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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.
- Chair, Kjiersten Fagnan
- Vice Chair, Pam Mei Harrison
- Secretary, Steven Dunbar
- Treasurer, Mark Purser
- Amanda Leahy
- Anne Schonfield
- Chris Cassidy
- Curtis Buckley
- Eric Monek Anderson
- Michael Santero
- Mimi Torres
- 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.
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.
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.
Board 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.
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.
Treasurer, 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.
Vice Chair, 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.
Secretary, 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 previous 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 EBBikeCoalition 20 TaxFinal.public.pdf