ELI AKIRA KAUFMAN
Eli Akira Kaufman has been a bike commuter since elementary school, and always prefers to get to know the place he lives on two wheels. He has over a decade of leadership experience with stints as a chief communicator and program lead at Film Independent, GOOD, and River LA. Most recently, he worked at Swell Creative Group where he helped produce a successful campaign to pass Measure W, LA County’s Safe, Clean Water Program. Eli earned his MFA at UCLA’s School of Film, Television and Digital Media with a concentration in Directing, and has a BA from Oberlin College where he played four years of Varsity Lacrosse. He is a founding parent of the IKAR Early Childhood Center Garden, and coaches his son’s AYSO soccer team – Go Silver Eagles! His ideal weekend in Los Angeles involves being outside as much as possible in a kayak, working in his garden, and of course on his bike with family and friends. Eli is excited to join the LACBC team to create a more bikeable and people-centric city.Close
Deputy Executive Director of Advocacy
Cesar joined LACBC as Deputy Executive Director in December of 2017. Cesar was born and raised in Los Angeles specifically in the San Gabriel Valley. Previously, he worked at PFLAG National as a Field and Policy Manager where he developed resources on capacity building, leadership development, chapter operations, coalition building and assisted in campaign and policy efforts. At Genesis LA he assisted project managers in helping to advance economic and social opportunities in underserved communities. He has over 15 years of work experience in the non-profit sector with several LGBT organizations, where he gained hands-on experience in organizing, activism and community engagement.
Cesar earned a Bachelor’s in Urban & Regional Planning and a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is looking forward to working with LACBC Team to ensure our communities have equitable access to safer streets and healthy environments.Close
Deputy Executive Director of Advancement
Kevin joined LACBC as Deputy Executive Director of Advancement in January 2018. A native of the greater Chicago area, Kevin has spent the last 8 years working in the youth development and music education arenas with Intonation Music, providing opportunities in music for young people on the South and West sides of Chicago. As Development & Resources Manager with Intonation, Kevin’s work focused on crafting fundraising strategies, executing special events, and managing resources and operations to support year-round rock-band programming serving nearly 800 students annually across the city. Kevin is excited about a new challenge and opportunity to engage in active transportation and transit equity work with LACBC.
Kevin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business in 2009, and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University in Chicago in 2013. As a musician in Chicago, Kevin has performed with groups ranging in styles from indie rock to classic funk and soul to Brazilian pop, and also operated a record label collective from 2013-2016 which showcased up and coming artists from across the city of Chicago through exclusive recordings and video features. New to Los Angeles, Kevin is enjoying his new home and exploring the city by bike. Kevin is a dedicated bicycle commuter during the week, and over the weekend you’ll likely find him out exploring dirt roads and trails on two wheels, or enjoying all the food and music that he can find.Close
Jesi joined LACBC as Organizing Director in October of 2017. Previously, she worked at the LA LGBT Center in multiple capacities including direct service, outreach, health education, and professional capacity building. After earning her BA in Psychology and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked with adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping them feel safe and included in their communities. Jesi self-identifies as a non-domesticated animal and hopes you’ll join her in savoring Los Angeles’ great outdoors.Close
Before joining our staff, Colin was a volunteer for LACBC from 2000 to 2008. In his volunteer days, he recruited other volunteers, helped organize rides, and served on the Board of Directors from 2003-2007. He holds at Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola Marymount University and is a certified League Cycling Instructor (#2240). As the PLACE Grant Coordinator, Colin worked closely with a team of Glendale City Staff members to create the Glendale Safe & Healthy Streets Plan, making Glendale a better place to walk or ride a bike, and helped to establish Walk Bike Glendale, LACBC’s Glendale chapter. The Safe and Healthy Streets Plan was awarded the SCAG Compass Blueprint President’s Award in 2011 and an APA award in 2013. As Education Director he has launched Operation Firefly, our bicycle light and safety information program and created our Bike Smart Rules of the Road pocket guide (with Wire Media), which has been printed for Metro, the City of Glendale, the City of Santa Monica, CicLAvia, and multiple LACBC chapters. Over 60,000 copies have been printed and distributed.
Colin has organized nine League Cycling Instructor training seminars, which has resulted in the certification of more than 100 new bicycle instructors for L.A. County, many of whom are bilingual or self identify as female. Colin supervises all LACBC educational programming, which includes training our Ride Marshals for Sunday Funday rides and any ride that LACBC and its chapters lead.Close
As Communications Director for LACBC, Dana uses media and creative activism to encourage online and physical engagement for The Los Angeles County Bicycle Community. She’s a communications strategist and filmmaker dedicated to producing media for change, and has spent her career working with non-profits and foundations focusing on issues ranging from immigration policy to racial justice to fair housing to transportation equity. Most recently, Dana spent the past two years managing CicLAvia’s communications.
A graduate of Swarthmore College with a double-major in history and film & media studies, Dana took an interdisciplinary approach to her study of film, combining production methods with work in writing, theatre and history to discover how media can inspire and inform action for social change. She expanded on this with work at the BBC in London through a program organized by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Dana is a writer, videographer, director, video editor, and an ultimate frisbee fanatic. Born in a one-room schoolhouse outside of Ithaca, New York, she’s spent most of her life using media to tear down boxes that separate us from each other. She loves biking and skateboarding around LA and hitting the beach.
Lyndsey joined LACBC as Policy and Outreach Coordinator in November of 2016. While completing her Master’s in Public Health at USC, she had the opportunity to work at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) through the Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship. At SCAG, she developed their first Public Health Appendix for the 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. Through this work she became passionate about the intersection of transportation, land use, and public health. As an undergrad, she studied Spanish at UCLA and spent a semester abroad in Chile. She loves being outside, riding her bike to the beach, and whispering sweet nothings to her dog, Frankie.Close
Communications & Volunteer Coordinator
Zachary joined LACBC in June 2015. For years, he helped visualize many of the city’s major projects (LA Live, Hollywood Blvd., Metro Rail, UCLA) and had his work featured at the Getty. He has always traveled the city by bike and has written about his adventures through CiclaValley, the LA Post Examiner and We Like LA. In 2016, Zachary was named the Streetsblog LA Journalist / Writer of the year. He was a winner at the LA Improv Comedy Festival and ran in five L.A. Marathons. Zachary holds a B.A. in Architecture and a minor in City Planning at the University of California. After working at Autodesk, Zachary continued his graduate studies at UCLA before working at the Urban Simulation Team. Previously, he also served as Education Director for Finish the Ride. Zachary races for the Bicycle.net Racing Team, and you’ll find him rolling across the San Fernando Valley mainly on his road or cyclocross bike.Close
Rides & Events Coordinator
Areli joined LACBC in January 2018 as the Rides and Events Coordinator. Prior to joining the team, she worked at CicLAvia as part of their outreach team. She is community focused, and currently part of Multicultural Communities for Mobility’s Programs Committee, East Hollywood Neighborhood Councils Beautification and Sustainability Committee, and is on the Board of Sustainable Streets. Areli earned a Bachelor’s in Recreation and Tourism Management with a Sustainable Tourism emphasis and French Minor from Cal State University, Northridge. She is also a LEED Green Associate.
In a previous life, Areli was an adventure guide, but now she gets her nature fix from volunteering at community learning gardens, going on weekend adventures, and taking her bi-annual trips to her ancestral homeland of Oaxaca.Close