Blog: 2020 Board Candidiate Responses
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Name (First and Last)Preferred Pronouns How do you connect to bicycling?Why did you join the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition?Tell us about any skills or experience, either personal or professional, that you have related to:
* Fundraising, including personal/professional or volunteer/paid
* People Operations, including performance reviews and goal setting
* Finance or budgeting, including working with numbers, spreadsheets, and graphs
* Marketing and Outreach, including member outreach and recruitment
* Urban planning or policy, including working with government to influence decisions
* Nonprofit governing board, either serving on a board, working with your own nonprofit’s governing board, or staffing community boards
* Connections to bicycle retail or industry
* Group facilitation, including team building and mediation
Tell us about your involvement within your local community - not necessarily limited to bicycling. It could be volunteering with Sunday Streets, youth/ community/ religious organizations, school/ educational, neighborhood/merchant groups, etc.If applicable, please share an example where you have advanced transportation justice or advocated for communities that experience barriers to healthy, affordable and sustainable transportation. Tell us what you learned in the process of doing the work and about the outcome.Why do you want to serve on the SF Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors and what would you like to accomplish during your service? Our board is composed of 15 Directors. How would you help us work together effectively? Please provide an example if possible.Board directors are considered leaders in the community. How would you interpret that leadership role? Please provide an example if possible.Fundraising is a key responsibility of our board. Are you willing to make a personally significant gift and participate in fundraising events and activities, and have you demonstrated past success in this area?Board directors are expected to commit at least 10 hours per month to board-related meetings and activities. Describe your anticipated time commitment to the organization.Anything else you'd like to share?
Audrey HarrisShe/Her/HersI connect to bicycling as a freedom and choice to get to where I want to go. I’m a full-time family- and working- woman who has all kinds of places to go at all hours of the day. I’m grateful for the ability to have the choice to either dust my bike off or hop on a bikeshare when I need and when I see it as most convenient. Nothing beats the uncontrollable watery eyes from the cool morning ride; nothing beats the oohs and ahhs of my kids as we roll down the street; and nothing beats the satisfaction of beating the car next you down a long stretch of traffic. I first encountered the coalition through the need for stakeholder engagement in my work. Over the past 6 years of working with the San Francisco Planning Department on transportation policy and implementation efforts, it became very apparent that the coalition was a power player. The coalition holds so much weight in our work because 1) it has a strong record of positive work in multiple communities throughout the city; 2) is well-respected in City Hall as being a willing collaborator and strategic partner in policy development and project delivery; and 3) what I consider to be really powerful, it is because we know we can trust that your work truly represents your current and future membership. I wanted to contribute to that. My financial contribution through membership was not enough to me, and over the past 2 years, I found myself wanting to expand my work in transportation advocacy by investing my skillsets into ensuring the accountability and achievement of the goals of coalition’s board, staff, and members.

How we see people is a reflection of where we are and who we are. I think it is imperative that the board and staff represent the many views and needs of its membership and the public that benefits from it. The coalition has done amazing work and there is still much work to be done for advocating for the choice to ride, the safety when riding, and the support for riding for communities of color, women, persons with disabilities; and any intersection of the three.

In past organizations that I’ve been a part of, I have gained experience in being able to articulate the goals of an organization, go over specific asks, and tie those asks to the goals of the organization for which I’m asking donations from.

Even throughout my most recent work in policy development, I’ve gained more experience in soliciting support for initiatives. Although it wasn’t monetary support, I successfully led a team to focus on working with organizations that specifically represent communities and populations, that for example have been historically marginalized, that typically do not get called on for transportation stakeholder engagement. For this effort, I led the briefings on our work and fostered new relationships that continued throughout our planning processes, I facilitated tables of representatives from non-profit, for-profit, and government organizations that all had stakes in the future of transportation in San Francisco, and I was a major contributor to the logistics and event planning that hosted these engagements. I believe that this skill set would do well in fundraising and I look forward to utilizing these fundamentals to earn major gifts and other donations from organizations that share the coalition’s core values.


Local 21 Union, Planners and Environmental Specialist Chapter President, 2018-19: As a result of increased transparency and participatory democracy, I represented the priorities and concerns of our chapter membership at executive meetings and regional delegations. The groundwork that supported this included: enhancing member knowledge of their rights as employees of the City and County of SF, facilitating annual workshops with members to reflect on past challenges and accomplishments from years before, and work-shopping through member challenges and goals to identify actions items that the chapter could committed to.

SF Planning Department, Senior Planner: Most of my work to-date has spanned from data analysis, the exercise of identifying trends, gaps, and opportunities through my larger work in monitoring and evaluation of existing policy and programs, policy development, and transformative scenario planning work that led to a long-term (50 year) vision and goal setting initiative. Currently, I manage the City’s Transportation Demand Management Program (Ordinance) that requires sizable development to employ amenities and strategies that encourage more sustainable travel behaviors and actions; and ultimately, the reduction in vehicle miles travelled. Through the monitoring and evaluation of the program’s success, I also manage the resource allocation of the revenue collected from it and produce projections about the Program’s future workload and revenue.
I had the fortunate experience of being accepted into an academic program that focused on minority students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. I immediately saw and experienced the impact of that resources and the very next year, became one of the mentors for the next cohort of students. While in my undergraduate program, my degree was enriched by my active participation in organizations that spanned from mission statements that strived to increase the number of culturally responsible people of color who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact their communities. Those missions still are woven through the work I do now and I hope to do it through the coalition. A couple of years ago, I got more involved with the WTS SF Bay Area Chapter, leading to an opportunity to be a part of a group of amazing women in transportation wanting to expand their leadership skills. Last year, I committed to serving as my Local 21 chapter’s president to serve my community of amazing public servants whom I get to work alongside everyday. This year, in addition to the coalition, I am also working with the Bay Area chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials specifically focusing on youth scholarships. One of my most current examples is my work with the City with ConnectSF, a multi-agency collaborative process to build an effective, equitable, and sustainable transportation system for San Francisco’s future. ConnectSF will identify policies and major transportation investments that will help us reach our priorities, goals, and aspirations as a city. After some of out initial engagement meetings with he public, the team quickly identified that we were missing representation from communities that have experienced/are experiencing health, environmental, and transportation injustices. In allocating resources to do more focused engagement with organization that represented these communities, I learned the following:

1. Communities now know that there is an opportunity to give feedback on what their future transportation needs are
2. There were so many experiences that we’re being captured in how we thought about the policy that could be developed to get us to the future we wanted.

