Staff

Asha Chandy

Asha Chandy, Active Transportation Planner (she/her)

Asha is currently the programs manager for Bike Bakersfield, where she serves multiple roles conducting outreach and education programs, writing grants, fundraising, developing membership, and advocating for active transportation programs in the region. Bike Bakersfield operates the only bike kitchen (community bike shop) and bicycle advocacy organization in Kern County.

Asha will assist the Central Valley Bikeways Project with coalition-building, administering resident feedback surveys, and developing communications and educational strategies to engage typically underrepresented populations in the transportation planning process. She brings deep roots in the region and an involvement in its social justice and active transportation advocacy movements to the project.

Dan Kluger, Bookkeeper (he/him)

Dan likes to make sure all the numbers add up at CalBike and other arts, education, and advocacy nonprofits around the SF Bay Area. When he’s not at his computer or bicycling between locations, he often has a stringed instrument in his hand, playing a square dance, or learning traditional folk tunes of the Americas.

Dave Snyder, Executive Director (he/him)

Dave is a long-time organizer and advocate for socially just transportation and land-use policies. He rides his bike for most trips in his home city in Oakland, including to and from the Capitol Corridor train to Sacramento. He got his start in bike advocacy as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition where he built the organization from a membership of 1 to 4,000. Email Dave.

Forest Barnes, Lead Active Transportation Planner, Central Valley (he/him)

Forest hails from Bakersfield, and now splits his time between his hometown and San Francisco. Environmental, mobility, and other social injustices in the Central Valley led him to UC Berkeley and later UCLA, where he earned a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Before joining CalBike, Forest worked in advocacy,  political organizing, and political campaigns in Bakersfield and the East Bay. He later served as a transportation planner for Kern County Advanced Planning and SFMTA’s bikeshare team. Forest continues to passionately advance biking, walking, and transit to confront transportation inequities and the climate emergency. Email Forest.

Jamie Smith, Administrative Manager (she/her)

Jamie comes to CalBike after working in natural resources for several years; hiking and traveling around the Western states. She loves to bike around Oakland, hike in the hills, and tend her garden. She is a California native and holds a bachelors in Plant Sciences from UC Santa Cruz. Email Jamie.

Jared Sanchez, Senior Policy Advocate (he/him)

Jared has a background in policy research, rooted in social justice, that connects to grassroots power to achieve transformative policy goals. His work at CalBike focuses on building connections with community-based justice-centered organizations across California, and connecting bicycling, and sustainable transportation more generally, with intersecting issues such as housing, climate, and environmental justice. Prior to CalBike, Jared worked in the social justice research space for 10 years focusing on issues of immigrant integration, regional equity and racial desegregation. Email Jared.

Jenn Guitart

Jenn Guitart, Development Director (she/her)

Jenn has been raising money for social justice and social services organizations for two decades. Not until starting with CalBike in 2014, though, could she say that she had her dream job. Jenn holds an MA in anthropology from NYU. She lives and rides her bike in Berkeley with her partner and two kids. When she’s not working to make California a better, more bikeable place, she enjoys playing music, having dinner parties, and doing creative projects. Email Jenn.

Kevin Claxton

Kevin Claxton, Development Associate (he/him)

Kevin is a Chicago native and resident of Los Angeles. He has spent nearly a decade working in fundraising and special events for community-based organizations. Before joining CalBike, Kevin worked for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, where he managed development duties and led production of their Annual LA River Ride. Prior to living in Los Angeles, Kevin worked for education nonprofit Intonation Music in Chicago, and spent many years performing with bands and promoting local music around town. Kevin is a committed commuter cyclist, and holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University in Chicago. Email Kevin.

Philip Arca

Philip Arca, Interim Deputy Director (he/him)

Philip has been a leader for an array of organizations committed to social justice, direct service and advocacy. As a consultant, he has provided interim leadership and transition support for a variety of organizations. He also teaches, served on the Alliance for Nonprofit Management Terry McAdam Book Award Committee, and is a member of the Alliance’s Executive Transition Committee. Philip enjoys theater, ukulele/guitar, Dragonboat paddling, cycling, and motorcycling. He comes from a family of three sisters and, with his partner Sherry Smith, has two daughters. He still has a Stingray with a banana seat. Email Philip.

Platinum Advisors, LLC, Lobbyists

CalBike is represented in Sacramento by Platinum Advisors. Beau Biller and Steve Wallach match their impressive  knowledge and experience about transportation with strong reputations among decision makers in the halls of government in Sacramento.

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