Staff

Your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition staff is hard at work representing you on the streets and at City Hall. Become a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition and get this team of advocates working for you!

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Brian Wiedenmeier

Executive Director

After starting as the SF Bicycle Coalition’s Development Director in May 2014, Brian became Executive Director in July 2016. He has been a member since 2007. He brings almost a decade of nonprofit resource development and management experience to the job, including leadership roles at ODC and Performing Arts Workshop. A passionate advocate for better bicycling in San Francisco, he has worked for safer streets in his SoMa neighborhood and beyond. Brian holds an MPA from San Francisco State University and a BA from the University of Minnesota. Email Brian.

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Rahul Young

Deputy Director

Rahul joined the team in May 2018 as Deputy Director. He brings two decades of environmental sustainability and operations expertise to the role, including experience serving as the COO of Tides and Vice President at ICF. He’s been biking in San Francisco for over 20 years, most recently on a cargo bike with his partner and two daughters through the streets around their home in the Mission. Rahul holds an MS in Civil Engineering and a BA In Public Policy from Stanford University. Email Rahul.

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Janice Li

Advocacy Director

Janice joined the staff in October 2013 as Community Organizer and has been Advocacy Director since December 2015. She previously spent time at PUSH Buffalo focusing on grassroots leadership and critical education around issues of affordable housing and community development. She has served as chair on the Port of San Francisco’s Waterfront Working Group since 2015 as well. As an Outer Sunset resident, you might catch her leisurely riding through Golden Gate Park most mornings. Email Janice.

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Rachel Dearborn

Interim Communications Director

Rachel is a communications and brand strategy consultant and a 9-year member of the SF Bicycle Coalition. As Interim Communications Director, Rachel manages public affairs and marketing to promote bicycling for everyday transportation and advocate for a better San Francisco. With a professional practice rooted in social justice, Rachel brings a deep commitment to advancing greater transportation equity, accessibility and opportunity for all people who live and work in SF. Email Rachel.

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Christopher White

Program Director

Chris, who joined the team in June 2017 as Program Coordinator for our adult Bicycle Education program, is Program Director. His background is in theater and education: for 12 years he was the Founding Artistic Director of SF experimental performance troop Mugwumpin, as well as an actor for many Bay Area theater companies. He’s taught theater at St. Mary’s College and the San Francisco Art Institute and led master classes at institutions all over the Bay Area. He got to know the city by biking to clients’ homes as an academic private tutor before developing content for ed-tech startup Versal.com. Chris is excited to keep expanding beyond his habitual urban biking by doing more bike camping. Email Christopher.

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Janelle Wong

Operations Director

Janelle handles our bookkeeping, financial reporting and budgeting, contracts, human resources, and office management. Before joining the staff, Janelle spent more than a decade in public accounting, both for accounting firms and in-house while biking to school with her sons. Janelle is a Pacific McGeorge School of Law juris doctor. Email Janelle.

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Jeremy Hobbs

Technology Strategist

Jeremy, who joined the team in October 2018, brings 15 years of technology management and leadership expertise, including experience serving as the CIO of the San Francisco Art Institute. He has been a SF Bicycle Coalition member since 2012 and has used a bicycle as his primary form of transportation for two decades. Jeremy has a strong commitment to travel by bicycle and has ridden long distances, over the river and through the woods, on four continents. He holds a BFA in Art & Technology, Photography and Art History and a BA In Visual Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Email Jeremy.

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Susan Gallentine

Marketing and Events Manager

Susan joined the staff in May 2016. She was first hooked on biking when she needed a safe way to get home after working late nights in the hotel industry. Her past work includes managing a wide variety of events including fundraisers, weddings, conferences, a lavish ball for a prince and everything in between for Fairmont Hotels and most recently for the Presidio Trust. She earned her B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University. Susan enjoys running, hiking, picnics and most any activity that takes place outdoors. Email Susan.

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Kelsey Roeder

Membership Manager

Originally from Auburn, California, Kelsey has been a San Francisco resident since 2008. She became a member of the SF Bicycle Coalition in 2015, joined our staff in 2016 as Membership Assistant and has been Membership Manager since April 2018. Prior to this role, she was an environmental educator at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, where she taught young students how to create more sustainable schools. Kelsey holds a B.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice from San Francisco State University. Email Kelsey.

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Janelle Phung

Family and Schools Coordinator

Janelle joined the staff in July 2014 as Family and School coordinator with the Safe Routes to School Program. She had two and a half years prior experience working with San Francisco Department of the Environment. Among her achievements were success in neighborhood and business community outreach for the San Francisco landfill initiatives, recycle and zero waste programs. She has volunteered for nonprofit community program of the Chinese New Comers Service assistance for their tax returns with the low-income residences programs for seven years. Email Janelle.

