About the Board

Jeff Aken
Jeff is a Capitol Hill resident and bike commuter, recreational rider, advocate and sometimes racer.  Jeff the principal planner for Cascade Bicycle Club, where he works to create bike accommodations that are comfortable for all ages and abilities.  He believes that creating walkable and bikeable neighborhoods is the key to creating great communities.  Jeff wants to spend his time on the board advancing the notion that streets are for people, not just cars and work to share the joy that bicycling has brought him.

Adam Bartz
Adam and his wife Joan have lived in South Seattle for more than a dozen years, and currently live on Beacon Hill with their son, Elliott.  A daily bike commuter, Adam’s day begins with a father-son ride to Elliott’s elementary school, and then continues to his office in the Westlake neighborhood, where he works as the Executive Director of the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign.  Adam joined the Board with an interest in expanding all ages and abilities bicycle infrastructure so Seattle families can travel safely and easily throughout our city on two wheels or two feet.  Adam also volunteers at his son’s school and with the Rainier District Little League.

Donald Brubeck
Don is an architect, managing projects for schools and governments. He began riding to school in 3rd grade. He towed kids and groceries around northeast Seattle in the 1980’s. Now, he enjoys commuting by bike from West Seattle to downtown year round, and using a bike for recreation and local trips. He appreciates that using bikes is healthy and sociable, gets us in touch with our environment, and saves money. Don sees that increasing bike transportation will help Seattle absorb growth gracefully, if we can make it safe and efficient for all road users, and that it is essential to Seattle’s Climate Action Plan.  Don has been a Cascade Bicycle Club volunteer in several roles. He founded the West Seattle Bike Connections advocacy group, and is especially interested in the peaceful co-existence of bike and freight routes.

Leah Curtiss
Born in Fairbanks and proud of her Athabaskan heritage, Leah is a recovering motorist who has been a bike commuter for 11 years.  She sold her car after graduating from UW in 2007 to fly to New Zealand for bungee-jumping. She then took on a professional adventure in federal government work in Washington D.C. She missed the Pacific Northwest too much and, in short order, returned. She loves to explore the region's bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Green River Trail in summertime is her favorite. Serving on the Advisory Board is an honor and a privilege; and she is thrilled to help our city become friendlier to bikes -- and more importantly -- less car-dependent. When not flipping over handlebars on the Burke-Gilman trail, you can find her exploring nature, reading or overindulging in Warren Miller movies and winter gear.

Steve Kennedy
Steve is Senior Environmental Planner at Sound Transit, and is the Environmental Manager for the Lynnwood Link Light Rail extension. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. With his wife and two now-grown children he has enjoyed living and biking in Seattle for the last 30 plus years. He is a daily, year round bike commuter from his home in North Seattle to the Sound Transit offices in downtown Seattle, traversing about seven different neighborhoods in the course of his commute. He has also bike commuted in Los Angeles, New York City, and Eugene.  He was a strong advocate for development of the 2nd avenue Protected Bike Lane, and has a special interest in improving Downtown Seattle bike facilities/connections, as well as other currently unsafe locations such as the Ballard Bridge. Non-biking interests include hiking, backpacking, and drumming.

Riley Kimball
Riley is a recent transplant and Queen Anne resident who has gotten to know Seattle from his bike saddle. He advocates biking’s health and financial boons with other young people, and he enjoys cycling both competitively in triathlons and for fun. After studying in Nanjing, China, Riley became interested in the intersection of development and environmental concerns. In Seattle, he works toward the development and improvement of multimodal infrastructure so that the city might accommodate its fast-growing population without sacrificing the mountains, forests, and water that make riding such a pleasure in Washington.

Clint Loper
Clint, Vice-Chair, lives in the Bryant neighborhood in NE Seattle, and works downtown and along King County's rivers as a water resources engineer. He and his wife and two school-age children are all everyday bikers, and Clint has commuted to downtown and many other Seattle destinations for over 20 years. He also has been working with other parents and community members to get more kids riding and walking to local schools, and to advocate for more bike and pedestrian-friendly streets. Clint believes Seattle needs a connected system of bike infrastructure so that anyone -- of any age or ability -- can bike from where they are to where they want to go, safely and efficiently. He hopes the Bicycle Advisory Board can help Seattle create a world class system of bikeways and the bike culture to go with it.

Lara Normand
Lara has commuted by bicycle wherever she’s lived, including parts of Wyoming, L.A., Seattle and New York City.  When traveling, tooling around by bike is one of her favorite ways of getting to know a place.  She currently lives in Columbia City, and is concerned about the issue of citywide equity for bicycle and pedestrian safety.  As a landscape architect, she takes a keen interest in the constructed details and subtle visual cues that make a street comfortable and safe for users of all ages and abilities.  Her work during the day, as well as her volunteer time with the neighborhood and local food bank, have galvanized her desire to help Seattle fulfill its potential as a truly livable city – and to take an active role in advocating for more and better traffic-calming infrastructure in underserved areas.  

Merlin Rainwater
Merlin is a retired home health and hospice nurse. Her bicycle gets her wherever she needs to go, sometimes with a little help from a bus or a train or occasionally a car.  She believes that Seattle must become a place where riding a bicycle is easy, fun and safe for all people old and young.  As an active member of Central Seattle Greenways, she initiated the Safe Routes to Health Project, enlisting healthcare providers in support of safe, healthy streets.  As a ride leader for Cascade Bicycle Club, she leads "S.L.O.W. Rides" (for Senior Ladies On Wheels) on low-traffic neighborhood streets.  She is serving on the Board of Directors of Cascade Bicycle Club for 2014-2017.

Kristi Rennenohm Franz
Kristi is an educator with a lifelong focus on community activism, environmental sustainability and youth empowerment.  She has many motivations for wanting to serve on the board: as a teacher, she is committed to building bicycle education in our schools and throughout our communities; as a senior citizen and grandmother of five, she personifies the current movement of building bicycle infrastructure that accommodates ‘all ages & abilities’; as a citizen of Seattle, she is committed to seeing Seattle replicate communities in our country and around the world where bicycling is actively supported as an environmentally sustainable and economically affordable mode of transportation. 

Ester Sandoval
Ester is a Union Carpenter Sister turned Facilities Engineer for Jubilee Women’s Center who loves her job & is passionate about her bicycle. Riding year round as her main means of transportation has allowed Ester to better gauge the condition for bicycling throughout the city from a cyclist’s, woman’s, carpenter’s & a downtown resident’s perspective, questions & ideas. Ester has a strong desire to give back to the community by acting as a bridge between motorists & riders, citizens & council members, English & Spanish speakers, blue collar & white collar works, by listening, speaking, asking & learning from one another.

Michael Wong
Mike is an everyday bike commuter and recreational rider. He grew up two blocks from the Burke-Gilman Trail and now lives just a few blocks from a new Neighborhood Greenway.  He's watched Seattle's bicycling culture evolve over the past decade and has embraced the ever improving accessibility and safety on our city's streets by relying on his bike for more and more of his transportation needs.  In his working life, he is focused on social justice and equity for the marginalized and underserved. As a current resident of South Seattle, he hopes to share the many joys of cycling with neighbors and communities historically left behind - unintentionally and intentionally - by systemic and institutional discrimination.