Staff & Board Bios

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Jillian joined The Street Trust in August 2017. She’s spent more than 30 years in Portland contributing to improving livability and transportation choices. Her career includes two tours at Portland City  Hall and a long run with TriMet, leading the transit-oriented development program and real estate department. She has a degree in urban planning from UNC-Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s from Lewis and Clark College.

The tenor and outcome of the 2016 elections called Jillian to turn her energy to advocacy. Having long revered the work of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Jillian is excited to elevate The Street Trust’s expanded mission of promoting walking, biking and transit.

In her free time, Jillian plays soccer, jogs, hikes and bikes to offset her enjoyment of the bounty of great food in the Willamette Valley.


Romain joined The Street Trust in the summer of 2017 as Communications Director. A native of France, he moved to Oregon in 2010 and graduated from Portland State University with a degree in communication, specializing in political activism and grassroots organizing. Prior to joining The Street Trust, Romain served as a strategist for Democratic campaigns and spent years writing and organizing for causes such as online privacy and criminal justice reform. In his free time, he enjoys writing, walking around Portland, and reading political non-fiction.


Elizabeth Quiroz

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 CoxCory 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 FergasonLeeAnne 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.


Brittani GarnerBrittani 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 GilbertJay 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 Griffin

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.


Lindsay joined The Street Trust in the summer of 2017 as the Education Program Manager. She grew up in Los Angeles before moving to Northern California to attend the University of California, Davis, where she graduated with a degree in Political Science. Lindsay then moved to Portland, where she as lived since 2014. Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys listening to indie pop (she’s a former radio DJ!), reading, learning to garden, and hanging out with her two beautiful cats, Matilda and Stella.

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Lauren HugelLauren 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 KranskyGerik 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.


Tia SherryTia is the newest member of our development team. She brings many years of management to The Street Trust previously working for large institutions such as Bank of Hawaii and Bank of America. Her gift and love of connecting people paved the way for her to make “the best career move of her life” – crossing over to the nonprofit sector. She has since put her business and relationship skills to good work over the years helping raise funds and friends for various nonprofit organizations including Neighborhood House and Ronald McDonald House Charities. She’s jazzed to share The Street Trust’s mission to help create healthy, thriving communities, and advocating for safe space for all road users.
Born and raised in Guam, Tia moved to Portland seeking fame and fortune. She’s still working on that! To lessen the culture shock from idyllic island life to a big city, Tia learned how to commute by bike and ride public transit in order to “fit in.” Since moving, new found activities include backpacking, dragon boating, snow camping, bike touring and learning to play the ukelele and bongos. When not working, you can try to find Tia on long bike rides or in the kitchen baking anything with a lot of chocolate!

Greg Sutliff

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.

Fun fact: Greg is also a classically trained marimbist! He is excited to check out all of the classical and non-classical music that Portland has to offer.

Kye Webber HeadshotKye 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.


Board

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.


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.


Committees

Interested in getting more involved in the The Street Trust's work and operations? The best way to start is by joining a committee. Committees are comprised of staff, board, and members with relevant experience or skills. Email the staff lead to learn more about the committee's responsibilities and meeting schedule.

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