SVBC hired its first staff member in 2005 and has quickly grown. Today, eight staff members work with our members and volunteers to increase bicycling in our area.
Corinne joined SVBC as the Executive Director in 2005. She is passionate about bicycle advocacy and other transportation, land use, and environmental issues. She is responsible for implementing the vision of the organization as defined by the Board of Directors. Corinne also chairs the board of TransForm, and serves on the Board of Directors for the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition Board, the City of San José Downtown Parking Board, and the Women Bike Advisory Board. In 2011, Corinne was honored as one of 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley/San José Business Journal.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Youth Programs Coordinator
Ashley is a passionate mountain biker who graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Liberal Studies. She wanted to combine her two passions, teaching and bicycling, and is now our Youth Programs Coordinator where she helps children learn about bike safety. It is her goal to get more youth involved in outdoor activities and encourage the bicycle as a safe means of transportation and recreation.
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.
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.