Our Staff

SVBC hired its first staff member in 2005 and has quickly grown. Today, ten staff members work with our members and volunteers to increase bicycling in our area.

Shiloh Ballard (shiloh@bikesiliconvalley.org)

Executive Director

Shiloh Ballard comes to the Bike Coalition after over 14 years at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group as Senior Vice President of Housing and Community Development. In her role with the Leadership Group, Shiloh helped direct the organization’s housing, transportation and land use policy portfolio working with industry, civic, and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to the region’s growth challenges. She was at the center of several significant policy wins including the adoption of uniform green building policies in Santa Clara County, the passage of strong affordable housing policies in Silicon Valley Cities, and the passage of the State’s last affordable housing bond, Proposition 1C. She was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a 2010 “40 under 40” as well as a YWCA “Woman in Leadership” in 2012. Most recently, she was awarded the 2015 Housing Hero by the leading Statewide Housing organization, California Housing Consortium.

Shiloh is a proud slug, having earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz. She previously worked for the State Senate and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and currently serves on the board of the Santa Clara County Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters; the Housing Trust, Silicon Valley; and a new organization that she helped to found, SV@Home. A glutton for punishment, Shiloh is also an appointed member of the San José Planning Commission.

In her spare time, Shiloh enjoys reading, cooking, growing vegetables and mountain biking. She lives with her long-time partner, Dan King, and their cat Gracie.

Colin Heyne (colin@bikesiliconvalley.org)

Deputy Director

Colin Heyne joined the SVBC staff to assist in implementing Bike to Work Day 2009. He stuck around after the big event, serving as Communications and Development manager until being promoted to Deputy Director in July 2011. As Deputy Director, Colin oversees media and communications, coordinates community outreach via our Local Teams, and works with the Executive Director to manage development and advocacy efforts.

Colin is a lifetime rider of bikes as well as an advocate for sustainable development. He has been involved in environmental issues since his youth, motivated by a love of the outdoors resulting from years of camping with his family. Colin is a graduate of San José State University with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies, a field that explores global history and culture, climate change, politics, trade, and sustainable development.

Lyndsey Marks (lyndsey@bikesiliconvalley.org)

Development Director

Lyndsey Marks joined SVBC as Development Director in March 2014, just in time to gear up for Bike to Work Day. As an avid runner and triathlete, she was inspired by SVBC’s mission to improve conditions for bicyclists of all ages and skill levels. She was born in England and moved to the U.S. as a child. Lyndsey grew up in sunny California, has also lived in New York and Australia, and has a passion for travel. She received her Bachelor’s from UC Santa Barbara, double majoring in Philosophy and Sociology. She then went on to earn a Master’s degree from New York University in Health Education. Lyndsey was honored in October 2013 with the Movers of Mountains Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association for her work with at-risk youth. She is excited to begin her new adventure with SVBC!

Anne Fisher (afisher@bikesiliconvalley.org)

Administrative Manager

Anne started riding late in life, and is still timid about going into high traffic areas. However, she enjoys using her bike for commuting and short errands. She is committed to SVBC’s mission of safer bicycling and getting more people out on their bikes both for health and the environment.

Emma Shlaes (emma@bikesiliconvalley.org)

Policy Manager

Emma Shlaes has a dual master’s degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University and the UN-Mandated University for Peace where she completed several projects on cycling at the local and global levels. Her capstone project was determining the impact of local and federal stormwater regulations and proposing appropriate green infrastructure for a study area within Washington, DC. She has previously worked on national campaigns ranging from diesel pollution to transportation funding at Clean Water Action and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. She also spent a summer researching the auto-rickshaw industry in Mumbai with EMBARQ India. As Policy Manager, Emma determines the organization’s campaigns and positions and leads advocacy in San Mateo County. She rides her bike on her daily commute as well as to meetings and events.

Ernesto Lizaola (ernesto@bikesiliconvalley.org)

Education Programs Manager

Ernesto Lizaola joined SVBC in 2010 as a Program Coordinator upon graduating from San Jose State. For several years he contributed to the growth of Bike to Work Day, the Annual Dinner, and SVBC’s membership. Now as an Education Programs Manager, Ernesto spearheads SVBC’s youth and adult education programs, which serves over 5,000 participants annually through programming in Safe Routes to Schools, adult education, and family bicycling workshops.

Marissa Aviña (marissa@bikesiliconvalley.org)

Event Manager

Marissa began commuting by bike during college. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in anthropology. She continues to bike to work and around town. Marissa hopes to draw more awareness to SVBC’s mission by hosting amazing events.

Carlos Velazquez (carlos@bikesiliconvalley.org)

Outreach Manager

As Outreach Manager, Carlos oversees media and communications, works with and seeks more of SVBC’s wonderful volunteers, and is committed to strengthening SVBC’s membership base. A proud native of San Jose, Carlos has previously worked with the Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago Youth Centers, and Teatro Vision. He is an alum of the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture’s (NALAC) Leadership and Advocacy Leadership Institutes, as well as the Multicultural Artists Leadership Institute (MALI) in San José. He is thrilled to actively work to get more people on bikes and to help make this region vibrant, healthy, and accessible for all.

Alison Paulin (alison@bikesiliconvalley.org)

Bicycle Parking Coordinator

Alison Paulin is our resident Kiwi. She relocated to San Jose with her young family in early 2014, and began contracting with SVBC as our Bicycle Parking Coordinator in September 2014. In New Zealand she worked as a Speech and Language Pathologist and enjoyed riding her bike to work up and down the hills of Auckland. Now she is enjoying exploring San Jose by bicycle, and when able, takes her family hiking, biking and camping in the Bay Area and beyond. On her ‘days off’ she takes her kids to school, picks them up, feeds them and spends a fair bit of her time adjudicating sibling fights. She is also working on some post-graduate study in 2015.