compared to close to zero only a few years ago. Manuel has worked alongside city officials and community advocates to build the necessary political and community support that allowed rapid acceleration of the city’s infrastructure network, overcome adversity and obstacles in public perception and technical design, and ultimately create a successful movement that was too powerful to roll back, even in the face of looming economic and political challenges in the years ahead.
 

Toks Omishakin; Assistant Commissioner and Chief of the Bureau of Environment and Planning; Tennessee Department of Transportation

Toks Omishakin leads TDOT's continued success in establishing environmental, multi-modal and transportation planning policies and is responsible for the bureau’s administrative and project budget that exceeds $300 million annually. He leads the activities of the divisions of Environmental Services, Long-Range Planning, and Multimodal Transportation Resources. Prior to joining TDOT, he served as the Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Office of Mayor - Karl Dean in Nashville, Tennessee. There he led efforts to develop Metro Nashville’s - Complete Streets Policy and helped establish a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design for the city. He also spearheaded the creation of two Bicycle Sharing programs (Nashville BCycle and Nashville Green Bikes) for the city. He was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to the Board of the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway Authority in 2012 and the Governor’s Rural Development Task Force in 2015. He also serves on the Board of Directors at America Walks, the Civil Engineering and Environment Advisory Board at Tennessee Tech University and is Co-Chair of the Tennessee Regions Roundtable Network. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) with concentrations in transportation planning and urban design from Jackson State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Mississippi Valley State University.
 

Doug Gordon; Writer and Producer; BrooklynSpoke.com

Doug Gordon is a seasoned TV producer and writer with credits for ABC, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery, History, Travel Channel, and more. He's fascinated by the ways in which the media covers issues related to transportation, safe streets, and personal mobility and has been called “a master of images that subvert anti-bike stereotypes." His blog BrooklynSpoke.com and associated Twitter feed @BrooklynSpoke have made him an authoritative voice on the bicycling revolution happening in New York City, across the United States, and in cities around the world. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two children.
 

Stan Day; CEO and Founding President; SRAM

Stan Day is the CEO and founding President of SRAM, a global leader in the manufacture of performance mountain and road bike components. Brands include SRAM, Rockshox, Truvative, Avid, Quarq, and Zipp. Stan and partners launched SRAM in 1987 with Grip Shift and built a successful company with acquisition and innovation. Stan has a BSM from Tulane University and an MBA from Kellogg. Stan believes in the Power of Bicycles and has inserted that view into the DNA of SRAM, leading the industry in efforts to grow cycling. SRAM is a major supporter of World Bicycle Relief and Stan serves on the board. Stan enjoys daily cycling in Chicago and an occasional mountain or road bike ride.
 

Mayor Joe Hogsett; Indianapolis, Indiana

Joseph Hadden “Joe” Hogsett is the 49th mayor of Indianapolis. Before taking office in 2016, Mayor Hogsett served as Indiana’s Secretary of State and United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Mayor Hogsett’s focus is on preventing crime, protecting taxpayers, and creating opportunities for working families. He is also dedicated to investing Indianapolis’ resources back into our neighborhoods. A lifelong Hoosier, Mayor Hogsett has lived and worked in Indianapolis for more than 30 years. He earned his law degree and undergraduate degree from Indiana University. He received graduate degrees from Butler University and the Christian Theological Seminary.
 

Brian Payne; President and CEO; 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. 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.
 

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.
 

Chris Case; Operations Director; SRAM

Chris has been the Operations Director for SRAM’s Indianapolis location since 2013. In addition to manufacturing Zipp carbon fiber wheels, the site is also home to SRAM’s Americas fulfillment center. Previously he held leadership roles in both operations and engineering for Honeywell, Yale Commercial and Stanley Black & Decker. Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University in 1993 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 2003. Since joining SRAM, Chris has become a passionate advocate supporting local cycling non-profits, regional pro-cycling initiatives such as Mass Transit and Bicycle Friendly Businesses and raising awareness in Indiana for World Bicycle Relief. He has also served on the Board for the Indiana Tour de Cure over the last three years.
 

