Board of Directors
KAREN JENKINS, ChairBoard Chair; Managing Principal, Development4Good LLC
Karen Jenkins is the Managing Principal for Development4Good, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in fundraising, public affairs, and board development for NGOs and internationally focused non-profit organizations. She has over three decades of executive positions with NGO/non profit and higher education organizations. Karen received her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University. Her undergraduate work was at Fisk University. From 2010 through 2014, she served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. Previous board service includes the International Education Research Foundation (IERF), Model UN/HBCU of the United Nations Association, Scandinavian Seminar, and Minnesota International Health Volunteers. Ms. Jenkins, who is a League Cycling Instructor, is a member of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of New Jersey, the Princeton Free Wheelers, and the Central Jersey Bicycle Club.
Gail Spann, Vice ChairRockwall, TX
Gail Spann is the past Chair of BikeTexas as well as a founding board member of BikeHouston. She is also an advisor and member of BikeDFW. Gail has directed many rides such as the famous Houston Moonlight Ramble, The Bluebonnet Express Metric Century and the Lancaster Rally. She directed the "Mother" Ride of Silence at White Rock Lake for four years and served on the board of the ROS and continues to Mentor for the organization. She is the past president of the Woodlands Cycling Club and has served on many local club boards such as the Greater Dallas Bicyclists. Spann served on the board of the Texas Mountain Bike Race Association for six years and raced both on and offroad for many years. She is the past president of WOMBATS for Houston and had developed a large women's offroad race team when with NWCC with over 40 members. Gail raced for the Singletrack Sisters and NWCC as well as PACC of Dallas. She is a League Cycling Instructor and teaches on a regular basis. Spann Chairs the Education Committee and serves on the Life Trust, Governance and Development committees.
Harry Brull, SecretarySalida, CO
Harry Brull served on the League’s Board from 2005 to 2014. Professionally, he served as Senior Vice President of Personnel Decisions International (now part of Korn/Ferry), an international consulting firm grounded in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. During his 37-year tenure, he designed selection and promotional processes for organizations ranging from Ford Motor Company to the Peace Corps. His particular areas of specialty are services to government and non-profit organizations. As an educator, he has taught kindergartners, undergraduates, and graduate students. He has delivered national and international addresses on a variety of topics. He currently lives in the small Colorado mountain town of Salida which he and his wife discovered on 2006 Ride the Rockies.
ERIC SWANSON, TreasurerArlington, VA
Eric Swanson joined the Board as Treasurer in March 2008. He has previously served as vice-president of the Washington Area Bicyclists Association and is a member of the Arlington (Va.) Bicycle Advisory Committee. In his professional life, he is an economist and statistician at the World Bank, where he is also spokesman for the World Bank Staff Bike Club (which has over 300 members and more than 700 registered bike commuters). A lifelong bike commuter, he and his wife tour widely on their tandem.
Sam Adams is the former Mayor of Portland, Oregon. Now the director of WRI’s U.S. Climate Initiative, Adams leads WRI’s efforts to analyze and develop new policies and support coalitions that will encourage the U.S.’s transition to a strong, low-carbon economy. As Mayor, and a member of the city council, Sam was the Commission-in-Charge of transportation for Portland, Sam was a strong advocate for safe bicycling and pedestrian options. He helped expand Portland bikeways system by 75 miles, and focused new investments – like the Bike Box Program -- to address the 25 most dangerous streets and intersections for bike and pedestrians. He expanded the Safe Routes to School program and launched Portland’s summer Sunday Parkways bike program, which attracted 109,000 participants last year. In 2008, Portland was designated a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community, only one of four in the country.
Los Ranchos, N.M.
Albert is an avid bicycle commuter, indoor cycling instructor, and recreational cyclist. She currently serves as President of the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico (BCNM) and is an LCI. She is a registered patent attorney with a PhD in Materials Science. Her solo Intellectual Property law practice is located in Albuquerque.
Mr Durrant is principal at Alta Planning + Design in Seattle, Washington, a bicycle commuter, a long-distance cyclist and a licensed landscape architect specializing in bicycle facilities. For more than 30 years he has planned, designed and built cycling, pedestrian and greenway facilities throughout the U.S., and encouraged communities to include active transportation modes in the fabric of community life. His project experience includes award-winning urban trails (such as the Cedar Lake Regional Trail in Minneapolis and the Spokane River Centennial Trail in Washington), citywide bicycle plans, planning for bicycle sharing programs and urban design for light rail transit systems. Durrant possesses expertise in community and agency planning, and non profit organizational development. As a longtime commuter he understands the issues and opportunities associated with integrating all ages and abilities cycling innovations into state, regional and community bicycle policies and plans - an understanding that reflects his knowledge of cycling and its role as a vehicle for community change.
Planet Bike has a significant commitment to supporting advocacy at the national, state and local level. Jay is an active bicycle advocate at the local and national levels, having served on the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin Board of Directors and as co-chair of the Mayor of Madison's Platinum Bicycle Planning Committee from 2006 to 2008. He is an active year round bicycle commuter.
Rob Gusky is the president of the Fox Cities Cycling Association (FCCA), an innovative nonprofit bike advocacy group in Wisconsin. In the past 2 years, FCCA has partnered with the local police department on a bike ambassador program, worked with the Boys & Girls Club to start a Trips For Kids chapter, organized 50 cyclists to participate in the popular Christmas Parade, produced a safety video in response to a local cyclists death and hosted an 18 mile ride in February across the frozen surface of Lake Winnebago. Gusky is an Engineering Technical Leader at Kimberly-Clark, a Gold Bicycle Friendly Business, where he serves as the Ambassador of Cycling. He is the creator of the National Bike Challenge and a 2012 recipient of the Bicycle Friendly America Leadership Award. Gusky is a dedicated bike commuter in Appleton, WI.
Ralph is President/CEO of Special Interest Media, Inc, an international media advisory firm. His distinctive global client list includes consumer, b-to-b, and association publishers, as well as online companies. He has a diverse media career that includes launching an international magazine as an entrepreneur, leading the successful turnaround of two media companies, and consulting to the world's top media firms. He is the author of four non-fiction books and was awarded a Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in career writing. He’s created and led media launch sessions to groups of Chinese media professionals at the University of Peking in Beijing, China. Ralph is an avid bicyclist and is a champion of bicycle advocacy and bicycle safety education. He’s a past president of The Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey, one of the nation’s largest bicycling clubs, and is a League of American Bicyclists LCI.
Ken Podziba is the President and CEO of Bike New York, which is the nonprofit bike education organization that organizes the TD Five Boro Bike Tour (the world’s biggest charitable ride) and produces Bike Expo New York (the country’s most-attended consumer bike show). Podziba says he is most proud of the growth of Bike New York’s education program—the largest of its kind in the country—which offers free bike education classes, after-school programs, and summer camp activities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He earned an MS at Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and a BS at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and Whitman School of Management.
Nicole is the Managing Director of Tour de Cure, a fundraising campaign with 90 cycling events nationwide that has grown from 26,000 riders to more than 62,000. Through the Tour de Cure, Nicole promotes cycling to new audiences as a means to improve health and reduce the incidence of diabetes. Nicole rides regularly, in various modes: at low speed with family on the paths around the Washington, D.C. area, at moderate speeds in various cycling events around the country and in high-speed pace lines on timed segments.