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Stephanie has been an active participant in local bike culture since first moving to Portland in 2001. She holds a particular fondness for the Breakfast on the Bridge crew, the annual spring Bunny on a Bike Ride, and the wacky bicycle events coordinated through Shift. Stephanie has been a bike commuter since she finally got brave enough to remove her training wheels at age eight. During the summer of 2003 she biked from Portland, OR to Brooklyn, NY. Previous to joining the Safe Routes to School Team in March 2007, Stephanie served as assistant director at St. Francis Dining hall, worked as a landscape gardener, and led bike tours for teenagers. When not working or biking, Stephanie enjoys cooking, gardening, camping, reading, and playing old time banjo.
Jordan first became a member of The Street Trust team in 2008 as a Walk+Bike Ambassador. After two years of steady fulfilling work, he decided to leave The Street Trust for the unpredictable life of bike touring and documentary film making. Jordan toured Mexico playing bike polo and working on the crew of the documentary, Riding Bicycles. He spent some time living in Spain and London and most recently in Eugene as a whitewater rafting guide. Jordan returned to Portland as well as The Street Trust and looks forward to falling back into his old life full of Portlandy things. He also plays as much bike polo as humanly possible and owns his own business.
Elizabeth became a part of The Street Trust team back in 2012 as a bike safety instructor and has since moved into a full time role as The Street Trust’s East Portland Advocate. Elizabeth brings her background in Public Health and degree in Community Health Education to the team. Elizabeth has a passion for active and healthy living and embraces biking as an integral part of her lifestyle. Outside of her work with The Street Trust, Elizabeth is a part of the group, “Mujeres en Movimiento.” This group aims to build a sense of community and empowerment through organizing fun bike rides to encourage more Latinas to bike in Portland. Elizabeth also enjoys running and spending time with her family out in the Gorge where she grew up.
Cory joined The Street Trust as an Encore Fellow in the fall of 2016. Cory recently retired from Intel where he was the Director of Worldwide Operations for Intel Labs. He is originally from the deserts of New Mexico but has grown webbed feet. Cory is an enthusiastic biker, and dog lover. When you meet him, ask him about his Bernese Mountain dog!
LeeAnne joined The Street Trust in August of 2007 as a bike safety education instructor, took on the role of Education Director in 2010, and is now an advocate for safe routes to school. She brings enthusiasm and focus to her position and a growing statewide network of partners. Originally from Texas, she moved to New York City for a few years where she gave up her car and learned about the exciting world of bike commuting, walking and public transportation. Following the big city, she took a 6 month, 1700 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail. She has been working in education since 2001 in Texas, Arizona, and Oregon and believes that youth are some of the smartest and best community members. LeeAnne loves backpacking with her partner, Jon-Paul, reading, hiking, eating tasty food…and biking, naturally.
William started with The Street Trust in August of 2013 as a bike safety instructor. William has now moved into the role of Education Communications Manager for the Safe Routes to School bike and pedestrian safety programs. As a graduate of Lewis and Clark College, William has lived off and on in the Portland area since 2004. From 2010 to 2013 he lived abroad in Bogotá, Colombia, where he taught English as a foreign language and got to know the city via bicycle. In his free time you can find William backpacking in the mountains, playing Flamenco guitar, running up and down the basketball court, chatting with friends in Spanish, or cooking something new. William is excited to open students’ eyes to what Portland has to offer and to get them there safely and responsibly by bike.
Brittani Garner joined The Street Trust in the fall of 2013 as Development Director. Brittani left her home state of Wisconsin seeking access to mountains, the coast, and more bike lanes all in one place. Brittani studied Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, and has seven years experience in political fundraising for issue advocacy organizations and candidates for elected office. After commuting by bike in Madison, WI for years and riding across Iowa a handful of times on RAGBRAI, she decided it was time to officially join the bike movement. Brittani spends her spare time exploring, crafting and burning baked goods.
Jay has a passion for anything mobile, either human or electric powered, and that’s what attracted him to The Street Trust as an Encore Fellow in the fall of 2016. Jay is a 26 year Intel veteran recently retired from their Software Group as a Sr. Event / Marketing Manager. He was born and raised in Portland and loves the diversity of the city. He loves to explore new coffee shops and restaurants so if you’ve got a suggestion, please connect with him. Often he’ll buy!
