About the Board

Amanda Barnett
As a civil engineer at Seattle Public Utilities, Amanda works toward interdisciplinary collaboration to solve complex design challenges that promote urban ecological restoration and healthy communities. A fellow at the Puget Sound Sage Community Leadership Institute, Amanda is dedicated to furthering equitable policy around affordability, livability, and sustainability in Seattle. She is a volunteer with Cascade Bicycle Club's Major Taylor Project and a graduate of the Advocacy Leadership Institute. She believes in the physical and social infrastructure of bicycles as agents of change that build opportunity and afford people healthy, low-cost transportation alternatives, and other freedoms from dominant urban forms. Amanda holds a BS in Environmental Resource Engineering for the SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry and a Certificate in Green Stormwater Infrastructure from UW, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Infrastructure Planning and Management at UW.

Rich Brown
Rich is a native of Southern California but calls the Northwest his home. He learned how to ride a bicycle at age five and rode BMX competitively until age 16. Rich's work experience began in the High Tech Industry during the mid 90's. His technical focus was web programming and development, and after 10 years he decided to take his knowledge of computers and give back to the community. Rich then began teaching technology at both the University and Community College levels. He also volunteered as a technical instructor at a local non-profit. Following his teaching career, Rich decided to take some time off work to travel and play music (playing the trumpet and trombone) for about three years in a local marching band. His passion for cycling was reignited when he began working at REI in 2012. Nowadays, it's hard for Rich to stay off the bike for more than a day or two. Rich is currently the Major Taylor Project Manager at the Cascade Bicycle Club and he is very excited for the opportunity to share his skills and talents with the SBAB!

Andrew Dannenberg
Andy Dannenberg has been an active bicyclist since the 1970s for both commuting and long distance recreational cycling. He has experienced the best and worst of cycling conditions in multiple settings, having lived and worked in Atlanta, Baltimore, DC, Charleston SC, the Bay Area, and Philadelphia before moving to Seattle in 2011. He is interested in improving health equity in Seattle, in part by making cycling conditions safer and more convenient to encourage current non-cyclists to begin cycling. Andy is a public health physician who holds faculty appointments in environmental health and in urban planning at the University of Washington. Previously, he directed the Healthy Community Design Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. His research and teaching focuses on examining the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, climate change, and other issues related to the built environment. His prior research focused on cardiovascular epidemiology at the National Institutes of Health and on injury prevention at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He co-edited the book Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability (Island Press, 2011). His research publications include ones on mandatory bicycle helmet laws, prevention of bicycle injuries, safe routes to school programs, and the physical activity benefits of transit use.

Charles Hall
Charles grew up in Miami, Florida, a city built around suburban sprawl and the automobile. After bicycling his way through Rhode Island and North Carolina, Charles moved to Seattle to help combat rising inequality and affordability as an affordable housing real estate developer. At Capitol Hill Housing he is working to help build Seattle's first LGBTQ-affirming senior housing and to create more TOD housing options for low-income families. With so many of our infrastructure improvements literally decades into the future, Charles joined the Seattle Bicycling Advisory Board to help Seattle become a more socially inclusive and multi-modal city. Charles believes that more bicycle riders can only move us towards being a less unequal and more forgiving Seattle, and maybe even make us a little bit happier!

Meredith Hall
Meredith is a landscape architect who works on a diverse array of projects, from public parks and infrastructure to multi-family housing. She has lived in South Park since 2008, where she serves on the board of the South Park Area Redevelopment Committee and is passionate about giving more people in the Duwamish Valley - her inspiring and diverse neighbors and industrial workers alike - safer connections to get around by bike and foot. She has commuted by bike her whole adult life, often choosing the shortest routes on busy streets. Since having her daughter in 2013, she is more content to take things slowly as she commutes with her daughter on a cargo bike. She is eager to see connected routes across the valley that feel safe for families and the most vulnerable people first and foremost: if it can't be biked with a child, it's not safe bike infrastructure.

Alex Lew
Alex Lew is a bike commuter, a public transit rider, and an overall transportation geek. An urban planner by training, Alex works professionally with public transit agencies to use real-time data to improve transit service. One of his goals while on the Seattle Bike Advisory Board is to create "safe routes to transit" and harness the potential of bikes as a first/last mile connection to bus and Link Light Rail stations. As a user of both modes, he is especially concerned of the growing pressure that puts transit riders against people who bike. Alex's first job when moving to Seattle was located in Georgetown, and being committed to non-automotive commuting, learned how difficult it is to safely bike to many neighborhoods of the city. While he is a resident of Capitol Hill, he is still vested in advocating for better active transportation options to the southern neighborhoods of Seattle.   Alex's most memorable biking experience was a midnight bike ride through the streets of New York City as part of an urban history course. 

Sarah Margeson
A triathlete and avid trail rider on the East Coast, it was only after moving to Seattle, a city investing in the cycling infrastructure that Sarah became a daily year round bike commuter. Her commutes have included East Marginal Way, SODO, Yesler, Jackson, Beacon Avenue South into the Rainier Valley and many neighborhood greenways in between. 

Sarah joined the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board in hopes of making urban cycling safer and more accessible across all communities of Seattle so everyone has the opportunity to experience the health, economic, and environmental benefits of cycling.  Sarah’s work in public policy within youth development and healthy communities speaks to the intersectional nature of transportation, housing, and education policy with equity of opportunity.  She hopes to improve process and distributional equity as Seattle continues to develop, connect, and expand its bike network.

Emily Paine
Emily Paine is dedicated utility cyclist. She is co-owner of a tour company in Pioneer Square and is a Part Time Metro bus driver. Emily rides her bike to both of her jobs and on most of her errands. Emily believes cycling is a magical activity that has the potential to improve health, reduce congestion, improve the environment, connect communities and drive human scale development. To tap into this potential, she believes Seattle needs to make riding bikes less intimidating. Emily believes that protected, and more importantly, connected bike routes are key to attracting new riders. She believes connecting bikes and transit can allow these new riders to dramatically increase the share of trips that they take on bikes. She can't wait to be able to ride between her jobs on safe, protected bike lanes, and wants to ensure that everyone in Seattle has the opportunity to do the same.

Patrick Taylor
Patrick believes that biking is a fun, healthy, and economical way to get around our congested city. His goal on the SBAB is to make biking safer and easier for a greater diversity of people, of all ability, and in all parts of Seattle. Professionally, he works as a designer at an architecture firm that focuses on urban infill housing, and lives with his wife in the Othello neighborhood. He grew up on the Kitsap Peninsula, where as a teenager he fell in love with the freedom and fun of biking and still uses his bike for commuting, exploring our city and going on adventures throughout the northwest. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science at Western Washington University and a Masters of Architecture at the University of Oregon. In addition to his work with the SBAB, Patrick is also a The Education and Programming Director and occasional writer for The Urbanist, a member of the Othello Station Community Action Team, and on the AIA Housing Task Force.

Florence Williams
Florence is serving on the SBAB as the 2018/2019 Get Engaged appointee. Florence started bike commuting as a way to reduce their carbon footprint, and kept at it because of its financial and health benefits. Florence is passionate about making cycling a safe and accessible for of transportation for people of all races, genders, and economic backgrounds. Having come of age in Portland, where they volunteered at the Community Cycling Center, Florence is invested in seeing Seattle become a world-class cycling city. Aside from cycling infrastructure, Florence is also interested in urbanist causes like zoning reform and safe consumption sites.