I also learned the following:
1. There is still lack of belief that these policies represent their needs – there needs to be balance in developing short- and long-term goals.
2. There needs to be clear distinction about who the policies are for, who gets to benefit from them, and why.

Through an outreach effort tied to the Bayview Community Based Transportation Plan, I was invited be on a panel to talk to young girls in the Bayview about transportation planning and more specifically my role in transportation planning. The panel was quickly followed by an exercise on story telling about our different commute experiences, what we didn’t like, what we thought could be improved, and what solutions might we come up. The girls were so excited about their transportation solutions. Young students are so smart. They know what they need too. Talk to them.
I want to serve on the SF Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors to advocate for women of color, youth, families, and communities disproportionately affected by the lack of transportation investment and lack of direct access and amenities, as it relates to the landscape of bicycling. I want to contribute to the organization’s goals around this kind of work to accomplish the following:

• Host safe spaces/affinity groups: spaces for people to work through challenges and opportunities that work best for them like the Women Bike SF program, but for other groups.
• Generate more advocacy and action around connecting the availability of bikeshare and bikeshare memberships to communities and populations that could use the assistance the most.
• Close the gap between the coalitions and the city’s demographics by proactive membership recruitment with creative ways to address affordability.

In the recent couple of years, though my work I’ve been called on to be project communication liason to stakeholder groups, I’ve been tasked with lead on meeting logistics and facilitation, and I’ve been asked to contribute to numerous working groups representing my teams and agency. I attribute this to my work experience and ethic, approachable disposition, and my eagerness to build root consensus.
For me, the biggest components of leadership are your ability to consciously listen and follow through. By listening, I can learn about what works and what doesn’t work for people; we can then have an honest discussion about what can and cannot be done; and then come up with tangible actions that get us to where we want.

When I was a Local 21 union chapter president, if I didn’t consciously listen, I wouldn’t have been as successful in facilitating consensus on the challenges needed to be undertaken, the needs of us as a collective, or the areas in our contract we wanted to fix. By consciously listening, I was able to demonstrate to others that I heard what they were saying and in turn was able to point to where in our contact we could propose amendments that would benefit the majority. This model of chapter participation and consensus building was and still is respected by other chapters within the Local 21 union and its executive board. These practices were then scaled to better understand the union’s needs going into bargaining this past spring.
My gift is the gift of time and hard work that will go into the fundraising for funds and resources. In addition to my work with the City, I have experience in event organization and logistics; and would be willing to step into those roles if needed. With limited in-person time with the board, I know it’s going to be crucial to get straight to the point to be able to make important decisions. In addition to my response to the leadership prompt above, I also think that showing up and letting people see and experience your leadership is also important. For these reasons, I expect at least 14 hours per month of myself.

My amended estimate of hours per month = 1 board meeting a month (2 hours) + board prep-time (4 hours) + committee meetings (2 hours) + committee prep-time (4 hours) + events (2 hours).
Constance CavallasShe/HersI’ve been bicycling for transportation, recreation, and community building for the last 13 years, 11 of which I have been a proud SFBC member. I joined the SFBC when I was relatively new to urban bicycling. Riding a bicycle in San Francisco changed my life in such a tremendously positive way, I wanted to support an organization that helped make that change achievable for other people as well.I am currently employed at the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, a non-profit with the mission of improving safety and quality of life in our neighborhood. My primary responsibilities include managing service contracts and stewarding a range of public realm improvement projects. Our contributions to the public realm may include projects that we self-implement such as the design of special “neighborhood” bike racks and benches, but most require at least some partnership and approval from the City as well as other community partners. Additionally, our organization communicates street and sidewalk safety needs and concerns on behalf of neighborhood constituents to the SFMTA, SF Public Works, and SF Planning as these agencies develop plans for change on streets that pass through the district.

Working for an organization with a small (but mighty!) staff, I have the opportunity to actively participate in all aspects of the organization, including our neighborhood marketing and outreach strategies.

In my current role I staff two very active committees: the Streets and Public Spaces Committee and the Services Committee. Our Streets and Public Spaces Committee focuses on public realm improvement projects and strategies. Our Services Committee focuses on our cleanliness and safety operations and strategies. My role includes developing the agendas and supporting the chairs. I work to bring new project ideas to the table from staff and community at large for the committee consider. I also assist in facilitation of strategic discussions with both committees and any working groups they develop.

In my previous position at San Francisco State University, I had the privilege of serving at the clerk the University Corporation San Francisco State Board of Directors, a public-benefit non-profit that served the university. I worked very closely with the full board, support the board chair and committee chairs. I organized and attended all board and committee meetings and was responsible for ensuring that all of our activities were in compliance with our bylaws.
Working for a community benefit district, my entire job revolves around community. I attend and sometimes organize community meetings or opportunities for community input. I interact with a diversity of people ranging from merchants, to residents to executives. We often participate in community events such as Sunday Streets. For the last two years I assisted in programming the Yerba Buena activity hub along the SoMa route, where we worked community partners to bring Yerba Buena flavor to the streets for all to enjoy.For many years I was an employee of San Francisco State University (SFSU). Several of those years I served as the captain for the Bike to Work Day energizer station. I learned that students are an untapped market for bike improvement advocacy and support, though not necessarily financial support. Nearly 70% of students at SFSU receive some form of need-based financial aid- which is part of the reason access to safe and affordable transportation such as the bicycle is so important for them. Just having the presence of the energizer station made those who rode to school feel supported. Creation of a space where students could ask questions and obtain informational resources made riding to school seem like a more possible and accessible option. Even though our station did not sign up many new members at that time, I like to think we helped to support spokespeople for the cause, and future SFBC members. I’ve been a proud and active member of the SFBC for over a decade and have seen first-hand all of the incredible changes this organization has made to improve safety across the city through steadfast advocacy. Still, there is more to do!

