The Alliance Staff

Jeffrey Miller, President / CEO

Picture of Jeffrey Miller Jeff began as President / CEO of the Alliance in the spring of 2008. A bike advocate since 1990, Jeff served as Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for nearly 12 years, growing the organization into one of the strongest and most respected bicycle coalitions in North America. Jeff became an advocate while a student at the College of the Atlantic, when he biked across the U.S. in 1990 and saw first hand how biking could help address many of our societies challenges. Two years later he was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study and experience the bicycle infrastructure and policies in 15 countries including Japan, China, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and much of Europe. That 14-month around-the-world bike tour served as a significant part of his education in bicycle advocacy, policy, and infrastructure design. Jeff, who now lives in Washington DC, uses his bike year round for transportation, enjoys touring and exploring, and competing in road races and triathlons. In addition to his experience running a statewide coalition, Jeff has served as president for the local Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail. Jeff also serves on the boards of America Walks, the Adventure Cycling Association (the nation's largest bicycling organization) and America Bikes (the coalition of national advocacy organizations promoting biking and walking in the federal transportation bill).

Washington DC Office

202-445-4415

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Brighid O'Keane, Advocacy and Programs Director

Picture of Brighid O'Keane Brighid moves to D.C. from the Bay Area, where she recently opened a food coop as the Program Director of the Berkeley Student Food Collective. An environmental studies graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, she has worked in Colorado, California, Alaska, and Thailand as a naturalist, community organizer, and alternative educator. She is on the Board of Peers for the Educational Network for Global and Grassroots Exchange, which aims to train and connect young activists nationwide. Brighid is excited to bring her experiences working with Thai NGOs, her background in organizational development, and her love for bicycling and walking to the Alliance.

Washington DC Office

(202) 621-5442

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Andrea Milne, Benchmarking Program Manager

Picture of Andrea Milne Andrea started working with the Alliance as Research Assistant for the 2012 Benchmarking Report and transitioned into the role of Project Manager in late 2012. She is committed to working with advocates, researchers and implementers around the country and continuing to produce the high-quality Benchmarking Report and resources that the biking and walking community has come to appreciate. Andrea earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan, from which she gained a fascination for how transportation networks and urban form affect quality of life. She serves on her community’s bicycle advisory committee and seeks out ways to participate in local, state, and national conversations on improving mobility for people of all ages and abilities.

Field Office

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Mary Lauran Hall, Communications Director

Picture of Mary Lauran Hall Mary Lauran comes to the Alliance from America Bikes, where she worked to raise the profile of walking and bicycling in the federal transportation system. She has a background in online strategy, social media management, and civic engagement. Mary Lauran earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she hosted a radio show on science. Mary Lauran also volunteers with The Bike House, Washington, DC’s bicycle repair cooperative.

Washington DC Office

202-449-9692x2

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Christy Kwan, Advocacy Advance Outreach Coordinator

Picture of Christy Kwan Christy Kwan is the Advocacy Advance Outreach Coordinator with the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In her role, Christy focuses on walking and forging connections with the public health community. Christy has past experience in working with diverse stakeholders to increase healthy food access in underserved communities and promoted sustainability and environmental conservation near military bases. She studied sociology and gender studies at the University of California San Diego, and earned her Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an avid walker and currently learning how to ride a bike in the city.

Washington DC Office


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Maggie Melin, Benchmarking Research Assistant

Picture of Maggie Melin Maggie began working as the Research Assistant for the Benchmarking Report in 2012. She grew up in Michigan and most recently spent the last two and half years living in Berlin, Germany and Lund, Sweden where she enjoyed commuting by bike and foot on a daily basis. In Sweden she earned a master’s degree in sustainability science from Lund University and prior to this a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia. Through her education and experiences abroad, she has become committed to finding ways to encourage biking and walking in the United States and to make it more accessible to more people. Maggie also enjoys WWOOFing (working on organic farms), swimming, dancing and making music.

Field Office

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Megan Odett, Member Services Coordinator

Picture of Megan Odett Megan comes to the Alliance from the Alliance for Community Trees, the national membership organization for urban forestry and community greening organizations. At ACTrees, Megan coordinated development, provided key operational support, implemented a new CRM and fundraising database, and helped to develop a major new national program to support planting and maintaining urban orchards. Megan is the founder of the Washington, DC chapter of Kidical Mass, the national movement to encourage parents and children to bicycle together. She has spoken about women’s and family bicycling in numerous venues. Megan’s favorite biking activity is riding to splash parks with her two sons. She occasionally indulges in cargo stunts with her Yuba Mundo longtail and Burley trailer that involve carrying any combination of: her children, her dog, her cat, a jogging stroller, a week’s worth of groceries, and a carpet steamer.

Washignton Field Office
202-449-9692 x8

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Mike Samuelson, Open Streets Coordinator

Picture of Mike Samuelson Mike Samuelson grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and earned his bachelors in Geography and Urban Studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mike has served a variety of roles with the Alliance: he started as an intern during the fall of 2010, transitioned into a fellowship, and eventually joined the staff as the Member Services and Open Streets Coordinator in July of 2011. Mike currently studies planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs as he continues to contract for the Alliance to run the Open Streets Project.

Los Angeles Field Office

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