Board and Governance

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Since 1972, Bike East Bay (formerly the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) has been governed by a volunteer board of passionate bicycling advocates. Board members are elected annually.


Meet Your Board of Directors

Board Vice President, Alden Mudge, North Berkeley

Alden Mudge has been a North Berkeley-based freelance writer and editor since 2005. Before that he had a 20-year career in nonprofit management. A regular book reviewer and author interviewer, he is currently a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the jury of the California Book Awards, whose purpose is the highlight excellent books by California writers.

Alden was given his first bicycle – a Schwinn! – on his eighth birthday and has been riding ever since. He began volunteering for the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, now Bike East Bay, in 2011, helping with communications, Bike to Work Day, and Measure B outreach. He was a member of the 2012 EBBC Climate Ride Team. He wants all East Bay residents to be able to bicycle more miles than they drive.

As a volunteer elsewhere, Alden has been a board member and two-time president of the San Francisco chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. He was a member of the Commonwealth Club of California’s program and publicity committees. Before moving to Berkeley, he lived in Oakland for 18 years and was a member and then chair of the City of Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission. He joined the Bike East Bay board in August 2014. You can contact him at: alden@bikeeastbay.org


Bill Pinkham, Richmond

Bill believes global warming is the most important issue of our times. He also believes that bicycles “are a vital part of fighting climate chaos.” Bill is a founding member of the Steering Committee of 350 Bay Area and of the Coordinating Council of the Sunflower Alliance, a coalition of environmental groups. He also helped found the Richmond Environmental Justice Coalition, which emphasizes social justice for disadvantaged communities.

He serves on two bicycle-related Contra Costa county committees and was recently appointed to a second term on the Contra Costa county’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Bill has served on the Bike East Bay board for more than 6 years and hopes to continue promoting the important work that Bike East Bay does. Bill is retired but expects to spend the major part of his remaining years working with dedicated people to help our planet survive its most daunting crisis.


Bob BodnarOakland

Bob has lived in East Oakland for 14 years. He works toward gaining more bike paths in East Oakland, and better connections with the rest of Oakland and the East Bay. He is a government attorney and the chairman of his local neighborhood council (NCPC). 

He has observed that riding around in the diverse neighborhoods of East Oakland on his grandfather’s old Schwinn is very enjoyable. He also enjoys riding on the local bike paths, including the Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline near the airport. While riding on that bike path, he appreciates that he often sees a variety of wildlife, such as herons and ducks. 

If you have any bike-related concerns in East Oakland, please let me know: bob@bikeeastbay.org.


Doria RobinsonRichmond

Doria is third generation resident of Richmond, California. She is the Executive Director of Urban Tilth, a community-based organization in Richmond that is dedicated to cultivating a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. 

Doria is a cyclist, a certified permaculture designer, a gardener with the Bay Friendly Coalition, nutrition educator and yoga instructor, co-founder of Richmond SPOKES, the founder of the blog and Facebook group “A Girl and Her Bike”, and an advisory board member for Rich City Rides, a bicycle organization in Richmond. 

She received a Human Rights Award from the City of Richmond for her work in Environmental Education in 2013. In 2011 she was presented with a Community Resiliency Leadership Award from Bay Localize and was the Environmental Advocate of the Year for CCC and Woman of the Year for CCC in 2010. Doria currently lives in the neighborhood she grew up in Richmond with her wonderful 10-year-old twins.

Email Doria at Doria@bikeeastbay.org if you’d like to discuss biking in Richmond or west Contra Costa County, riding in POC and low income cycling communities and riding as a family. 


Board President Glenda Barnhart, Oakland

Glenda is co-owner of Bay Area Bikes in Oakland and Pittsburg and Bay Area Bike Rentals at Jack London Square. A life-long cyclist, Glenda has held business management roles in local government and ‘retired’ from a career in mobile technology product management to pursue her joint passions of cycling and promoting the health and environmental benefits that come from a bicycle.

