Staff pic in front of the Capital Building on 2010 NYC-DC ride

Board of Directors

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Trina Peterson

Board President

Trina brings a multi-faceted background as an entrepreneur, non-profit board chair, venture capitalist, business strategy consultant, and wilderness skills educator to her work as Director of Development at 1% for the Planet. Her passion for the environment took root early and has led her to great work and play adventures throughout her life. Trina graduated from Princeton University and received an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School. She has served on the boards of the National Outdoor Leadership School, The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, The Watershed School, and the Women's Wilderness Institute. In the business arena, she has helped fund, found, and take public SweetWater, Inc., and has provided provided strategic counsel, market research, and business planning to a variety of clients. Trina is based with her family in the mountains west of Boulder, CO.

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Roger Schwed

Treasurer

Roger Schwed was born, raised and still lives in, New York City on the Upper West Side. He has a lifelong love affair with cycling and was a happy participant in both Climate Ride 2013 (California) and 2011 (NY-DC). He also biked cross-country during the Summer of 2012 with a friend he met on Climate Ride! When he is not biking, Roger is a corporate lawyer with his own practice, specializing in providing general counsel services to smaller companies without their own in-house attorneys. Previously, he served as the General Counsel of United Rentals, Inc., the largest equipment rental company in the world, and, before that, as the General Counsel of Maxcor Financial Group Inc. and its Euro Brokers affiliates, an international financial services business ultimately bought by Cantor Fitzgerald’s BGC Partners. Roger for many years also was M&A Counsel at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York and an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Roger graduated from Columbia University Law School in 1986, where he was an Editor of the Law Review and a Kent Scholar. He received his undergraduate degree in 1979 from Princeton University. He currently also serves on the Board of Trustees of the New York Foundation, a charitable institution that has been making grants in support of start-ups focused on community organizing and advocacy since 1909, where he is a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee. He is also Board Chair of I Challenge Myself, which since 2005 has been helping lower income high school students in the Bronx, Washington Heights and Harlem develop leadership and workplace skills, as well as confidence and self-esteem, through endurance cycling training and rides, including a Century Bike Ride. He is also a Board member of Bespoke Education, a New York-based tutoring and test preparation company. He has been married to Laura Dukess for 25 years, and has two sons, Ben and Stephen.

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Rosi Kerr

Rosi is the Director of Sustainability at Dartmouth College, where she works to transform the college into a sustainability leader of thought, education and action. Before Dartmouth, Rosi led the development and implementation of innovative sustainability programs at universities as the Director of Sustainability at GreenerU. At GreenerU, Rosi provided leadership and guidance for several universities, including serving as Director of Sustainability at Babson College. Her prior work includes serving as founding Executive Director of Gray is Green, a non-profit focused on engaging people over 65 in environmental sustainability, and as Energy Advisor at Juice Energy, Inc., a renewable energy supplier in NYC where she developed energy and carbon management strategies for businesses. Rosi helped build Juice from a small startup to a major player in the markets it served. Rosi was integral in developing marketing approaches, sustainability strategies and in managing high-level client relationships. Kerr earned her BS from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Rosi has led and participated in expeditions in the Canadian Arctic and Alaska. She is an avid rower, runner and cyclist. She rode the NYC-DC Climate Ride in 2008 and 2011. She serves on the Board of Vineyard Power and on the Sustainability Advisory Board for GreenerU. She lives in Nowich, VT with her dog Gus and a flock of chickens.