Having recently earned my Master’s in Public Administration, and now after working in a community-based organization, I want to share the skills I have developed through my work experience and education with an organization whose mission I deeply support. I am most interested in expanding the demographic reach our membership to include communities that bicycle but whose voices have not been elevated as well as communities have not had the opportunity to experience the freedom and joy of bicycling.
I am a goal-oriented, problem-solving collaborator. I’m a big fan of stream-lined effort and process and procedure development. I find great fulfillment in working with others to achieve established goals. Through both my work experience and education, I have learned how to develop and use specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based goals to keep teams focused on mission and goals. Leadership, to me, means leading by example. Even in my current role I recognize that in public I represent the organization and I make a conscious effort behave myself in a way that reflects the organization’s values.

Leadership means being willing and available to participate at any of level of an organization if needed. It means being able to listen to and share information and experiences in ways that move forward the mission of the organization.

Leadership means seeing the forest from the trees and putting effort into forward-thinking, anticipation, and strategy when making organizational decisions.
Fundraising is not an area that I have had experience in, though, I am definitely willing participate, learn, and strategize. I am also willing to make a personally significant gift. I understand that the board attends 90-minute monthly meetings and an annual retreat. I also understand there is a requirement to serve on two committees. I expect that board members participate in at least some SFBC events, and should set time aside for fundraising activities. I appreciate that the work of the SFBC is fueled by the value of transportation justice. I truly believe that we all deserve accessible and healthy transportation options, including reliable public transportation, safe sidewalks, and shared streets.
Danielle ThoeShe/HersI started bicycling to race in Indiana University’s Little 500 bike race, made famous in the movie Breaking Away. It wasn’t until many years later that I saw the bicycling as much more than just an athletic endeavor. When I moved to San Francisco over 4 years ago I began commuting by bike and Caltrain every day. The freedom I have felt riding my bike is incredible and the stress relief of starting and ending my day pedaling wherever I wanted to go converted me fully. I first joined SFBC because I wanted to find a community in my new home and felt I needed to pay the organization back. When I moved to San Francisco a SFBC member used their membership to rent me a bike box, which I used to move two of my bikes to the city. I knew that if the organization was awesome enough to offer bike box rental for traveling members that there was more that I’d want to get involved with. Once I got myself established financially in SF I joined up! I have an undergraduate degree in non-profit management and a graduate degree in urban planning and have worked in the non-profit and public sectors my entire career. I currently work as an affordable housing developer and know well the challenges and benefits to including bicycle infrastructure in real estate projects as well as how quality building design can help enable bicycling. Throughout my entire career I have worked with and/or reported to a non-profit Board of Directors, City Council, or politically appointed Board. I am well versed in meeting process and other formalities of organizational operations.
I have also been involved in a number of boards and commissions in the City. I previously served on Caltrain’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and worked with SFBC staff to push for better bike access on Caltrain. I also learned a lot during my time on the BAC about pushing harder for bike facilities and asking the right questions. Knowing what I know now, if I served in that role again I would be a more effective advocate. I was recently appointed to the SFCTA Citizens Advisory Committee representing District 6. Here I hope to use some of the lessons learned from my time on the BAC to be a more effective advocate for funding and development of quality, equitable transportation projects - particularly those that make my Tenderloin neighborhood streets more safe.

Outside the transportation arena I currently sit on the Board of the San Francisco Spikes, the City’s LGBT soccer club, and serve as Board Treasurer. This is an entirely voluntary board which oversees 5 regular league teams, an internal club league, and travel to domestic and international tournaments. As Treasurer I manage a $50,000 annual budget and tax reporting requirements for the club including fundraising, sponsorships, membership dues, and the club’s scholarship program. I previously served as President of my university alumni association, a group I re-established after it had been on hiatus. Over the course of 3 years I built out an organizational identity, developed processes and procedures, and engaged volunteers who became organization board members. Earlier this year I handed off leadership of the group to a new President and am proud to have built something from scratch that outlives my leadership.
See previous. In my role at work I manage the housing authority’s pilot transit pass program with AC Transit. This program is the agency’s first foray into providing transit passes for residents and our pilot 100 units have focused on our senior and disabled residents. Through roll out of the program I witnessed first hand many of the technology challenges residents have in getting signed up for a pass, complications learning bus routes, and difficulty interacting with the transit agency if their bus pass wasn’t working. I developed an outreach open house program to introduce resident to the program and answer any questions. I also trained our on-site property managers to answer any questions and to help triage and direct residents if issues came up with the transit agency. After one year of the pilot program we have seen higher than average ridership for similar transit pass programs and have heard from our senior and disabled residents how grateful they are to have the passes at no cost. I want to give back to an organization that has provided so much to me in my life and time living in San Francisco. SFBC’s work enables me to ride a bike for everyday transportation. I want to help others to feel increasingly safe biking on our City’s streets. As a board member I hope to advance equitable bike infrastructure throughout the City and to promote SFBC from being a more niche community to one that all cyclists know of, engage with, and can count on to be in their corner. Each person interested in running for SFBC board is committed to the successful future of the organization and a better bicycling experience in San Francisco. Though the existence of this question tells me this may not be the case currently, I would come into each board interaction knowing that and having faith in other adult members of the board to work with good intention. I will bring to the board my experience working on boards, for board, and within teams on complex issues and with varied priorities. In my professional life I often host community meetings around the complex topic of affordable housing development. I focus on listening to each person's perspective and asking follow-up questions to really understand where they are coming from. Cutting through some of the emotion and charged verbal/body language is helpful in finding common ground and moving forward. As a director I would ensure my leadership presence is felt by attending events and engaging members. I have especially enjoyed volunteering at Sunday Streets as well as bike builds - great opportunities to meet other member volunteers and get to know their priorities for the organization. I also enjoy outreach opportunities like Sunday Streets as a way to tell the story to future members of how SFBC has impacted my life and ways the organization is improving transportation, safety, and bicycling in San Francisco. Yes. I commit to spending my time and energy on fundraising strategy and implementation as well as making what is to me a personally significant financial contribution. I have success in this both in working to gain sponsorships and long-term partnerships as well as engaging individual donors, both in my work in the affordable housing and community development world as well as in my previously board role for the SF Spikes and IU Alumni Association. I am committed to spending at least 10 hours per month in my role as a director. SFBC rocks!
Esther GallagherShe/Hersi've been bicycling in SF and the Bay Area for work, errands and pleasure since 1992. Prior to that i biked in Chico, CA in order to reduce car usage. i haven't owned a car since 1992 and this is a cornerstone of my environmental ethics. i love my bike. i wish i felt as safe riding it as i used to.originally i appreciated the grassroots nature of the coalition. i have liked the idea that i could put my political dollar where my ethics were. i would like to feel that that can still be the case.i have participated as a volunteer in various fundraising activities, such as phone-banking, for the sfbc over the years. i have the ability, developed as a doula, to work people in transitional and sometimes quite stressful situations. i work facilitating the group of doulas who are members of our professional coalition, the San Francisco Doula Group. this includes marketing, peer review, public meetings, and mutual support endeavors. i've been self-employed since 1992 and attend to my own finances, working frugally within my small budget, paying my taxes and planning for retirement.

