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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 by Bike East Bay members at our annual member meeting.
*=will be voted in at the March 2021 board meeting.
- Amanda Leahy
- Anne Schonfield
- Chris Cassidy*
- Elaine Beale*
- Eric Monek Anderson*
- Kristi Marleau
- Kristin Tennessen
- Mark Purser
- Michael Santero
- Pam Mei Harrison
- Steven Birenbaum
- Steven Dunbar
- Tim Beloney
Amanda Leahy, Berkeley
As a transportation planner and someone who prefers traveling on foot or by bike, I understand the needs of these most vulnerable users. My areas of expertise include multimodal traffic operations and safety analysis, bicycle and pedestrian planning and design, and complete streets policy and implementation. I am committed to creating a safe and comfortable public realm for people of all ages and abilities. I am passionate about strengthening connections between people and place through sound planning and analysis; creative, context-sensitive design and engineering; and effective stakeholder and community engagement. I am a certified planner (AICP), an Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) board member, and an active member of APA and WTS. Additionally, I have been a Bike East Bay member for over ten years, actively participated in and volunteered at many events, joined group bike rides, supported initiatives at council meetings, and regularly read the Ride On newsletter.
As APBP vice president of the board, policy committee chair, and member of the finance committee, I bring relevant organization and board experience. Combined with my professional experience and passion for biking, I believe I am an excellent candidate for the Bike East Bay board.
Anne Schonfield, Berkeley
My name is Anne Schonfield, I’ve lived in Berkeley since 1990 and am an active bike commuter and road cyclist. If I’m not on my bike everyday, I’ve done something wrong that day! I’ve served on the Berkeley YMCA Board of Managers for the past 6-7 years (I love the Y!) and also served on the Board of the Berkeley High School Development Group. I have a small consulting firm (Schonfield Consulting) that works with many foundations and non profits on fundraising, strategic planning, evaluation and other organizational services. I’ve heard great things about Bike East Bay and am honored to serve on the Board.
Chris Cassidy, Oakland
Chris Cassidy is a social justice advocate and communicator. He offers over 10 years of experience with nonprofits and progressive campaigns. Cassidy lives in East Oakland and works as the Communication Director at the UC Berkeley Food Institute. He previously worked at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, where he helped dramatically expand communications capacity, won miles of high-quality bike lanes, and advanced equity initiatives. Cassidy, his wife, and young son do not own a car, taking transit, walking, and biking for most trips. If entrusted by members to join the board, Cassidy would offer his full-throated support to Bike East Bay’s staff and excitedly help out in whatever capacity is requested.
Board Chair, Curtis Buckley, Berkeley
I came to the Bay Area from Los Angeles as an enlisted man in the US Navy, stationed at Alameda Naval Air Station aboard the USS Samuel Gompers and I never left. I live in Berkeley and have been employed in the Biotechnology Industry for the last 20+ years.
I have always been civic minded and have worked with many community organizations. My involvement in cycling and the cycling community has evolved over the last decade in conjunction with my understanding of human induced climate change. I believe a move towards non-carbon emitting technology simply makes sense and it is imperative that we act quickly. I believe the bay area, with its temperate climate and strong environmental community, can be the premier biking region in the nation and I want to work with Bike East Bay to help make it happen.
Elaine Beale, Oakland
Elaine Beale is a lifelong cyclist and longtime resident of Oakland. Currently, she is the Director of Development at Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program, a nonprofit providing sports, recreation and fitness programming for people with physical disabilities and vision impairments. She has worked in nonprofit management and fundraising for almost 30 years and has been active in social justice movements throughout her adult life. Elaine worked as an independent fundraising consultant for more than 20 years, working closely with numerous East Bay nonprofit organizations to increase their capacity to promote equity, inclusion and access. Elaine is also a published novelist and teaches creative writing at The Writing Salon.
Eric Monek Anderson, Oakland
For Eric Monek Anderson, cycling is about fun and the freedom to get around independently. He recognizes, however, that there are many impediments to ensuring that all communities and people in the East Bay have the same freedom to get around safely and on their terms. He admires Bike East Bay for its commitment to racial and social equity in cycling and transportation, and its ability to have fun. Eric lives in North Oakland with his wife Caitlin and is a lawyer with Farella, Braun + Martel, a San Francisco-based firm specializing in business law. He first got into cycling through (almost) all-season bike commuting in Chicago, and loves riding around the roads and trails of the East Bay.
