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 email@example.com.
Jean Kao, President
Jean Kao works in civic technology at Populus.ai where she helps cities manage their shared mobility programs to achieve safety, equity, and sustainability goals. She’s committed to growing our inclusive bicycle community and building collaborative relationships grounded in transportation justice and equity. Jean’s been an SFBC 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.
Marie Jonas, Treasurer
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.
Alexandra Sweet, Secretary
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.