Board of Directors
KAREN JENKINS, chair
MEMBER ELECTEDBoard 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.
NICOLE PRESTON, Vice Chair
BOARD ELECTEDManaging Director, Tour de Cure Washington, D.C.
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.
BOARD ELECTEDArlington, 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.
DIANE ALBERT, SECRETARY
MEMBER ELECTEDPh.D., President of the Board, Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico
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.
Gail Spann, past chair
Board ElectedRockwall, 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.
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.
BOARD ELECTEDDirector of Advocacy, Planet Bike
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.
BOARD APPOINTEDNeenah, WI
Gusky is the Engineering Technical Leader at Kimberly-Clark and K-C’s Ambassador of Cycling. Gusky is the creator of the idea that has become the National Bike Challenge. He was a 2012 recipient of the Bicycle Friendly America Leadership Award.
MEMBER ELECTEDExecutive Director, Community Cycling Center Portland, Ore
Executive Director of the nonprofit Community Cycling Center in Portland, Ore., Graves works every day to broaden access to bicycling and its many benefits. She works collaboratively across disciplines, including community health, transportation policy, social justice, and education to encourage people who ride to be informed, involved, and engaged.
MEMBER ELECTEDNew Jersey
The League’s 2014 Educator of the Year, Jennifer Laurita holds a masters degree in education and a bachelor’s of science degree in environmental science. As a League Cycling Instructor, Laurita has learned first-hand the concerns and needs of the League’s membership base, including the continuing need for education and development of programs to empower all forms and levels of cyclists to safely and legally ride their bikes, regardless of dedicated facilities or built infrastructure. As a Coach, she has traveled the country training new LCIs in the best cycling methodologies, while working to ensure a consistent training program across all modalities of cycling. Laurita’s goals include empowering and enabling people to safely and legally share the road with vehicles, while taking ownership of the cyclist’s responsibility in that arena. Laurita is particularly dedicated to teaching trainers how to create inclusive learning environments for all students.
TANIA LO, AT LARGE MEMBER
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Tania Lo is the co-owner, publisher and editor-in-chief of Momentum Mag, an independent media company that celebrates the growing transportation cycling movement in North America, with an emphasis on women and families. She envisions a day when over 50% of all trips in North America are made by foot or by bike. Tania is also the producer of award winning feature documentary Long Road North - from Patagonia to the Arctic, the story of discovery, personal endurance, cultural identities and family trials and tribulations from behind the handlebars. She is a dedicated bicycle commuter in Vancouver, British Columbia.
MEMBER ELECTEDMinneapolis, MN
Moore serves as the General Counsel at Quality Bicycle Products, and is on the Board of the Bicycle Products Supplier’s Association (BPSA) where he is Chair of the Legislative Committee. He is president of Minneapolis Off-Road Cycling Advocates (MOCA), and director of Nice Ride Minnesota, the Twin Cities’ bike sharing system. He received his law degree with honors from Hamline University in St. Paul and also holds degrees in philosophy and history from St. Olaf College. He and his family have lived and biked in Minneapolis for more than 25 years.
BOARD APPOINTEDNew York, NY
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.
St. Louis, MO
Thirty years in the non-profit world advocating for and leading successful systems-level changes; more than six years serving as CEO of one of the largest bicycle/pedestrian organizations in the country, having led a strategic shift from trail building and capital projects to a focus in policy, planning and programming; Serving on a number of regional transportation advisory committees, the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals board of directors, and an active member of the Alliance for Biking and Walking; and recognition of achievements includingDistinguished Service to Missouri Cycling. Mack is very committed and strongly passionate about the role cycling must and will play in a healthier, more efficient and vibrant society. Increasing the diversity of people engaged in this conversation is essential and will bring even more momentum and opportunities for cycling to take its deserved, central role in our urban, suburban and rural communities.