About the Board
Craig M. Benjamin became dedicated to making bicycling the safest and easiest way to get around Seattle after his wife got run off the road on her first attempt to bike commute. Through a re-orientation of how we use our rights-of-way and a shift in how we spend our transportation dollars, he would like to see more families and children riding their bikes not just because it's fun, but it's just the easiest way to get around. Craig works as the organizer for the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club and is passionate about creating a more sustainable Pacific Northwest. Craig holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Washington and Lee University, and a Master's in Public Administration from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs.
Ann Boyd, mother of two, has been bike commuting since her parents refused to drive her to soccer practice as a kid. Through facility improvements and education, she would like to see more families and especially women chose bicycling as a primary mode of travel without first weighing the risks of the choice. As a Geographer for the City of Bellevue, Ann is passionate about the role local governments have in solving complex world-wide issues.
Evan Brown began bike commuting from his former home in Ravenna to his workplace in South Lake Union in 2005. His commute made him passionate about cycling safety and advocacy, and in 2007 he joined the SBAB as a Get Engaged appointee. Evan received a full 2-year appointment in 2008 and enjoys working with local government and advocacy groups to help make cycling a safe and popular mode of transportation in Seattle.
Allegra Calder is a senior policy analyst at Berk & Associates with a background in community development, housing and land use policy. At Berk, she works on a variety of strategic planning, economic analysis, and public policy projects for state and local governments, and other local and regional organizations. A lifelong cyclist and former bike tour guide who has cycled in more than 25 countries, she is passionate about making Seattle a safe and attractive place for cyclists.
Matthew Crane has been a practicing attorney for more than 20 years in Seattle. As a daily bicycle commuter, Matt sees bicycling as a nearly perfect transportation choice that is good not only for one’s health and budget, but also the environment, local and global. For Matt, safety is a paramount issue, as more and more city residents take up bicycling for the joys of transportation and recreation.
Sean Cryan, chair of the Bicycle Advisory Board, returned to the bicycle in 2000, after 23 years without riding. He is now a regular bicycle commuter from his home in Ballard, over the Ballard Bridge and down to the waterfront trails, and prefers rainy days when he has a chance of a tailwind on the way home. In addition to using his bike for transportation, it helped him recover from open heart surgery in 2005. He works as a project manager at Mithun, and has served on committees related to global warming and carbon releases associated with development activities for the City, County and State. He was one of the developers of buildcarbonneutral.org. He has 3 children, in middle school and high school in the City.
Gabe Grijalva is a civil engineer who works mainly on public transit projects and is passionate about alternative modes of transportation. Gabe lives on Capitol Hill.
Max Hepp-Buchanan is a graduate student at the University of Washington, where he is pursuing a concurrent Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Administration degrees. He is an intern with Sound Transit's Service Planning Division. Recently, Max co-authored a public use bike share feasibility study for King County Metro and continues researching bike share programs by traveling through Europe to conduct preliminary research for his Master's thesis. Max lives in the Ravenna/Wedgwood neighborhood and commutes to school and work by bike almost every day.
Kelsey Jones-Casey got back on her bike two years ago when she started commuting from her home on Beacon Hill to graduate school at the University of Washington where she is studying public administration and community development. Her primary interests lie at the intersection of gentrification, institutional racism, and biking for all! She is excited to bring a south Seattle perspective into conversations about bike infrastructure. Kelsey is a Get Engaged youth board member.
Neal Komedal is a retired laborer who worked for the City of Seattle. He has lived in North Rainier Valley for 37 years. He started commuting by bicycle in 1970. Born and raised in (then-) rural Port Madison, he has always been leery of cars, but fond of machinery.
Blake Trask, vice chair of the Bicycle Advisory Board, works for Triangle Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting firm that focuses on complex multi-party facilitation projects, public involvement and environmental education. In addition to his efforts to make it easier to get around via cycling, he is passionate about making complete (and livable) streets in Seattle a reality. Originally from Vashon Island, Blake now lives in Phinney Ridge.
Jean White has been bike commuter for over 10 years from the North end to downtown. Her goal is to help see that the Bicycle Master Plan is implemented and biking is made safer and more accessible for more people in Seattle. As lead for implementing a salmon recovery plan for the Lake Washington watershed, she knows something about plan implementation and how to work with local governments.