Vice Chair, Kjiersten Fagnan, Oakland
Kjiersten did not own a bicycle until she was 24 and living in Seattle. She soon found biking not only offered a kind of freedom that previously only seemed possible with a car, but was significantly less expensive. Kjiersten grew up in California, received an education at Cal, but had never biked the cities of California until she moved back for work and wanted to avoid traffic. She has commuted from the Presidio to Oakland, Oakland to Berkeley, and Oakland to Walnut Creek by bicycle and public transit over the past 9 years. She discovered the quirks of each commute, but also an easier ride as infrastructure improved.
Researchers have demonstrated that long commutes by car make people angry and are slowly killing us; Kjiersten believes bikes can help. Bike boulevards, bike-friendly trains and buses, and bike share programs have improved our commute options in the past two decades dramatically. The ability to travel by bike is a privilege that should be accessible to everyone.
Kjiersten joined the board in 2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristin bikes for recreation and transportation east of the hills with her spouse and their two tiny cyclists. As a board member, she helps Bike East Bay continue its work as a social justice organization by being an ally for groups historically marginalized through transportation policies, and supporting hyperlocal grassroots organizing through Bike Walnut Creek.Kristin re-joined the Board in 2018
Treasurer, Lauren Haughey, Oakland
Lauren, a lifelong cyclist and 30+ year resident of Oakland, currently works as the VP of Finance & Administration at the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), a national nonprofit, youth cycling organization. As an Oakland resident and parent, she has volunteered throughout the years in various capacities in Oakland schools, as well worked on various school boards and committees. She has additionally helped to coach Oakland youth cycling clubs/teams throughout the years to help teach the benefits of cycling. Currently, when not at work, Lauren also volunteers as the Board Treasurer of the BTCEB trail advocacy organization, commutes by bike, enjoys trail running, is pursuing an MBA, and guides her two teenaged kids while their prefrontal lobe development continues to progress.
“I have commuted to work by bike for 20+ years through Oakland and Berkeley streets - and am excited to help to contribute to Bike East Bay and my surrounding community as I have been the beneficiary of the wonderful work the organization has produced over the years.” Lauren joined the Board in 2018.
Mark Purser, Oakland
I am passionate about climate change, environmental justice, and urban policy (because urban policy is climate policy) and have dedicated my career to these issues. I’m also an avid biker and have commuted by bike in Oakland for years. A housing shortage and inadequate transportation infrastructure (and the intersection with racial, economic, and environmental equity) are the two most critical issues facing the Bay Area. There’s no silver bullet to solving these problems, but effective and equitable bicycle infrastructure is an important component of any solution. I have 10 years of experience in infrastructure finance and have witnessed how successful infrastructure projects rely on coordination and cooperation among policymakers, community members, advocacy groups, and private interests. I also have experience building financial planning processes, systems, and teams in start-up environments.
Michael Santero, Oakland
I have been a member of Bike East Bay for several years and am very excited to serve on the Board of Directors. I can often be seen biking around town on either a purple Trek with a bright yellow basket and flashy lights, or a Ford GoBike. My commute often involves biking to Jack London Square and riding Amtrak to San Jose.
I am currently the Director of Asset Management for First Community Housing (FCH), which provides housing for over 1,400 low income households in the South Bay. For over a decade, FCH has been a leader in promoting alternate transportation in its communities. FCH is the largest purchaser of Residential EcoPasses, which allows its tenants to ride public transportation for free. FCH has hosted bicycle clinics and bike mechanic classes, sponsored community rides, hosted bike give-aways, built bicycling infrastructure, and promoted bike share in its communities.
I have previously served on the board of Community Housing Partnership, which has a mission of Ending Homelessness through Permanent Supportive Housing. I have always believed that by building infrastructure and providing services for our most vulnerable populations, we end up improving the quality of life for everyone. I joined the Board in 2018.
