The Alliance Board
Alliance for Biking & Walking Board Photo 3-8-11
L to R: Dorian Grilley, Scott Bricker, Adolfo Hernandez, Randy Neufeld, Leah Shahum, Colin Peppard, Barbara Culp, Mark Wyatt, Rob Sadowsky, Dan Grunig, Noah Budnick
- Noah Budnick, Transportation Alternatives
- Dan Grunig, Bicycle Colorado
- Mark Wyatt, Iowa Bicycle Coalition
- Scott Bricker, Bike Pittsburgh
- Jeff Rosenblum, LivableStreets Alliance
- Jill Chamberlain, Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
- Jay Ferm, Planet Bike
- Amy Ford-Wagner, Parsons Brinckerhoff
- Dorian Grilley, Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
- Adolfo Hernandez, Active Transportation Alliance
- Paulo Nunes-Ueno , Seattle Children’s Hospital-Research-Foundation
- Erin O'Melinn, HUB: Your Cycling Connection
- Terry Preston, WALKSacramento
- Rob Sadowsky, Bicycle Transportation Alliance
- Rebecca Serna, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
- Leah Shahum, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
- Dani Simons, NYC Bike Share
- Sarah Strunk, Active Living By Design
Noah Budnick, Chair
Noah is the Senior Policy Advisor at Transportation Alternatives (TA) in New York City, where he focuses his passion on local initiatives for better bicycle and pedestrian facilities in one of the world’s most vibrant cities. He works with staff to craft political, organizing, and media strategies to win livable streets. He was recently honored with a Revson Foundation Fellowship at Columbia University (2008-2009) and, he was also awarded the David Gurin Award for Improving Biking and Walking in New York City in 2009. Also a board member of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization, Noah has been a remarkable leader for the Alliance.
127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Dan Grunig, Treasurer
Dan heads Colorado’s statewide bicycle advocacy organization promoting bicycling for transportation, health, and recreation. Bicycle Colorado and its 7,000 members led the successful legislative efforts to create the Colorado Safe Routes to School program, pass the Bicycle Safety Act and begin the Colorado Share the Road Education Fund. Dan is also a member of the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ Transportation Advisory Committee and the Denver Metro Living Streets Initiative. He holds a master’s degree in non-profit business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a nationally certified cycling instructor.
1525 Market Street, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202-1661
Mark Wyatt, Secretary
Mark Wyatt founded the Iowa Bicycle Coalition in 2004 after attending our Chicago Winning Campaigns Training. The organization built upon the victory of beating back a proposed bike ban in Iowa. Following the Alliance's models, he and his board took the organization to a sustainable and effective level in just two years. In early 2006, he was hired as IBC’s first Executive Director. The Iowa Bicycle Coalition has a thriving Safe Routes to School program, a model two-day bicycle advocacy conference, and successful membership program. It has successfully fended off further attempts to ban bicycles and pushed the positive benefits to Iowa’s health and economy.
Iowa Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 5562
Coralville, IA 52241
Scott is the Executive Director of Bike Pittsburgh. An everyday bike commuter, who has cycled across the country, he is a vocal advocate for cyclists' rights. He is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a B.S. in Public Policy and Management in 1999. After graduation, Scott lived in San Francisco for two years, where he worked for a dot-com and a software company before returning in 2001 to co-found Bike Pittsburgh. Scott also sits on the board of Pennsylvania Walks & Bikes.
188 43rd Strett
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Jeff is co-founder and President of the Board of LivableStreets Alliance, a Boston-based transportation and urban planning non-profit.
He is currently employed by the City of Cambridge as a transportation planner. Jeff has over 15 years experience in consulting, research, training & education, public policy, and community advocacy at the intersection of environment, business, and community engagement.
Internationally, he has worked on sustainable development projects in Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Jeff has a masters degree in Civil / Environmental Engineering and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and holds a Professional Engineering License from the State of Maine.
LivableStreets Alliance is part of the new wave of advocacy that includes all modes (biking, walking, transit) and integrates transportation into other issues, such as quality of life, public health, economic vitality, and climate change. As a result, we inspire a wider range of constituents to support progressive transportation reform. Inspiration for the organization's name came from Donald Appleyard's 1981 book "Livable Streets" which confronted the negative social impacts of street traffic on the fabric of urban neighborhoods.
70 Pacific Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Jill Chamberlain is a Senior Project Manager in the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. She manages active living initiatives that support communities to adopt active living policies and principles. Jill serves as the organizer of the Minnesota SRTS Network which recently advocated for the creation and funding for a Minnesota SRTS program. Jill’s favorite part of her work is to see the partnerships, individuals, and professionals work to make our communities more walkable and bikeable. In her personal life she incorporates active living through bike commuting and exploring her neighborhood with her dog Stella.
Senior Project Manager
Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
Jay grew up in Rock Island, IL. After graduating college with a degree in Physics, he moved to Madison. Passing through careers in woodworking and cabinetmaking, which he loves, and IT management, which got boring, Jay finally decided to put his money where his mouth is and helped fund and start up Community Car, Madison's car sharing business. From Community Car, Jay came to Planet Bike as Advocacy Coordinator, operations guy and policy wonk. "I wanted to work for Planet Bike because I believe in the mission and the people are some of the most creative and driven I've known," Jay says. In addition to being a means from A to B, for Jay the bike is a medium for solving problems. "When I'm noodling on a problem, riding my bike allows me to reflect and to get to a clear state of mind."
