Who We Are

 

 

Our Streets Minneapolis is a member supported and volunteer driven organization works for a city where biking, walking, and rolling are easy and comfortable for everyone. Every year hundreds of volunteers help make our work possible; doing everything from street monitoring (and sometimes hula hooping) at Open Streets to leading work groups and group rides.

Have questions or want to learn more about getting involved? Contact one of the staff below!

 

Staff

 

 

Shelby Breidenbach, Open Streets Intern
Pronouns: she, her, hers

shelby@ourstreetsmpls.org | 612-424-5329

Shelby joined Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) in May 2017, just after graduating from Augsburg College with a B.A. in Sociology. She will be helping to coordinate volunteers and plan Open Streets events throughout the summer. As a passionate advocate for sustainable living and social equality, Shelby believes that the best way to promote positive social change is by building and strengthening connections within the Minneapolis community.

Shelby lives in Seward neighborhood and when she’s not working with Our Streets, she is usually dancing in her kitchen while cooking new recipes, digging in her garden, befriending cute dogs, or cruising around the Twin Cities on her bike.

 


 

Karlie Cole, Web, Data and Systems Director
Pronouns: they, them, theirs / she, her, hers

karlie@ourstreetsmpls.org

Karlie Cole

Karlie joined Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) in December 2013. She loves using her tech skills to support people to connect in their neighborhoods through Open Streets as well as helping to make our streets better and safer for pedestrians and people on bikes.

She has over 10 years of international, national and local web design, development and training experience. Her B.A. in Sustainable Community Development was one of the first in the nation completed via distance learning through Prescott College.

Her advocacy work on local food and environmental issues continues including building web tools and data visualizations that support awareness and taking action. She now makes most of her family's food from scratch and is learning to make shoes.

 


Ethan Fawley, Executive Director
Pronouns: he, him, his

ethan@ourstreetsmpls.org | 612-964-8902

Ethan Fawley

Ethan became Executive Director of Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) in August 2013 after being a volunteer leader since 2009. He believes you should love what you do and has a big passion for Minneapolis and the power of biking and walking to improve the quality of life in our city. Before joining Our Streets Minneapolis, he was the Transportation and Built Environment Director at Fresh Energy.

He holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a B.A. in Geography, with a minor in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota. He serves on the Minneapolis Downtown Council's Transportation Committee and Met Council's Transportation Advisory Board.

Ethan lives with his wife, Lesley, and young son, Quincy, in the Midtown Phillips neighborhood. He is a big soccer fan (including a season ticket holder of Minnesota United FC, the local team) and tries to play soccer at least twice a week.

 


Laura Kling

Laura Kling, Community Organizer
Pronouns: they, them, theirs

laura@ourstreetsmpls.org | 612-888-4528

Laura Kling joined Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) in September, 2014 as a Community Organizer. Since 2009, they have been co-organizing Grease Rag, a group women, trans, femme cyclists in the Twin Cities, and continues to participate in the group's activities. Through Grease Rag and other work, Laura has gained experience organizing volunteers, managing projects, and fostering safer spaces for women and transgender folks.

Laura has been living in Minnesota since 2003, and biking in Minneapolis for the last seven years, enjoying group rides, commuting, and biking in all seasons. When they are not biking or organizing around biking, Laura enjoys thinking about biking, planning bike trips, and hanging out at home with their roommate and two kitties.


Selah MicheleSelah Michele, Bicycle Encouragement Coordinator
Pronouns: she, her, hers

selah@ourstreetsmpls.org | 612-888-4528

Selah Michele joined Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) in March 2017. Selah is a Certified Energy Healer, Reiki practitioner, and Ayurveda educator with 15 years of experience in facilitation, community organizing, community engagement, youth development and healing justice work.

Her passion for holistic health, bike riding and being outdoors along with a commitment to supporting other women of color in community in healing work has led her to partner with Our Streets and their work to support and encourage more women of color in biking. Selah’s joys include riding her bike to rivers all over, canoeing, growing and cooking food, traveling, and loving on her pet Chihuahua.