i have volunteered for sunday streets, marched in many political protests (ex: original Women's March in DC), attended Meet the Doula events as a representative and speaker, sold my own homemade cookies at marches and rallies to support SF Homeless Prenatal Project, etc.
i recently volunteered at an SFBC event in the Mission that offered kids, mainly latino, the opportunity to learn bicycling safety skills. i helped set up a room where folks could gather to do artwork, play games, and hang out. i learned that the bike coalition has many opportunities to expand their community outreach.
i'd like the opportunity to represent a more grassroots oriented bike rider, to represent older women who bike, and to address conflicts of interest in the organization of the coalition. most importantly, though, i want to spur as much effort as i can to address climate action and set this as the priority of the coalition.
i think my strength lies in speaking to issues we might too readily dismiss or measures we might too readily adopt without addressing as many facets as are warranted. i mean to be a voice for inclusion and democracy, not just expediency. the board would benefit from a wider age-range of people being represented.
To reiterate, i would see my role as representative to the community and to older women and their concerns. And i see my strength as being willing to slow the process to accommodate necessary elements that might readily be overlooked or compromised due to conflicts of interest. the strategic goals of this organization should be informed by a wide array of BICYCLING voices and i hope to help represent them. additionally, being someone who can speak to years of personal experience as a Northern California bicyclist and an otherwise ordinary person who has not been part of the political machine and who is not interested in a political career, per se, may be important to those in need of representation.

i am willing to participate in fundraising but i am not well-off. i have been a faithful dues-paying and volunteer member of this organization for a very long time. It is improper to undervalue people based on whether they can make a personally significant gift. many of us who bike do so in part as a financial necessity- we cannot afford, nor desire to pollute with, cars.
i have always been willing to do volunteer service to this organization, but it has been mainly in the form of bike valet, community education at city streets events, and bike to work days /membership drives. i would assess my success as having been significant. i am willing to participate in letter-writing campaigns, public outreach and other such efforts.
i am willing to commit 10 hours per month, but it should be noted that the work i do as a doula means that i am on-call for clients when they go into labor/childbirth and after they've given birth or otherwise welcomed a new child into their family, when they are in transition and perhaps healing and recovering. therefore, i may not always be able to participate in planned activities and may have to cancel last minute.

poor people bicycle too. they deserve to be encouraged and find a voice at the sfbc.
Jean KaoShe/HersI love the sense of freedom that bicycling gives me. When I’m on my bike there’s a feeling of independence and self-reliance, of internal strength no matter how far I’m riding or how slow. I bike for fun and for convenience, to as many places as practically possible. I moved to San Francisco in 2006. Being from a small town in Michigan, living in San Francisco had always been a dream of mine. Immediately after moving here my partner and I looked up our local bicycle advocacy group. We wanted to invest in our new community and support bicycling for everyday transportation.

I’ve been a member now for 10+ years and continue to support the SFBC not just because their advocacy work has led to better bike infrastructure in San Francisco, but also because their leadership on ensuring equitable access and building an inclusive community is important to me as someone who still feels like an outsider in many spaces.
I've had the pleasure of serving on the SFBC Board for 2 years including roles as Board Treasurer and Board President. Most of my applicable skills & experience come my time on the board where I've served on the Fundraising, Personnel (People Ops), Finance, and Marketing committees.

- Fundraising: I served on the Fundraising Committee last year. I also recently attended a 3-hour nonprofit fundraising training held by the Full Circle Fund.

- People Ops: I’m currently serving on the Board Personnel Committee, which oversees the performance review and goal setting for our executive director. I’ve also managed direct reports at work including performance reviews, goal setting, salary, and promotions.

- Finance: I served as the Board Treasurer last year. I’ve also worked in the Finance department of Tartine.

- Marketing/Outreach: I’ve been an SFBC Ambassador for 10+ years, working events such as Bike To Work Day, Winterfest, streetside outreach, bike the vote, etc.

- Group Facilitation: I’m currently serving as Board President where a large part of my role is facilitating full board meetings and managing the overall functioning of the board. My job as a product manager also includes facilitating between different teams such as design, sales, marketing, and engineering.
Before serving on the Board I was an active volunteer with the SFBC for 10+ years. I was also the chief organizer for the Norcal Bicycle Touring meetup for 4 years before stepping down to focus on my role on the Board. A few years ago I received training to be a Legal Observer with the National Lawyers Guild and continue to observe police actions at protests in support of activist organizations.In my two years on the board I’ve learned a lot from fellow board members about addressing social inequities in bike spaces and using our power to bring people in. My responsibility as a board member is to advance transportation justice within the “halls of power” by speaking with our community, members, and fellow board members about building an inclusive movement - in particular speaking with folks who haven’t given much thought to this before.

I’ve learned that some people are only interested in what the SFBC can do for them. I’ve also learned that a lot of people support our transportation justice work but we don’t talk about it enough. I’ve learned that as leaders we need to actively live and defend these values if we want to make progress as an organization.
I would like to change the conversation we’re having about “bike issues”. Who gets to define what’s a bike issue? Who gets to have a voice in our community, our movement? Who do we serve?

I want to grow the movement and build an inclusive community with more young people, PoC, LGBTQ+ folks around our shared love of cycling.
I would show up with empathy and act thoughtfully, understanding there’s many different viewpoints and ways to achieve our mission. I would like us to collectively decide on board goals to keep us focused and accountable, while recognizing we’re all folks just doing our best.

