LACBC Staff


Tamika_square.jpgTamika Butler 

Executive Director
tamika@la-bike.org

Tamika joined the LACBC staff as the Executive Director in December 2014. Prior to leading LACBC Tamika was the Director of Social Change Strategies at Liberty Hill Foundation, where she oversaw the foundation’s boys and men of color program and the foundation’s LGBTQ grant strategy. Before Liberty Hill, Tamika worked at Young Invincibles as the California Director. As the CA Director, she was responsible for the development of all of Young Invincibles’ programs in California. Tamika was responsible for building out Young Invincibles’ operations on the West Coast and grew the office to the largest regional office outside of their DC headquarters. She transitioned to policy work after litigating for three years as an employment lawyer at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.

She received her J.D. in 2009 from Stanford Law School, and in 2006 received her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Sociology in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Tamika currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Literary, T.R.U.S.T. South LA, and New Leaders Council - Los Angeles, and is an advisory board member for the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center’s Fair Play for Girls in Sports program.


Erik Jansen

Erik.pngDeputy Executive Director of Advancement
erik@la-bike.org
 
Erik Jansen joined LACBC as Development Director in October 2016. Erik moved to Los Angeles in 2015 when his wife, Dr. Roxanna Pebdani, accepted a professorship at Cal State LA. He brings experience in political and nonprofit fundraising and organizing and has lived and worked in Pittsburgh and Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; Shreveport and Natchitoches, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; Leesburg, Fairfax, and Fredericksburg, Virginia; Seattle, Washington; Hartford, Connecticut; and Los Angeles, California.

From a cold and dreary land, Erik can often be found tentatively peering from the shadows at the bright sunshine. Erik enjoys riding bikes, camping, and road tripping, and is particularly excited when he can combine them all. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in Latin American History. He looks forward to helping make Los Angeles a healthy, safe, and fun place to ride a bike for his growing family and everyone that calls Los Angeles County home.


Monique López

MoniqueSq.jpgDeputy Executive Director of Advocacy
monique@la-bike.org

Monique López is the Deputy Executive Director of Advocacy where she leads the education, policy/planning, and organizing teams in moving cities in Los Angeles County towards achieving bicycle equity. Prior to joining LACBC, Monique was the Planning Coordinator with Kounkuey Design Initiative, where she engaged residents in participatory planning and design processes to develop new and improve existing public spaces in communities throughout Southern California that have been historically shut out of the planning process and under resourced. Previously, as a Senior Planner and Policy Advocate with the Environmental Health Coalition, Monique worked to promote a more sustainable and equitable regional transportation network that advances public transit and bike/pedestrian infrastructure projects in overburdened communities. Working with residents she was able to help secure over $120 million in transit and active transportation investment in environmental justice communities in San Diego. Early in her career, Monique worked on air quality policy issues in environmental justice communities in both Los Angeles and Imperial County with the Coalition for Clean Air and the American Lung Association. During this time she co-authored an environmental health ballot initiative, which passed by 68% of county voters, to prohibit the importation and disposal of sewage sludge in Imperial County, and helped to coordinate a successful grassroots political campaign.

Monique earned a Master's degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a Master's in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach. She has also earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science with a Minor in Religion from Vanguard University.


Colin Bogart

 
Colin_Square.jpgEducation Director
colin@la-bike.org
 

Before joining our staff, Colin was a volunteer for LACBC from 2000 to 2008. In his volunteer days, he recruited other volunteers, helped organize rides, and served on the Board of Directors from 2003-2007. He holds at Bachelor's Degree from Loyola Marymount University and is a certified League Cycling Instructor (#2240). As the PLACE Grant Coordinator, Colin worked closely with a team of Glendale City Staff members to create the Glendale Safe & Healthy Streets Plan, making Glendale a better place to walk or ride a bike, and helped to establish Walk Bike Glendale, LACBC's Glendale chapter. The Safe and Healthy Streets Plan was awarded the SCAG Compass Blueprint President's Award in 2011 and an APA award in 2013. As Education Director he has launched Operation Firefly, our bicycle light and safety information program and created our Bike Smart Rules of the Road pocket guide (with Wire Media), which has been printed for Metro, the City of Glendale, the City of Santa Monica, CicLAvia, and multiple LACBC chapters. Over 60,000 copies have been printed and distributed. Colin has organized nine League Cycling Instructor training seminars, which has resulted in the certification of more than 100 new bicycle instructors for L.A. County, many of whom are bilingual or self identify as female. Colin supervises all LACBC educational programming, which includes training our Ride Marshals for Sunday Funday rides and any ride that LACBC and its chapters lead.


