STAFF

 

Community Engagement Coordinator Sagirah Jones has a passion for serving others and creating positive change. She is especially committed to strengthening communities by connecting them to resources that can propel them towards their collective goals.

Sagirah has a comprehensive background initiating and developing community-based organizations. She uses this experience to find innovative ways to bring people and communities together. She is an avid proponent of active transportation, transit-oriented development, and democratic streets and champions children being able to safely bicycle through the city.

Sagirah is an active board member of both her NPU and neighborhood association. She is a recent participant in the City of Atlanta’s Community Leadership Institute and the TransFormation Alliance Academy. She enjoys reading, outdoor adventures, and exploring the city with her three sons by all forms of active transportation.

 

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Atlanta Streets Alive Program Manager Heather Luyk is an Atlanta native and moved back in March of 2015 after eight years away. She received her Masters in Nonprofit Organizations from the University of Georgia. 

During her time in Athens, she developed a passion for sustainable living and getting a bike was a big part of her lifestyle change. After a year back in Atlanta she decided to car-free and hasn't looked back.

Heather lives in Adair Park and enjoys pedaling through the streets of Southwest Atlanta, gardening and finding free yoga classes across the city. She also sits on the board of her neighborhood association (as the events chair, of course). 

 

 

 

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Deputy Director Haydée Santana is inspired by the power of active transportation to connect us with our city, its communities and with each other.

Haydée began working with our volunteers in Spring of 2015 through our Bike Valet program and later through Atlanta Streets Alive. She has dedicated her leadership and organizational development expertise to helping community-minded organizations thrive and also draws from an extensive background in strategic marketing and communication. 

Haydée enjoys hiking with family and friends, running around the Grant Park neighborhood where she resides, and exploring the city's treasures on foot, by bike, and via transit.

 

 

 

 

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Executive Director Rebecca Serna has a Master’s degree from Georgia State's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Urban Policy in Planning and Nonprofit Management. Serna was a bike/ped intern with the Georgia DOT and draws on her experience as a Fulbright in Bogotá, Colombia, where she studied participatory planning practices and innovative public transportation projects. 

Awards include 2015 Woman of the Year/Women in Transportation Seminar, 2013 Advocate of the Year/Alliance for Biking and Walking, and the 2013 Longleaf/Georgia Conservancy.

She lives in SE Atlanta with her husband and three sons, loves to read, dance, and grow food, and looks forward to the day when biking for transportation is unremarkable and everyone can move safely, easily, and sustainably throughout the city.

 

 

 

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Education Program Manager Stephen Spring came to Atlanta via Austin, San Francisco, Portland, and Maine. Stephen has spent his life in urban public education serving students, teachers, and districts.

His work spans teaching high school, curriculum writing, facilitating professional development, affecting change in policy and political spaces, and ensuring equitable outcomes for students. 

Stephen earned a Master’s degree from the University of Maine in Educational Leadership and recently completed the coursework for a Ph.D. in Educational Policy at the University of Texas.

Bicycling has been his primary mode of transportation for decades. Stephen enjoys traveling, hiking, politics, reading, yoga, and just hanging out and about the city. 

 


Governing Board


Pictured from left: Wesley Brown, Jason Dozier, Stephanie Hudson, Ken Rose, Naoya Wada, Steven Cousins, Max Leventhal, and Shayna Pollock. 
Not pictured: Michael Green, Camille Ward, Alice Rolls, Joseph Scalia, Lauren Schuman, Patton Dycus, Allison Powell. 

Board Leadership: 

Naoya Wada, Chair. Managing Partner at Never Without

Max Leventhal, Vice-Chair. Owner's Representative at Woodruff Arts Center

Stephanie Hudson, Treasurer. Management Consultant

Jason Dozier, Secretary. Director, Programs Operations at Hire Heroes USA

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Wesley Brown, Sr. Project Manager, Planning & Capital Projects at Central Atlanta Progress

Steven Cousins, retired

Patton Dycus, Senior Attorney at Environmental Integrity Project

Michael Green, Principal at Pansophy Capital 

Shayna Pollock, Managing Director, Transportation at Central Atlanta Progress

Allison Powell, Volunteer advocate for alternative transportation and safer streets in Atlanta

Alice Rolls, Executive Director at Georgia Organics

Ken Rose, Senior Policy Advisor, Physical Activity and Health Program

Joseph Scalia, Director, Solution Architecture at Red Hat

Lauren Schuman, Senior Director of Product Insights & Growth at Mailchimp

Camille Ward, HR Business Partner at Coca-Cola North America


Advisory Council

Brent Brewer, Our West End neighborhood newsletter

Alison Cross, Entrepreneur

Bruce Fernald, Real Estate Professional

Brian Gist, Senior Attorney at Southern Environmental Law Center

Eunice Glover, President/CEOL at Center for Enhancing Organizational Learning and Development

Atiba Mbiwan, Associate Director at The Zeist Foundation Inc.

John Saxton, Transit Planner, HNTB

Cynthia Searcy, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs at Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

April Stammel, Vice President at Newport

Henry Slack, Co-founder with Dennis Hoffarth, bike commuter for 40 years, mechanical engineer

Kari Watkins, Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology

Aaron Watson, Senior Counsel at Thompson Hine

Gerald Weber, Owner at Law Offices of Gerald Weber

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