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 spent most of her “spare” time volunteering on biking and active transportation. She founded Spokane Bikes (formerly Bike to Work Spokane) in 2007 with the help of Washington Bikes, chaired the Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board, and served on the Spokane Regional Transportation Council board. She and her bike-racing husband Eric Abbott have four children from high school to beyond college age and go for long rides in search of good coffee.
work me 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, artist, and pie baker.
louise_daffs Louise McGrody [Outreach and Membership 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.
rp_Blake_Trask.JPG Blake Trask [Statewide Policy Director]
Blake joined Washington Bikes in 2011, bringing his background in facilitation, knowledge of public policy, and experience as chair of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board and the Streets for All Seattle campaign. He and wife Courtney share the family “mini-van,” an Edgerunner that can carry their two daughters and a lot of groceries (with a little e-assist now and then).



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