Tim Blumenthal; President; PeopleForBikes

Tim Blumenthal is the president of the PeopleForBikes Coalition, the U.S. bicycling industry association dedicated to putting more people on bicycles more often and making bike riding better for everyone. Tim also heads the PeopleForBikes Foundation, which includes more than 1,160,000 individual supporters and backs the acclaimed Green Lane Project to develop protected bikeways. PeopleForBikes was called Bikes Belong from its 1999 launch until its 2013 renaming and rebranding. Tim previously served 11 years as the first executive director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association and was earlier a top editor at Bicycling Magazine and VeloNews. Tim served as a writer and advisor for NBC's cycling coverage of seven Summer Olympic Games (1984-2008). He was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2002. Tim was named to the UCI Advocacy Commission in 2014 and was selected for the Steering Board of the World Cycling Alliance that same year.
 


Elected Officials Panel

Mayor Greg Ballard; Indianapolis, Indiana (2008 - 2016)

    Mayor Gregory A. Ballard, a native Hoosier, was elected as the 48th Mayor of Indianapolis. After earning his undergraduate degree in Economics from Indiana University, Mayor Ballard entered the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, he served in the Persian Gulf War and upon his retirement, was awarded the Legion of Merit. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years service. Mayor Ballard has been active in the community, serving as a tutor and an Advisory Board Member for the Lilly Boys and Girls Club, as a contributing editor to both the Indiana Minority Business Magazine and the Indiana Parenting Magazine, and as founder of the Indianapolis Writers Group.
 
 

Mayor James Brainard; Carmel, Indiana

    Mayor Jim Brainard is Carmel’s first six-term mayor. During his terms in office, Carmel has grown in population from 25,000 to almost 90,000. Parkland, greenspace and trails have increased. The development of an Arts & Design District, a downtown called City Center and a new Midtown project joining the two together, has helped in the creation of a vibrant, thriving city where companies want to locate, where employees want to live and where families want to raise their children. Mayor Brainard has encouraged the construction of roundabouts, which reduced accidents with injury almost 80 percent at intersections when contrasted to signalized intersections. During his tenure, Carmel has received honorable mention for Municipal Excellence from the National League of Cities and has been designated a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
 

Mayor Lori Buck; Fruita, Colorado (2012 - 2018)

Mayor Lori Buck is a fourth generation Fruita area resident and Colorado State University graduate with a degree in Forest Management. She worked in urban forestry and horticulture in the Denver Metro area prior to moving back to Fruita in 2001. Her interest in local government began while working for the City of Fruita Planning Department. This knowledge base led her down the path of Fruita City Councilwoman from 2006-2012 and Mayor of Fruita from 2012-2018. She helps lead Fruita in promoting the outdoor recreation industry with mountain biking the catalyst. It is an intentional decision to expand Fruita’s outdoor recreational assets as another layer to the local economy. The city actively works to develop the trail systems in and around the Fruita area focusing on connectivity within residential and commercial developments as well as access to the abundant surrounding public lands. 
 

Councilman Leon Pinkett, III; Baltimore City Council; 7th District 

Leon F. Pinkett III was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has dedicated the past 20 years to serving communities throughout the city, especially those in West Baltimore. Leon has proven experience in strengthening communities, community organizing and commercial development in urban centers. On December 8, 2016, Councilman Pinkett was sworn in as a member of the Baltimore City Council representing the 7th District. Prior, Mr. Pinkett served three years as the Assistant Deputy Mayor for the Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development, where he shared oversight of several key city agencies with a focus on developing revitalization efforts to strengthen and support communities throughout Baltimore. Previous to his tenure in the Mayor’s Office, Councilman Pinkett was employed as a Sr. Economic Development Officer at the Baltimore Development Corporation. Recognizing how significant food access is to our community, Leon played a major role in the opening of eight grocery stores in communities throughout the city. Leon is a graduate of Guilford College (NC) where he received his undergraduate degree in Economics and is currently enrolled in the Master Program at the University of Baltimore, with a specialization in Negotiations and Management Conflict.
 

 

Speakers

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.