Glenda has been a Bike East Bay member since moving to the East Bay in 2008 and is a Pedalfest co-producer, along with Bike East Bay and Jack London Square.

 


Jenny Oh Hatfield, Oakland

An Interactive Producer with KQED’s Science and Environment Unit and freelance blogger for Bay Area Bites, Jenny Oh Hatfield spends most of her free time cycling, cooking and contributing stories to her website plattyjo.com.

She’s also the founder of the Supermarket Street Sweep, a charity bicycle race that benefits the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. Jenny is also passionate about cracking down on bike theft and runs the Bay Area Stolen Bicycles Google Group. She and her husband live in West Oakland with their two adorable Shiba Inus.

Email Jenny at Jenny@BikeEastBay.org for any issues related to bike theft; she’ll do her best to advise you.


 

Jim Van Dyke, Pleasanton

Jim Van Dyke, Pleasanton, works as a board member out of a desire to positively impact climate change, obesity and quality of life within our 33 East Bay communities. He is particularly interested in realizing a standardized approach to more effectively engage citizen involvement and leadership within each all East Bay communities.

Jim also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, DC, and is the President and Founder of Javelin Strategy & Research, a research-based futurist firm focused on financial services technology trends. He owns multiple bicycles - commuter, road, mountain as well as an art bike that he’ll discuss in far too much detail if you inquire about it.


Kristi Marleau, Dublin

Kristi Marleau lives in the city of Dublin with her husband and two young sons. She puts her Master’s Degree in statistics to use as a self-employed evaluation consultant, designing surveys, building databases, analyzing data, and writing reports for a wide variety of organizations. 

She is the Safe Routes to Schools parent champion at her son’s elementary school and hopes to encourage the next generation to take up biking by organizing school events that encourage active transportation. 

Kristi started biking again for the first time since her childhood only a few years ago when she bought a cargo bike on a whim as a way to get her son to kindergarten without having to fight school traffic. Soon the cargo bike became her and the kids’ primary mode of transportation and her husband, jealous of the fun they were having, bought a bike also and began commuting to Livermore by bike. Having her whole family on bikes almost every day has given Kristi a passion for seeing that the bicycling conditions in the Tri-Valley are the best that they can be.

If you’d like to talk about biking in the Tri-Valley, cargo bikes or biking with kids, email Kristi at kristi@bikeeastbay.org.


Kristin Tennessen, Walnut Creek

Kristin is a software developer for Biosciences at the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek. Every day, she bikes along the Iron Horse and Contra Costa Canal Trails on her commute to and from work. Her wish is that everyone could have access to infrastructure that encourages pollution-free travel like these beautiful, peaceful East Bay Regional Park trails.

Kristin gathered with other like-minded cyclists and founded Bike Walnut Creek, whose mission is “Bringing the community together to advocate for a safe, efficient, and enjoyable environment for all bicyclists and pedestrians.” Through BWC, Kristin helped organize the city’s first ever Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts in September 2012, according to MTC standards and as part of the National Bike and Pedestrian Documentation Project. Kristin lives in Walnut Creek with her husband, Danny, and their infant.


 

Maggie Smith, Berkeley

Maggie is a grants administrator at UC Berkeley and a daily bike commuter. Originally from San Leandro and now a resident of Berkeley, she’s excited to see the East Bay’s bike infrastructure continue to grow and improve. In a brief sojourn away from the bay area, she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration & Natural Resource Management in Portland, Oregon and became an expert in the use of rain gear. Maggie is excited to put her grant writing, event planning, financial and administrative skills to work for Bike East Bay’s advocacy and community outreach efforts. She believes that bikes are the funnest way to get around, but are also a powerful tool for alleviating environmental problems, improving public health, and engaging us in our communities and our surroundings.