 


Nick Ray Olson

Nick Ray Olson, Event & Program Coordinator
Pronouns: he, him, his

nickray@ourstreetsmpls.org | 612-758-0722

Intermittently riding with Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) for two years now, Nick Ray went pro just in time for the 2016 season. Previously, he was tackling bicycle and pedestrian initiatives with the City of Minneapolis.

Performance enhancers of choice include fresh,​ colorful food, mid-ride reading breaks and handlebar baskets. 

 


Laura PetersLaura Peters, Outreach & Communications Intern
Pronouns: she, her, hers

laurapeters@ourstreetsmpls.org | 612-267-3655

Laura Peters joined Our Streets in the summer of 2017. She is excited to engage with volunteers and to be a part of all the events this season. Laura is from Cottage Grove, Minnesota and graduated from University of Minnesota with a BA in Political Science.

In her free time, she enjoys studying history, exploring city architecture by foot, and hanging out with her dog.

 


Emily StumpEmily Stumpf, Volunteer and Event Coordinator
Pronouns: she, her, hers

emily@ourstreetsmpls.org | 720-588-0516

Emily cruised into Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) in August 2015 starting as the resident Lutheran Volunteer Corps member working on communication and outreach. Falling in love with biking, Minneapolis, biking in Minneapolis and Open Streets she joined the team permanently in September 2016 as the Volunteer & Event Coordinator. Emily is from mountainous Monument, Colorado and graduated with a BA in Communication Studies and Environmental Studies from Luther College in May 2015. 

In her spare time, she loves to concoct meals with farmers market finds, cycle outdoors and indoors, practice yoga, knit, travel, hike, hang on high ropes, and enjoy Minneapolis! 

 


Alex Tsatsoulis, Development and Communications Director
Pronouns: he, him, his

alex@ourstreetsmpls.orgAlex Tsatsoulis | 612-615-1222

Alex joined Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) staff in 2014, after having been a volunteer for a number of years. Previously he was the Development Director for the Minnesota AIDS Project, and before that an Associate Director of Advancement for the Sierra Club. Alex is passionate about making biking and walking fun and accessible for all.

Alex has a Masters degree in Public Policy with a focus on the environment from the University of Chicago, and currently serves on the City of Minneapolis Capital Long-Range Improvement Committee (CLIC).

Alex loves biking around the Twin Cities year-round, and if he's not in the Our Streets office, he's probably out riding!

 


José Luis Villaseñor, Community Organizer 

Jose Luis Villasenor

joseluis@ourstreetsmpls.org

José Luis is an avid Xicano bicyclist that works and lives in the East Phillips neighborhood. He is especially committed to raising awareness of indigenous cultural roots and reclaiming our relationship with Mother Earth by promoting sustainable transportation systems and locally grown food. José Luis is also a proud father of three boys, all founding members of the Southside Bike Club.

 


 

Board of Directors

 

 

The Board meets on the first Tuesday of every other month at 6:00pm. If you are interested in more information about the Board, contact us at info@ourstreetsmpls.org.

Greg Archer 
As a free range kid, growing up in Indianapolis, I have many fond memories of crisscrossing the town on my BMX bike. It gave me sense of freedom and connectedness to the community. Having moved to South Minneapolis for over 20 years ago, I was amazed at the extensive trail system and have watched it grow over the years. It is an understatement to say that this system serves me well for both recreation and commuting. I regularly ride my road bike with friends on these trails. I am also able to ride my new fixie to work in Maple Grove entirely on these bike trails. Extensive and functional systems like this do not happen easily. They are the result of technical, financial and political processes, which play out overtime, and reflect consistent and constructive engagement of organizations like the Bicycle Coalition. It is my firm belief that these trails are critical to supporting vibrant urban communities. David Byrne writes in his 'Bicycle Diaries' that you connect much deeper to a city while riding a bike in it. Nothing could be more true. The ability to safely and efficiently crisscross a city on a bike is an essential component of its long term success. Bike trails connect us to our community. As a user of our trail system, I have not yet had the opportunity to add value to it, until now. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Our Streets Minneapolis board and look forward to continuing the legacy by improving this important resource for current and future riders.