Sheilagh joined The Street Trust in the spring of 2010 after volunteering on BTA bike safety community rides in Portland. She enjoys commuting, endurance riding, and racing. Family time might include racing with her son, a nice Sunday ride with the whole family or going to see a movie. Sheilagh also volunteers and rides in many major cycling and community events. Additionally, she coaches a High School Cyclocross team and organizes weekend training rides for her team, The Nomads. Sheilagh is passionate about developing responsible road users through Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety education for all students.
Lauren came to us in May 2015 from Chicago where she coordinated events for the Active Transportation Alliance. Prior to that, Lauren worked as the Marketing Manager at small and non-profit businesses including Chicago’s first car sharing organization. Lauren has over 10 years of marketing experience, including 7+ years in the non-profit and alternative transportation fields.
Being new to Portland, Lauren spends much of her free time exploring Portland’s natural areas. When she’s not doing that, she is learning everything she can about permaculture and tiny living in preparation for living off the grid. Lauren also serves as the marketing advisor to Wild Earth Farm & Sanctuary, a new non-profit farmed animal sanctuary and organic permaculture farm located in Eastern Kentucky.
Gerik joined The Street Trust in 2010 as the Advocacy Campaign Manager focused on building strong public support for the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030. As an advocate and organizer over the last ten years he focused on winning environmental, public health, and livability campaigns in the legislature and at the ballot box. A bicyclist originally from Eastern Montana, Gerik grew up mountain biking sandstone flats and backcountry singletrack. Now a daily bike commuter he likes to ride Mt. Tabor and Rocky Butte, and gets fired up about cross-town connections. When he is not volunteering for the Oregon Sierra Club or The Bus Project, Gerik spends as many weekends as possible surfing the cold waters of the Oregon Coast.
After 17 years working at Intel Corporation as a senior software program manager, Deb recently retired and joined The Street Trust as an Encore Fellow in August 2016 to focus on the volunteer engagement process. Deb has lived in Oregon for well over 40 years, is an avid photographer, and, when she has time, can be found exploring National Parks and hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Dennis. She has a strong focus on the environment and loves all that Oregon offers.
Greg joined The Street Trust in March of 2016 shortly after moving to the great city of Portland. Previously, he served as the Office Manager for a chain of Chicago-area bike shops after studying towards a graduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He became an avid year-round cyclist in Chicago, using his bike as his primary mode of transportation though many cold and icy winters.
Kate Walker joined The Street Trust as business relations director in August 2015. Prior to joining The Street Trust, Kate led marketing activities at a local architecture firm, facilitating business development.
In November 2016, Kate took on a new role as communications director. She drives all communications, marketing strategies, and public relations messaging and collateral to consistently voice The Street Trust’s mission and vision. She manages the organization’s brand – currently undergoing a refresh – working with staff and board on implementing such actions. Additionally, she works closely with the organization’s leadership team, as the communications partner on a variety of initiatives, working to refine The Street Trust’s communication strategy in collaboration with the Advocacy and Programs staff.
Originally from Massachusetts, Kate moved to Portland in 2002 seeking better access to the outdoors. From long-distance biking and daily commutes to hiking and backpacking in the Cascades, she jumps at any chance to spend time outside. A member of the Sweetpea Ladies Auxiliary amateur cycling team, most fall weekends, Kate can be found getting muddy while racing cyclocross.
Kye moved to Portland in 2013 from rural Montana where he developed a passion for working for nonprofit causes he believes in. His work with nonprofits started in Missoula, MT in 2008 at Forward Montana, a nonpartisan, nonprofit political organization whose goal is to get young people involved in politics and train the next generation of young leaders.
Kye lives his life on wheels (wheelchair), and because a good public transportation network is vital to his ability to have an active and fulfilling life, he is passionate about making Portland accessible for everyone. Kye’s first time on a hand cycle was here in Portland at the Portland International Raceway during a cycling series for people with disabilities. He has loved it since and now enjoys going every summer, where he tries to increase the number of laps he can do around the track. He has discovered it’s a great way to stay in shape and get some cardio. From his personal experience, he knows how possible and important it is to make cycling fun and accessible to everyone.