 

Mike Basarich; Manager of Cycling Infrastructure; Saris Cycling Group (Madison)

Mike uses bikes to mark key moments in his life: his youth (his first new bike, a black Trek 820), his college years (a 10-speed road bike), his time as a legislative aid in Washington DC without a car (a used Peugeot), several years working with the National Park Service (a mountain bike), and his return home to Wisconsin in 2008 (a triathlon bike). Now with a garage full of bikes, Mike is dedicated to ensuring safe, accessible places to ride through his role as Director of Bike Fixation, the cycling infrastructure brand at Saris. In addition to managing new product development and governmental affairs, he consults with cities and communities across the globe to help them become more bicycle-friendly. Because Saris believes that a better world has more bikes.

 

Keith Benjamin; Director of the Department of Traffic and Transportation; City of Charleston

In his position, Keith oversees all transportation maintenance, planning and partnerships at the local, county and state level. He previously served in the Office of Policy Development, Strategic Planning and Performance as well as led the Office of Public Liaison at the US Department of Transportation. Prior to his Federal service, Keith was Community Partnership Manager for the Voices for Healthy Kids Community Consortium with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. In this role, he was responsible for the recruiting and developing of public and private partners that were dedicated to creating healthy accessible and safe communities across the nation. At the national, regional and local level, Keith provided technical assistance to policy campaigns in underserved communities, built coalitions, increased leadership capacity, engaged elected officials, created advocacy resources and led The Nation Active Transportation Diversity Task Force. Keith is a graduate and Deans awardee of Swarthmore College.
 

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.

 

Scott Bricker; Executive Director; Bike Pittsburgh

Scott Bricker has cycled across the country, is an everyday bicycle commuter, and is a vocal advocate for cyclists’ rights. He is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a B.S. in Public Policy and Management. Scott lived in San Francisco for two years following graduation where he worked for a dot-com and a software company before moving back to Pittsburgh in 2001. Scott is a co-founder of Bike Pittsburgh.
 

Ben Davis; Director of Campaigns; New Company (Denver)

Ben Davis is the Director of Campaigns for New Company, a philanthropic entity of James and Dominique Walton. Focused on applying a diverse background in public affairs consulting, he both manages and assists in projects to create social, environmental, and political change. Prior to joining New Company, Ben founded and served as a partner of OnSight Public Affairs, a firm based in Denver Colorado, specializing in communications, project management, public opinion research, and public persuasion campaigns. For 15 years he worked with organizations in the business, sport, and political industries to meet their individual goals. His expertise in public strategy and communications have been successfully used on some of the state’s highest-profile projects, including the USA Pro Challenge and managing campaigns for both Senator Mark Udall and Governor John Hickenlooper. When Ben isn’t busy marrying his passion for cycling, the arts, and social and environmental change, he can be found hanging with his family or riding one of his bikes through the woods. 

 

Jenn Dice; VP Business Network and Government Relations; PeopleForBikes

Jenn’s team works with governments at the federal, state and local level to make bicycling better for everyone. The Business Network represents the bike industry by leading with the voice of business – economic development, job creation, and improving communities and health through bicycling. Business Network programs include public policy, congressional development, Washington, D.C. executive fly-ins, industry leadership gatherings, and bike entrepreneur meetups. In 2011, Jenn was recognized by Outside Magazine’s “power list” of the top 25 people that influence the world outside for her time working for the International Mountain Bicycling Association and was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2014. She has worked for the South Dakota, Kansas and Colorado state legislatures. Jenn is an avid endurance mountain biker who has completed the Leadville Trail 100 14 times and was the first woman to hike up, and mountain bike down Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

 

Kathryn Doherty-Chapman; Bicycle Program and Employee Outreach Manager; Go Lloyd (Portland, OR)

Kathryn Doherty-Chapman is a Portland-based transportation planner for Go Lloyd, a business association created in 1994 to reduce its area's auto dependence by reinvesting revenue from a new parking meter district. She previously worked as an evaluator for SFpark, the nation’s first demand-responsive pricing parking management program.
 

Timur Ender; Project Manager; Portland Bureau of Transportation

Timur Ender worked with business stakeholders, equity champions, and public health organizations to architect the City of Portland’s motor fuels tax in 2015. The effort resulted in a defined list of projects for which residents voted to support in May 2016. The 10-cent motor fuels tax is the highest local gas tax in the nation and funds a host of active transportation, safety, and maintenance projects with a priority in historically underserved areas. Timur’s efforts in Portland’s City Hall helped secure millions of dollars from marijuana taxes, general fund, and system development charges in service of active transportation and safety projects throughout Portland. Today, Timur helps deliver many of the projects he helped fund from his earlier days in City Hall.
 

