Cynthia Rose (Chair) 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.
Cindy Parra (Vice Chair) 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 and a member of KernCog’s Regional Planning Advisory Committee. Cindy is one of three board members specifically appointed to represent our local partners.
Martin Jones (Secretary) has over 15 years experience as a criminal defense trial attorney. Martin started his career in Madera County as a public defender in the high-volume traffic court.
Martin has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry that allows him to handle cases that have complex issues of forensic evidence, including DNA and medical evidence.
When away from the office, Martin is an avid cyclist who enjoys restoring vintage bicycles. He is also a beginning runner who gets plenty of miles in while attempting to train his energetic dog, a Brittany Spaniel named JoJo.
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.
Dorothy Wong 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.
Josh Cohen is an attorney at Cohen Law Partners, where he specializes in fighting for clients who were injured on their bikes. An avid bicyclist, he views the issue of bicyclists’ rights as one of both sustainability and new urbanism. He is an advocate for victims and an advocate for systemic change. Along with being a true believer in the movement, Josh has achieved great case results on behalf of victims, winning multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients.
Stephan Vance is a retired urban planner who worked over 30 years for the San Diego Association of Governments on a variety of urban planning issues with a focus on active transportation, In addition to his support for CalBike, Stephan currently is the Chair of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors. He has been a CalBike board member off and on since 1998.
Amit Singh works as a consultant to publicly traded companies, focusing on market engagement while creating and executing methodologies to increase shareholder value. Amit is also manages the capital investment for a small fund. He believes in using a bicycle as much as possible for transportation as a way to create healthier, more vibrant communities and stronger local business economies.
Sara Zimmerman is the founder and director of the Climate Equity Policy Center, working with communities to develop policy solutions that center climate and equity. Sara is a lawyer and policy expert with more than 20 years of experience with nonprofit, organizing, and racial justice initiatives, and has worked extensively on Safe Routes to School, active transportation, and mobility justice issues. Sara is also a senior advisor with Just Strategies, a mission-driven consulting firm that works to increase equity and racial justice in internal environment and external work.
Yolanda Davis-Overstreet is a graduate of the Urban Sustainability Master’s Program (USMA) at Antioch University, Los Angeles (2018). Her community service work and consulting fall in the areas of community organizing and mobility justice with a focus on pedestrian safety in communities of color. She is the founder of Ride in Living Color, a bicycling and mobility justice advocacy initiative that was started in 2011. As a woman of color, mother, social and environmental activist, and recently trained in urban sustainability, one of the most vital lessons Yolanda has learned and activated in these transformative years of doing community service work, is that not only does “her” narrative matter, but equally so, the “community narratives” matter. Through Yolanda’s intentional community work, she has learned to take on the role of an adaptive leader through the process of continuous comparative and observational research, along with the actions of local and national relationship building. She believes it is imperative that our communities collectively shift into understanding and valuing the connection on how policy, wellness, education, the criminal justice system, housing, climate, biodiversity, and equitable transportation play a vital role at the intersection of leading us into improved upon pedestrian safety, infrastructure, and wellness for our youth, families, and overall human sustainability.
Mike Olson sold his chain of Bicycle Shops in 2021, after 30 plus years in the Bike Industry, which was one of the largest in the country with a large website and 13 locations spread over three states.
A longtime supporter of Bike Advocacy Organizations including San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and San Diego Mountain Bike Association, Mike believes in the power of the bicycle to improve people’s lives and that the bicycle can be an inexpensive, simple solution to a lot of complicated problems.
He knows California, with its great weather and natural beauty, should be the best place in the world to ride a bike. “The bike industry has been good to me, and now I want to give back”.
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