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Kim Larson

Kim's passions have ranged from sustainable agriculture to outdoor adventure for many years. In addition to being on the Rodale Institute’s Board of Directors since 2008, she has been a leader in bringing healthier food to America’s school children as a founding board member of the Coalition for Better School Food. As a Trustee of Neighbors Link, she worked to better integrate recent immigrants into the mainstream of the U.S. She serves as a Trustee on the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation board in NY, Urban Resource Systems in SF and is a Special Advisor to the national Children & Nature Network as well as the NY-based Thanks To Scandinavia Scholarship Fund. A graduate of UC Berkeley with Honors in Urban Studies focusing on urban agriculture, she holds a master’s degree from the Elliot School of Public and International Affairs at George Washington University in economic/agricultural development of developing nations and Science, Technology and Public Policy. Post graduate studies she was awarded a Fellowship from the InterAmerican Foundation to conduct field research on colonial agricultural legacies in the Caribbean region for 6 months. She was an organizer of an "appropriate energy" fair and conference in WDC showcasing alternative energy options for both rural and urban communities on the National Mall. A current project is producing a film on the power of music and music education to affect social change and the capacity of music to reconcile conflicting ideas. For FUN she has led many adventure trips, both hiking and biking all across New England, parts of Europe and co-led the first USA-Cuba bike trip. On her own time she's biked across various other single states including NYS, CA and Iowa (5x's) and in 2011 did the Big Ride across the USA. This past summer she and her son climbed up Mt. Kilimanjaro. She is committed to helping people live in ways that are in concert with nature, reduce our carbon footprint and offer meaning and purpose through sport and the great outdoors. Kim has four pretty-grown children and divides her time between NY and Washington DC where she lives with her husband. Kim participated in Climate Ride NYC-DC in 2011.

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Alexandra Alderman

Alex is an avid bike commuter and advocate and was an enthusiastic rider in Climate Ride’s first event, NYC-DC 2008. She is the Institutional Giving Manager at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, one of the highest performing public schools in Washington, DC. In this role, Alex develops strategies to engage, solicit, and steward corporate, foundation, and government funders with a commitment to close the achievement gap in our nation’s capital. Prior to this, Alex spent much of her career working in international development with a variety of organizations including the World Bank, Yale University's Innovations for Poverty Action, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Her international work included research and program evaluation of basic education programs in Africa and Latin America. Her interest in education began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Alex holds a Master in Public Administration/International Development from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Latin American Studies from Northwestern University.

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Josh Lasky

Josh Lasky is higher education program manager with the US Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools where he works with community colleges to establish pathways to green careers and supports on-campus sustainability initiatives. Most recently, Josh held a joint faculty-staff appointment at the University of the District of Columbia, where he launched and managed the university's sustainability initiative and taught an undergraduate urban sustainability seminar each semester. Previously, Josh served as a green building and sustainability strategy consultant with the Cadmus Group and worked in the DC Office of Planning, serving its first-ever neighborhood sustainability indicators project. Josh holds a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in public administration, both from The George Washington University (GWU), where he served as the first staff person in GWU’s newly formed Office of Sustainability. Josh has completed six Climate Rides, and in the summer of 2013, pedaled from Washington, DC to Seaside, OR on a 4,275-mile self-supported solo ride in support of Climate Ride's Founders' Circle Campaign. If he's not on his bike, Josh is probably trail running in Rock Creek Park, listening to live music in DC's U Street neighborhood, or sampling the District's local food scene.

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Evan O’Neil

Evan O'Neil is a program associate at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and editor of Policy Innovations magazine. Evan started with the Carnegie Council in 2003 and has worked on several different initiatives over the years. From 2004 to 2005, he assisted the Council's Empire and Democracy Project in its exploration of multilateralism, democracy promotion, and corporate social responsibility. He transitioned to Global Policy Innovations to help launch its program on positive alternatives for a fairer globalization. Evan has been a contributing author for GlobalPost, Gates Foundation, Wired magazine's Haiti Rewired project, OWNI, 1Sky, and No Impact Man. In his spare time he enjoys volunteering for New York organizations such as Transportation Alternatives, Housing Works Used Books Cafe, Community Environmental Center, and Bikes to Rwanda and writes occasionally on his blog The Crank Within. Evan graduated summa cum laude from Duquesne University with a B.A. in philosophy.

Brendan Gray

Brendan is a devout New Yorker, cyclist, and advocate for safer streets. When not pursuing those interests he runs Gray Matter Visual, a lighting and production design firm in NYC, serving the special event and entertainment markets.  With a 15+ year background that includes international concert touring, Broadway theatre, live television, and myriad unique projects, he loves a challenge and thrives under pressure. Brendan rode the NYC-DC Climate Ride in 2012, and found the positive energy and advocacy work of others to be infectious. Upon returning to NYC he found himself energized to step us his cycling and safer streets advocacy work, especially with Climate Ride beneficiary Transportation Alternatives. Brendan returned to the NYC-DC ride in 2013, and again in 2014. Brendan is a B.A graduate of the University of Virginia and lives in Brooklyn.