Alice Friedman; Senior Project Manager; New York City Department of Transportation

Alice Friedman has been in local government and urban planning for over ten years, and has been with NYC DOT in the division of Transportation Planning & Management since 2013. As the Strategic Initiatives Manager in the Bicycle & Greenway Program, she is responsible for directing the community outreach strategy for the expansion of NYC bicycle network. Previously, she has worked as the Director of Planning & Community Development in Easton, MA, a political organizer with Everytown for Gun Safety, and an Earth Science and Physics teacher at the MLK High School for Law, Advocacy, and Community Justice in NYC. She received her Master’s in City Planning from MIT.
 

Tony Garcia; Principal; Street Plans Collaborative (Miami)

Anthony is a nationally recognized architect, writer, speaker and advocate in the in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. As a writer and advocate, Tony’s work has appeared in or been featured by numerous publications. Tony is a coauthor of the globally acclaimed series Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol. 2, and together with Mike Lydon is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015. He is the former Chairman of the Green Mobility Network, the largest bicycle pedestrian advocacy organization in South Florida, and co-founded the Ludlam Trail project, which will result in the addition of over 50 acres of new park space in Miami-Dade County. From 2008 to 2012 he was the Publisher and Managing editor of the transportation advocacy blog TransitMiami.com, an award winning web journal dedicated to public participation and discourse in South Florida. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from New York University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Miami.
 

Maggie Gendron; Director of Strategic Development; LimeBike (Washington, D.C.)

Maggie Gendron joined LimeBike after serving as a long time staff member for Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in the United States Senate. Maggie's position with Leahy as a legislative assistant in transportation policy provided her insight and input on the roll out of smart city initiatives and national rural and urban redevelopment projects. Maggie received her B.A. in marketing and graphic design from Penn State University, and her masters in public administration from the University of Vermont. She loves bike touring on JuneBug, her Surly Long Haul Trucker, and she believes in LimeBike's vision to change how we collectively think about mobility. Through innovation and partnerships, we have more and more options to help people move around and connect to their city in more affordable and convenient ways.

 

Jacky Grimshaw; Vice President for Governmental Affairs; Center for Neighborhood Technology (Chicago)

During her twenty-six years at CNT, Ms. Grimshaw created many initiatives in the areas of public participation in transportation planning, environmental justice, air quality and water quality. She has advocated for and provided expertise to increase transit service in the Chicago region. Ms. Grimshaw has served on several committees of the Chicago MPO and testified before many state and national bodies on transportation reform and funding issues. She recently retired from the Board of the Chicago Transit Authority as Vice Chairman, and served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel’s Transition Team. Before joining CNT, she was the Deputy Director and Director of the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Treasurer of the City of Chicago. 
 

Tom Hanley; CEO; Nine13 Sports (Indianapolis)

Tom is familiar with the many aspects of the cycling industry through his extensive participation in the sport as a competitive cyclist, employment experience in bicycle retail sales, and beneficial partnerships with bicycle and cycling component manufacturers through sponsorships and product testing. He is a 2009 graduate from IUPUI, having earned a Bachelor Degree with a personal penchant toward business and law. As a competitive cyclist, Tom became a four-time USA Cycling National Champion. The focus of Nine13sports is to inspire, educate and provide hands-on cycling experience to youth in his community. In 2012, Nine13sports had the capacity to serve approximately 1,000 Central Indiana kids through the organization’s Kids Riding Bike Program. In 2018, the program will reach 30,000 Central Indiana kids. Nine13sports will also launch a new program in 2018 called Kids Building Bikes that will not only apply STEM tactics to teach kids basic bicycle maintenance and repair and ride safety, but also will see kids receiving a brand-new bike, lock and helmet upon their completion of the program. 
   

Vanessa Hauswald; Executive Director; NorCal High School Cycling League (Petaluma, CA)

Vanessa has directed the NorCal League since 2010, and has also served as a volunteer, board member and coach for the organization. A native Californian, she spent many years as a high school teacher before taking over as League Director, when the NorCal model burgeoned into a national movement. Vanessa is a proud cancer survivor, and Juliana Bicycles ambassador, and uses her role and life experience to eagerly support the growth and development of the sport.
 

