Board of Directors

The SF Bicycle Coalition is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The board is responsible for the organization’s financial health and achievement of its mission. Any SF Bicycle Coalition member can run for the board. Members are invited to attend board meetings. Check out our Events Calendar for meeting dates and times, and download meeting minutes from our archive. To submit questions or comments to the board, please email board@sfbike.org.

Jean Kao, President

Jean Kao works in civic technology at Remix where she partners with city agencies to expand transit accessibility and promote sustainable transportation. She’s committed to growing our inclusive bicycle community and building collaborative relationships grounded in transportation justice and equity. Jean’s been an SF Bicycle Coalition volunteer and advocate for 10+ years. She’s also an organizer of the Norcal Bicycle Touring meetup and a legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild.

Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers

Jane Natoli, Secretary

Jane Natoli is a Financial Crimes Analyst at Stripe by day and is involved in local activism with housing and the LGBTQ community in addition to biking. As a board member at the SF LGBT Center and YIMBY Action, she is acutely aware of the interconnected nature of trying to make San Francisco more equitable for everyone. As someone who rediscovered the joy of biking as an adult many years back in Minneapolis, she is working to connect everyone else with the passion of biking as the best way to get around our city by advocating for a safer, more comfortable San Francisco for all.

Preferred pronouns: she, her

Robin Abad Ocubillo, Treasurer

Robin Abad Ocubillo is an urban planner and designer with a background in youth development, advocacy and social justice. His work focuses on design, stewardship, evaluation and policy for open space and complete streets. Prior to his current role at the SF Planning Department, Robin worked with LADOT People St. and the Mayor’s Great Streets Project on advocacy and performance evaluation of projects throughout L.A. Before that he served for several years as a Project Manager in the Golden Gate National Parks, working on cultural landscape and visitor access projects at sites throughout Bay Area parklands. He is a producer with the SF Urban Film Fest and Project Advisor to Take Part as SFMOMA.

Nicholas Aulston

I love the connection between problem-solving and the life of a cyclist. From navigating a new exciting route, to balancing pannier weights, to bike mechanics, life on a bicycle has taught me a lot. Off of a bike, I’ve been curious about the urban condition and have collected experiences ranging from working in Honduras to researching contemporary urban planning challenges such as housing, environmental justice, crime and bike infrastructure through a lens of equity and equality. Currently, I’m focused on Bicis Del Pueblo, a project that brings bike safety, mechanic and advocacy skills to individuals and families in the Excelsior.

Sarah Bindman

Sarah is passionate about transportation justice and understanding how people move through space.  Since earning a degree in urban planning, Sarah has worked as a transportation planner in both the public and private sectors designing separated bike paths, evaluating the environmental impacts of large-scale infrastructure projects and helping transit agencies reach their mobility goals. Currently, Sarah works as a software engineer at Remix where she builds tools to help cities and transportation agencies design more equitable and effective transit networks that align with their transportation priorities.

Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers

Mary Kay Chin

Mary Kay Chin is a San Francisco native living in the Tenderloin. She has a decade of community organizing experience, most recently as co-founder of SF Yellow Bike Project. Mary Kay has organized with Cycles of Change, Spokeland, Bici Bici, San Francisco Bike Party, East Bay Bike Party and Clitoral Mass. She is committed to making our streets safer and more accessible for all, with an emphasis on women, women of color and underserved communities. A member since 2008, biking is Mary Kay’s primary mode of transportation. She is committed to a future where bicycles are the norm.

Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers

Shirley Johnson

Shirley Johnson has been an active SF Bicycle Coalition member over 18 years. She received a Golden Wheel Award for her leadership of the grassroots, volunteer-run BIKES ONboard project that increased bicycle access onboard Caltrain and BART. After earning a doctorate in chemical engineering from Stanford University, Shirley worked in Holland and loved its matter-of-fact, all-ages bicycle culture. She lives car-free, commutes by bike to work, and enjoys bicycle touring. Shirley believes strongly in participatory democracy and transparency, and she is dedicated to helping the SF Bicycle Coalition thrive as a member-driven advocacy organization to make biking better for everyone.

