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.
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.
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.
Carol is your communications guru, keeping you informed about bike news and events via the Interweb and beyond. It was while she was an Urban Studies & Planning student at UC San Diego that Carol first became involved with bicycle advocacy and began bicycling for the first time since her elementary school days when she rocked a pink banana bike. She made her first appearance at the LACBC offices as a volunteer in Spring of 2009 and has been here ever since. One of her favorite activities is to bike to her local library and return with a basket full of books to read. Books and bikes, reading and riding, words and wheels—these are all winning combinations.
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 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 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. In 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.
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.