Kye loves working at The Street Trust as a Development Assistant because it allows him to make a tangible difference in the world around him. When he is not working, Kye enjoys hanging out with his loveable companion dog, Sandy Rose.
The Street Trust is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected by our members each October. The Board establishes and monitors major policy direction, oversees the finances and helps secure resources for the organization, and works in cooperation with the staff to fulfill the The Street Trust's goals.
Justin Yuen is President of FMYI (For My Innovation), a collaborative software company with a commitment to sustainability. Before launching the company, he was a Senior Manager in Corporate Sustainable Development at Nike, Inc. He is Chair of the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation and a member of the Metro Portland Community Investment Initiative Leadership Council. He is on the board of the Portland Parks Foundation, the Northwest Earth Institute, and the National Crittenton Foundation. Justin has a degree in International Studies from The John Hopkins University. Justin and his family enjoy riding their bikes to school and around town, and cherish the experience of active transportation and connection to their community.
Leslie’s brain is an idea-generating machine, constantly developing creative angles and opportunities. As the resident Strategic Advisor and ultimate dot-connector, Leslie, has combined her passion for social justice with her political experience to tap into the collective consciousness, predicting exactly how it will impact our clients and industries. As an avid cyclocross rider, Leslie admits that many of her best ideas come to her on two wheels. “For me, biking is one part perspiration and two parts inspiration,” she says.
David Forman joined the board in 2010. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, David moved to Portland from New York City where he learned to ride on city streets to get to the Central Park loop. Now he enjoys his daily ride downtown from Southeast Portland. David is an active civic volunteer and has extensive experience serving on a variety of nonprofit and community boards, including the Portland/Multnomah Sustainable Development Commission, the Oregon State Bar Task Force on Sustainability, and Voice for Oregon Innovation & Sustainability, Inc. In 2004, the Portland Business Journal recognized David as one of the most influential community and business leaders under the age of 40. Through the BTA, David hopes to advocate for local and state policies that promote safe and reliable cycling and bridge the communication gap between cyclists and other modes of transportation. For his day job, David is a partner at the law firm of Tonkon Torp LLP where he works with clients to promote the development of renewable energy and sustainable practices and products.
Jude Gerace is the owner of Sugar Wheelworks on North Williams, and brings tons of enthusiasm to the bicycling community and the BTA. Jude’s cycling career spans the range- from commuting and touring to mountain biking and road riding in and around Portland. Her life revolves around bicycling in almost every aspect—she doesn’t own a single pair of clothes that isn’t functional on a bicycle. Being a Portland resident and small business owner, Jude appreciates the BTA’s work in several ways. She chose the BTA’s Walk+Bike Program as a beneficiary for her annual fundraising event because she believes that the next generation of bicyclists deserve more than what we have today! She looks forward to supporting the efforts of the BTA and offering practical insight and feedback from her experience as a commuter, small business owner within the industry, and recreational rider. Jude also looks forward to sharing and deepening her rolodex of contacts within our industry and continuing to rally support for bicycling causes.
Diane has more than 25 years of communications and organizing experience. Her professional career includes stints at Lewis University, Howard Brown Health Center, the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Hill and Knowlton, Inc., and TriMet. Diane served in three roles during her eleven-plus years at TriMet. In her most recent role there, she created a grassroots advocacy program called the Riders Club and launched a business outreach program–both efforts focused on building support for transit. Diane joined Basic Rights Oregon as its Communication Director in December 2014 to support its statewide education, policy and advocacy efforts.
Hau Hagedorn brings to the board experience not only as a bicycle commuter, but as a mother who bikes with her three sons (ages 11, 9 and 5). Her older kids regularly bike 3.5 miles to school, the average distance that many adults bike to work. If they can do it, many other Portlanders can too! Portland has a large and enthusiastic family biking community, and one that the BTA could leverage more strategically. Hau Hagerdorn works for the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Center (OTREC) at Portland State University and manages several large research programs, including the National Institute of Transportation and Communities (NITC) and the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI). The BTA can directly benefit from using the results of these research studies to support their advocacy work. Through IBPI, Hau coordinates workshops that help provide training to practicing bicycle-pedestrian professionals and more recently training university faculty on integrating bicycle and pedestrian topics into their curriculum.
