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.

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.

Mitch Brown
Mitch Brown is a self proclaimed "bicycle evangelist", community activist, and 2017-2018 YMCA Get Engaged board member. Born and raised in the Puget Sound region, he has lived in Seattle since 2011 and commutes to work by bike from Phinney Ridge to downtown Seattle. During his time at the University of Washington, Mitch was active in transportation advocacy, affordable housing, and student leadership. No stranger to community boards, he previously served on the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee, Sound Transit Link Connections Sounding Board and participated in Cascade Bicycle Club's Advocacy Leadership Institute.   Mitch is an avid Seattle sports fan and spends too much of his free time watching the Sounders or Husky Football as a season ticket holder. 

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!

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.

Casey Gifford
Casey is driven by a desire to develop thriving communities and a healthy environment by making it safer and easier for everyone to bike in Seattle. As a Fulbright Fellow studying bicycle transportation in Denmark, she learned how thoughtful decision-making and design can transform how people choose to get around. She joined the board with an interest in helping the City continue to transform its streets to prioritize people. Casey lives in Fremont, where at the Center of the Universe, she enjoys biking to most everywhere she needs to go. She works professionally as a sustainable transportation planner, and also as an advocate with both Cascade Bicycle Club and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

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.

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. 

Claudia Lewis
Claudia Lewis grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, not riding bikes. She never saw her parents ride bikes, but somehow she ended up learning to ride bikes. Her first bike was an old 1970's Panasonic. On it, she discovered how fun it was to ride for the fun of it. On various bikes, she's cemented friendships in Vermont, New Orleans, and now Seattle. She's proud to be passing the love of cycling on to her son. Her son motivates her desire for safer streets. She also believes in accessible cycling for low income families as well as communities of color.

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.

Puja Shaw
Puja is a transplant from British Columbia and has been a Seattle resident since 2000. In 2010 she decided to re-visit her childhood love for riding a bike and has been a daily bicycle commuter ever since. She also enjoys taking her adventures to different countries and recently completed a bicycle tour through the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. As a professional civil engineer, Puja's work experience has allowed her to be directly involved in the design and construction of various projects that have helped develop cycling infrastructure within the City, as well as other projects that have provided restoration to landmarks within the City. By combining her two-wheeled Seattle explorations with her work experience, Puja has experienced first-hand the evolution of urban cycling in Seattle and looks forward to seeing that evolution continue. Her other interests include cooking, photography, travel, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.