Shannon Galpin – Mountain2Mountain
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Shannon Galpin has been breaking barriers on two wheels for the past decade. As the founder of the non profit Mountain to Mountain, Shannon has been working in Afghanistan, with the first generation of women to ride bikes as part of the first national cycling team. She is producing a film about these courageous women and her memoir Mountain to Mountain was published last year. Her work has been featured in New York Times, Outside Magazine, BBC World, and hundreds more news outlets.
Elysa Walk – Giant Bicycle
Elysa Walk joined the bicycle industry in 2004 at Giant Bicycle, Inc., and took full responsibility for Giant USA as General Manager in 2007. Prior to that, she worked in the software industry as an Operations Manager, running the operations of a fast growing telecommunications management software company for 10 years. Elysa’s education includes earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from University of Southern California and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
As General Manager of Giant Bicycle, Inc., Elysa is in charge of Giant’s U.S. business, including sales, operations, product development and marketing. She is the highest ranking female in the bike industry, and serves on the Boards of People for Bikes, the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition, and the Advisory Board of Women Bike.
Jim & Keilan Sayer – Adventure Cycling
Jim Sayer is Executive Director of Adventure Cycling Association, the largest cycling membership group in North America. Jim has worked in politics and for a number of non-profits. He has been a director of Greenbelt Alliance in San Francisco and the Sierra Business Council, and has also worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and in the U.S. Senate. He’s served on a number of boards, but two of his favorites have been Amnesty International USA and America Bikes.
Keilan Sayer is a junior and an honor student at Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana. She was born in San Francisco, California and lived there and near Lake Tahoe before moving to Montana in 2005. Besides bike travel, she has been involved in varsity cross country, roller derby, singing, and playing guitar and bass.
Olatunji Oboi Reed – Slow Roll Chicago
Oboi is the Co-Founder & President of the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement, working to build a diverse and equitable bicycle culture in Chicago. An active cyclist for over ten years, Oboi rides at the intersection of community, advocacy, economics, health, and technology. With an extensive background in both nonprofit management as well as corporate social responsibility, he is most proud of his work to create a diverse coalition of people, organizations and businesses all working together to achieve equal bicycle usage across the the City of Chicago with respect race, income, and geography. Oboi is an African-Brazilian by way of cultural adoption, a proud son of the Quilombo do Remanso, and now they call him “O Bahia”. He is studying the health economics of Candomble traditional healing in the African-Brazilian population of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Beleza…
Jennie Reed – US Olympic Track Cyclist
Jennie is an Olympic Silver Medalist, 3x Olymipian, and World Champion Track Cyclist. She was introduced to track cycling in Redmond, WA at the Marymoor Velodrome by her father at the age of 16. She participated in her first Junior National Championships that same year and won both the Match Sprint and 2K Pursuit titles. She went on to compete in the 2K Pursuit the following two years, winning the title again in 1995 and finishing 2nd in 1996. She also competed at the Junior World Championships in both 1995 and 1996 in the 2K Pursuit.
Adonia Lugo – League of American Bicyclists
Adonia E. Lugo, Ph.D., is the Equity Initiative Manager at the League of American Bicyclists. She has worked since 2008 to bring cross-cultural understanding into bicycle advocacy, planning, and research. Adonia received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine, and in her dissertation, “Body-
City-Machines: Human Infrastructure for Bicycling in Los Angeles,” she found that social networks and cultural norms shape how we use streets. On her blog,urbanadonia.com, she argues that bicycling should lead the way in equitable and sustainable urban change.
Brook Negussie – University of Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club
Brook Negussie was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and is currently attending the University of Washington, where he plans to pursue a degree in computer engineering. He came to the United States with his mother and older sister when he was nine years old. Starting in elementary school, Brook began participating in clubs and that strengthened his leadership skills which led to becoming the President of Africa United Club for two years in high school. Brook helped to fund a middle school library in Ghana and also helped to provide funding to help people in Africa get access to clean water. As a participant of the student government, Brook listened to his peers’ concerns and made changes to improve their school. He has also traveled to Colombia to volunteer in the communities by cleaning up the parks, repainting the murals in impoverished neighborhoods to brighten up the community, as well as repainting the libraries, tables, and shelves at a local school. While in high school, Brook was also a part of the National Honor Society, played tennis for Tyee (my high School team) for four years, was a participant of the Major Taylor Bike Club, and graduated in the top 10% of his class. He has won two student of the year awards and is a three-time most inspirational student award-winner.
Kahlil Brewer – Bike Works
Kahlil Brewer was born and raised in St Louis, MO and moved to Seattle in the fall of 2013. He is interested in computers, construction, and just about anything hands-on. Kahlil joined Bike Works through the Job Skills Training program, where he was given a chance to work with his hands and begin to look at the bigger picture of what it means to join the work force. Since then, Kahlil has been working in the BikeMobile and feels more prepared to find work.