Esteban del Rio, PhD (Chair) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego and currently serves as the Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Director of the Center of Inclusion and Diversity. He earned a PhD in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, working in the area of media and cultural studies. del Río teaches Introduction to Media Studies, Media & Conflict, and International Media.
Charlie Gandy (Vice Chair of CBC) is president of Livable Communities Inc., a nationally recognized consulting firm. He has served as mobility coordinator for the City of Long Beach, as director of advocacy programs for the Bicycle Federation of America, and as the founding executive director of the Texas Bicycle Coalition, as well as one of the youngest people ever elected to the Texas House of Representatives.
Cynthia Rose (Vice Chair, CBC Education Fund) is co-founder & Director of Santa Monica Spoke, local chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC). She has been a primary catalyst in the vision and creation of LACBC's Local Chapters program. Cynthia is a League Certified Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, teaches Traffic Skills Cycling Classes throughout Los Angeles County as well as coordinating Safe Routes to School programing in the City of Santa Monica. She is a strong and committed advocate for improved pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and Complete Streets Policies at the local, state and national levels. Living a nearly car-free lifestyle she loves to be in her community garden where she grows organic heirloom vegetable and fruit or off on a bicycle adventure or just enjoying the everyday ride. Also known as Purple, her adventures with her partner Orange can be found at Bikenanigans. Cynthia is one of three board members specifically appointed to represent our local partners.
Dorothy Wong (Secretary) is an advocate, race director, bike educator, and elite-pro rider, competing in mountain, road and cyclo- cross bicycle racing. She directs the TEAM, an Altadena-based nonprofit that promotes bicycling among women and young people. As director of Southern California Cyclocross, she used her personal passion for cyclo-cross racing to get more women across Southern California involved in bicycling.
Ian Dewar (Treasurer) is a San Jose-based consultant for cycling and outdoor companies with a focus on digital strategy, bicycle advocacy, partnership management, event planning and sports marketing. He previously served as a consultant to The North Face and as advocacy and partnership manager for Specialized Bicycle Components.
Cindy Parra has more than 20 years experience as a Project manager for a civil engineering firm, is one of the founding members of Bike Bakersfield and is their current Planning and Policy Director. She has several public appointments, including as the Vice Chair of the Golden Empire Transit District, a member of KernCog’s Regional Planning Advisory Committee and the California Bicycle Advisory Committee for CalTrans. Cindy is one of three board members specifically appointed to represent our local partners.
Genoveva Islas, MPH is an avid bicyclist with over 25 years of experience in both the public and private health sectors, Genoveva is currently the Program Director for Cultiva La Salud, a Fresno-based organization dedicated to creating healthier communities in the San Joaquin Valley by changing policies, systems and environments to allow for greater access to healthy foods and beverages and increased opportunities for physical activity. Ms. Islas is also a board member for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, California Food Policy Advocates, California Institute for Rural Studies, and Community Water Center. Islas was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley board and most recently the Health Benefit Exchange Board for California (Covered CA).
Janet Lafleur is bicycle advocate and blogger based in the Silicon Valley who works as a marketing professional in the tech industry. In 2014, she founded Silicon Valley’s first Bike to Shop Day with the support of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, a California Bicycle Coalition affiliate. In 2003, she received a Community Activism and Volunteerism Award from the Santa Clara County Human Relations Commission for her efforts to bring Girl Scouts to girls in underserved communities and for recruiting non-traditional leaders. Her goal for bicycling is the same: making bicycling accessible to every person, everywhere.
Josh Cohen is the head of the Tort Group of the Law Offices of Paul F. Cohen. He is a personal injury attorney with an emphasis on seeking justice for injured bicyclists and fighting to make the streets of Los Angeles safer for bicyclists in general. He is a longtime member of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Move LA, and enjoys bicycling around L.A. with his family.
Larry Pizzi is President of Raleigh Electric, an Accell Group company, a leading developer of electric assist bicycles that are marketed under the brands Raleigh and IZIP. He also serves as Vice President of the Bicycle Products Suppliers Association (BPSA) and is chairman of the associations eBike committee. Larry has had more then 40 years of experience within the bicycle industry. He was the General Manager of Schwinn/GT and held senior management roles at Bell Sports, Service Cycle Supply and Derby Cycle Corporation. Larry owned a three-store chain of specialty bike shops in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1978 to 1990 and during this time, served as a Director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA).
Stephan Vance is senior regional planner for the San Diego Association of Governments where he has over 30 years of experience in urban planning with a focus on active transportation, Currently his work focuses on development of projects in the regional bike network. Stephan is a director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and has been a CalBike board member since 1998.
These members serve on the boards of the California Bicycle Coalition and the California Bicycle Coalition Education Fund.
Photo credit: Ahlyzik Monroe