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Charles Deffarges

Senior Community Organizer

Charles joins the staff as a San Francisco native and bike enthusiast. Before moving back to San Francisco, he studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles where he advocated for increased bike infrastructure and developed a bike-sharing program on campus. Previously, Charles made San Francisco a better place to ride one rack at a time as our Bicycle Parking Coordinator. Email Charles.

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Kristen Leckie

Community Organizer

Kristen joined as Community Organizer in January 2018, previously managing Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours. Their involvement with bikes started as a means of transportation to work in Southern California and eventually led to their advocacy work. Kristen first got involved with bike advocacy serving on the board for Bike Walk Alameda. In their spare time they run community workshops on zine making and stamp carving. They hold a B.A. from UC Berkeley where they studied Anthropology, as well as Gender and Women’s Studies. Email Kristen.

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Andy Gonzalez-Cabrera

Community Organizer

Originally from Mexico, Andy immigrated to and has lived most of their life in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. While living in LA, Andy enjoyed riding their bike and walking all around northeast LA. In 2014, Andy moved to the East Bay to earn a B.S. in Conservation Resource Studies with a minor in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley. Andy enjoys volunteering with youth programs and their local community garden, street food, independent comics and music. In their free time, Andy enjoys drawing buildings, maps and people on public transit.  Email Andy.

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Veronica Newell

Communications Designer

Veronica joined the team as Communications Designer in March 2018. Veronica’s involvement with bikes started when she needed a quick way to get to her downtown Manhattan college campus from Brooklyn. In her spare time, Veronica enjoys scouting out tasty vegan restaurants, cozy bookstores and unique art/activism spaces across the Bay Area. Veronica holds a B.A. in Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies from Pace University and a User Experience Design Certification. She strongly believes design can be utilized as a vehicle for social change and is excited to engage with communities through the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Email Veronica.

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Nesrine Majzoub

Marketing Communications Associate

Nesrine Majzoub joined as Marketing Communications Associate in January 2019. She previously worked in the media publishing world as a Co-founder of The Lens in San Luis Obispo where she enjoyed biking in the crisp air. Nesrine is passionate about storytelling and working to create a more empathetic and just society. Nesrine studied Sociology and Religious Studies at Cal Poly, and she enjoys big windows, evening chats, rock climbing, camping and playing guitar. Email Nesrine.

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Chris Bannister

Volunteer and Membership Coordinator

Chris joined the team in July 2018 as Volunteer and Membership Coordinator. Originally from a small suburb located outside of Los Angeles, Chris has been living in the Bay Area since 2008. Prior to his involvement with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Chris worked in the nonprofit public health sector, developing and maintaining outreach programs for youth and young adults. He initially started biking as a way to recover from a long-standing surgery procedure and eventually began biking every day. Chris holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. Email Chris.

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Jo-Anne Burgess

Program Coordinator

Jo-Anne Burgess is the new program coordinator who manages our Community Bike Builds and Bicycle Valet Parking. She is deeply passionate about transportation justice and believes the bicycle can be a tool to elevate oneself out of poverty. Being a part of the Community Bike Build program is very exciting for Jo-Anne as she helps to provide low-income and underrepresented community members with free bicycles. Jo-Anne previously worked in the outdoor recreation industry and loves spending time outside and taking her dog on spontaneous adventures. Email Jo-Anne.

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Eliana Marcus-Tyler

Program Coordinator

Eliana, who joined the team in March 2019, manages our Bicycle Education programs. She is passionate about making biking more accessible, safe and joyful for our communities. After receiving her BA in Sociology from Vassar College, Eliana worked as the assistant director of a sleepaway camp. She fell in love with biking while living in Copenhagen and has been at it ever since. When not biking, Eliana enjoys cooking with friends and anything that involves being outside. Email Eliana.

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Whitney

Whitney Libunao

Development Associate

Whitney started at SF Bicycle Coalition as the Event Planning Intern and later joined the team as the Development Associate. In her role, she helps plan and execute contributed revenue strategy in key areas to ensure organizational stability. She received her BS in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and recently returned to pursue her master’s in Environmental Management. With her deep passion for environmental sustainability, she is excited to help promote the bicycle for everyday transportation. When Whitney isn’t studying she loves going to the gym, hiking, TED talks, and anything related to astronomy and the outdoors. Email Whitney.

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