Melinda Amato

 
Melinda_Square.jpgOrganizing Director
melinda@la-bike.org
 
Melinda Amato joined LACBC as Organizing Director in March 2017. Melinda has been passionate about organizing as an avenue for change since her middle school years when she learned about some of the policies leading to disparities in access to public resources and funding. She graduated from USC with a Bachelors in Sociology and Political Science, where she focused on creating more equitable policy. After graduation she continued her fight for socio and economic justice for all and worked at NationBuilder helping communities in Los Angeles and across the globe better organize. From there she went on to the Children's Burn Foundation where she worked with child burn survivors helping them access life saving medical treatment and psychosocial resources.

Melinda Amato is currently the President of the SugarWatch Board, President of the University of Southern California Democrats Alumni Club, and Vice President of the L.A. Chapter of New Leader's Council. She is also an Assembly District Delegate to the Democratic Party representing Assembly District 59 where she resides. In her free time she enjoys cooking, baking, and traveling. She looks forward to making biking and walking accessible for more of our communities in L.A. County.


Hyeran_square.jpgHyeran Lee

 
Development Coordinator
hyeran@la-bike.org

Hyeran originally joined LACBC's staff in Fall 2015 and now serves as the Development Coordinator helping to manage LACBC's fundraising, business relations, and events needs. Prior to joining the LACBC staff, she had been an LACBC Policy & Planning intern and also served as the Advocacy Chair for the Bike Coalition at UCLA, a local chapter of LACBC. Hyeran earned a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA in 2014, with a specialization in active transportation planning and policy. She is interested in presenting data and information better by using graphics and visual communication tools. Hyeran was born in Gwangju, South Korea, and has previously lived in Osaka, Japan, where her love affair with two wheels began. She has never driven a car and has no plan to do so.


Lyndsey_square.jpgLyndsey Nolan

 
Policy & Outreach Coordinator
lyndsey@la-bike.org

Lyndsey joined LACBC as Policy and Outreach Coordinator in November of 2016. While completing her Master’s in Public Health at USC, she had the opportunity to work at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) through the Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship. At SCAG, she developed their first Public Health Appendix for the 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. Through this work she became passionate about the intersection of transportation, land use, and public health. As an undergrad, she studied Spanish at UCLA and spent a semester abroad in Chile. She loves being outside, riding her bike to the beach, and whispering sweet nothings to her dog, Frankie.


Elizabeth_260x260.jpgElizabeth Alcantar

 
Local Advocacy Coordinator
elizabeth@la-bike.org

Elizabeth joined LACBC in April 2017 as the Local Advocacy Coordinator. Prior to joining the team, she was a Southeast Los Angeles field deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis where she represented and supported residents from the Southeast L.A. community. Elizabeth’s dedication to organizing came from seeing the work her father’s union accomplished to advance workers’ rights and safety. When she started college, she began to organize with Students for a Quality Education to advocate for free higher education and later went on to organize with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the C.L.E.A.N. Carwash campaign during the summer. While there she worked with car wash workers, or carwasheros, to conduct research and organize around the struggles they face in the workplace. She currently organizes with a community collective called Proyecto Vecindad to create safe spaces for community members in the Southeast L.A. area to share their experiences through the use of art and education. 

Elizabeth earned a Bachelor's in Political Science and Sociology from California State University, Long Beach and serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Cudahy. She is looking forward to working alongside our L.A. County residents and neighbors to ensure our communities have equitable access to safer streets and healthy environments.

Zachary_square.jpgZachary Rynew

 
Communications & Volunteer Coordinator
zachary@la-bike.org
 
Zachary joined LACBC in June 2015. For years, he helped visualize many of the city’s major projects (LA Live, Hollywood Blvd., Metro Rail, UCLA) and had his work featured at the Getty. He has always traveled the city by bike and has written about his adventures through CiclaValley, the LA Post Examiner and We Like LA. He was a winner at the LA Improv Comedy Festival and ran in five L.A. Marathons. Zachary holds a B.A. in Architecture and a minor in City Planning at the University of California. After working at Autodesk, Zachary continued his graduate studies at UCLA before working at the Urban Simulation Team. Previously, he also served as Education Director for Finish the Ride. Zachary races for the Bicycle.net Racing Team, and you'll find him rolling across the San Fernando Valley mainly on his road or cyclocross bike.

Lac_square.jpgLac Vuong

 
Bike Valet Coordinator
lac@la-bike.org

Lac joined the LACBC staff as the Bike Valet Coordinator in April 2014 after years of volunteering. He enjoys riding bikes and eating good snacks. 

 

 


Staff photos by Serena Grace.

 

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