Alex Doty, Executive Director, began work at the Bicycle Coalition as Events and Membership Coordinator in 2002. On the day he was hired as Executive Director in 2004, there was literally no one else in the office. Now, in the summer of 2010, the Bicycle Coalition is projecting a staff of 17 permanent and seasonal employees who will run the Bicycle Ambassadors, Safe Routes to School, Complete the Schuylkill River TrailCampaign, TD Bank Bike Philly and work to get more bike lanes and trails builtacross the region.
Alex has a 4-mile bike commute that, starting in October, will include the new South Street Bridge bike lanes. Not having owned a car for the 17 years he’s lived in Philadelphia, Alex loves to cheat with carshare. He enjoys riding his Breezer bike with his son Felix and daughter Olivia and looks forward to the day when bike lanes and trail will connect seamlessly from his house in West Philly all the way to Valley Forge.
John Boyle, Research Director, has been a commuting cyclist for more than 20 years. In 1994 he began working as a volunteer for the Bicycle Coalition of the Delaware Valley after attending a volunteer night, and later served as a board member from 1997 to 1998. John left Philadelphia for Charlottesville, VA in 1999, where he helped establish The Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation (ACCT), a bicycle and walking advocacy group.
John moved back to Philadelphia and joined the staff of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia in 2001,as project manager for the Regional Bicycle Map and the Philadelphia School District’s Bicycle Education and Enhancement (BEEP) Program. Since 2004 he has served as the Bicycle Coalition’s Advocacy Director. He now lives in Edgewater Park, NJ with his wife and two young children, and commutes by bike and train via the river line and Ben Franklin Bridge.
Sarah Clark Stuart, Campaign Director, has been associated with the Bicycle Coalition as a board member, consultant, and full time employee since 2006. Sarah's career as an advocate started out in the field of ocean conservation, but was diverted into trail and bicycle advocacy in 2004 when she became involved in the Free Schuylkill River Park campaign to preserve street level access over an active CSX freight line, successfully brought to conclusion in 2007. This campaign led her to help form the non-profit Schuylkill River Park Alliance. During her time with the Bicycle Coalition, Sarah's accomplishments include running the Complete the Schuylkill River Trail Campaign, helping to write the 2009 proposal that won the City of Philadelphia and City of Camden a $23 Million federal TIGER grant to build 10 trail segments along the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware Riverfront, lobbying successfully for a 2009 zoning amendment to require new construction projects to include bike parking facilities, raising funds to purchase and install Philadelphia's first in-street bike corral, and coordinating the 2011 release of Mode Shift, an in depth analysis of Philadelphia's bicycle commuting rates.
Prior to working in the world of transportation and urban bicycling, Sarah worked as a consultant or employee for various conservation organizations, including the Pew Charitable Trusts, Environmental Defense Fund, and the Conservation Law Foundation. She holds a master's of environmental science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a bachelor's degree from Pomona College. Sarah currently resides in Philadelphia with her two daughters.
Jill Minick, Events Coordinator and Office Manager, has coordinated the Bike Freedom Valley since 2006. Prior to joining the Bicycle Coalition, Jill taught elementary school students in Darby, PA for 34 years. She has worked on the Philly Pro Race Stage Crew for 20 years, and volunteered in many capacities for Bicycle Clubs of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley.
Jill has been an avid mountain biker and road cyclist for over 30 years, and now often uses her bikes for transportation. Her current favorite is a single speed for city riding. She generally does at least one long ride on the weekend and rides often during the week to commute and run errands. For Jill, riding is exercise, stress relief, and just plain fun. It also challenges her to try new terrain and distances. She completed the 250 miles of the Philadelphia to DC Aids Ride in 3 days as well as many other event rides.
Diana Owens, Director of Education and Safety, is an alumnus of the 2009 Bicycle Ambassadors. Prior to her work with the Coalition, she completed her tenure as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia. Following the completion of her master’s degree at Drexel University, Diana worked with the Environment, Stewardship and Education Division of the Fairmount Park to ensure that Philadelphia's greenspace remains healthy and vibrant for future generations. A West Philadelphia resident for twelve years, Diana commutes, shops and recreates by bike. She is an avid traveler and fluent in the Spanish language.
