LACBC Board of Directors
Douglas John has spent most of his life in Southern California and currently resides in the San Fernando Valley with his wife, Elizabeth, and Australian Cattle Dog rescue, Pepper Potts. Doug fell in love with biking as a kid when he lived in New Jersey, where he and his friends would ride on their home-made BMX track. He once attempted to ride through a muddy cornfield only to get stuck knee-deep in mud and in need of a rescue. Despite this setback, his passion for cycling continued and after joining the LACBC as a member in 2012, he became a Neighborhood Bike Ambassador where he spearheaded the Ride Lankershim campaign and organized an Operation Firefly fundraiser, screening the cycling classic, Breaking Away. Doug holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University, has worked as a yoga instructor, started a line of yoga-inspired clothes, and has spent the past ten years as an insurance underwriter. In his free time you can find Doug logging countless miles on his bike, playing with his dog, or enjoying good beer and wine.
Jim Pocrass is a partner at Pocrass & De Los Reyes LLP. For more than 30 years, he has represented people who suffered serious personal injuries or families who have lost a loved one in a wrongful death due to the negligence or carelessness of another. A major part of Jim’s practice is representing people in bike accidents. Jim is consistently named to Southern California Super Lawyers, to Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers, and to Best Lawyers of America lists. An avid cyclist, Jim is active in the bicycle community, supporting causes aimed at making cycling safer for everybody.
Though born in Ireland, Patrick has lived in Los Angeles since childhood. A graduate of USC, he is President of Chelsea Management Company which provides investment advisory services to institutions, charitable endowments, and individuals. Mr. Pascal serves on several charitable boards in Los Angeles particularly organizations providing services to those most in need. He sees bicycling as another important tool for addressing the needs of this population. He and his wife, Julie, have lived in East Hollywood for several decades. They have two adult children.
Marc Caswell is a Senior Planning & Programs Specialist at Alta Planning + Design. For more than a decade, he has worked to improve bicycling, walking and access to transit in communities across California. His current role allows him to work closely with agencies and community members across Southern California, helping to increase public participation in planning efforts and ensure residents can travel safely to work, school, and play across the region.
Before moving to Los Angeles, Marc previously worked for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, where he led the expansive education efforts, training more than 4,000 people annually, including taxi drivers, bus operators, and bike riders. He has personally trained thousands of Californians how to safely share the road – whether behind the steering wheel or on two wheels.
Marc has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA with a focus on Transportation Planning. At UCLA, Marc’s research focused on traffic safety, with a spatial analysis of collisions and their relationship to on-street parking across the City of Los Angeles. He lives in the Silver Lake with his wife, son, and two cats.
When Nora moved to L.A. from Chicago in 2010 for a new job, she was told she would have to give up her lifestyle of bike commuting and using public transportation. Seeing the climate in L.A. as being ideal for bike commuting, Nora embraced LACBC’s mission and became a fundraiser via her first Climate Ride in 2015.
As a former marathon runner and lifelong athlete, she turned into a roadie in order to live by John Muir's words: "The mountains are calling and I must go." On any given weekend, you’ll most likely find her leading an epic ride somewhere in the San Gabriel or Santa Monica mountains. Nora is proud to say she puts more miles on her bikes than her car every year.
Nora has a B.S. in Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA in Finance from DePaul University, and is currently employed at Warner Bros.