LACBC Staff


Erik800x800.jpgErik Jansen

Executive Director
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.


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.


Jesi Harris

Organizing Director
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jesi@la-bike.org

Jesi joined LACBC as Organizing Director in October of 2017. Previously, she worked at the LA LGBT Center in multiple capacities including direct service, outreach, health education, and professional capacity building. After earning her BA in Psychology and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked with adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping them feel safe and included in their communities. Jesi self-identifies as a non-domesticated animal and hopes you’ll join her in savoring Los Angeles’ great outdoors.

Dana Variano

Communications Director
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dana@la-bike.org
As Communications Director for LACBC, Dana uses media and creative activism to encourage online and physical engagement for The Los Angeles County Bicycle Community. She's a communications strategist and filmmaker dedicated to producing media for change, and has spent her career working with non-profits and foundations focusing on issues ranging from immigration policy to racial justice to fair housing to transportation equity. Most recently, Dana spent the past two years managing CicLAvia's communications, where she was in charge of digital projects for the country's largest open streets program. 
 
A graduate of Swarthmore College with a double-major in history and film & media studies, Dana took an interdisciplinary approach to her study of film, combining production methods with work in writing, theatre and history to discover how media can inspire and inform action for social change. She expanded on this with work at the British Broadcasting Corporation in London through a program organized by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. 
Dana is a writer, videographer, director, video editor, and an ultimate frisbee fanatic. Born in a one-room schoolhouse outside of Ithaca, New York, she's spent most of her life using media to tear down boxes that separate us from each other. She loves biking and skateboarding around LA and hitting the beach. @wheresmysled

Lyndsey800x800.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.


Elizabeth800x800.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. In 2016, Zachary was named the Streetsblog LA Journalist / Writer of the year. 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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