The SF Bicycle Coalition is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The board is responsible for the organization’s financial health and achievement of its mission. Any SF Bicycle Coalition member can run for the board. Members are invited to attend board meetings. Check out our Events Calendar for meeting dates and times, and download meeting minutes from our archive. To submit questions or comments to the board, please email email@example.com.
Board Elections — We Want You!
The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to have a very active and professional all-volunteer Board of Directors. Our board serves important functions, including hiring and supervising the Executive Director, providing legal and financial oversight, providing strategic direction, and raising money to support the organization’s work. The organization is seeking great candidates for the upcoming election. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in running and/or have any questions.
Here are some helpful resources:
- SF Bicycle Coalition Election Candidate Handbook
- Important dates:
- Jan. 21, 2018 at 11:59 pm — Deadline to join or renew for eligibility to vote
- Jan. 31, 2018 — Candidate Forum and voting begins
- Feb. 16, 2018 — Voting Ends
- Candidate questionnaire
Email email@example.com with any questions.
Andy Thornley, President
Andy Thornley is a practitioner with the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, managing the city’s right of way for safe, equitable, sustainable streets for everyone. Previously Andy worked at the SF Bicycle Coalition in the roles of Program Director and Policy Director, during which time he also served as president of the board of directors of TransForm. Andy currently serves on the boards of the SF Housing Action Coalition and Planning Association for the Richmond. Above all, Andy wants you to pedal predictably, mindfully and compassionately, and have a delightful time doing it!
Mary Kay Chin, Secretary
Mary Kay Chin is a San Francisco native living in the Tenderloin. She has a decade of community organizing experience, most recently as co-founder of SF Yellow Bike Project. Mary Kay has organized with Cycles of Change, Spokeland, Bici Bici, San Francisco Bike Party, East Bay Bike Party and Clitoral Mass. She is committed to making our streets safer and more accessible for all, with an emphasis on women, women of color and underserved communities. A member since 2008, biking is Mary Kay’s primary mode of transportation. She is committed to a future where bicycles are the norm.
Lawrence Li, Treasurer
Lawrence Li has over 26 years of nonprofit administration experience, currently directing administration at SPUR. With a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Business specialization from UCLA, he combines health care experience with an active desire to promote strong, healthy communities. Lawrence serves on the Lower Haight Merchants and Neighbors Association board and co-chairs the Streets Committee of Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
I love the connection between problem-solving and the life a cyclist. From navigating a new exciting route, to balancing pannier weights, to bike mechanics, life on a bicycle has taught me a lot. Off of a bike, I’ve been curious about the urban condition and have collected experiences ranging from working in Honduras to researching contemporary urban planning challenges such as housing, environmental justice, crime and bike infrastructure through a lens of equity and equality. Currently, I’m focused on Bicis Del Pueblo, a project that brings bike safety, mechanic and advocacy skills to individuals and families in the Excelsior.
Rocky Beach is a long-standing SF Bicycle Coalition member dedicated to making San Francisco a better city for bicycling. As both an urban and recreational cyclist, he uses the city’s bicycle lanes on a daily basis and is passionate about the SF Bicycle Coalition’s work to combine advocacy, planning and education to promote bicycling for everyday transportation. Rocky Beach is the founder and Executive Director of Ultimate Impact, a nonprofit that provides at-risk youth with increased opportunities, confidence, communication abilities and conflict-resolution skills.
Lisa Fisher is an urban planner with 15 years experience helping neighborhoods in the U.S. and Latin America thrive through thoughtful planning, innovative collaborations and bikes. She leads the San Francisco Planning Department’s Sustainable City Team, focusing on climate-sensitive new development amplifying co-benefits for equitable and healthy communities. Throughout her projects, Lisa works to maximize robust bicycle policies, smart infrastructure and facilities that support safe cycling for all daily trips. In addition to years of bike commuting, she’s a rec rider and loves bicycle touring. As a mom, Lisa is extra motivated to help create a more family-friendly city.