Katie Monroe, Education and Safety Fellow, grew up bicycling around the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. She attended Haverford College, where she majored in Anthropology with a focus on Gender and Sexuality Studies, researching the historical and contemporary intersections between gender and bicycling for her senior thesis project. In her spare time, Katie enjoys modern and improvisational dance, reading, and exploring her new South Philly neighborhood by bike. She is excited to be working with the Bicycle Coalition this year to help get more Philadelphians -- of all genders -- to experience the joys of urban bicycling!
Steve Taylor, Community Liaison, began his journey as a walking and bicycling adventurer in the rolling hills of Columbia County, Pennsylvania, where he started hiking and long distance bike touring and racing. Fate and college next carried him to Washington, DC, where he used his bike to explore the metropolitan area, to commute to National Public Radio, and to deliver packages as a professional courier. After stops in the communications departments of several academic associations in DC, Steve established a home—and a perennial herb garden—in Philadelphia. His work in the City of Brotherly Love has included teaching English as a Second Language, serving as the marketing director for the Incheon Trade Office (promoting cultural and commercial exchange with our South Korean sister city), and driving a pedicab.
A Philadelphia resident for over twelve years, Steve has been a passionate explorer of and advocate for this amazing city. Among the organizations where he has volunteered his time are the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, several local arts organizations, and his church, Broad Street Ministry. When at home in South Philly, Steve enjoys tending his garden, cooking with friends, artisan bread baking, and hanging out with his cat, Zoe. He would bike everywhere if he didn't enjoy walking so much.
Megan Rosenbach, Curriculum and Training Specialist, grew up in a small town on Lake Michigan. While she loves the beach and fresh water, she is a city girl at heart. When she was accepted to Teach For America in Philadelphia, she jumped at the chance to live and work in a urban area. In June 2010 Megan finished her two year teaching commitment in North Philadelphia, where she taught Middle School Geography, US History, and literature. Megan attended the University of Michigan where she majored in Organizational Studies with a focus on urban studies and non-profit management. During college, Megan was the Education Director for The Detroit Partnership, a service-learning organization that connects University students to the city through mentoring, tutoring, and one-time service opportunities.
Megan's summers during college were spent in various ways, including interning with the Canadian Parliament, participating in a leadership training program with her church, and learning how to run political campaigns as a PolitiCorp fellow with the Oregon Bus Project. Though she loves traveling and seeing new places, Megan is pretty hooked on Philadelphia and can't wait to help implement much needed bicycle and pedestrian safety into classrooms around the city!
Nicholas Mirra, Communications Coordinator grew up in beautiful Tacoma, WA. Nicholas attended Haverford College, then moved to West Philadelphia. He has been successfully resisting the siren call of the Pacific Northwest for the past six years.
Since college Nicholas has worked as an immigration paralegal and, for three years prior to the BCGP, as a development associate at the Presbyterian Historical Society. In his spare time he plays ultimate frisbee and was a freelance writer for The Onion for a year and a half. Nicholas is grateful to not own a car, and bikes around the city whenever possible. He is thrilled to be promoting the work of the BCGP and contributing to the noble cause of making the area more bicycle-friendly.
Susan Dannenberg, Policy Fellow After receiving her master’s degree from PennDesign in City Planning with a concentration in transportation Susan worked as Customer Advocacy Officer for SEPTA. As a lifelong bicyclist, Susan is delighted to join the ranks of bicycle advocates as Policy Fellow for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Since joining the Coalition, Susan has headed up the Safe Streets, Healthy Neighborhoods initiative, which works with residents to identify changes to neighborhood streets that make walking, biking, and taking transit safer and more enjoyable. Susan is also involved in the city’s efforts to bring bike share to Philadelphia by 2014.Mary Courtney, Director of Development has been working in the non-profit sector as a Development Director for the last 5 years. Prior to that, her experience has been in sales and marketing for TAC Worldwide Companies and Saks Fifth Avenue. Last year, Mary graduated from the NELI Program (Non-Profit Executive Leadership) at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School. While attending Villanova University she volunteered with various non-profits which influenced her to this day. A native of Narberth and Wynnewood she recently moved to West Philadelphia where her son and some of her nieces and nephews live. She comes from a large extended family that all reside in the Philadelphia area. She is a member of Philly Fundraisers – a peer group of non-profit development directors that meets every other month to share strategies. While new to the bicycle world, she is embracing it and becoming a fellow cyclist.