Board Elections: Updates From The Candidates

Members elect our all-volunteer Board of Directors, and that election is happening now through Dec. 4. In order to increase member engagement and participation, and to provide candidates with additional opportunities to communicate with members, we are offering candidates the chance to provide updated, 75-word statements twice during the voting period. This is the first such update. Members may vote online by visiting our main Board Election page here. Voting will conclude at Winterfest, where members will have an opportunity to meet candidates and cast their votes in person. Missed our annual Member Meeting and your chance to hear from candidates in person? The whole meeting is viewable online here (candidate statements begin at 55:00).

Supplemental Candidate Statements

 

Nicholas Aulston

SF Bicycle Coalition Board recommended // Save SF Bike endorsed

Nic Alston

As an urban planner, I’ve fielded concerns about interconnected planning issues and studied bike specific transportation infrastructure.

As an advocate, I’ve lobbied on behalf of diverse voices and experiences from the bike community.

As a board member, I’d focus on continuing the trend setting efforts and activism that SFBC is known and respected for. I will emphasize cultivating new membership and promoting cycling, through a successful planning lens, in accordance with the mission of SFBC.

 

John Beckmann

SF Bicycle Coalition Board recommended

John Beckmann

I had a great time presenting at the annual members meeting and enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm in the room! As I mentioned last night – as a board member I would focus on helping with (1) membership expansion, (2) member participation, and (3) physically separated bike lanes (both permanent and temporary), three things I think are very important. I am honored to be endorsed by the SFBC board and would love your vote!

 

Risa Blumlein

SF Bicycle Coalition Board recommended

Risa Blumlein

The primary purposes of nonprofit boards are to fundraise, make high-level strategic decisions to ensure legal and financial sustainability, and offer expertise and connections to staff when asked. The most effective board member is one who gives and raises money, listens intently to all stakeholder needs equally, and participates thoughtfully in discussions while staying detached from any particular outcome. This is the type of board member I will be for SFBC.

 

Amandeep Jawa (incumbent)

SF Bicycle Coalition Board recommended

Deep Jawa

A vote for the SFBC Board recommended candidates says I respect and appreciate the hard work of our all-volunteer Board.

I encourage all members to vote for ALL the “SFBC Board Recommended” candidates.

These candidates are carefully selected and recruited to fill important organizational needs (like legal, political, or financial management experience) as well as the ability and temperament to be positive contributors to our hard-working all-volunteer Board team.

 

Marie Jonas

SF Bicycle Coalition Board recommended

Marie JonasEvents of the past two weeks remind me that there is much left to do to address vital issues like the environment and social justice. I’m excited to be running for the board of SFBC – an organization that supports the environment and our diverse community through bicycling. I ask for your support to bring my legal expertise, fundraising, and advocacy skills – and love of riding – to the board. Questions? Contact me. Thanks!

 

Chema Hernández Gil

Save SF Bike endorsed

Chema Gil

I was SF Bike’s first Community Organizer, leading campaigns like Polk, and co-founded the Community Bike Build program. I am proud to have constantly demanded more.

I’m now the Political Coordinator at SF Rising, an alliance that builds the political power of working-class communities of color.

I love SF Bike and understand its strengths and weaknesses. As board member, I would support staff and advocate for members. Please vote the Save SF Bike slate.

 

Lindy Kae Patterson

SF Bicycle Coalition Board recommended // Save SF Bike endorsed

Lindy Kae

At a recent “Bike Talks” session, the panel articulated many ways in which the bicycle is a powerful tool for social justice. As a board member, I would be interested in aligning the SFBC with partners working to address issues like displacement, housing, and community development. I would especially like to bring forward the voices of women, youth, low-income people, people with disabilities, and people of color to better inform and lead our work.

 

Adam Keats

SF Bicycle Coalition Board recommended // Save SF Bike endorsed

Adam Keats

I’ve been a non-profit professional for long enough to know how a group like SFBC can harness its strengths and exert its power, but I’ve also been a street-level activist for long enough to know where that power comes from. I think I span those worlds well, and I think SFBC does, too. I’d like to use my skills and passion to help SFBC empower and engage our members, staff, and the broader community.

 

Brad McManus

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As a board member, I’d like to use my skills as a mobile software developer to spearhead a Technology Committee driven by members. SFBC membership is not keeping up with bike ridership growth. I believe providing mobile apps is one way for the Bike Coalition to appeal to a broader base. Our city is home to a swath of technology talent and it is time for the San Francisco Bike Coalition to leverage this resource.

 

Jeremy Pollock

SF Bicycle Coalition Board Recommended // Save SF Bike endorsed

Jeremy Pollock

I came away from our Annual Member Meeting excited that this competitive election for our Board of Directors has activated a bunch of impressive members to step forward. Please vote for all eight candidates endorsed by Save SF Bike. The only reason we are having this election is because last year Save SF Bike fought to save our right to vote. See our full plan for how we will strengthen, expand, and diversify our coalition.

 

Marnie (Mars) Regen

Save SF Bike endorsed

Mars Regan

I encourage all members to vote for the Save SF Bike slate to preserve members’ rights and ensure fair elections. Help us guarantee that everyone is heard and represented so we can increase and diversify our membership.

 

Lauren Sailor

Save SF Bike endorsed

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It was the great Benjamin Franklin* who said, “A civic liberty is like a muscle – you gotta use it or lose it!” I’m running for the Board to save your member voting rights, which were temporarily rescinded in 2015. If you appreciate having a direct voice in our Coalition leadership, please take a moment to vote for myself and the other Save SF Bike candidates. [*note: not actually a Ben Franklin quote]

 

Jiro Yamamoto

Save SF Bike endorsed

jiroforboard@sonic.net

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=members%20for%20representative%20sfbc%20elections

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As a resident, SFBC member, firefighter and union member for many years, I know how the city works. We change the city thru relationships. Building connections with your neighbors, shop owners, school personnel, beat cops and precinct captains will enable and ease the implementation of bicycling policies. Your relationships fertilize the growth of bike positive San Francisco. You are the best advocate for cycling. Together we change the future. Please vote Save SF Bike

 

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