Staff

Your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition staff is hard at work representing you on the streets and at City Hall. Become a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition and get this team of advocates working for you!

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Leah Shahum

Executive Director

Leah has led the SF Bicycle Coalition’s intrepid team since 2003, overseeing our strategic direction, financial and operational health, staff development, and messaging. Before serving as the Coalition’s Program and Membership Director, Leah worked as a journalist. She has also served terms on the Board of Directors of the SF Municipal Transportation Agency and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District.

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Frank Chan

Operations Director

Frank joined in August 2006 as Operations Director. Frank previously worked at Oracle, Extricity, and most recently as Engineering Program Manager for BEA Systems before realizing he enjoyed the ride to and from work more. He now wants every street in this city to be bikeable for his people. After growing up across the bay in Hayward, Frank graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with BS and MS degrees in computer science.

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Kit Hodge

Deputy Director

Kit has a long and successful history of leading campaigns for more livable streets. She helped launch the much-lauded NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign while working at NYC’s Transportation Alternatives. She did similar work at the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco hills. Email Kit.

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Kristin Smith

Communications Director

Kristin joined the staff in September 2011 as the Communications Director. She comes to us with a wealth of experience reporting on local bicycle culture for news outlets like San Francisco magazine, 7×7 and The Bold Italic. Previously, Kristin was the managing editor of Curve magazine, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations and editorial of the monthly print publication. Kristin’s love of words is only matched by her love of bikes. She is a daily commuter, sometimes racer and former mountain bike tour guide. Email Kristin.

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John Calaway

Development Director

An SF Bicycle Coalition member and donor dating back to 1994, John brings 25+ years fundraising experience to the organization. Most recently John finished a long and successful tenure with Sierra Club as its deputy chief advancement officer, with prior development experience at UCSF and the American Red Cross. 10 years ago John began to get serious about promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation.  He now manages a growing fleet of utilities bikes, travels to cycling cities, and made the SF Bicycle Coalition the primary focus of his personal giving. A former member of the SF Bicycle Coalition Board and former Treasurer, John enjoys engaging members and supporters as a Bike Ambassador. Email John.

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Margaret McCarthy

Volunteer Manager

Margaret joined the staff in November of 2012. She became a committed urban cyclist while living in Munich, Germany, and moved back to San Francisco determined to keep biking in urban areas. Prior to joining the SF Bicycle Coalition, Margaret managed volunteer communities at educational nonprofits 826 Valencia and at the Bay Area office of Spark, and taught English as a Foreign Language in Poland and Germany. Margaret studied Theater and English Literature at San Francisco State University.  She is thrilled to be working with the Bike Coalition’s dedicated and energetic volunteers. Email Margaret.

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Anna Gore

Membership Manager

Anna has a background in technology and environmental planning, as well as a passion for cycling. Prior to moving to San Francisco, she served on the board of BikeAthens and Georgia Bikes!, and taught urban cycling classes as a League Cycling Instructor of the League of American Bicyclists. Since moving to San Francisco in 2012, Anna had worked as an intern at SPUR, led Team Greenbelt Alliance on the California Climate Ride, and has worn several hats at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition including Database Assistant, Interim Volunteer Coordinator, and Bicycle Education Instructor. Anna earned her Master’s of Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia. Email Anna.

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Eric  Tuvel

Program & Design Manager

Eric joined the staff in August of 2012 as the Senior Graphic Designer. He comes to us with a background in graphic design and city planning. Previously, Eric was a Graphics Instructor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. In addition, he has worked with several bicycle and planning advocacy organizations including the NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center, NJ Safe Routes to School, Regional Plan Association, and Good Jobs New York. Eric commutes daily and enjoys long distance rides on the weekends. Although he really loves his new home in San Francisco, he misses east coast bagels and the warmer water of the Atlantic. Email Eric.

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Nancy Buffum

Family & Schools Program Manager

Nancy  is a long-time San Francisco resident with a background in cooperative and consensus-based organizations, community development and nonprofit management. She has volunteered and coordinated volunteers for youth and families in public schools, arts and recreation programs and grassroots advocacy groups in San Francisco, Marin County, and Brooklyn, New York. She is passionate about strengthening community and safety in the streets, parks and public spaces of San Francisco for people of all ages. Email Nancy.

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Chema Hernández Gil

Community Organizer

Chema joined the staff in October of 2012 as the Community Organizer. After more than a decade of engaging people and organizing communities in Switzerland and Mexico, he came to San Francisco, where he has continued doing the same in the Mission District. Chema studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and misses the dense European bike and transit networks and is determined to make sure San Francisco achieves the same. He loves cooking, hiking and traveling (by bike!). Email Chema.

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Tracy Chinn

Development Associate

Tracy joined the staff in September 2011 as the Development Associate. She has several years non-profit fundraising experience and previously worked for La Casa de las Madres, a domestic violence shelter and service provider. She earned her BA in Sociology from UC Davis where she was first introduced to urban cycling. Tracy now rides her bike almost everyday, having traded Davis’ flat roads for San Francisco’s hills. Email Tracy.

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Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz

Business  & Community Program Manager

Paolo joined the staff in September 2013 as the Business and Community Program Manager and brings experience in planning and community development. Paolo directed the planning and outreach for an award-winning street and public space plan and managed neighborhood and government partnerships at the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District. He most recently worked for economic development non-profit, Pacific Community Ventures, and before that spent a year with a rural development NGO in Ghana. Paolo is from Berkeley and graduated from Occidental College with honors in Urban and Environmental Policy. When he’s not riding through Golden Gate Park on separated bikeways, you can usually find Paolo riding waves at Ocean Beach. Email Paolo.

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Janice Li

Community Organizer

Janice joined the staff in October 2013 as Community Organizer. She is an East Coast transplant, having spent time at PUSH Buffalo focusing on grassroots leadership and critical education. Before that, she studied at New York University, graduating with honors. She loves the freedom of getting around by bike and was a daily commuter in Buffalo. While she will miss hockey, East Coast IPAs, and good wings, she’s looking forward to exploring San Francisco and reconnecting with her Hong Kong roots. Email Janice.

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Bonnie Walton

Event Planner

Bonnie joined the staff in August of 2012 as the Event Planner. From tradeshows and conferences to parades and comedy competitions, she has been producing events around the globe for the past decade. She also enjoys biking all over this great city, volunteering, training for her next marathon, and exploring. Bonnie has a BS in Marketing from Northern Arizona University and always seeks out new learning opportunities. Email Bonnie.

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Erin Durkee

Technology Coordinator

Erin supports and trains the staff, interns, and volunteers on the organization’s database and other technologies. Previously, Erin was Membership Manager and Technology Operations Manager at San Francisco Beautiful.  Erin has also been sales staff, bike fitter, and buyer at Huckleberry Bikes and Sports Basement. Email Erin. 

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Janelle Wong

Operations Manager

Janelle handles our bookkeeping, financial reporting and budgeting, contracts, human resources, and office management.  Before joining the staff, Janelle spent more than a decade in public accounting, both for accounting firms and in-house while biking to school with her sons.  Janelle is a Pacific McGeorge School of Law juris doctor. Email Janelle.

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Francisco Grajales

Valet Bicycle Parking Coordinator

Francisco coordinates the Valet Bicycle Parking Program to park bikes at dozens of events throughout San Francisco. Before joining our staff, Francisco spent over seven years working in college student affairs. Email Francisco.