On the Norcal Bicycle Touring meetup the events are created and led by members, not the leadership team. This was an intentional decision to run the meetup as a collaboration. My main responsibility as the official organizer was to help the group work together well by setting up ground rules so there was shared leadership and accountability. The meetup has now hosted 475 events by 57 different organizers.
For me leadership is about humbly serving my community, members, staff, and fellow board members. I understand that it’s not about me but our shared mission. And as we grow as a movement, it’s up to us as leaders to step into the space between differing views to find common ground while also understanding where we need to go and bringing as many people along as possible.

As product manager at Remix I had to lead my team through a reorg. I learned about my teams concerns and took them into account when developing new processes. I also advocated for my team up to management. In the end our team collaboration was stronger and more focused on our company goals.
The SFBC is the organization I give to the most. Both years on the board I’ve sponsored the Golden Wheel Awards and helped bring in other sponsors as well. I’ve always done my part in reaching out to donors and advocating for the organization. I’m committed to the ongoing financial success of the SFBC and would like to increase my fundraising activities for the next term.For the past two years I’ve made my role as board director a priority and as board president I’ve spent around 4 hours a week on board related meetings and activities. I continue to be enthusiastic about the work and willing to dedicate my time - 10 hours per month or more - to support the organization.Thank you SFBC for making the city better!
Manoj MadhavanHe/HisGrowing up in India, my first taste of freedom was when my parents got me a bicycle when I was 10 years old and I could bike around the immediate neighborhood. I remember thinking how cool it was that it made my world of people easier to reach and it was my first love when it came to transportation. Living in SF and being a planner, I have had first hand knowledge of the various advocacy, outreach, education that staff, and members of the SF Bicycle Coalition are involved with and am a huge fan. It was immensely helpful to have this organization show up for my projects within SF when they are getting approved at various commissions to be able to get them to an approved status. At this point in my life, I am in a position to be able to offer something back to one of my favorite community organizations and I intend to work hard to serve the coalition and the community of people who ride bikes which it supports. I started off my career working at a consulting firm’s East Coast offices over 14 years back. After two years working in the East Coast and looking for warmer weather, I moved to California and started working on CEQA/NEPA transportation review background documents for several complex projects such as eBART, AC Transit BRT etc. During this time, I worked as Project Manager on the Grand Boulevard Initiative which was a collaboration of 19 mid-peninsula cities including staff, elected bodies and general public advocates coming together to make El Camino Real a street for people walking, biking, taking transit or using vehicles through their jurisdictions. Per their charter, decisions always had to be unanimous and I excelled in the challenge to bring people along. During this time, I was also fortunate enough to be able to work on some SF city projects such as in drafting the transportation sections for the Second Street Improvement Project EIR. I absolutely enjoyed working on the projects in SF as this City is by far one of the most progressive in looking at all the different modes of transportation besides cars and recommending measures to improve or mitigate for hazards to people walking, biking or taking transit. Over the years of working at the Environmental Planning division of the San Francisco Planning Department I worked on over 100 CEQA projects. Starting with authoring the very complex Safer Market Street Catex for which, I was also responsible for conducting and reviewing the LOS analysis in house but regardless delivered within 6 months, to managing various other priority projects such as Pier 70, Academy of Art University and Mission Rock. In recognition of the ability to deliver complex projects and in managing consultant personnel and interns, I was promoted to the Transportation Team Lead Planner. In this role, I was the supervising transportation planner for over 35 projects of which around half are City priority projects including Better Market Street, Potrero Power Plant, Hub/Civic Center Area Plan, Central SoMa Area Plan and SFO Airport. I was responsible to ensure that all these projects are being built according to the policies established by the City (such as Vision Zero, Transit First, Better Streets etc.) and in assessing whether projects would have a potential impact to walking, biking, transit, vehicle miles traveled, traffic hazards, emergency vehicles, loading and construction as per the guidelines established in CEQA. I bring with me a lot of experience and expertise in coordination, consensus building, writing for a non-technical audience, data visualization ideas, and giving presentations to make complex reports easier to understand. I have put these skills to use in working with many City agency staff (Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Department of Public Health, Municipal Transportation Agency, Public Works, etc.) and Regional agency staff (County Transportation Authority, BART, Caltrans, SamTrans/Caltrain, Metropolitan Transportation Authority etc.) towards project completion. I have also put together staff reports, responses or presentations, as well as appeared before the Planning Commission to disclose or defend in the case of appeals the CEQA analysis for many projects.
Currently serving as the Director of TDM at Golden State Warriors/Chase Center, I am responsible for the program to ensure that we are encouraging as many sustainable transportation trips through many modes. To ensure this, I work extensively with our Marketing/Outreach Departments as well as those from various transit agencies/non-profits to spread the word around the various options that exist to get people to/from Chase Center. I also develop employee transportation programs and I have taken the approach to work with employees directly through in-person or electronic surveys to hear them out and develop programs that they are seeking as against choosing for them. I am responsible for working with the SF Bicycle Coalition on staffing of the valet at Chase Center for events. I am also responsible for developing the bike/scooter parking permit program for employees.
I was the Outreach Director and then Chairperson for the oldest South Asian LGBT Community Organization in SF ( I worked in these positions for over 3 years and developed programs/events with unanimous support. I also worked on planning and organizing the board retreats as well as agendas and setting the goals for the future years. In these positions I was actively involved in fundraising for the community through various events including events such as Kulture Kulcha and Bollywood by the Bay (600-1000 people) as well as fundraising dinner parties at home.
I was the Outreach Director and then Co Chairperson for an LGBT Community Organization in SF ( In these positions for over 3 years, I worked on advancing the mission of the organization to support the LGBTQ people with origins in South Asia and provide them with means of safe spaces as well as visibility. I was very involved in scaling up the board during my tenure from 3 members to 10 members who were the core of supporting the organizations work. We worked on advocacy locally, nationally and internationally as well as in bringing the community together through organizing events as well as publishing a magazine. During my tenure I was also responsible for creating a new event which brought together allies with Trikone in spaces of entertainment so that we could co-mingle and get comfortable with each other. I also organized the by-laws and updated them with the help of my other board members. I have a demonstrated ability to take projects to completion expeditiously, while providing a quality and thoroughly defensible CEQA deliverable such as with the delivery of two SFMTA projects – Safer Market Street (restricted turn movements on Market Street to improve safety) and the Intersection Improvements at Mission/Van Ness and Otis and several Muni Forward projects analysis. I was the lead transportation planner for both these projects and was happy to have completed the environmental review documentation (including traffic analysis) for these projects in the span of 2-6 months. I also worked on the Central SoMa and Hub/Civic Center area plans, which involve various sustainable transportation improvements including bikeways and transit to plan for and accommodate the land use changes in these areas within SF. I learnt during these projects that government tends to work in silos and active communication and outreach to various departments was necessary to break down these silos. I also learnt that opposition can develop (as in the case of Safer Market Street) at the last minute for projects that improve health and safety of people biking/walking and the support of organizations such as the SF Bicycle Coalition are key in helping get such projects approved. I was extremely happy with the outcome and quick build of Safer Market Street which set the stage for the approval of Better Market Street recently. I would like to serve on the SF Bicycle Coalition Board as I recognize the organization to be one that’s actively involved in improving the conditions for people who bike in SF. SF has come a long way in the last 10 years in adding more infrastructure and policies to support bicycling, and this is in large part due the existence of this organization and the passion of its members. I would love to devote time to improving outreach to communities of color as well as the underserved neighborhoods in SF such as Sunnydale, Bayview/Hunters point and the upcoming developments in Mission Bay, Potrero and Dogpatch. I hope to get more people of color actively involved in their own rescue to make their neighborhoods become more connected by sustainable modes of transportation. I am a team player and love working with people. I know that every person comes with their own experiences and opinions and it's important to listen and understand