Rachel Hollar; Executive Director; Bike Walk Macon (Macon, GA)

Rachel is a native of Evans, GA and a Mercer University graduate, with a B.A. in Social Entrepreneurship, Psychology, and Spanish. Inspired by her for passion for exploring her city by bike and foot, Rachel founded Bike Walk Macon, Macon-Bibb County, Georgia's first grassroots active transportation advocacy organization, in July 2015 with the support of the 8 80 Cities Emerging City Champions Fellowship program. Rachel serves as the executive director of Bike Walk Macon and lives in Downtown Macon, where she is able to enjoy fun, food, and friends all within biking and walking distance. 
 

Brock Howell, Founder, Bicycle Security Advisors (Seattle)

Brock Howell is the founder of Bicycle Security Advisors, based in Seattle, Wash., which advisors local governments, developers, and individuals on best practices for improving bike parking and fighting bike theft. Brock has helped pass major land use and transportation policies and funding in the Seattle region, including the $54 billion Sound Transit 3 package, $930 million Move Seattle levy, Seattle's Mandatory Housing Affordability legislation, and the Puget Sound Regional Council's Growing Transit Communities Strategy.
 

Lee Jones; Director of Business Development; Bcycle (Madison)

Based at the offices of Trek Bicycle Corporation in Waterloo, Wisconsin, USA, Lee has led the company’s sales and marketing efforts since its establishment in 2008. BCycle today has established itself as a globally recognized developer and supplier of both station based and “smart” bike sharing systems which are all interconnected to allow for multiple means of access. BCycle today has more than 40 public use bicycles systems in operation on two continents. Lee is a frequent speaker on developments within the BCycle program as well as on public use bicycles in general. He has presented both visions at meetings of NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials), the International Downtown Association and The US Conference of Mayors in the United States. On the global front, Lee, has been privileged to present at Velo-City (Taipei), Cycle City Leeds (UK) and most recently at the Foro Mundial de la Bicicleta (FMB6) in Mexico City.
 

Zoe Kircos; Director of Grants and Partnerships; PeopleForBikes

Zoe Kircos brings more than 18 years of development, communications and grant management experience to her position at PeopleForBikes. As Director of Grants and Partnerships, she has helped create multiple funding programs to support bicycle infrastructure, research, and innovative efforts to make bicycling safer and easier. Zoe manages the Challenge Grant program as part of PeopleForBikes' participation in the Better Bike Share Partnership, a collaboration funded by The JPB Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems. Zoe has a BA from the University of Michigan and lives and rides with her husband and two daughters in Boulder, Colorado.
 

Brandee Lepak; Founder and Executive Director; Trips for Kids Phoenix

Brandee's chapter of Trips for Kids takes over 1,000 kids mountain biking every year -- kids who would otherwise not have the chance to be outdoors and riding a bike. Her team works with underserved children from Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Phoenix Police department’s gang resistance program, the Gila River Indian Reservation, and others who have been surrendered to the state and live in group homes and special education programs through local public schools. Brandee believes that every kid should have the chance to experience nature, otherwise they will never fight to protect it, and mountain biking is the best way to experience that. She has also been the owner of Global Bikes bike shops in Phoenix since 2001, through which she’s been providing city residents with a wide range of bicycles, parts and accessories, and excellent repair service to keep them riding safely on the local roads and trails.

Jenny H. Liu, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning + Assistant Director, Northwest Economic Research Center; Portland State University

Professor Jenny Liu is an environmental and transportation economist with a focus on public policy, urban issues and social equity. Her primary research focus is on (i) linkages between transportation, economic development and sustainability; (ii) economic issues and impacts of public policy; and (iii) human capital investments. Following up on her research on understanding the economic impacts of bike/pedestrian infrastructure such as the Portland Green Loop, she is currently working on research that examines the business impacts of street improvements for bicycle and pedestrian mobility across numerous cities using a variety of data sources and analytical approaches, and research to understand how to characterize urban greenway networks in the context of economic development. Dr. Liu is also working on understanding the environmental and economic impacts of an Oregon low carbon transportation fuel standard, and examining equity and environmental justice issues of a state-level greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program in Oregon. Dr. Liu holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
 