In 2005 I made the conscious decision to never own a car. I’ve have been a bike commuter since 2007 and a resident of the East Bay since 2009. I joined Bike East Bay after an event in downtown Oakland in the summer of 2009 where I was grateful to use their bike valet service. It’s been inspiring watching the organization grow in staff and membership and develop an overall culture of philanthropy in that time. I’m a three-time Climate Rider, and I recently completed a bike tour from San Francisco to San Diego. My professional background includes experience with nonprofit fundraising and event planning. I served on Bike East Bay’s Membership and Fundraising Committee as a volunteer before joining the board. I joined the board in 2018.
Pam Mei Harrison, El Cerrito
Pam Mei has over five years of experience in writing and managing grants and is currently Grants Manager at Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), an environmental justice (EJ) organization. She has a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley under the guidance of Dr. Carolyn Merchant. Her dissertation used an EJ framework to understand and make recommendations regarding the usage and conditions of city parks in Richmond, Berkeley, and Oakland. Her research also highlighted various ways in which people’s freedom to move and belong–especially Indigenous, Asian, and Black women in public spaces–has been circumscribed directly and indirectly throughout American history. Pam Mei is multiracial and multifaceted. She believes bikes are an exquisite tool for personal and social transformation.
Steven is a long-time writer and communications professional at an Oakland-based health care foundation. He has served as fundraising director at his children’s elementary school and a coach in the Albany-Berkeley Girls Softball League. He can often be found participating in the Pan Mass Challenge, a massive two-day ride from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod that raises money for Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Steven was a scrawny five year-old when when he learned to bike on a fast little red machine. He hasn’t stopped since. He is excited to help make cycling safer and more accessible for everyone, especially those intimidated about commuting to work and school. He believes that encouraging more people to ride, an activity that brings people together, can help us reconnect with the planet and do more to value and protect it. He joined the Board in 2018.
Steven Dunbar, Livermore
I’m a committed transportation advocate motivated primarily by climate change. I’ve been inspired by Bike East Bay since I moved to the Bay in 2016 after graduating from Davis. Professionally, I am an electrical system engineer in Livermore, working on electric public transit buses. Privately, I organize with TriValley Citizen’s Climate Lobby, East Bay for Everyone, and of course Bike East Bay and affiliated subgroups Bike Walk Eden, Bike Walk Livermore, Bike Pleasanton, and Bike Dublin.
I bring my slowly acquired knowledge of bikeway design, my passion for imagining the possibilities on streets, and my ability to explain at a council meeting the how and why of a design. Along with those skills comes a commitment to safety, equity, and sustainability, by speaking up for the real trade offs of transportation design. My skills are primarily in planning and design, but I am eager to learn the organizational leadership aspects of Bike East Bay, because we aren’t advocating for an exercise in planning, we are realizing a vision for the future.
Tim Beloney, Alameda
I am a strong social justice advocate, particularly with regard to economic and race related issues. I was a founding member and Board Chair of the Alameda Multi-Cultural Community Center, on the Board of BVUMC Foundation, worked closely with Alameda Point Collaborative in their Youth Training program involving the bike shop, garden, and Youth In Action (a program I created). For the past few years at Levi’s Gran Fondo I created Team DACA (Dudes Against Cycling Apathetically) where we raised funds for the ride, which benefitted under served youth in the area. As a cyclist, bike commuter, and parent, I am also very concerned about bike safety in the East Bay, particularly in under served areas.
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:
Here are our most recent annual reports on our wide range of bicycling advocacy activities. We’re proud of what we do!
Nonprofits are required by the IRS to file and make public annual 990 forms. These provide information an organization’s mission, programs, and finances. Our legal name is East Bay Bicycle Coalition, doing business as Bike East Bay. Here are our 990 filings from the last three years:BikeEastBay2014 TaxFinal.public.pdf Annual Report 2014 final-web.pdf EBBikeCoalition 13 TaxFinal.public.pdf EBBikeCoaltion 12 TaxFinal.public.pdf Annual Report 2015 email.pdf EBBikeCoalition 15 TaxFinal-public.pdf EBBC-Bike East Bay-BYLAWS-Final-Dec2016.pdf EastBayBicycleCoalition 17 TaxFinal.public.pdf EBBikeCoalition 18 TaxFinal.public.pdf