 Morgan Kanninen, Oakland

Morgan brings a professional background in urban planning for transit-oriented development, complete streets design, and sustainability at all scales - from the block to the region. She has also coordinated the UC Davis Sustainable Transportation Center and project managed TransForm’s “Windfall for All” report on the economic and climate benefits of walkable, transit-accessible communities.

Morgan is now shifting focus toward teaching and facilitating. Since January 2009 she has been part of community building and activism with low-income cyclists in East Oakland through El ColectiVelo - a Spanish bilingual bike repair teaching workshop. Morgan got her start in bike repair teaching with urban cycling groups in Mexico City. An East-Bay native, Morgan grew up in Fremont, where she biked to school over train bridg

es and through abandoned lots in order to cut across the suburban labyrinth. She hopes to help the full spectrum of cyclists across the East Bay gain access to safe, convenient bike facilities, and seeks to help folks from all cycling communities in the East Bay make their voices heard.

Email Morgan if you’d like to talk about Bike East Bay’s strategic planning process, disparity in advocacy and urban planning, approaches for solidarity, teaching bike repair in low-income communities, or the needs of cyclists in under-represented areas: morgan@bikeeastbay.org.


Raymond Pajek, Oakland

With over twenty years in advertising as an Art Director for top firms in San Francisco and New York, Raymond spends his time these days at the innovative creative studio he founded in the East Bay, helping to hatch unorthodox ideas to spark public conversation about critical issues like energy sustainability, climate change and habitat preservation.

He has worked with non-profits, institutes of higher learning, and numerous government agencies in creating advertising programs to achieve positive behavior change in recycling, composting, water conservation, and renewable energy adoption. He recently crafted a new brand identity to help the City of San Jose achieve its goal of becoming a world center of clean technology innovation. And at home, he’s co-founding a community group, the Glenview Carbon Junkies, in the Oakland hills to seek ways for neighbors to come together to address how vastly reduced fossil fuel dependency can work at the local level .

Aside from work, Raymond is an avid cyclist and owns both a classic Italian road bicycle and a triathlon race bike. As a bike-don’t-drive-when-able proponent, he feels his biggest contribution as a member of the Bike East Bay board is in advocating for safer, complete streets for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers alike. His ‘big dream’ is to see the East Bay as the undisputed leader in America’s transition from tired fossil-fuel dependent ways of life to a healthy, physically active, and environmentally sustainable bicycle and pedestrian supportive culture. Big dream indeed.


Board Treasurer Rick Rickard, Oakland

Rick joined the board in 2003 and currently serves as Board Treasurer. He was Acting Executive Director from April 1, 2010 until January 30, 2011, and is “semi-retired” from a career in Financial Services (he still does some Investment Consulting when not involved in Bike East Bay activities).

Rick says, “As a child in south Florida in the 1950s, I rode my bike about 2 miles to school (on a road that’s now far too narrow and busy to ride on safely). Re-entered the world of bicycling about 20 years ago as ankles/knees gave out from running. Now I split time between recreational and utility riding to the tune of about 150 miles per week. Rick also represents Bike East Bay on Oakland’s Measure DD Community Coalition, overseeing implementation of Oakland’s 2002 bond issue that’s funding major improvements to Lake Merritt and the Bay Trail in Oakland. Can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t ride a bike.” Rick earned an engineering degree from the US Naval Academy in 1965, and an MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley in 1972.


Rolland JurgensWalnut Creek

Rolland (Rolly) was elected to the Bike East Bay board in 2014. He is interested in bringing safer roads to all cyclists and helping East Bay companies to this important mission.

Rolly has been in the accounting and auditing profession for 19 years, working primarily in financial services. He is a licenses CPA in the state of California. Rolly is a member of USA Cycling and an active amateur racer focusing on road and cyclocross racing.


