Farewell to Janelle Wong, Executive Director

After almost a decade with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Janelle Wong will be stepping down as executive director. Janelle has played a critical role in advancing your San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation, and we are so grateful for her long tenure and tireless activism. 

Janelle’s leadership has left an incredible mark on our organization. Her unwavering commitment to transportation justice has touched numerous communities across San Francisco, from the Bayview to the Sunset. Many members know Janelle as an approachable and kind leader who is always ready to roll up her sleeves and incite needed change. Under Janelle’s leadership, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has helped secure important wins such as JFK Promenade, Bayshore Boulevard Quick Build, and a permanent Slow Streets Network. 

“When I started bike commuting in the city, I happened upon this organization whose members advocated for a bike lane on 7th Avenue,” Janelle recalled. “That bike lane allowed me to commute downtown from my house after the birth of my first child. That’s the year I became a member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and I have been committed to making safer streets for people biking in San Francisco ever since.”

Our board of directors has selected Deputy Director Christopher White to act as interim executive director while they work to find a new leader for the organization.

“Janelle has been a committed and tireless advocate for making our city an inclusive and safe space to ride,” said Board President Marie Jonas. “The work of transforming our streets and neighborhoods is ongoing. We will be searching for an executive director who can lead our organization through this new chapter, including a refresh of our strategic plan.”

Janelle will continue to support the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition through the end of the year, and members can join us in celebrating her tenure at this year’s Winterfest

We thank our members and broader community for your continued support during this time of change. Our important work must continue at full speed while we look for a new executive director. To help us navigate through the next few months, we hope you will consider making a donation, becoming a member, or renewing your membership.

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