Steven Bercu, President, Chair of the Finance & Operations Committee
Steven Bercu, a business and intellectual property attorney and Cambridge resident, is an avid, year-round commuting and urban cyclist. Steve is a passionate advocate and promoter for bicycling, active transportation, and ecologically sensitive urban design that nurtures the human spirit. He is inspired by a vision of an urban future that transcends cars and thus better promotes healthier, more active, more ecologically friendly, safer, and more vibrant modes of life. A Cambridge/Boston bicycle commuter since 1990, Steve has noticed many improvements to bicycling conditions over the years, yet believes there is still a long way to go. In addition to serving as Board President of the Boston Cyclists Union, Steve serves on the boards of directors of Ecocity Builders, the Helen & William Mazer Foundation, and the Massachusetts Land Conservation Trust; on the Land Conservation Committee and Boston Committee of The Trustees of Reservations; and on the Board of Overseers for the ICA – Boston. He mostly rides single-speed bicycles around town, and hopes one day to own a penny-farthing bicycle to ride along Memorial Drive on sunny Sundays.
Becca Wolfson, Treasurer
Becca comes to the Bike Union Board with a wealth of non-profit management, resource development, and grant compliance monitoring as she manages the fiscal and programmatic needs of AmeriCorps programs across Massachusetts at the State Commission on Service and Volunteerism, the Massachusetts Service Alliance. Her volunteer management, environmental ethic and grassroots organizing were honed in the six years she spent living on Cape Cod working for an environmental AmeriCorps program. She moved to Boston in 2012 in search of her first urban living experience, and a city where she could bike everywhere for transportation, and that’s what she’s doing! She believes strongly in the mission of the Union, and takes pride in helping make biking more accessible to all. In her spare time you can find her getting creative in the kitchen, trying to prepare enough food to fuel her many daily bike trips.
Philip Stango, Clerk and Chair of the Governance Committee
Phil is an avid cyclist (commuter, racer of road and cyclocross, long distance rider, around town, etc.) who has been biking to work at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program almost every day for the last five years. During his time at BHCHP he’s worked as an Americorps volunteer, case manager, front desk manager and project manager, and he plans to bring skills from each of those roles to the Union.
Luis O. Cardona
Luis came to urban cycling via Hubway — having never dared ride in the city before 2011. But that year he saw the light, became one of Hubway’s most frequent users, and now commutes daily on his 1967 Raleigh Sprite from the West Fenway.
Luis joins the BCU after many years of civic involvement. In 2007, he founded a successful community group for Boston transplants, which led to several volunteer engagements across the city. Representing Fenway-Kenmore, he has contributed articles to the Boston Globe and in 2013 was appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino to serve on the ONEin3 Council, a young professional advisory group. A lifelong musician, Luis has also served on the board of the Boston Classical Orchestra.
By day, Luis continues a long career at Brown Brothers Harriman. By night, he can be seen zipping around on the Sprite, geeking out at the Brattle, or playing guitar on his stoop.
Nai is graduating from Boston University this spring with a B.S. in Public Relations. She served as the co-director for the Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism at BU and serves as the Communications Coordinator of The List. This summer she will be interning with City Councilor At Large, Ayanna Pressley.
Since 2013, Tom has led the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority through an organization restructuring and strategic planning process. Before coming to the CRA, Tom worked in MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning where he wrote sustainable transportation policies including the state’s GreenDOT Implementation Plan and the Healthy Transportation Policy Directive. Previously, Tom served as the Planning Division Manager of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, where he facilitated the planning, adoption, and implementation of signature revitalization plans along the southeast waterfront of San Francisco.
Focused on bringing public and private investments to underserved neighborhoods of the city, these projects included the redevelopment of brownfield sites, facilitating affordable housing projects, catalyzing commercial research campus developments, launching local workforce hiring programs, and the construction of public parks. Tom holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Environmental Studies from Macalester College.
Peter Furth grew up riding a bike in Washington, DC, coached by his Austrian father who didn’t believe in chauffeuring kids, and who taught him, “Don’t worry, Peter; the cars are more afraid of you than you are of them.” At a young age, he determined that one mark of success in life was to not lose the pleasure of everyday bicycle riding when he became an adult. Peter reports that he has been successful.
Peter earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has been a professor of Civil Engineering at Northeastern University since 1981, teaching a full range of transportation planning and engineering courses, and serving as Department Chair from 2001 to 2007. He has published more than 40 papers in the field of public transportation, traffic signal control, and bicycle transportation. Peter is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Transportation Research Board, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
As a teacher, Peter has supervised student project designs of more than a dozen bikeway projects in the Boston area, of which some have been built and others are in planning stages. In the summers, he teaches a study-abroad course in the Netherlands in the field of Sustainable Transportation. Through that course, as well as a year that he spent living in the Netherlands with his family, he has become familiar with Dutch bicycle traffic planning and engineering practice. As a bicycle planner, he has been a featured speaker at the Transportation Research Board, Move Mass, the Livable Streets Alliance, and at bicycle advocacy meetings in places as far away as Boise, Idaho. Peter has also been active in bicycle advocacy himself, including service on the Bicycle Advisory Committees of Boston and two neighboring communities, and as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of MassBike.