Eric Lynn; Founder and CEO; blackriver (Madison)

Eric is a bicycle industry veteran, having held positions as Designer, Art Director and Global Creative Director at Trek Bicycle over a period of nearly 20 years. He recently started his own digital cycling brand called blackriver.cc with a mission to be the place where cyclists find, create and share every great ride experience in the world. He believes that cycling is a powerful way for people to discover adventure, re-imagine our transportation networks at a human scale and deliver a better world to future generations
 

Nolan Moser; Assistant VP Bicycle Component Division; Shimano

Nolan is quickly approaching a decade in the bike industry and considers himself to be a
newcomer. Sitting in a leadership position within the Shimano North American Bicycle
organization he is in the fortunate position to be exposed not only to the North American market
but also all global cycling markets. Nolan is a passionate marketer keenly interested in branding, sales and business strategy. In his spare time, he likes riding his bike(s) and playing any and all ball sports with his wife and two young boys. Nolan is still unsure if he can appropriately can call himself a “cyclist” as he unknowingly still breaks many of the unwritten rules of cycling.
 

Nicholas Oyler; Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager; City of Memphis

Passionate about cities in general and his hometown of Memphis in particular, Nicholas left home for a number of years in search of lessons on the topic of great cities. This pursuit of knowledge and experience rewarded him with a Master of Urban Planning degree from Texas A&M University, four years of life and employment in Germany at the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the Rhine-Ruhr Transit Association, and one year as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow engaged in advancing sustainable transportation. Having returned home, he assumed the role of Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager with the City of Memphis in 2016, and with it the responsibility of improving the local conditions for walking and bicycling. His office's progress can be followed on Facebook and Twitter: @BikePedMemphis.
 

Jeremy Pate; Program Officer for the Home Region Program; Walton Family Foundation (Bentonville, AR)

Jeremy's work focuses on active transportation, green space preservation, water quality and urban planning initiatives in the Northwest Arkansas region. Before joining the foundation, Jeremy was the Development Director at the City of Fayetteville for seven years, overseeing the building safety, engineering, city planning and community services divisions. He is a trained landscape architect and worked for a planning firm in Colorado before his time at the City of Fayetteville. Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with an English degree (BA) from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and Landscape Architecture degree (BLA) from the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design with a minor degree in geosciences.
 

Nicole Payne; Program Manager; National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) (New York)

Nicole's program supports Cities for Cycling. and the Better Bike Share Partnership. Nicole is passionate about the role of community engagement in the development of public resources, and the use of transportation programming and policy as a tool for social equity.
 

Lyndsey Pender; Research and Evaluation Specialist; The Works, Inc. (Memphis)

The Works, Inc. is a nonprofit community development corporation serving South Memphis and the Greater Memphis area. In her current role, Lyndsey works to coordinate and oversee the organization’s research and data gathering initiatives. Lyndsey is a trained applied anthropologist with an M.A. degree in Anthropology from the University of Memphis, and an undergraduate Cultural Anthropology degree from Western Kentucky University.
 

Kimberly Price; Director of Research and School Programs; The Specialized Foundation (Morgan Valley, CA)

Kim is a recovering neuroscientist who's found her calling at the Specialized Foundation. She started her professional career studying and teaching the biology of adolescent brain development at UC Berkeley and UW Madison, but left academics for the bike industry to pursue her passion for riding. She currently heads up the Riding for Focus school grant program and leads the Foundation's research efforts. An avid runner and hiker, Kim spends her free-time exploring unmapped trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
 

Jeremy Raw; Community Planner; Federal Highway Administration

Jeremy Raw, P.E., works in the FHWA Office of Planning where he coordinates research and deployment of data collection and analysis techniques and modeling for transportation planning, as well as planning applications for national data sets.  His work areas include data collection, analysis and modeling for bicycle and pedestrian transportation; planning for connected and automated vehicles; and developing strategic planning models.  Jeremy holds degrees in philosophy, literature, engineering, and city planning, and he is a former League Cycling Instructor.