Clark Biegler
I've been walking and biking to get around for about 10 years now. In 2006, I moved to New Orleans and hiked those incredibly uneven sidewalks and dodged potholes on my super cool Roadmaster (that might have technically been a kid's bike). In 2010, I moved to Washington, DC and discovered the beauty of protected bike lanes and the pain of a car driving over my foot. In 2012, I moved to Minneapolis and saw my first real live bike boxes and started plugging in to biking and pedestrian advocacy. My background is in public health and public policy, and I love how good biking and pedestrian infrastructure and help support vibrant communities. I'm excited to serve on the board and support Our Streets Minneapolis's awesome work. I now ride a bike that fits me.

Billy Binder 
I have spent the last nine years as a volunteer bicycle advocate working with government, business, community groups and individuals to develop and promote bicycling in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. Prior to 2002 I was involved in every major new development of biking in Minneapolis from 1980 to 2002, first as an aide to Mayor Don Fraser from 1980 to 1994 and then as an aide to City Council President Jackie Cherryhomes from 1995 to 2002. I was assigned to oversee the Minneapolis Public Works Department. I am the former chair and a member of the Minneapolis Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) from its inception in 1993 to date, a member and liaison from the Minneapolis BAC to the Hennepin County BAC from 1993 to date, and member of the Bike Walk Advisory Committee of the Transit for Livable Communities (TLC) from 2006 to date, a member of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition for the past two years and a member of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota Advocacy Committee for the past three years and on other community committees and task forces to promote non-motorized transportation options. I live in north Minneapolis.

Grant Boelter, Secretary 
I rediscovered the freedom bicycling offered when I bought my first road bike about four years ago, a beastly and rickety early-90s Schwinn 10-speed. After my first ride across town took about half as long as I expected, I was hooked. I enjoy riding the Midtown Greenway/Cedar Lake Trail to my office in Hopkins where I work as a writer for a marketing and public relations company. I also love riding anywhere along the Mississippi, and think it’s fantastic that we have a bike trail that runs underneath Target Field. I joined the MBC board because I want to do what I can to make it easier for anyone and everyone to give biking a try.

Amy Brugh 
My favorite place to bike in Minneapolis is the Minnehaha Parkway bike trail. It's really close to my house and you can enjoy your ride without any cars. I joined the board because I am a passionate bicycle advocate, and I want to help promote bicycling as an easy and fun transportation choice, especially for women and families. My background is in public health and legislative policy. I believe building a bicycle infrastructure is a beautiful intersection of public health promotion and policy advocacy. I ride a Trek hybrid, oftentimes with a Weeride Copilot attached. I live in the Northrop neighborhood with my partner, two kids and two dogs. Our street, 17th Ave. S., is slated to become a bicycle boulevard.

Julia Bulbulian Wells
I first started using a bicycle as transportation as an undergrad at the University of Minnesota almost fifteen years ago. While being on the board at Cycles for Change as Treasurer for five years, I learned to be a full-time, year-round bike commuter. After being car free for several years now, I bike, walk, and use transit every day to get around. I believe that non-automotive transportation methods are more cost-effective, build community by allowing people the opportunity to engage with one another on the street, create an active and healthy lifestyle, and provide environmentally sustainable commuting options. I work for an environmental restoration nonprofit in finance and HR, along with doing contract accounting work for small nonprofits. I have a master's degree in Nonprofit Management, a BA in economics, and a BS in accounting. I am excited to be a part of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition community, and am honored to help support Our Streets Minneapolis' amazing work in making our city a safe and fun place to bike and walk.

Tina Cho

Julia Curran

Scott Engel

Selam Gebremariam
Learning how to bike during my first year of undergraduate was one of the biggest accomplishment of my life. Growing up in small town in eastern part of Ethiopia, biking was male-dominated activity that was not accessible to me. I found it empowering and a great way to connect with people and cities. My professional background and interest is in public health. I have a B.A. in Biology and Anthropology from Macalester College, and MPH from UMN. Active living is a crucial component of community and individual health. Therefore I am excited to be engaged with MBC's work to improve infrastructure, awareness, access and inequities regarding active transportation in Minneapolis.

