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!
Amy Brugh, Interim Executive Director
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Amy joined the Our Streets Minneapolis staff as interim executive director in August of 2018. She's not new to the organization as a former board member and volunteer and one of the organization's biggest fans.
Amy is a nonprofit consultant, planner, and facilitator and is excited to bring some of her nonprofit nerdiness to Our Streets. She holds a Master's Degree in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and spent most of her professional career as a policy advocate. Amy lives in South Minneapolis with her family.
When not working at Our Streets, you'll find Amy walking to the library, riding a bike on empty side streets (best enjoyed in the dark!), or riding the 14, 46, and the Blue Line.
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 now makes most of her family's food from scratch and is working with others to eliminate pesticide use in our parks.
Nick Ray Olson, Event & Program Director
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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.
|Photo by Will Elsas|
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.
Photo by Rhea Pappas
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Ashley Starr, Northeast Work Group Lead
When I first moved to the Twin Cities from the countryside of Northern Minnesota, I used our transit system to get around. As I became more involved in activities and community groups, I grew to love the flexibility that cycling gave me. I used my bike to get to practice, meetings, museums, and other events. I currently live and work in NE Minneapolis and enjoy the walkability of my neighborhood and the number of families I see gathering at the park. When I am not traveling Minneapolis city streets, you can find me riding Minnesota off Road Cycling (MORC)'s dirt (or snow!) trails. My goal is to make our streets safer for all types of people to traverse, thus creating a more vibrant Minneapolis. I hope to meet more folks and her stories about Our Streets!
Sarah Tschida, Fundraising Committee Chair
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, Secretary
Maria Wardoku, President
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.