Board of Directors Elections
The League’s Board of Directors serves a critical role in guiding the organization to a sustainable and vibrant future. The Board is made up of both board-appointed and member-elected seats — and currently, there are five open seats and nine candidates for those member-elected spots. We need YOUR votes to determine who will join the board for the next three years.
If you are a League member as of Nov. 1, 2013, you will receive an email on Tuesday, Nov. 5, that includes a link to a secure site through which you may cast your vote. If you believe you did not receive an email in error, or have further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting will remain open until Dec. 27.
The League follows a preferential voting system, meaning each voter will rank their choices from first (1) to last (9). Individual members have one vote; family members have two votes. All votes will be through secret ballot.
Below are descriptions of the nine candidates for the board; current board members are marked with an asterisk.
Albert has served as a bicyclist advocate for almost 15 years at both the local, state, and national level. She is knowledgeable about the issues facing bicyclists, whether the issues are related to design/engineering, of bicyclist/motorist education, or enforcement/encouragement/legal issues. Albert has an education, engineering, and legal background, making her uniquely qualified to serve on the LAB Board, considering the types of issues bicyclists face. Albert also runs a solo intellectual property law practice and has the flexibility and financial resources to engage fully with the LAB Board. She has many years of experience working on advisory boards and understands how to work effectively with staff, constituents, and other board members. She is willing to work hard and put in the time required to be an engaged and effective LAB Board member. Albert currently serves on the Governance and Legal Affairs Committees and was recently elected Board secretary, thus serving on the Executive Committee. Lastly, Albert is enthusiastic and passionate about promoting bicycling in the US, as well as doing whatever she can to help LAB continue to grow. Albert is committed to ensuring that LAB remains the preeminent bicyclist membership advocacy organization and remains financially strong.
Suzanne Deveney, a lifelong resident of Chicago, rides and photographs the city she loves. Her unique perspective often brings focus to street art and the beauty of an urban landscape as only can be viewed from a bike. She embraces all types of cycling, and rides a road bike, a commuter, a vintage Peugeot, and this year embarked on a new venture, learning to mountain bike. She writes a popular cycling and photography blog, Protecting My Front Wheel, and is a freelance contributing writer to LovingtheBike.com. She was the organizer of the 2013 Chicago ride for Cyclefemme, a grassroots movement that celebrates women on bikes. Her cycling adventures have taken her abroad, riding from London to Paris and culminating with a final ride along the famed Champs-Élysées. A trained designer, Suzanne is an accomplished executive with expertise in creative direction, marketing, communications, brand strategy, and copywriting.
Elected to the board of the League in 2010, Durrant is a bicycle commuter, a long-distance cyclist and a licensed landscape architect specializing in bicycle facilities. For over 30 years he has planned, designed and built cycling, pedestrian and greenway facilities throughout the US and Canada, and encouraged communities to include active transportation modes in the fabric of everyday 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 bicycle access for urban rail transit systems. Durrant possesses expertise in community and agency planning, and non-profit organizational development. He participates in hosting the Portland region’s annual policy makers ride and is a long-standing advisory board member of The Waterfront Center, an international non-profit organization that promotes public access to urban waterfronts around the world. Durrant has brought his extensive experience to the board of the League of American Bicyclists – experience that includes a well-honed and well-traveled urban design perspective, and a strong belief in the power of creative problem-solving. He brings extensive cycling experience to the board. As a long-time commuter he understands the issues and opportunities associated with integrating urban cycling innovation into state, regional and community bicycle plans – an understanding that reflects his knowledge of cycling and its role as a vehicle for community change.
ALISON HILL GRAVES*
Alison is completing her first term as board member for the League. She is a nonprofit professional with a Master’s degree in Organization Development and more than ten years experience applying it in nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to improving the health of their communities. Alison’s experience and interest is in collaborative planning with diverse stakeholders, which recently resulted in transforming a vacant lot in a Portland housing development into a bike repair hub and a skills park for neighborhood families with a focus on job skills training and community building. This project was the result of listening to the needs of residents – access to affordable bicycle repair -- then involving them with literally building the solution. This approach of stakeholder engagement, collaborative design and community focus are at the heart of her professional and personal interests. Portland’s advocacy group, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, awarded Alison their community leadership award in May 2013. Alison serves as board liaison to the Equity Advisory Committee and has helped explore and advance the topic of building a more inclusive bicycle movement at the League through this effort.