them. A team player understands the strengths and weaknesses of their team and I include myself in that analysis. If there are questions for which I am not the expert, I know when to ask the right people. I am proactive in nature and this has given me the opportunity to work on numerous projects with a goal oriented approach to problem solving. My analytical, interpersonal, writing and communication skills make me an effective leader or contributor to any team. I am adept at making on-the-spot decisions that help to further the goal of the discussion while keeping in mind the priorities under which I am functioning. I have worked on numerous land use projects including large projects such as Pier 70 and Mission Rock Mixed Use projects and used the SF CHAMP model output data to help convince the developers/various city and regional agencies/lawyers to commit to a 20% reduction in daily single occupancy vehicle trips and instead convert them to more sustainable trip modes by using Transportation Demand Management (TDM) measures.I am a bicyclist in SF and know that this is important in understanding the difficulties faced by being a person on a bicycle in SF. I also think its important for leaders to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the community and go and attend community/neighborhood meetings and events and hear the problems being faced by people on bikes in different areas in SF. I also think the key traits of any good leader is in listening to the staff (as they are our direct contact to the community), setting them up for success by understanding their strengths and weaknesses, giving them the direction, tools and resources to get their tasks completed and letting them grow by not micro-managing. It is also to strike that balance between being empathetic enough to understand any difficulties they face but also to not shy from tough and direct conversations should the need arise. I am willing to contribute personally as well as through events/hosting in order to help achieve the fundraising goals set for this organization. I anticipate meeting this time commitment as well as exceeding it in attending other neighborhood meetings/people of color communities in order to understand the problems faced therein. The following points will help demonstrate my experience and skills as has been required for this position:
• My passion lies in social good and I have worked on numerous data projects that help educate the public on City policies while at the same time making the processes for planners more efficient.
• I have the experience - over 15 years of in transit/traffic operations and transportation planning and engineering, traffic simulation modeling, California Environmental Quality Act & highway and traffic signal design spanning both the public (San Francisco Planning Department and SamTrans/Caltrain) and private sectors (Golden State Warriors, CDM Smith, Cambridge Systematics, and CHS Consulting).
• I am innovative and have a deep understanding of data – I am the designer, thinker, and creator with the assistance of interns with a software background as well as various City agency planners, of four web based tools now featured on the Planning Departments website including the first of its kind Transportation Demand Management tool ( I was thus a team member of the group that developed San Francisco’s TDM ordinance and went on to win awards for this feat. This tool and program is under the process of review for replication at various major Cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Oakland, and Denver.
• I enjoy bringing people together - As a consultant prior to working at the Planning Department, I have worked with numerous Cities as a project manager on transportation planning and engineering projects. I consulted at SamTrans as part time staff to support the Grand Boulevard Initiative (a coalition of 19 mid-peninsula Cities) as the project/program manager for the GBI Complete Streets projects along El Camino Real (to make it a street for all modes of transportation).
Marie JonasShe/HersAs a joyful mode of transportation and a passion! My dad gifted me a membership when I moved to the city in 2011 (even though I didn’t ride yet). I *stayed* a member because SFBC made me feel at home on a bike and safe on the roads.Regular fundraising as part of political campaigns
Have supported the membership + fundraising committee on the board (serving both years, including one year as Chair).
Event fundraising experience, including for AIDS/LifeCycle.
As an attorney, I advise clients on employment issues, including those related to performance issues.
Have served on the Personnel Committee (including as Chair), participating in, planning, and drafting in substantial part the performance evaluation of the Executive Director.
Great facility with Excel/data management (I really love spreadsheets!) Comfortable with numbers and reading budgetary data.
Regular street-side volunteer, including Captain at the Panhandle BTWD station (where we beat our volunteer sign-up goal by over 50 members!)
Have now served on the board for almost 2 years - which has given me the opportunity to learn and grow into the role.
As an attorney, I regularly work with non-profit boards, giving me valuable experience.
Board service with the SFBC has been a critical part of my community involvement over the last couple years, including regular street side volunteer activities.
Another way I engage with my local community is through political volunteering with Sister District Project. The organization pairs “blue” areas (like SF) with state legislative political races in other parts of the country. Through regular neighborhood meetings, fundraisers, watch parties, and volunteer events it gives me the opportunity to get to know a broad range of activists in my area who are committed to making change both in their local communities and around the country.
AIDS/LifeCycle is also a large part of my community involvement, including participating in team activities (Team ALC-aholics!) and ALC training rides and other events.
Unfortunately, I believe that women still often experience barriers to transportation - often due to unique safety concerns that affect women in different ways than men. I’ve worked over the past several years to build community among women who ride bikes (including participating in/organizing women ride and attending our regular coffee-clubs) and tried to instigate discussion over the barriers that keep women off bikes with the ambition of targeting programming and activities to address these problems.
Often, the issues are hard to diagnose, but structural challenges are critical to identify and call out if we are going to advance goals of transportation justice, and make sure bikes are a mode of transportation accessible to all.
I’ve been really grateful for the opportunity to support the organization with a skill set I have that is valuable to the organization, including a background in fundraising and experience representing non-profits and employers as an attorney.
I want to continue making sure our organization is as representative as possible, looking out for the diversity of our city and making new folks feel welcome.
I hope to continue helping focus the board on priorities that are critical to the long-term stability of the organization, including our financial health.
In addition, I’d like to continue to build on internal best-practices, so that the Board can run smoothly in the future and have good continuity.
Over the past 2 years, I’ve worked hard on listening skills in our group sessions, which I think is critical to successfully working as a whole.
I think getting to know members as individuals is also essential, so I try to prioritize opportunities for social engagement with fellow board members.
Every time I am active in the community, I remain mindful that I could be representing the organization in some way. With that in mind, even in my “off” time, I encourage friends, colleagues and strangers to join the organization and frequently “talk up” the work of the coalition.
To me, a huge part of leadership is showing up and doing the work. With that ethos, I step up as a volunteer in our day to day events whenever possible, including as a Bike to Work Day captain and for streetside outreach at Sunday Streets. I try to be available to staff to they know that they have a volunteer that they can rely on.
Yes and yes! I’ve made personally very significant contributions to the Coalition over the past several years, and will continue to do so. I am also an active participant in fundraising events and on the membership and fundraising committee.
In other capacities, I’ve raised thousands of dollars for charitable events and politicians.
I have and will continue to contribute 10 or more hours monthly to the organization, as I have done over the last 2 years. Even though I am busy with my day job, I make sure to plan so that I carve enough time to contribute what’s needed on the Board.Serving on the Board the past 2 years has been an honor and a pleasure, but I feel that my work is just beginning! I have learned so much so far and am feeling even better equipped to serve and be a leader for the organization.
Robin Abad OcubilloHe/HisI am passionate about sustainable transportation options, livable neighborhoods and healthy cities. My whole professional career and much of my community service has been oriented towards those issues. I bike many days for transportation, also walking and using public transit very frequently as well. I bike mostly for weekday commuting purposes, though occasionally bike for recreation; for example on weekendsI first became a SF Bicycle Coalition member in 2007, and have both volunteered and been a member since then. I have also interacted with the SF Bicycle Coalition and aligned advocacy groups on some occasions through my profession as an urban planner, where much of my work has intersected with active transportation (walking, bicycling) planning and infrastructure. The SFBC was also instrumental in the passage of Places for People, an ordinance for which I was the lead at the Planning Department. The Ordinance has been key for lowering process and financial barriers neighborhoods to create and test experiments for safer streets and public spaces.1) People Operations, including performance reviews and goal setting
I have extensive experience serving on nonprofit governance boards and their executive teams, for which advising and supervising the Executive Director is a major component. This has involved annual goal setting, 360 performance review, and year-long support of the E.D. towards those goals.

