League Board Appoints Ken Podziba
The League’s Board of Directors this week appointed Ken Podziba, President and CEO of Bike New York, to join its ranks.
“I’m honored and humbled to be joining the board of an organization with such a rich history and bright future,” Podziba said. “League members around the nation have fought long and hard for bike-friendly policies and infrastructure, and the fruits of their labor are being passed into law and painted on the streets at an unprecedented rate. At Bike New York, we’re passionate about empowering a new generation of cyclists to take advantage of the bike-friendly America that the League has been building over the past 135 years. Education and advocacy are the wheels that will keep this movement rolling, and I’m thrilled to be coming along for the ride.”
Bike New York 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.
Last year alone, Bike New York taught bike riding and bike safety skills to more than 16,000 children and adults. Prior to joining Bike New York, Ken served as the New York City Sports Commissioner, from 1998 through 2010. He also served as the Deputy Commissioner/Chief Financial Officer of the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, Assistant Commissioner of the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, and as an urban planner for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development.
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.
Join us in congratulating Podziba and welcoming him onto the board! Learn more about the League’s Board of Directors here.