Hometown: Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Current City: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Non profit executive leadership
Bicycle(s): Cannondale CAAD 5, Trek hybrid that has seen its last legs after being my Burning Man bicycle in 2013
How does cycling fit into your life? How would you explain your relationship with cycling?
Cycling is my #1 activity for fitness and spending time outside. I love spending weekends up in Marin on the bike with my cycling crew (a small group of lady friends who are equally committed to fitness and time on the bike). Otherwise I am a regular attendee of various spinning classes in both San Francisco and New York City (where I spend a good amount of time for business). Cycling provides a healthy, low impact way of keeping in shape; it also provides a unique way of experiencing the beautiful landscapes of the Bay Area.
Favorite places to ride and why.
Marin County because of its array of cycling terrain, road routes and paved pathways designed for the cycling community that you see on the road every day. I am beginning to explore the Woodside area since the roads and routes are beautiful there as well.
Favorite races to ride and why.
I plan to do a few triathlons this summer and fall around San Francisco.
Who do you admire in cycling?
The ladies of the Specialized lululemon team are a world class group of athletes as well individual role models and leaders. Having become acquainted with a few of them individually, as well as with their owner/manager Kristy, I am completely dazzled with admiration for these ladies!
What does the future hold for your cycling?
Hopefully continued fitness, enjoyment and speed! I want to ramp up my participation in organized races locally, and would also consider getting more involved on a global scale in cycling – perhaps volunteering with an organization like World Bicycle Relief.
What does advocacy mean to you? How do you share cycling?
Social media, word of mouth, writing and engagement within the donor community that I currently manage for Right To Play – we have several cycling enthusiasts in our community, so it’s an easy topic to trigger and discuss with others in my work world.
Design or artistic influences. Who compels you?
Bill McDonough, co-author of the famous Cradle to Cradle and the more recent Upcycle, two books focused on the benefits of shifting supply and production cycles of everyday products to improve their design and sustenance while alleviating excess pressure on natural resources.
Additional design/artistic influences include the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera; Mexican painter Frida Kahlo; retail company and sustainable business leader Patagonia and its founder Yvon Chouinard; photographers Ansel Adams, Jason Houston, Andy Goldsworthy, and pretty much anyone else involved with the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP); filmmakers Ben Knight (DamNation), T.C. Johnstone (Rising from Ashes, the story about the Rwandan pro cycling team); and Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel). Silk textiles from Cambodia, jade jewelry, freshwater pearls.
Last book read:
Upcycle, by Bill McDonough and William Braungart
Soundtrack to your next ride:
Imagine Dragons, The Strokes, Asaf Avidan, Xavier Rudd, Katy Perry, Shakira, Black Keys
Must have media (TV, film, etc.):
All seasons of The West Wing; the film list from the last few years of Mountainfilm’s annual outdoor and activist festival; landscape and portraiture photography; my travel photos from past trips over recent years.
Three things you think folks should know about you:
Most liked Velocio piece so far:
Wool Long Sleeve
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