2) Finance or budgeting, including working with numbers, spreadsheets, and graphs
In addition to management of large project budgets and grants in my professional capacity as a city planner, I have served in the role of Board Treasurer for two nonprofit organizations (including the SF Bicycle Coalition), both with annual budgets exceeding $2M. Cumulatively between the two nonprofits, my time in the role of treasurer totals five years.

3) Urban planning or policy, including working with government to influence decisions
I am an urban planner for the City and County of San Francisco, working in areas of policy, design, and resilience. In this capacity, as well as through other community service activities with local advocacy groups, I have deep experience and knowledge about the processes and working nuances of policy, delivery of infrastructure projects, and other aspects of urban planning.

4) Nonprofit governing board, either serving on a board, working with your own nonprofit’s governing board, or staffing community boards
(Please see response to the next question)
I have served on a number of different Boards and Board committees, supporting areas of organizational finance, governance, communications, and project implementation. Since May 2014, I have served on the Board of Directors of the Lavender Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC), a nonprofit services, advocacy, and leadership development organization for LGBTQQ youth. I held the role of Treasurer at LYRIC for four years, leading a Board Finance Subcomittee providing fudiciary oversight for the organization’s $2.0M+ in net assets. I was also keenly interested in governance matters on that Board.

From October 2013 to March 2018, I served on the Streets and Public Space Committee of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, a working Board Committee that develops and implements a strategy for walking and biking around the neighborhood. That committee has been responsible for implementing a Street Life Plan with various active transportation and public space projects throughout the neighborhood, making recommendations for expenditure of an $376,400 budget. I have been responsible for planning and implementation of specific projects, advising on strategic initiatives, and coordinating with government agencies.

Since January 2017, I have served on the Executive Committee of the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza (FHMP), a grassroots effort to reconfigure the public portion of the transit station to better serve transit users and the the site as a gathering place for celebration and protest. The Friends are responsible for stewarding a philanthropic gift of $500,000 for public engagement, arts and activation, and design development of the future plaza. Most of my contributions to the FHMP involve public engagement strategy, governance, and liaising with various City departments.

It's also been my privilege to serve on the SF Bicycle Coalition Board for the past two years; leading up our Board Development Committee; and also serving on the executive team as Board Treasurer for this past year.
(Please see response to prior two questions)I believe deeply in the Mission of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and want to do everything I can to advance that work. I also believe that I have the relevant skills and experience to do so as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors.
I have worked in the nonprofit and public sectors for my entire career, with an early, solid portion of that history at an advocacy organization for lgbtq youth. Consequently, I have a lot of experience with nonprofit boards; from both the board member and staff perspectives. Before joining the Policy Division San Francisco Planning Department as an Urban Designer, I served as as a project manager with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service; working on habitat restoration, cultural landscape, and visitor access projects at Crissy Field, Fort Mason, Alcatraz, and other sites.