 

 

Oboi Reed; President and CEO; Equiticity (Chicago)

Olatunji Oboi Reed’s passions are community, culture and health. He works internationally as a tactician, strategist, mobility advocate, community development practitioner and community organizer in the fields of bicycle equity, transportation justice and access to mobility in marginalized communities of color. Oboi serves as the President and CEO of Equiticity, a new national advocacy movement operating at the intersection of equity, mobility and justice in communities of color across the US. Oboi also co-founded and recently served as the President & CEO of the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement in Chicago, Illinois. With an extensive background in both nonprofit management as well as corporate social responsibility, he is most proud of his work to create a diverse coalition of people, organizations and businesses all working together to achieve mobility equity across the City of Chicago with respect to race, income, and neighborhood. In 2015, Oboi was awarded The White House Transportation Champion of Change award by The White House and the United States Department of Transportation. An active cyclist for over ten years, Oboi rides at the intersection of equity, mobility and justice. 
 

Milissa Rick; Senior Director, Marketing; Pacific Cycle

Milissa is a marketing executive with over 20 years experience reaching and engaging consumers. She is currently part of the Pacific Cycle executive team reporting to the president and leading all marketing initiatives for its brands. Her core responsibilities include developing brand strategy and overseeing the execution of integrated marketing and communication plans to ensure consistency across all brand segments and major channels (mass, sporting goods, dealers and pure play) globally, with consumer experience touch points including product, digital, social, in-store, online, media and print. Her team is responsible for managing national brand partnerships including influencer and professional athlete programs. In addition, she leads the e-commerce marketing support team, creative/design team, consumer packaging programs, and all product and consumer research/insight initiatives for the organization.
 

Haydée Santana; Community Engagement Director; Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

Haydée Santana is inspired by the power of active transportation to connect us with our city, its communities and with each other. She began working with volunteers in Spring of 2015 through the Bike Valet program and later through Atlanta Streets Alive. In her current role, Haydée draws from an extensive background in marketing and communications as well as from her leadership of member- and volunteer-driven organizations where she has a history of forging relationships and fostering engagement. Haydée enjoys walking and running around the Edgewood neighborhood where she resides, and hiking trails in and around the city with Riley, her Great Danebull. And, of course, you"ll also find her exploring Atlanta’s neighborhoods and urban treasures by bike.

 

Jake Sigal; Founder/CEO; Tome Software (Detroit)

Jake has made a career out of creating the amazing experiences consumer tech users want and deserve by building companies that have redefined the way software applications work with hardware products. A third-generation entrepreneur, Jake co-founded Tome, Inc. in 2014 after he sold his first company, Livio, to Ford Motor Co. A passion for connecting hardware products to software applications led Jake Sigal and Massimo Baldini to launch Tome, Inc. in April 2014. Founded in metro Detroit, the company develops connectivity products to keep people mobile and active, and creates value as a focused niche within the larger Internet of Things movement. Tome is a member of the StartUp Health accelerator, based in New York City. A proud supporter of Techstars, Jake also sits on the Consumer Technology Association’s Board of Industry Leaders and is a graduate of Ohio University.
 

Shannon Stearns; SVP, Chief Marketing Officer; The Trust for Public Land

Shannon Morgan Stearns joined The Trust for Public Land as senior vice president and chief marketing officer in January 2017. Prior to that she was vice president of marketing at CamelBak, creating unique “Got Your Bak” consumer experiences that demonstrated the brand"s hydration expertise. In addition to brand marketing, Shannon led the company"s efforts in cause marketing and nonprofit collaboration. Shannon has worked with a myriad of global brands, steering advertising campaigns for various Clorox brands such as Formula 409, Tilex, Soft Scrub, and Armor All, as well as national consumer research for Disney, Levi"s, and Amazon.
 

Sara Studdard; Community Engagement & Marketing Director; Explore Bike Share (Memphis)

Sara Studdard has been part of Explore Bike Share since its research phase and now serves as our Community Engagement & Marketing Director. In this role, she expands on the civic-focused process that initially determined the feasibility of bike share in Memphis. As EBS moved from concept to reality, Sara served as Project Manager in her position at DCA and President of Explore Bike Share’s Board of Directors. She spent three years becoming expert in global models for bike share, from system planning to launch to operations, and led the community input campaign to assure that Memphians guided the design of the system. During this period, she also managed marketing communications projects for DCA clients. Prior to her work with EBS, Sara demonstrated her commitment to further Memphis’ growth during nine years of experience with other grassroots organizations and worked with a variety of stakeholders including Mid-South farmers, neighborhood groups, non-profit leaders, corporate presidents, national voices on equity, and creative placemaking advocates.
 