Harry Maddox

Ellen Palmer 
In my ideal world I’d be able to bike everywhere I need to go feeling safe and comfortable riding with my two year old son. I also strongly believe that building a critical mass of bikers utilizing a network of safe bikeways is a key part of creating vibrant and healthy communities in Minneapolis—a place I want to live, work, and play! In my day job, I run the business-end of a nonprofit that works on clean energy policy, so reducing our reliance on fossil fuels by biking is a win-win for me. I’m hoping to further the mission of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition by utilizing my background in human resources, governance, finance and budgeting, as well as strategic planning, revenue development, organizational systems, and general office administration. I received a BA in Environmental Studies and Geology and a MBA from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I also hold the following certificate degrees from the University of St. Thomas: Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations, Mini Masters in Project Management, and Fundraising.

Casey Pavek, Treasurer 
I manage a small non-profit refurbished bike and coffee shop in North Minneapolis and teach the art of bicycle repair to young people on the Northside. It is my honor to represent them on the board and present the unique perspective of a young cyclist in the emerging bike scene in North. I hope to connect young people to policy makers and city planners so they may be part of the process that builds their cycling future. My personal views on biking are pretty practical. Riding is a fun, cheap and healthy way to get around our wonderful city. The more people I can expose to that the better! Managing the only bike shop in North we introduce new riders to the scene every day. As infrastructure continues to become more inviting I believe we'll naturally see a rise in ridership. I challenge you to frown while riding a bike, it's nearly impossible.

Jason Partridge

Juana Sandoval
I'm excited to join the MBC board and be a part of the important work MBC has been doing. Open Streets is an example of a great local program that most other US cities don't even come close to replicating. I've lived here over 3 years and biking in Minneapolis is a great way to meet people. I'm a fair-weather bicyclist and often use the bus or train to extend my bike trip. I live in Ward 8 in South Minneapolis. I work as a double threat Transportation Planner and Engineer on Complete Streets, engineering projects, and community engagement for a local private firm. I have dual master’s degree in City Planning and Civil Engineering from Ohio State. Biking has enriched my life immensely, whether it's bonding with friends during the local ride Babes in Bikeland, biking the Ohio-to-Erie trail in Ohio (very slowly), or building my own bamboo bike frame. I want other Minneapolis residents that bike or want to bike to feel comfortable and welcome as they ride, whether it's a leisurely Sunday ride with their family, or a fast trip to work.

Teri Shuraleff 
Only recently did I rediscover the joy of bike riding. A few months after my 50th birthday, I hauled my son’s old 1998 Schwinn Searcher out of storage and jumped onto the Midtown Greenway. It was love at first ride. So far, I’m a fair weather, mostly recreational cyclist. My favorite places to bike locally are the Greenway and Cedar Lake Trails. On pleasant summer weekend days I enjoy riding out to Excelsior, usually with a stop for lunch at 318 Cafe. I’m a case manager (aka social worker) at a Minneapolis non-profit social service agency. I completed a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Minnesota, and one year of postgraduate work at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. I want to help make Minneapolis a safer, more welcoming place to ride bikes, especially for new and less experienced cyclists. I live near downtown in the Whittier neighborhood. 

Sarah Tschida 
I began bike commuting to my workplace at the UofM in 2008 and was immediately hooked. I love beginning and ending my day with fresh air, a little exercise, and lots of smiles as I pass my fellow cyclists on the Greenway. I enjoy biking on Bryant Ave. S. ... to get groceries at the Wedge, early morning donuts at Bogarts, or to the Sculpture Garden for a picnic. As a Kingfield resident, you can also find me loading up my bike baskets every Sunday at the Kingfield Farmers Market. I have benefited greatly by the inspiring bicycling advocacy work being done in Minneapolis and have decided that now is my time to contribute what I can to this important initiative. My day job is in education abroad at the UofM and I have a M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education.