2402 Vondron Rd
Madison, WI 53718
Amy Ford-Wagner grew up in the suburbs but became a city dweller after college. Of all the things that urban living changed in her life, the most noticeable and dramatic was transportation. Inspired by a new multimodal lifestyle centered on walking, biking, and transit, Amy went back to grad school to become an urban planner. She now works as a transportation planner for Parsons Brinckerhoff in New York City, and knows that every trip begins and ends with a walk.
New York, NY
After nearly three decades working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Parks & Trails Council, Dorian Grilley took the reins of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota in 2008. But he was no stranger to advocacy, having been a dedicated volunteer for the organization and a long-time bike commuter and racer. With his election to the Alliance board, Grilley says he's eager to share his non-profit experience and work with Alliance members "to make it safe, easy, fun and cool for more people to bicycle more often."
Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota
214 Park Ave.
Mahtomedi, MN 55115-1645
Adolfo Hernandez joined Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance in 2007 at its Community Liaison to the Latino Community. Now the Director of Advocacy, Hernandez organizes and leads campaigns addressing transportation safety, accessibility and equity throughout the city and suburbs, while also serving on the mayor's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Council. "It is an exciting opportunity and honor to join the Alliance's board," Hernandez says. "I'm looking forward to helping the Alliance reach it's goals while sharing experiences and learning from our advocacy work in the Chicagoland region."
Director of Advocacy
Active Transportation Alliance
9 W Hubbard Suite 402
Chicago, IL 60610
Paulo is director of transportation and sustainability for Seattle Children’s, one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals and research institutes. Seattle Children’s is a leader in progressive transportation programs winning 6 Diamond Awards for outstanding commute programs and several Governor’s Awards for excellence in Transportation Demand Management. Seattle Children’s has also received the 2008 Governor’s Award for Sustainable Practices, the 2010 Practice Green Health Partner for Change Award for its efforts at eliminating mercury, and reducing waste and pollution from its operations, and the 2011 Seattle Business Magazine Green Washington Award. Paulo holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Director of Transportation and Sustainability
Seattle Children’s Hospital-Research-Foundation
Seattle Children’s Hospital M/S ROC 410
Seattle, WA 98145
Erin is the Executive Director of HUB: Your Cycling Connection (formerly the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition). She leads the organization to provide bicycle education, advocacy and events to increase cycling for transportation in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. Erin’s background is in community engagement and urban planning, with a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University. She has a background in local government and crown corporations in their sustainability and outreach initiatives. Since 2007, Erin has been a Director of the Board with the Vancouver Public Space Network, working to create vibrant urban spaces inviting to everyone.
HUB: Your Cycling Connection
1 - 828 West 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2
Terry Preston, Alternate
Growing up in San Francisco, Terry Preston jokes that he did, indeed, walk up-hill both ways to school. "I learned to love the freedom, the fresh air and low overhead of walking," he says. "Every child and every adult should have the same opportunity." Now the Complete Streets Coordinator for WALKSacramento, he works to make roadways accessible to pedestrians of all ages and brings a fresh voice for walking to the Alliance board of directors.
Complete Streets Coordinator
909 12th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Rob Sadowsky became the executive director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, in Portland, Oregon, in June 2010. Previously, Rob served as Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago, Illinois, for six years from 2004 to 2010. He has more than 23 years of non-profit advocacy and management experience working on issues of affordable housing, community economic development and transportation policy. He serves on the board of the Alliance for Biking & Walking, the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation and the League of American Bicyclists.
Bicycle Transportation Alliance
618 NW Glisan Street, Suite 401
Portland, OR 97209
Rebecca Serna has served as the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Executive Director since late 2007. She holds a Master’s degree from Georgia State's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Urban Policy, specializing in Planning and Nonprofit Management. She got involved in bicycle advocacy through an internship with the Georgia DOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian program. She was a Fulbright scholar in Bogotá, Colombia, a co-founder of Citizens for Progressive Transit, and currently serves as President of Georgia Bikes and on the board of Sopo Bicycle Cooperative. Awards include the Alliance’s Advocate of the Year.
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
Leah Shahum is the Executive Director of the 12,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which works to promote bicycling for everyday transportation. Under her leadership, the SF Bicycle Coalition has become one of the largest and strongest advocacy groups in San Francisco. Their community organizing is helping to significantly boost the number of people bicycling, as well as boosting the understanding of how bicycling can help make a better city. Leah formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District, as well as the SF Municipal Transportation Agency.
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
995 Market St., Ste. 1550
San Francisco, CA 94110
Dani has worked on urban environmental issues at the city, national and international levels. She uses strategic communications tools ranging from social media, to traditional advertising, to grassroots outreach and special events to bring community and media attention to the relationships between social equity, transportation and public space. She previously served as the Director of Strategic Communications for the New York City Department of Transportation where she started the Summer Streets program. She was also a co-author of the agency’s strategic business plan Sustainable Streets. Dani is currently the Director of Marketing for NYC Bike Share, the operators of Citi Bike. She is a daily bike commuter.
Director of Marketing
NYC Bike Share
New York, NY
Sarah Strunk is Director of Active Living By Design, part of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has been with ALBD since its inception, first serving as Deputy Director from 2002-2005. As Director, Strunk focuses on organizational development, strategic planning, business development, program development and external partnerships. Previously, she was Director of External Affairs at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. She also served as Director of Corporate Planning at BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina, and in strategic and business planning roles at Duke University Medical Center and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Strunk earned a master of healthcare administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts in public policy from Duke University. Outside of the office, she enjoys running, cooking and doing volunteer work.
Active Living By Design
400 Market Street, Suite 205
Chapel Hill, NC 27516