Jenkins has over three decades of executive international NGO/non profit management experience and academic leadership. She is now a consultant with several large international clients. Jenkins currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. Previous board service has been with the International Education Research Foundation (IERF), Model UN/HBCU of the United Nations Association, Scandinavian Seminar, and Minnesota International Health Volunteers. Jenkins has a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and completed undergraduate work at Fisk University. For seven years Jenkins worked in Zambia on community development programs and projects throughout southern Africa. Later, she worked in International Education for global competence and citizenship. Jenkins continues to work on international projects intended to improve the quality of life for those who are poor, marginalized, persecuted, or forced to flee as refugees. Jenkins is a League Cycling Instructor (#3227), a member of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of New Jersey, the Princeton Free Wheelers, and the Central Jersey Bicycle Club.
ANN RIVERS MACK*
Mack’s qualifications to serve on the League’s board of directors include: 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. Mack’s background in non-profit leadership and willingness to strategically take on challenges will serve the League staff, board and memberships very effectively.
Madson just completed his first term on the Board of Directors of League of American Bicyclists, after previously serving on the LAB development committee for several years. As a committed Life Member, Madson is a major donor and has also made a planned gift for the League through my estate. As a Board member Madson has used his professional expertise in fundraising to provide counsel in launching a major gifts initiative, which has resulted in the LAB receiving new gifts ranging from $10,000-$400,000. Through participation in the annual Bike Summit and membership in the California Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, East Bay Bicycle Coalition and Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Madson is knowledgeable of bicyclists concerns and government regulatory and legislative issues at local, regional, state and federal levels. A daily bicycle commuter, Madons also enjoys long-distance riding and is presently training for the Death Valley Double Century. Madson would be honored to continue serving the League on behalf of all people who bicycle. Thank you.
KENNETH J. PODZIBA
Kenneth J. Podziba is the president and CEO of Bike New York, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing free bike education classes for kids and adults throughout New York City; last year, his organization taught 15,000 students how to ride safely and confidently. Under Mr. Podziba’s leadership, Bike New York has established nine Community Bicycle Education Centers in all five boroughs and developed summer camp programs for underserved children, after-school programming, and multilingual bike education classes. Bike New York also produces the nation’s largest bicycling event, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, and the most-attended consumer bike expo in America, Bike Expo New York (BENY); BENY serves as a forum to bring the bicycling community together to share ideas, build new partnerships, and promote cycling as a safe and sustainable means of recreation and transportation. In addition to these large-scale events, Bike New York also produces smaller regional and community rides. Prior to joining Bike New York, Mr. Podziba served as the New York City Sports Commissioner, from 1998 through 2010. He earned an MS at Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and a BS at Syracuse University in Marketing/Communications.
Georgette Yaindl is member-manager of Preventive Law Hawaii LLLC, a public interest law organization committed to eliminating injury and legal conflict from neighborhoods, roadways, and workplaces through “preventive” community legal education. Yaindl moved to Hawaii in 2000 to accept the position of Community Liaison with Hawaii Bicycling League, and soon thereafter also served as Chair of the Honolulu Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Bicycling. She is a former Executive Director of Bike Walk Connecticut and Connecticut Bicycle Coalition, founder of Hartford Parks Bike Tour, and founding member of the Thunderhead Alliance. Yaindl earned a J.D. with a Certificate in Environmental Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii/Manoa, and was admitted to the Hawaii Bar in 2008. She also possesses an M.S. in Community Economic Development from New Hampshire College, and a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University. A “b”eleiver that the “b”est things in life “b”egin with, yes, the letter “B”, Yaindl loves (her son) Brendan, (grandson) Braid, bicycles, basketball, beaches, beer, Bob Marley, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and her bed. Aloha!