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Welcome to the League’s new Board members!

Earlier this year, the League put out a call for some of our most important volunteers: League members who are interested in serving on our board. Board candidates, whether elected by our membership or appointed by the Board, are dedicated to the League’s mission of building a more Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. They contribute by generously donating their time, skills, and other resources to guiding the League and ralling the resources we need to realize a future filled with more bike joy. 

“We are proud to have such a passionate Board who work tirelessly for our movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone,” said Ken Podziba, chairman of the League’s Board of Directors and president and CEO of Bike New York. “We’re thrilled to welcome back three dedicated incumbent board members, along with three outstanding new members, who I know will work diligently on behalf of the League’s thousands of members and the 47.5 million Americans who bike to create safer roads and stronger and better connected communities.”

Please join the League in welcoming six Board members to their next term, which begins on November 14, 2020.

Maria Boustead

Maria is the founder and CEO of Po Campo, an internationally-distributed line of functional, stylish, and sustainable bags designed specifically to make biking a better and more seamless part of your life. Since May 2013, Po Campo has partnered with World Bicycle Relief, donating a portion of sales to funding the purchase of bicycles for girls in developing countries so that they can get to school. An in-demand speaker, Maria has presented about her entrepreneurial journey in the bike and outdoor world at the League’s National Bike Summit, the Industrial Designer Society of America (IDSA) National Conference, and the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show, among others. Prior to founding Po Campo, Maria worked as an industrial designer and brand strategist, solving problems for brands as varied as 3M, Pampers, and Yellowtail. A reluctant office dweller, she prefers to spend her time bicycling around town, traveling abroad, reading books and drinking coffee in cafes, all of which can now, thankfully, count as “work.”

Max Hepp-Buchanan

Max grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he received Urban Planning and Public Administration degrees from the University of Washington. He has been working in the field of non-motorized transportation policy, planning, and advocacy since 2007. He was previously employed as the Advocacy Campaigns Manager at Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle before moving with his family to Richmond, Virginia (RVA) in 2013. For nearly six years, Max was the Director of Bike Walk RVA for Sports Backers, Richmond’s active living nonprofit and bicycle and pedestrian advocacy leaders. In 2019, Max shifted careers slightly and became the Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking for Richmond’s downtown advocacy organization and business improvement district, Venture Richmond. Max also serves on the City of Richmond’s Planning Commission and Safe and Healthy Streets Commission, as well as several Richmond-based nonprofit organizations.

Kecia McCullough

Kecia L. McCullough, a lifelong Rochesterian, is passionate about bringing people together. In 2016, Kecia launched the Rochester chapter of Black Girls Do Bike, the international initiative, to create a friendly, non-intimidating, relaxed cycling space for women of all shades to be embraced and welcomed into the fabric of cycling. Kecia is committed to encouraging and promoting community collaborative cycling, and frequently leads local bike rides while joining with and supporting other bicycling activities in Rochester and across the region. Kecia has served as a board member for the Rochester Bicycle Club, is a member of Rochester Cycling Alliance, and sits on the steering committee of the Health Impact Assessment Initiative. Kecia is the mother to three adult children, and grandmother to one amazingly awesome granddaughter. She holds a Licensed Masters of Social Work (LMSW), Credentialed by the State of New York as a Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), an international traveler, lover of ice cream, red wine and all things purple.

Vivian Ortiz 

Vivian grew up in El Paso, TX and has lived in Boston since 2009. You can find her leading her neighbors on bike rides on the Neponset River Greenway trail in Mattapan as That Bike Lady. She became car-free in 2007 and started riding a bicycle in 2015. The following year, she attended her first National Bike Summit and also traveled to Boise, ID to become an LCI. Vivian serves on a number of boards to include the Boston Nature Center Sanctuary Committee, LivableStreets Alliance, and the Neponset River Greenway Council. She has a BA in Spanish from the University of Texas in El Paso and was a National Urban Fellow where she received a MPA from Baruch College in New York City. Vivian is the metro Boston outreach coordinator for the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program.

Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith has been chair of the Ohio Bicycle Federation (OBF) since 1995, where he led four successful pro-cycling legislative efforts, including 2006 Better Ohio Bicycling Law, which created uniformity to laws governing bicycling throughout Ohio, and a 3-Foot Passing Law. OBF also helped fund the creation and maintenance of the Cleveland Velodrome under Smith’s tenure. Smith represented OBF on the National Committee for Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances, updating Uniform Vehicle Code (2000 edition) to reflect changing definition of “bicycle” as “vehicle” in UVC. He has pedaled over 50,000 miles bike commuting from home to Wright Patterson AFB over a 22-year period and his other roles have included Ohio Traffic Safety Council, League Cycling Instructor, Vandalia Bicycle Advisory Committee Chair, Dayton Cycling Club Advocacy Director, Bike Miami Valley Regional Action Committee, Miami Valley Trails Committee, City of Dayton Bike/Walk Council, Blue Streak Time Trial at Wright Patterson AFB, and USA Cycling Official.

Torrance Strong

Torrance, a Louisiana native, holds a BS in Psychology from Southern University – Baton Rouge, LA. He has maintained his love for cycling since childhood and has emerged as a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Strong operates a bicycle based business, T. Strong Transportation. As a current Bike Texas board member, he has been involved in several bicycle infrastructure projects on the city level throughout the Fort Worth/Dallas Megaplex. His goal as a League of American Bicyclists Board Member is to expose more individuals to cycling as a safe, useful, alternative form of transportation. Mr. Strong is a commuter and participates in various bicycle rides throughout the country. He is also LCI #2850.