Jenn Fox applies her science expertise — hydrology, climate change and land use — to improve public policy. As Executive Director of the Bay Area Open Space Council, Jenn led a network of 65 nonprofit and public agencies that serve tens of millions of Bay Area residents, maintain thousands of miles of trails and steward over 1 million acres of publicly accessible park lands. Over the last 20 years, Jenn has worked both internationally as a Director at the ClimateWorks Foundation and locally, writing the first greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan for the City of Oakland. Jenn has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
Chema Hernández Gil
Chema Hernández Gil is political coordinator at the San Francisco Rising Alliance, where he helps build the political power of working-class communities of color in San Francisco by contributing his experience in community advocacy and activism locally and abroad. Born in Mexico, Chema emigrated as a child in the late 1980s. He grew up Southern Ontario and Middle Tennessee before moving to Switzerland, where he spent 13 years studying engineering, working and getting involved in European media activism. He lives in San Francisco’s South of Market, loves to bike and hike, and is passionate about animal liberation.
Amandeep Jawa is a software engineer and local environmental activist. As President of the San Francisco League of Conservation Voters, and through his involvement in numerous political campaigns, he has worked to create a better world on a local, regional and national level. In addition to being involved with the SF Bicycle Coalition for many years, he is an avid urban bicyclist and bike commuter.
Shirley Johnson has been an active SF Bicycle Coalition member over 15 years. She received the organization’s Golden Wheel Award in 2014 for her leadership of the grassroots, volunteer-run BIKES ONboard project that increased bicycle access onboard Caltrain and BART. After earning a doctorate in chemical engineering from Stanford University, Shirley worked in Holland and loved its matter-of-fact, all-ages bicycle culture. She is a biotechnology consultant, lives car-free, commutes by bike to work and enjoys multi-month solo bicycle tours. Shirley believes strongly in participatory democracy and transparency, and wants the SF Bicycle Coalition to thrive as a member-driven advocacy organization.
Adam Keats has been a public-interest environmental lawyer for nearly 20 years. He is currently with the Center for Food Safety, where he focuses on water privatization. He has also practiced land-use law, has served as general counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity, and has advised other non-profits on formation and governance issues. He has long been a daily bicycle-commuter and rider, inhabiting Valencia and Market streets in the mid-1990s (pre-bike lanes), braving four seasons of Boston drivers in the early-2000s, and now sharing his daily ride with his kids.
Lindy Kae Patterson
Lindy Patterson brings to the board more than 10 years experience as a brand strategist and creative director passionate about helping nonprofit organizations express and fulfill their core missions. A car-free San Franciscan who bikes for everyday transportation and fun, Lindy is also co-founder of Dandyhorse SF Tours (formerly known as Pedal Inn), which guides people on bike and food adventures around San Francisco. She believes deeply in the power of bikes as a tool for social and environmental justice, and is dedicated to advancing the role they play in making our city more accessible, healthy, beautiful and sustainable.
Jeremy Pollock served as a Legislative Aide to Supervisor John Avalos where he worked closely with the SF Bicycle Coalition on policies like the Employee Bike Access, Bike Parking, Unclaimed Bikes and Bike Yield ordinances. He is excited to bring his knowledge of the City’s legislative, budgetary and political processes to the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the steering committee of the San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters, a founding board member of the San Francisco Institute of Possibility (a local art nonprofit) and a member of the Beauty Operators String Band.
Leah Shahum runs the Vision Zero Network, a nonprofit campaign supporting cities’ efforts around the country to set and reach the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries. Previously, Leah served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, where she helped launch campaigns including Connecting the City, Vision Zero and Safe Routes to School. Leah also serves on the Board of Directors of the national Alliance for Biking & Walking. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of the SF Municipal Transportation Agency and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District
Raised in Vermont, Jiro found learning to ride opened up a world of movement more exciting than walking. He was riding long before moving to SF in 1993. After colliding with a car in 1997, Jiro joined the SF Bicycle Coalition. As a 19-year firefighter, Jiro sees the complex mix of people driving, walking and biking our potholed streets. The resultant casualties motivate him to press for change. Jiro’s primary goal is to activate, diversify and increase our membership. He says “United, our collective efforts will transform the city.”