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

Board of Directors

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Alex Alderman

Alex is an avid bike commuter and advocate and has participated in two Climate Rides. In her current role as Director at Elevate, Alex develops effective grant strategies for local and national non-profits with a focus on the education sector. Prior to Elevate, Alex served as the Director of Development for E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, one of the highest performing public schools in Washington, DC. Before transitioning to fundraising, 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.

Alex participated in Climate Ride NYC-DC 2008 (the first event!) and Climate Ride California 2015.

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Shamini Dhana

Shamini Dhana is Founder and CEO of Dhana Inc., 2008, an award winning ethical and sustainable fashion brand connecting our youth to people and planet through the medium of fashion. Shamini has over 20 years of experience in international strategy, global operations, venture capital, business development, management and executive leadership. Shamini is a competitive athlete, a global traveler, philanthropist, and Associate Producer of "The True Cost" documentary, board member of the Ethical Fashion Forum and advisor to the global professional women’s network Ellevate. 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 the National University of Singapore and holds a master’s in International Affairs from California State University Sacramento. 

Shamini has participated in Climate Rides in 2012, 2014, and 2015 as well as an Independent Challenge in 2016.

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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 20+ year background that includes 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 2014 and then joined the inaugural Glacier Ride in 2015.  Brendan is a B.A graduate of the University of Virginia and lives in Brooklyn.

 

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John Grossman

John Grossman is President of Grossman Company Properties / Classic Hotels and Resorts, 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, Midwest 2014 and Glacier Ride 2015.

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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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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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Josh Lasky

Josh Lasky currently leads the sustainable communities practice at LINK Strategic Partners, a strategic communications and stakeholder engagement firm located in Washington, DC. Prior to joining LINK, Josh served in various roles to build strategic partnerships for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), most recently managing USGBC's sponsorship team and leading corporate engagement for the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. Josh previously served as Assistant Director for Sustainability Education in the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). As a joint staff-faculty appointment, Josh worked to create the university-wide sustainability initiative and served as UDC’s first instructor of Urban Sustainability. While a Presidential Administrative Fellow at The George Washington University (GW), Josh worked to launch the university’s Office of Sustainability, serving as its first staff member.

Josh earned his master’s in public administration with an individualized concentration in urban sustainability from GW, where he also graduated magna cum laude from the university honors program with a bachelor’s degree in political science and geography. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. Josh has completed six Climate Rides and two Independent Challenges, including a 100-mile ultramarathon and a self-supported ride from Washington, DC to Portland, OR, in support of the Founders' Circle Campaign. In addition to Climate Ride, Josh serves on the board of directors of the Greater Washington Urban League. He resides in the Kingman Park neighborhood of the District of Columbia. 

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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.

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Trina Peterson

Board President

Trina has a multi-faceted background as an environmental philanthropy and business strategy consultant, entrepreneur, non-profit board chair, venture capitalist and wilderness skills educator. 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., has served as Director of Development for 1% for the Planet, and has provided philanthropic and strategic counsel, market research, and business planning to a variety of clients. Trina's go-to ride starts at her mailbox on the Peak to Peak Highway and climbs 1,500 feet to Brainard Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness of Boulder County, CO.

Trina has participated in Climate Ride California 2013, California 2015, Northeast 2015, and Pacific Northwest 2016.

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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.

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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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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.

Mark participated in Climate Ride NYC-DC 2013 and Death Valley 2016.