Preferred pronouns: She, her, hers

Marie Jonas

Marie Jonas brings to the board her love of riding and commitment to justice and community-building. Marie is an attorney with Folger Levin, where she represents nonprofits, businesses and individuals on a wide range of issues. She also volunteers her skills to represent children in immigration proceedings and advocates for various political causes, currently with the nonprofit Sister District Project, where she specializes in voter engagement. As an avid bike commuter and recreational cyclist, Marie is devoted to sharing the joy of riding and to transforming our city so that everyone in San Francisco feels welcome to ride a bike.

Preferred pronouns: she, her

Meaghan Mitchell

Meaghan Mitchell has had success in building the trust of residents from the most vulnerable neighborhoods in SF, stemming from growing up in Bayview, a historically marginalized community. Meaghan’s background is multifaceted and focuses at the intersection of diversity, inclusion and community engagement.

Over time, Meaghan’s outreach work has helped establish the legislated “African American Arts & Cultural District” of SF, launched the first dock-less e-bike share system in SF JUMP Bikes, debuted Hoodline’s Bayview news coverage through journalism, and lead the “Play Streets For All” initiative while working for Livable City.

Preston Rhea

Preston rides his bike every day from the Outer Richmond and loves the car-free days on JFK. His motivating interest is democratic ownership and governance over our infrastructure. He currently works at a local internet service provider and collaborates with the City to serve thousands of SF public housing residents with the best internet in the country at no cost. Preston thinks that bike party is the closest thing to an ideal society in San Francisco, and you can find him biking to OB and touching the water on Friday mornings.

Preferred pronouns: he, him, his

Kelli Shields

Kelli Shields is a longtime SF Bicycle Coalition member, active volunteer and daily bicycle-commuter. She has been a tenants’ rights attorney since 2011, litigating landlord-tenant disputes solely representing tenants throughout the Bay Area. Her background includes working on social and environmental justice issues and she has extensive nonprofit and public interest experience. As a director, she is committed to transparency, accountability, a SFBC free from influence by those who profit by privatizing transportation, fighting climate change by enabling and encouraging more people to bike more often, equitable access to healthy transportation, and to holding those who endanger cyclists’ safety accountable.

Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers

Alexandra Sweet

Alex is a transportation planner and brings a background in bicycle planning, street design, and public engagement to the Board. She is a daily bike commuter and has an unabashed enthusiasm for bicycling as the best way to get around a city. Alex lives with her family in the Mission and raises her toddler in a transit- and bike-first household. She looks forward to a San Francisco where people of all ages and abilities can bike safely, comfortably, and joyfully.

Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers

Andy Thornley

 

Andy Thornley is a practitioner with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, managing the city’s right of way for safe, equitable, sustainable streets for everyone. Andy was the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Program Director and Policy Director for seven years, and has served on the board of directors of TransForm, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, the Planning Association for the Richmond and the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival. He invites you to ride with joy and compassion — give way and use your bell!

Preferred pronouns: he, him, his

Juli Uota

 

As a teacher and graduate of Adult Learn to Ride, and a member for over ten years, Juli is dedicated to the SF Bicycle Coalition’s mission bringing critical insight into the challenges of riding in San Francisco with a focus on expanding the community of people who bike. She was staff Phone Bank Coordinator for almost a decade, Interim Membership Department lead twice, and now continues her phone bank work as a volunteer. Juli has extensive community and political organizing experience, managing volunteer efforts in presidential campaigns, state races, and as Chair of Democracy Action, a prominent electoral advocacy group.

Preferred pronouns: she, her, hers

Brad Williford

 

Brad Williford is a software engineer on Google Maps and an advocate for better cities. He sees biking as a critical tool for a more equitable and liveable San Francisco. Brad’s recent advocacy includes co-founding Our Bikes, a group dedicated to expanding bike share, partnering with SF311 to improve the user experience through the Civic Bridge program, and collaborating with SPUR to improve their voter guide. Brad is currently focused on building more protected bike lanes through short-term improvements, increasing bike share access, and getting more people biking through educational outreach.

Preferred pronouns: he, him, his