Save SF Bike is proud of our slate of seven candidates who are running for the SF Bike Coalition Board of Directors. All seven are committed to our platform to keep the Bike Coalition democratic and reinvigorate this great organization. Voting will be November 15 through December 30, 2015. You must be an SFBC member by November 15 to be eligible to vote.
- Bob Allen – Director of Transportation Justice Program at Urban Habitat
- Mary Kay Chin – Co-founder of SF Yellow Bike Project, 2015 Golden Wheel Award winner
- Oscar Grande – Founder of Bicis del Pueblo community bike project
- Beatriz Herrera – Former community organizer with Causa Justa::Just Cause
- Dr. Shirley Johnson – Leader of BIKES ONboard project, 2014 Golden Wheel Award winner
- Jane Martin – Senior Political Community Organizer, SEIU United Service Workers West
- Jeremy Pollock – Legislative Aide to San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
Bob Allen has over a decade of experience as a campaign organizer and policy advocate for urban justice including transportation, housing and community development. Bob has worked nationally on advocacy to shift federal funds from highways to transit, walking and biking. He’s helped lead similar regional advocacy efforts for the Bay Area’s regional climate change plan known as Plan Bay Area.
In San Francisco, Bob has supported campaigns to expand transit access for youth and to increase transportation funding including for walking and biking. He views biking as an important component of San Francisco’s transportation network. Bob believes the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition plays an important role in shaping transportation and the urban environment in San Francisco especially in the context of gentrification and displacement. Because of this role he believes the Coalition needs robust member participation, genuine democratic governance and transparency.
Bob has served as Acting Executive Director of Urban Habitat, successfully written dozens of grant proposals for local and national foundations and served on the host and fundraising committees for events for several Bay Area groups. He previously served on the board of TransForm.
San Francisco native, Mary Kay Chin has a decade of community organizing experience, most recently as a co-founder of the San Francisco Yellow Bike Project (SFYBP), a community-based bicycle resource. SFYBP was one of the 2015 recipients of the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Golden Wheel award for its work in educating, empowering and connecting community members with bicycles, parts and resources. As a former SF Bicycle Coalition staffer, Mary Kay is familiar with the bicycle advocacy community.
Mary Kay has organized with other bicycle groups including Cycles of Change, the SF Bicycle Coalition, Bici Bici, San Francisco Bike Party, East Bay Bike Party and Clitoral Mass.
Mary Kay is committed to making our streets safer and more accessible for all community members, with an emphasis on women, women of color and underserved communities. Biking is Mary Kay’s primary mode of transportation, and she lives car-free in the Tenderloin. Mary Kay has been riding a bike in SF since childhood.
As a San Francisco native who spent much of his youth and adult life on bikes, Oscar Grande knows why biking matters. A BMX racer as a kid, a bike messenger in his youth, and as father of four he is currently a Community Organizer with People Organizing to Demand Economic and Environmental Rights (PODER). He works to empower immigrant Latino communities in San Francisco by focusing on issues like housing rights, land use, environmental justice, and transportation equity. He has a keen understanding of the foundations of social justice, and of the need to have a comprehensive approach in building healthy and resilient communities with bikes as part of them.
He co-founded and manages Bicis Del Pueblo, a community-based bike project that has provided bikes, knowledge, and resources to over 200 low-income youth and families in the Excelsior and Mission Districts. In addition to successfully securing public and private funds, the project is developing a Bike Equity network to increase the number of bicyclists in low-income communities of color in San Francisco
As a founding Board member of Mission Asset Fund, Oscar helped develop a first-of-a-kind financial asset-building organization helping San Francisco low-income residents access social loan programs that quickly and safely build credit history. The organization has grown to a multi-million dollar organization providing community-based asset building services in a dozen communities throughout the country.
Beatriz Herrera has over 10 years community organizing experience in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York working alongside underserved communities of color to wage grassroots campaigns for housing, worker, and transit justice. She was a full-time organizer for seven years with POWER, a San Francisco non-profit serving Black and Latino families.
As a community organizer, Beatriz helped wage a successful campaign to win Free Muni for Youth, providing free bus access for youth in San Francisco. She also led POWER’s efforts to increase bike access and ridership in Bayview-Hunters Point and managed the organization’s large youth grant and budget with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Together with the SFBC and other community organizations, she helped pass the San Francisco Unclaimed Bikes Ordinance, which provided San Francisco residents with free access to the city’s unclaimed bikes.
In the last three years, she helped coordinate and continues to support bike workshops with the SFBC to distribute refurbished bikes to over 200 residents in the Bayview and Mission districts, targeting Black and Latino bike riders, women, and youth.
Beatriz is a graduate of the Women’s Policy Institute, a year long statewide policy advocacy training through the Women’s Foundation. She is currently a full time graduate student in UC Berkeley’s Latin American Studies MA Program.
Shirley Johnson was awarded SFBC’s Golden Wheel in 2014 for her leadership of the BIKES ONboard project. Working with the SFBC, the BIKES ONboard grassroots volunteer teams were instrumental in (1) increasing bike capacity onboard Caltrain over 50% since 2009, and (2) ending BART’s commute-period ban on bikes onboard in 2013. She is former chair of the Caltrain Bicycle Advisory Committee and current vice-chair of the BART Bicycle Advisory Task Force, serving as the SFBC’s representative. She has been an active SFBC member for 15 years.
Shirley earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University, became a senior program director in biotechnology, and is now a biotech consultant. She applies her leadership and management expertise to successful bicycle advocacy. She currently serves on two non-profit boards as president of the local chapter of the Association for Women in Science and as a director on the board of Livable City. Shirley lives car-free, commutes by bike to work in South SF, and has done multi-month international bicycle tours.
Shirley believes strongly in participatory democracy and wants to help the SFBC thrive as a member-driven organization.
Jane Martin has been a community organizer in the Bay Area since 2001 working with low-income people of color fighting for transit justice, affordable housing, and workers’ rights.
Jane served as the director for the successful campaign to win free Muni passes for low-income youth in San Francisco. In her role as political director at POWER (now Causa Justa::Just Cause) she collaborated with the SF MTA and SF Bike Coalition to conduct policy outreach and workshops with bike riders in Bayview-Hunters Point on bicycle safety improvements as well drafting transportation equity policy for the city. Jane has also worked directly with the Bike Coalition, helping coordinate SFBC volunteers on political campaigns.
Jane is on the executive board of San Francisco Jobs with Justice and has served on the organization’s committee for over four years. She served on the board of San Francisco Pride at Work for over six years. She has years of experience doing grant reporting, grant writing, and throwing creative grassroots fundraising events.
In 2010 she won the Bay Guardian Local Hero award for her work championing LGBT and worker rights. Biking is Jane’s primary mode of transportation. She is passionate about climate change, transportation justice and grassroots democracy.
Jeremy Pollock bikes to work as a Legislative Aide to Supervisor John Avalos and has been deeply involved in SF bike and transportation policy for the last four years. He wrote the first drafts of the Bike Yield and Employee Bike Access ordinances, and worked with the SFBC to develop the Unclaimed Bikes ordinance.
In addition to being immersed in bike culture, he brings ties to the City’s political and art scenes. On the steering committee of the San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters, he has helped write and distribute their voter guides since 2004. He plays guitar and sings with the Beauty Operators String Band and serves on the board of the San Francisco Institute of Possibility, which organizes large-scale interactive art events.
This summer he founded “Save SF Bike,” which led the effort to preserve SFBC members’ right to vote in this election.
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