Annie Van Cleve

LaTrisha Vetaw, President 
I am on the board representing North Minneapolis. I love riding my Purple Bianci Road bike around the Nortside! I have worked in North Minneapolis for over 10 years and I love for people to recognize me while biking especially with a helmet on. My reason for joining this board is to create safer streets and trails for bikers on the Northside. I would also love more education and trainings for residents around using bikes as transportation.

Maria Wardoku, Vice President 
I joined the board of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition to grow the power of community members to advocate collectively for the kind of infrastructure that makes our city a safe and easy place to ride a bike (and a more fun place to live!). I especially hope to make cycling safer for women and others who are frequent targets of street harassment. I am a Northeast Minneapolis resident and passionate bike commuter, and it is my dream to ride on a connected network of protected bikeways all through the city. I mostly use my bike for going to work, running errands, and visiting friends, but I also love riding my bike along the Mississippi River and the Midtown Greenway just for fun and exercise.

Catherine Windyk
I stopped biking sometime in grade school for reasons I don't remember. On a whim one weekend day in summer 2010, I borrowed my mom's bike for a trial commute to my job at the University of Minnesota. I rode from my home in Northeast Minneapolis to the West Bank campus along West River Road, a separated bike trail. I was tired on this inaugural commute, but never felt unsafe on the trail, and a joyful passion for riding bikes was born. I quickly bought a used bike and fell in love. I have volunteered with Our Streets Minneapolis (formerly the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition) since 2012, and am excited to serve on the Board to advance safer and more comfortable streets for all riders, so that more people can share a similar story of discovering the joys of biking. I love group rides, commuting to "unexpected" destinations (like weddings and job interviews), and biking to and through nature, with a book and a camera along for the ride.

 


 

Volunteer Leads 

Dan Lubben, University of Minnesota Bikeways Lead
Dan is a December 2016 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, holding a BS in Urban Studies, and a Sustainability Studies Minor.  His experiences and education have led him to believe in the foundational importance of well-developed biking and walking infrastructure to the transportation system of any city, and the well-being of its residents. Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, Dan has been biking since long before he moved to Minneapolis. During his years at the U, he biked nearly every day, finding it the easiest and most enjoyable way to get to class. This gave him ample experience on how biking in the busy campus environment might be improved, and he has been engaged with helping the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition’s efforts to do so since the fall of 2014. In his free time he enjoys climbing, reading, and going anywhere on two wheels.

Melody Hoffmann (she/her), Enforcement Work Group Lead

I am one of many volunteers that help run the enforcement group. What we mean by enforcement is anything that focuses on criminalizing bicyclists and pedestrians. We work on problems such as: why do bicyclists get ticketed on Hennepin Avenue downtown more than all of Southwest Minneapolis? How can we advocate for education over enforcement of laws? What are pedestrians getting cited for? Is there unequal enforcement across race, ethnicity, and location? 
I wrote a book about bicycling and racism called Bike Lanes Are White Lanes, so this is kind of my wheelhouse. More importantly, I have been working directly with Our Streets since 2013. My primary interests are in equity issues surrounding bicycling and access to pedestrian infrastructure. I live in the Willard Hay neighborhood and take the bus to my professor gig at Anoka-Ramsey Community College as much as possible. If you want to know more about my work, check it out at phmelody.com and by utilizing your strongest Googling skills. 

Anna Nelson, Elections Group Lead

Julia Curran, Pedestrian Group Lead 

 

Sarah Tschida, Fundraising Committee Lead
I began bike commuting to my workplace at the UofM in 2008 and was immediately hooked. I love beginning and ending my day with fresh air, a little exercise, and lots of smiles as I pass my fellow cyclists on the Greenway. I enjoy biking on Bryant Ave. S. ... to get groceries at the Wedge, early morning donuts at Bogarts, or to the Sculpture Garden for a picnic. As a Kingfield resident, you can also find me loading up my bike baskets every Sunday at the Kingfield Farmers Market. I have benefited greatly by the inspiring bicycling advocacy work being done in Minneapolis and have decided that now is my time to contribute what I can to this important initiative. My day job is in education abroad at the UofM and I have a M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education.