Val Hoyle is just finishing up her first term as a State Representative of House District 14 and has 25 years of experience working in the bicycle industry, both in retail sales and wholesale distribution. She represents a working class and rural district in West Eugene and Junction City with connections to a key constituency that the BTA needs to reach in order to create change in transportation policy. Prior to becoming a Representative, she served as director of United Way 100& Access Health Care Coalition, International Sales Manager of Burley Design and was a legislative aide to Senator Floyd Prozanski.
Adnan Kadir is a partner in the bike touring company LifeCycle Adventures where he has worked since 2008. Under Adnan’s direction, LifeCycle Adventures increased both growth and profitability, and in 2010 expanded from California to Oregon. This region now accounts for nearly one third of the company’s revenue. Adnan presently runs the Operations side of the company in Oregon (with its headquarters here in Portland) and shares executive duties. Adnan also coaches athletes through Aeolus Endurance Sport. He coaches all levels of athlete from recreational to professional. Before moving to Portland in 1997, Adnan earned an M.A. in English Literature and worked as a technical writer for a variety of local and multinational companies in areas ranging from software to manufacturing.
Dwayne has led strategic teams for over fifteen years, always asking them for less; less complexity, less ego, less whiz-bang, and less copycat thinking. Leaving more room for elegant, useful design and emergent strategies that bring something new into the world. Dwayne loves guiding his clients past familiar ground towards effective and powerful ideas that transform their products, services and how customers interact with them. Dwayne believes in digging into business and customer needs first, transforming himself in every project from a questioning student to a confident strategist.
As a native Portlander, Peter grew up in the Overlook Neighborhood and enjoyed watching Portland grow into the best bicycling city in the U.S. As a high school kid at Benson Polytechnic in Northeast Portland, Peter didn’t ride his bike to school because there weren’t facilities on that three-mile trip. As he contemplates that trip today, he wouldn’t hesitate to take it as an adult. Peter’s experience as a consulting transportation engineer has taken him to many cities throughout the country, so he knows how good we have it here. And while Portland has achieved a lot, as an employee at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, he knows we can do better. His extensive travels in the Netherlands has shown him what our community could look like and what we need to do to meet the goals of the BTA. Portland is only as good as the region and outside of the City; we need to be a lot better.
Susan Marks is a Principal with McDonald Jacobs, P.C. and an Oregon CPA with 35 years of experience as an auditor and practicing accountant, specializing in the nonprofit industry. She attended Oregon State University where she received a BS in business administration, accounting.
She also serves as Treasurer for Seattle Audubon Society and previously served as Treasurer for Cascade AIDS Project.
An Oregon native, a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, a passionate skier, and avid outdoorsman, Ben McKinley could be the face of Oregon in a tourism commercial.
Ben founded Cascade Web//Development in 2001, and sits on multiple business association boards around the Portland region, such as the Portland Business Alliance, Multnomah County Business Advisory Council, and the Connector Project. Passionate about economic development and how bicycling fits into the big picture, he is an active participant in the bicycling community and, judging by his pedal-happy staff and bike-friendly clients, his company’s values reflect his passions.
Ben is a huge supporter of the BTA’s work, but he also sees a lot of opportunities to improve bicycling infrastructure and education even more, especially in SE Inner Portland- his neck of the woods. He brings years of marketing and development experience to the board!
Randy Miller is a fifth-generation Oregonian who returned to Portland after graduating from Boston University in 1969. A businessman active in numerous business and civic organizations over his career, he developed a deep interest in biking and its community improvement aspects after leading a Best Practices delegation to Scandinavia in 2008. Randy aspires to help link the cycling community to the many organizations with which he is associated to encourage others to better comprehend the benefits of cycling, and to support wider ridership among those less inclined.
After receiving his MBA from New York University, Stewart worked in large packaged goods companies in brand management. There, he was responsible for marketing of the products and ultimately, the financial performance of the brands. He was then hired as President of a large radio marketing company in New York, where he started a new division, and grew revenue from $0 to over $10 million in eight years. Since moving to Portland in 2011, he has been an active investor in the Oregon Angel Fund, and a mentor with young entrepreneurs through Oregon Angel Fund and the Oregon Entrepreneur Network.
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