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John Grossman

John is Senior Vice President of Development Projects for Classic Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Grossman Company Properties, a diversified real estate development company based in Phoenix with offices in Santa Monica and Boise.  After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, John began his career at Work Force Housing Associates, a San Francisco based developer specializing in affordable-by-design residential in-fill projects throughout the Bay Area.  In 2005, John attended the University of New South Wales and received his masters in real estate development. While completing his studies, John began work with Greengate Property Group, a Sydney based developer specializing in Senior Accommodation.  Greengate provides development-consulting services to both for profit and not-for-profit senior living and care organizations throughout Australia.  In 2010, John returned to California to oversee development projects for Classic Hotels and Resorts, a hotel investment and management company that specializes in rehabilitation and redevelopment of legacy hotel projects throughout the western US.  In addition to traditional development methodology, John’s role includes oversight and management of sustainable development initiatives to reduce energy and natural resource usage across the company’s portfolio of properties. John has pedaled in Climate Ride California 2012, NYC-DC 2013, and Midwest 2014.

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Mark Wenzler

Mark is the Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs at National Parks Conservation Association, a not-for-profit organization working since 1919 to protect and enhance America’s National Park system for present and future generations. Mark manages multiple programs and campaigns within NPCA focused on enforcing and strengthening the laws and policies that protect and restore our national parks, their wildlife and other resources. Mark is responsible for coordinating and overseeing NPCA’s clean air, climate, water, energy, and landscape conservation programs. He is also part of NPCA’s executive management team.

Before coming to NPCA Mark directed the climate and energy programs at the National Environmental Trust (now the Pew Charitable Trust’s Environment Group).  Mark is a lawyer who began his career as a Deputy Attorney General prosecuting environmental cases for the New Jersey Division of Law, Environmental Practice Group, and later joined the Public Justice law firm to represent organizations and communities in environmental law enforcement cases. Mark earned his undergraduate degree from Providence College, masters in international relations/economics from the Maxwell School, and juris doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.

Mark lives in Washington DC with his spouse Dare and daughter Nina. Mark’s an avid cyclist, runner, backcountry skier, backpacker, and is now attempting to prove that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks by taking up surfing.

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Shamini Dhana

Shamini Dhana, Founder and CEO of Dhana Inc., brings to the eco-fashion world over 20 years of experience in international strategy, global operations, venture capital, business development, management and executive leadership. Shamini is a Climate Ride Ambassador, a competitive athlete, a global traveler, philanthropist, and Associate Producer of "The True Cost" documentary. She is a seasoned public speaker with 20 years experience speaking on behalf of banks, government, non-profits, consulting, academia and entrepreneurship. Shamini earned her undergraduate degree in Economics, Philosophy and Statistics from National University of Singapore and holds a master’s in International Affairs from California State University Sacramento. 

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Blake Holiday

Blake has been in love with the bicycle since he was a kid riding on his blue beach cruiser. Since then, he's pedaled all over the world as a bike tour leader. Blake has a strong affinity for the arts, entertainment, the environment, and building community. He has headed up many organizations the world over, with experience in corporate development, strategic marketing and event management. In 2005, he won First Night International's prestigious Prism Award for Creative Excellence for his vision and commitment. He holds a degree in Communications from Loyola Marymount University.

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Caeli Quinn

Caeli graduated from Northwestern University and then hit the road on two wheels. After running a backcountry refuge next to a glacier in Patagonia, her interest in languages and culture led to ten years traveling the globe, working for Backroads, the active travel company. After bicycling through China and Burma, Caeli resolved to address sustainability and environmental issues. Inspired to positively affect the issue and to help propel the US to a green economy, she co-founded Climate Ride. Caeli resides in Montana with her family, near Glacier National Park.