 

Rosie Mesterhazy, Oakland

Bicycling has done more to further Rosie Mesterhazy’s sense of self-empowerment and community connectedness than any other sport or activity. Her enthusiasm for riding launched a career that intersected with her interest in bikes, enabling her to work for the Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Alameda County Safe Routes to School program, and in her current position as a program manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

A committed advocate, she has also served as a board member for the Hub of Detroit and waged a campaign to keep a local youth-based recreation center’s doors from shuttering. Rosie currently lives in downtown Oakland with her husband and has embraced a car-free lifestyle, thanks to available Bay Area bicycling and public transportation opportunities. As a committed cyclist and public transportation commuter, she hopes her board presence will support a reduction in car commutes, and she will continue to advocate for policies, programs and infrastructure that enable children access to transformational bicycle educational, commuting and recreational opportunities. Rosie joined the Board in 2014.


Sandra Hamlat, Oakland

Sandra Hamlat is an environmental planner/project manager whose interests include the protection of natural areas and revitalization of urban areas throughout California, especially in terms of risk assessment and adaptation planning for climate change and sea level rise (SLR). Sandra recently served as a project manager for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Specifically, she worked on regional sediment management issues and their relationship to the effects of climate change such as SLR in the Bay Area. Prior to this position, she played a lead role as a member of the steering committee of a grassroots coalition of political stakeholders as they negotiated the short-term need for domestic oil with the long-term vision of the Baldwin Hills Park Master Plan until other renewable energy sources are more readily available. Sandra was also a member of the Green LA Coalition where she worked on a campaign for the City of Los Angeles to adopt a Low Impact Development policy by organizing stakeholder meetings and meeting with elected officials.

She has worked for other private and public environmental organizations throughout California on various projects dealing with planning, composting, recycling, and land conservation. In addition to project management, Sandra prepared environmental review documents for urban park and brownfield projects. She also worked on the team that created the Los Angeles Multi-family Building Recycling Program. Sandra is currently a board member of Bike East Bay and has served on local League of Conservation Voters boards, for which she helps elect environmental candidates and fund-raise, over the past five years. Her educational background includes a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California at Irvine and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.


Board Secretary Tom Willging, Oakland

Tom is a retired attorney, having worked for 25 years as a senior researcher at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC where he was active in the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail and the Washington Area Bicycle Association. Since moving to the Lake Merritt area of Oakland in July 2010 he has been active as a volunteer with Bike East Bay, a member of the VeloRaptors cycling club, and of the Downtown Oakland YMCA.

Tom volunteered to assist Bike East Bay in revising its Bylaws, a project that the coalition completed in Spring 2012. Tom joined the board in June 2012 and was elected Secretary at that time. He has been working on a history of Bike East Bay, interviewing past members and officers and compiling information to help celebrate Bike East Bay’s 40th anniversary. Tom is enthused about cycling and pleased to find such a dynamic organization in Oakland. In July 2012, he earned the distinction of being the last (and perhaps the oldest) five-pass finisher of the Tour of the California Alps, better known as the Death Ride. He assures us that he’ll never do that again. twillgin@gmail.com


 

Bike East Bay Advisory Board

 

We often seek the advice of prominent members of the bicycling community in the East Bay. Here are the current members of our Advisory Board:


 

Bike East Bay By-Laws

 

Here are the rules by which Bike East Bay governs itself in order to make bicycling safe, convenient and accessible to all residents of Alameda and Contra Costa County:

Download a pdf file of Bike East Bay Bylaws


 

Bike East Bay Annual Reports

 

Here are our most recent annual reports on our wide range of bicycling advocacy activities. We’re proud of what we do!

2013 Annual Report


 

Bike East Bay 990 Forms

 

Nonprofits are required by the IRS to file and make public annual 990 forms. These provide information an organization’s mission, programs, and finances. Here are ours from the last three years:

East Bay Bicycle Coalition 990 Form: 2013

East Bay Bicycle Coalition 990 Form: 2012

East Bay Bicycle Coalition 990 Form: 2011