Who We Are
Our Streets Minneapolis is a community 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 Minneapolis events to leading work groups and group rides.
Have questions or want to learn more about getting involved? Contact one of the staff below!
Ashwat Narayanan, Executive Director
Ash has nine years of experience advocating for cleaner, more inclusive and resilient transportation systems in the Midwest. Before Our Streets Minneapolis, Ash was Director of Transportation Policy at 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to building healthy communities through better land use. He developed campaigns that shifted state funding away from auto-centric infrastructure and into walking, biking, and public transit through legislative, legal, and community organizing means. He authored and co-authored numerous reports including The Road to Clean Transportation: A Bold, Broad Strategy to Cut Carbon Emissions and Arrive Together: Transportation Access and Equity in Wisconsin.
Most recently, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers appointed Ash to the State's Transportation Task Force, advising the state on future transportation investment. He served on the City of Madison's Transportation Commission and the City's Transportation Policy and Planning Board. He also chaired the Dane County Climate Council's Transportation and Land Use Working Group. He has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from SRM University, India, and a Master's degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Cindy Vue, Bicycle Encouragement and Volunteer Coordinator
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Cindy has a passion in bringing resources about health and wellness to under-served communities. She has over 11 years of experience working with diverse populations doing direct services across the Twin Cities. Cindy’s favorite thing about bicycling is being able to slow her life down and connect with her community and the earth. In her spare time she loves to cook, continue her yoga practice, and teach others about being more conscious about environmental impact.
Cindy is excited to utilize this space and position to bring awareness about not only seeing bicycling used recreationally, but as a part of life and its huge contribution to overall mental health and physical health stability.
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Emily Wade, Development & Communications Director
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Emily joined Our Streets Minneapolis in December 2017 as the Development and Communications Director. She fell for biking and walking in Minneapolis after learning to ride a bike as an adult in 2012. Since then, Emily's bikes have taken her on many adventures including working as an Events Coordinator at Nice Ride Minnesota, racing at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, and commuting to and from all corners of Minneapolis. Her favorite thing about biking and walking in the city is seeing friends' faces crossing her path. Emily is excited to work toward a Minneapolis where more and more people feel comfortable experiencing our city by biking, walking, and rolling.
Emily lives with her bikes and two cats in Whittier. When she's not on her bike, Emily enjoys learning more about feminisms and theories of justice and social change.
Karlie Cole, Web, Data and Systems Manager
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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 makes most of her family's food from scratch and is working with others to eliminate pesticide use in our parks.
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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 email@example.com.
Streets are a vital part of all of our lives. We don't go anywhere outside of our home without engaging with streets. While I am grateful streets help connect all of us, I know there is so much we can do to make them safer and more accessible for everyone, especially those on foot, on pedals, or in wheelchairs. My goal while on the Our Streets Minneapolis Board is to improve our pedestrian advocacy efforts and secure a dedicated group of Our Streets Minneapolis ambassadors from communities historically left out of urban planning and street improvement efforts. I approach this work with a Masters in Public Health in health policy and a career in the disability rights advocacy field.
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Scott Engel, Pedestrian Work Group Lead
Clark Goldenrod, Vice President
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.
Olivia St. Martin
While growing up in Minneapolis, I got around primarily on foot and by transit. As an adult, I have discovered the joy and freedom of traveling by bike. I believe that moving through Minneapolis in these ways helped me develop a connection and intimacy with the city that wouldn't have been possible in a car. I am passionate about making life here better for all citizens and am excited to work for changes that empower and enrich our communities, as well as protect our environment. I hope to use my background in child development and education to connect with children and their families to create a future full of passionate bikers, walkers, and rollers!
Annie Van Cleve, Secretary
I've been a year-round cyclist, transit user, and long-distance pedestrian for a dozen years now, and don't miss driving one bit. It can be tough addressing the 'windshield perspective' ("But how do you get to work/the grocery store/anything outside your home without a car?"), but in my experience, having great pedestrian/adaptive technology, transit, and bicycle infrastructure can serve the needs of so many more people than the car system can. I want to do what I can to make that happen, because everyone, no matter their mode of transportation, deserves to be safe and confident going about their daily lives. You can also find me hanging out at Cycles for Change, where I volunteer my time helping others learn to maintain their bicycles at Grease Rag FTW.
Maria Wardoku, President
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I joined the board of Our Streets Minneapolis 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 bike and walk (and a more fun place to live!). I especially hope to make our streets safer for women and people who are targets of street harassment and police harassment and violence. As a transportation planner at Alta Planning + Design, I work in communities across the country to transform streets into joyful places of safety and connection that welcome people on foot and on bikes. I am a Longfellow resident and enjoy visiting the Midtown Farmer's Market, Riverview Theater, East Lake Library, and local restaurants and stores by foot and by bike.
Julia Bulbulian Wells, Treasurer
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 am the Finance Manager at Wellstone Action, a national nonprofit that works with community leaders, organizers, and elected officials to transform the way we create change in the progressive movement. 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 Our Streets Minneapolis 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.