Mike is a seasoned advocate for climate policy and environmental action. Since 2012, he has served as a representative to the United Nations focusing on international climate science and policy. In his role at the Climate Action Business Association, Michael manages staff and oversees the development of all program areas. He sits on the board of several Boston area non-profits as well as a policy advisor to national business associations on topics ranging from energy policy to climate adaptation. Michael is a Northeastern University graduate with degrees in international affairs and environmental studies, course work at the University of Edinbrough’s MSc Program in Environmental Protection and Management and Harvard Business Schools CORe Program.
Angela spent the first 22 years of her life in Texas where she was raised in Missouri City, a mid-sized sprawling city within the Greater Houston Area. Growing up, she went from wanting to be a meteorologist (still a weather geek, though), architect (still a design critic, though), and through a flurry of activity during her first year of college, Angela committed to staying in what was then the largest city without a public transportation system in the United States — Arlington, Texas. While there, Angela moved onto studying transportation issues and found her calling. As for Arlington, thankfully, they’ve managed to shed that reputation three years ago.
Attending Univ. of Texas at Arlington those four years shed light on everything she wanted to work against: automobile overreliance, racial and socioeconomic segregation and inequity, and institution-alized distrust against any form of alternative transportation. Angela decided to continue this path by moving to Boston and sinking further into debt by attending Northeastern’s Master of Urban and Regional Policy program and graduating in Spring 2014.
At the Bike Union, Angela started out as a GIS Intern during Summer 2014 and stayed in touch as a volunteer for the Research Group with the Low Stress Network project. When she’s not working as a *insert staff position* at *law firm goes here*, she’s either training at her neighborhood dojo, taking Babycakes the Bike on a ride, having passionate/friendly discussions about social justice issues, or relaxing like a cat in the sun. Wherever it may be.
Dr. Yvonne Lalyre
Yvonne has been cycling in Boston since the early 80s when she was a Boston University student and lived in the South End. Driving became a habit as work took her to the suburbs of Quincy and Malden but in 2005 she took up the bike again for an eight mile commute. As a teacher at the Boston Public Schools the commute became shorter, and finally retirement has brought the no-car bliss! Yvonne volunteers for Bike Union events often and entertains the members with her flamenco dancing whenever possible. She’s proud to be part of the silent revolution that may some day transform Boston into a pollution-free and “Green” city.
Joey has worked in fundraising and advocacy for the past six years, focusing on environmentalism, public health and other issues.
After starting to commute to work by bike, he realized that Boston still has a lot of room for improvement in infrastructure and bike safety. He joined the Boston Cyclist Union in 2014, hoping to use his expertise in fundraising to further the mission of promoting the bike for transportation.
Outside of commuting, Joey also loves to bike tour across Cape Cod and he’s currently teaching himself basic bike mechanics.
Nels is an urban planner and designer. He did a graduate degree in the Netherlands, realizing in the process the transformative power of bikes as transportation. Currently he consults with cities and towns to help them become happier, healthier, and more resilient. On the side he organizes creative and ecological programming and events with the group wetland.io.
Luis Sanchez (Lead Mechanic, Bike to Market Program)
Luis is a retired civil engineer with most of his career endeavors in the Boston area. Since his retirement he has been devoting much of his time to bicycle advocacy. He believes in bicycling as a way to empower people and build closer communities.
Paul is a leadership and organization development professional focused in the life sciences and medical device industries. He currently serves as Director of Talent Development at NxStage Medical, a Massachusetts-based medical devices company. Previously he held roles as Global Director, Leadership Development at Covidien and as Global Director of Learning and Organization Development at PerkinElmer. He has prior years of experience in management consulting, addressing strategic skill and talent development needs in large organizations.
Paul was born and raised in Brazil. He attended Brandeis University and soon fell in love with Boston. Over years he has been involved in a variety of local volunteering and fund raising endeavors, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. Paul has a great affection for the bicycle, is a dedicated cyclist, and is passionate about the bicycle’s social, public health and environmental benefits. He restores and collects vintage lugged steel bicycles, has a love of the sea, and enjoys a variety of travel, outdoor and arts activities.
Jason is an MRI researcher by trade and a lifestyle cyclist who is eager to get involved in bicycle advocacy and organizing in Boston. Before moving to the Bay State, Jason was gubernatorial appointee to the Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, where he served as secretary and webmaster. As a board member of ElmCityCycling and a member of Rail*Trains*Ecology*Cycling, Jason was also active in a successful multi-year campaign to add bicycle hooks to Metro North railcars between CT and NYC.
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