|Barb Chamberlain [Executive Director]
Seattle Barb joined Washington Bikes as executive director after serving as an Idaho state legislator followed by 14-1/2 years at Washington State University Spokane, where she headed external relations and communications and spent most of her “spare” time volunteering on biking and active transportation policy and promotional efforts. She founded Spokane Bikes (formerly Bike to Work Spokane) in 2007 with the help of Washington Bikes and is thrilled to have come full circle to be working with Washington Bikes. Barb started her Bike Style blog [http://bikestylespokane.com/] to encourage more women to ride (no matter what they’re wearing) and founded WomenBikeBlogs.com, which may just be the most comprehensive list of women’s bike blogs available on the Web. She and her bike-racing husband Eric Abbott have four children from middle school to college age and go for long rides in search of good coffee.
|Elly Bangs [Operations Manager]
Seattle A life-long Puget Sounder, Elly manages all things administrative at Washington Bikes, as well as the King County Metro bicycle locker program, distribution of the Seattle Bicycle Guidemap, graphic design of The Advocate newsletter, and a myriad of other small but important needs. Before working at Washington Bikes she had just returned from a six-month solo bicycle journey which took her from Seattle to the Panama Canal — but she finds her daily cross-town commute to be more adventurous. While not working or riding, she is an aspiring fiction writer, web designer, and pie baker.
|Robin Armstrong [Administrative Coordinator]
Seattle A recent transplant from Iowa, Robin joined Washington Bikes in fall 2014 as the Administrative Coordinator. She helps coordinate the map and bike locker program and oversees retail efforts at our Pioneer Square store font. Before joining the team at WA Bikes she worked for nonprofits in Iowa and had the opportunity to be a part of a youth cycling program where kids from all backgrounds were given the chance to be a part of a competitive cycling team. She’s passionate about making cycling accessible to all kinds of riders and enjoys leisurely rides around town and along the Puget Sound. Favorite things include coffee, graphic novels, podcasts, cheese sampling, and hiking.
|Louise McGrody [Outreach and Communications Manager]
Seattle Louise has been at Washington Bikes since 1994 and is the institutional memory of the organization. Her community engagement work has mobilized citizens to take action in support of better bicycling and sparked the formation of several local groups, like Friends of Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle and Fish Lake Trail Action Group in Spokane. Passionate about the outdoors, Louise is happiest when exploring her world by bike, skis and hiking boots.
|Seth Schromen-Wawrin [Safe Routes to School Program Manager]
Seattle Seth joined Washington Bikes in early 2011 to coordinate our statewide Safe Routes to School trainings. He received a Master of Urban Planning and Management from Aalborg, Denmark before returning home to Washington to work on mobility and public space. Outside of the office you will find him playing in parks and tromping around in the woods.
|Blake Trask [Policy Director]
Seattle Blake directs policy programs, including lobbying in Olympia, collaborating with state agencies and stakeholder groups, and engaging with bicycle clubs and public health, environmental, community, and safety organizations across the state. His experience on environmental planning and policy, stakeholder involvement, and work with numerous local and state agencies provides Washington Bikes smart analysis and inclusive approaches to advancing policy priorities. Blake’s roots in Washington stretch back to a homestead in Cheney, a honeymoon at the 1909 Yukon-Pacific Exposition, farming on Maury Island, and logging across the outer coast. He’s passionate to help make the public’s right-of-way safer for Washingtonians and visitors statewide. When not at work, Blake enjoys time with his wife and daughters.
|Kate Johnston [School and Family Programs Coordinator]
Spokane Kate is a third-generation eastern-Washington cyclist who studied Urban Planning and earned her teaching certificate in secondary education from Eastern Washington University. Kate works with the Spokane Regional Health District and Spokane Public Schools to promote healthy and safe routes for children to get to school in communities around Spokane. She is also partnering with Spokane Public Schools to more directly promote policies and activities that support wellness at school, such as healthy eating and active living. With this additional approach, we will be able to impact policies and school culture around active transportation. This is an effort made possible with support from the Empire Health Foundation. In addition to spending time with her family, Kate enjoys the luxurious simplicity of living in a central location with both a bike lane and a bus-line right outside her front door.