Joanna Taft; Founding Executive Director; Harrison Center for the Arts (Indianapolis)

Joanna Taft is a leader in grassroots cultural development in Indianapolis. In addition to her work at the Harrison Center for the Arts, she is the founder and board chair emeritus of Herron High School, ranking the top 3% of public schools nationwide; and founder of the Cultural Entrepreneur Initiative and the City Gallery: Indy’s Urban Living Center. She is a pioneer in creative placemaking including both the Great Places Initiative and Lift Indy. She has received the Indianapolis Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the Girls Inc. Touchstone Award, Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Council of Indianapolis ARTI Award, Jefferson Award, and two Cultural Vision awards. She also is chair of the Marion County Board of Zoning Appeals, Indiana Association for Community and Economic Development, Indianapolis Library Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, and is president of the Katharine B. Sutphin Foundation. She is a graduate of Covenant College, the Stanley K. Lacy Class XXXII, and was a 2012 Creative Renewal Fellow.
 

Anthony Taylor; Adventures Director; The Loppet Foundation (Minneapolis)

Anthony Taylor is an accidental advocate working to increase diversity and promote Equity and Mobility Justice for the past 17 years, Anthony gained experience as founder of Major Taylor Bicycling Club of MN, The National Brotherhood of Cyclists and The My Bike Project/Slow Roll Twin Cities. He also served on the Equity Advisory Council at The League of American Bicyclists. As the Adventures Director of The Loppet Foundation, he is passionate about advancing equity and inclusion in the out of doors with a focus on youth, communities of color and women. In addition, he is a member of the core leadership of The Untokening, a multiracial collective centered on the lived experiences of marginalized communities to address mobility justice and equity.
 

Kristine Urrutia; Vice President of Development & Partnerships; NICA

As a long-time runner and roadie, mountain biking was not on Kristine’s bucket list- until her children decided it was on theirs! In 2016 she took her new passion to the next level and joined the all-volunteer Management Team of NICA’s North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League and less than a year later joined NICA National in June of 2017. 

Kristine has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in global, community and foundation development with a particular interest in social entrepreneurship. She profoundly believes that issues of the environment are inextricably linked with matters of social justice. Being on the NICA team gives her the opportunity to merge her passions for biking and getting youth outside and into nature. At the heart of all Kristine’s efforts is a relentless drive to lead, seek, design, or create ways for people to collaborate with purpose. Kristine has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from Bowling Green State University and is a Certified Teacher Naturalist.

 

Val Vanderpool; Features Editor; Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Val has been writing about the cycling industry for five years for Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. She reports on everything from the state of bicycle retail and broader industry trends to specific topics, including urban cycling in the magazine's Life Cycle department. Through Life Cycle, Val shares with Bicycle Retailer's readership stories about urban-focused brands, retailers and events. Val has also reported on bike share, advocacy efforts, cycling infrastructure and e-bikes. Even though Val grew up in a small, rural logging town in Northern Idaho, she loves cities and believes traveling by bike can greatly improve the quality of life and health of our communities and society as a whole. Val previously worked as a demo driver for Liv Cycling, where she helped spread the love of cycling with other women, teaching clinics and leading group rides at bike shops across the West. She has also worked as a freelance writer, cycling tour guide and wildland firefighter. Val holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Montana - Missoula. She is an avid mountain biker and teaches skills clinics for Orange County’s Non Dot Adventures.
 

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.
 

Kevin Williams; Managing Director; BBC Research (Denver)

For the past decade, Kevin has been instrumental in building BBC’s Diversity Research and Disparity Studies and Market and Customer Research practice areas, supporting a wide range of clients around the country. He brings a variety of quantitative and qualitative skills to his work, having been groomed as an engineer at CU Boulder and a solar start-up, then switching gears and becoming a nonprofit management consultant and policy nut after completing a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He loves working with a team of dedicated, intelligent people to help clients solve problems related to economics and public policy. At BBC, Kevin has worked with Caltrans, The Denver Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 



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