In my current role in the Policy Division of the San Francisco Planning Department, I also interact with advocacy organizations on partnerships to advance open space, active transportation, and mobility projects and policies. I’ve cultivated a wide range of working relationships with BIDs and assessment districts, neighborhood and merchants associations, and advocacy groups. I bring fluency in the technical and policy aspects of urban planning and design, especially in the realm of street design; as well as deep knowledge of how our local government functions.
It’s is important to have a cohesive, high-functioning and collegial internal Board dynamic; as the attitude and personality of a Board as a whole body impacts the image of the overall organization and its effectiveness at fundraising and advocacy. I personally commit to showing up with openness, practicing self-awareness and self-reflection in the Board of Directors’ space.I am deeply committed to the fiduciary duties and principles of board governance - our duties of care and of loyalty. For this reason, I am mindful that my personal perspectives and opinions could be conflated with those of the organization I serve, and so therefore take special care when expressing my personal beliefs. I also believe that the Board’s responsibility is to be aware or larger political and policy realities, and operating within that context with the Organization’s stated strategic plan objectives in mind. Our role and ambassadorship should be to be inclusive and open rather than exclusive and insular; building coalitions across sectors and with partners aligned around safe mobility.Yes, I am willing to make a personally significant gift of funds to the SF Bicycle Coalition, and participate in fundraising events and activities.I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and am very familiar with the time commitment involved.Thank you for this opportunity to offer my service! The work of SF Bicycle Coalition, our members, and our partners working towards sustainable mobility for all inspire me a great deal. I'm excited for what we can all do together in the coming year.
Stephen BraitschHe/HisWow, how to answer this. I feel like I spend half of my life on my bicycle. I haven't owned a car in 12 years and my bike has long been my primary mode of transportation to get me nearly everywhere I need to go. It connects me with my friends, to Northern California and to a space where I can clear my mind and process the perennial challenges of life. Honestly when I joined back in 2009 I was still relatively new to SF and just wanted to make more friends. I didn't really get involved and start volunteering with the SFBC until 2016. I remember bicycle ambassador training w/ Libby Nachman and I was so inspired by her energy and getting everyone fired up for BTWD I just knew this was an organization I had to get more involved with. BTWD 2016 was where I met Paul Valdez w/ whom I've since become close friends and now co-captain the mid-market energizer station with. Over the years I've met so many wonderful people through the SFBC and the coalition has become an important part of my life here in San Francisco. I'm excited for the opportunity to help the organization grow beyond what I am able to provide through our chain of volunteer events.I have a good amount of experience managing design & engineering teams at various Bay Area design agencies. My roles at Fuseproject, Fjord and Obscura Digital included scoping and budgeting projects, pitching and presenting to clients in addition to day to day hands on operations. I've also run / facilitated numerous design workshops where I've had to bring many people w/ many different backgrounds together to collaborate on a shared problem. I have a fair amount of experience in high pressure / high impact environments.I've volunteered at Sunday Streets numerous times, usually in the Mission but have also done Ocean Beach a few times. I'm also lightly involved w/ the Lower Haight neighborhood association as I live in D5 and know both Dean Preston & Vallie Brown.I think the work I'm doing w/ Safe Lanes is going to make cycling safer and more accessible to many people throughout San Francisco. The data we are collecting is helping us pressure our city officials to fast track safety improvement projects where they are needed most. I believe that I have skill sets that can benefit the organization beyond what I am able to provide through our general volunteering opportunities. I would like to see us at 20K members and I have ideas on how to get us there. I am also interested in helping the SFBC develop its technical capabilities in ways that can help the organization run more efficiently.Having worked at the director level at three different Bay Area design agencies, I know first hand the importance of being a good listener. I've been told I have a strong personality so I make it a point to never dominate a conversation and I try to ensure that every voice in the room is heard. I also really make an effort to understand where someone is coming from, even if I don't agree with them and will advocate for them if I feel that they are under represented.I am a confident public speaker and believe I would do well publicly representing the SFBC.I am unfortunately not currently in a position where I can make a "personally significant gift" as I have been bootstrapping Safe Lanes with my personal savings for the past 8 months. I am however happy to help fundraise wherever needed. I also think I'm pretty good at getting people to join the SFBC, not quite as good as Brian, but I think I'm pretty good. :) Our BTWD station did sign up/renew over 170 members this year.10 hours a month is no problem at all. I have a very flexible schedule so should be able to attend events that are difficult for members of the board w/ FT agency schedules.I'm really excited for the opportunity to work w/ you all and help grow the SFBC beyond our 10K member base that I feel like we've been hovering around for some time. I think we are currently experiencing an unprecedented interest and enthusiasm for cycling which we need to both embrace and take advantage of. I am committed to doing everything I can to make riding a bike in San Francisco as safe and accessible as possible and look forward to putting our heads together to accomplish this shared goal.
Tyler MorrisHe/HisHaving grown up in Southern California, you would think I'm a car person by birth. However, I've never had a driver's license. I've been riding a bike since I was 5. Even in college, I would ride my bike to work, to campus, to friends, etc. Now, I ride my bike to earn a living, and to enjoy living in the best city in California.When I became a bike messenger, I was encouraged to join SFBC. It was a no-brainer at the time and still is. SFBC is an orgonization who exists to try and make my life as a cyclist easier, and anyone who wants my life to be easier, gets my support.As a former executive chef for over a decade, I oversaw and managed staff and budgets in excess of ten million dollars and up to 87 staff. I have sat on two prior boards. A diabetes youth camp, and a democratic county committee. I worked prior as a business consultant for the food and beverage industry, including multi-state restaurant operations, distilleries, coffee roasters, and neighborhood dives. I studied political science in college and served on a city council in SoCal. I’m well versed in fundraising, staff development, and leadership through example.The back bone of my current business is working with sole proprietor owned businesses to help them grow and expand in the surrounding Bay Area. I work with nonprofits to provide economic solutions to handle operational logistics by cultivating the bicycle. Beyond being a SFBC volunteer, I also am active with the SF Bike Messengers Association, and the California Delivery Association (state level lobbying).I collect and donate bikes for the Community Repair Night, in addition to having setup a “broken bones” fund for cyclists in New Orleans.I believe the Board can be more impactful to support cyclists’ rights, and strengthen the voice of its members. I’ll unequivocally fight for all communities, regardless of race, ability, or gender identity.I would work to narrow the focus and scope of committee work so that more is accomplished instead of spreading resources thin. I would cultivate an environment where skills and resources are first identified, then assigned where they can be the most impactful.If sadly there was another cyclist killed in this city like back in March this year, I’d have the board send a personal letter to the family, and be by our ED as they demanded city action.Absolutely! Its a shame that no one has ever asked my, as a business member, if I would be interested in increasing my membership level, or sponsor events.I will give all the blood, sweat, grease, and tears in excess of ten hours I can each month.I met my girlfriend on a bike ride.