Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

WABA’s Board of Directors adopted this statement at its March 19, 2018 meeting.

Mission

WABA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation options for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, pedestrians, and motorists about safe bicycling and all of our rights to be and feel safe on our streets, paths, and other infrastructure.

WABA believes that biking benefits all communities and envisions a region in which biking and bike advocacy are equally accessible to residents and visitors regardless of identity (e.g., racial/ethnic/cultural/religious groups, age, ability, language, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, familiar/parental status  and gender identity), geographic location, or approach to biking.

Vision

WABA envisions a region in which biking is joyful, safe, popular, and liberating for everyone. Our vibrant bicycle community mirrors the incredible diversity of the region and is supported by the necessary infrastructure, laws, activities, and investments to get around safely and conveniently by bike at all times.

Historical Inequality

WABA recognizes long-standing and current societal inequities that have their roots in generations of unjust structural barriers, policies, practices, attitudes, language and cultural messages have disproportionately impacted many minority groups.

Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

WABA believes we must be intentional and transparent in our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity in order to achieve our ultimate objective—equal access to safe and fun bicycling throughout the region.

To more fully accomplish our mission and live our values, we strive to make our commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity evident in our organizational structure and policies; advocacy, programs, and outreach activities; and in the composition of our board of directors, staff, donors, and membership. WABA is committed to building an environment where all people feel welcomed, seen, heard and treated fairly, and we, as staff and board of WABA, commit to the following values and principles to guide our work in bike advocacy, transportation planning, education, and outreach:

  • Institutional equity matters—WABA strives for diverse and inclusive internal practices to increase our institutional awareness and better advocate for the full spectrum of needs present in our vibrant bike community;
  • Barriers to safe and joyful biking are best removed through partnerships and strong collaborative relationships—WABA connects existing communities to a diverse and supportive network of people who bike, teach, advocate, and lead in the region’s bike movement to provide resources, information, and inspiration for locally led change; and
  • Intentional and transparent actions and targeted investments—whose contributions to equity, inclusion and diversity can be measured—are essential to continuous improvement and meaningful progress.

Accountability

WABA will develop and maintain an action plan with clear accountability and metrics, including prioritizing budget allocations and staffing, which will result in measurable results on a yearly basis towards achieving our goals. In order to hold the Executive Director and the staff accountable for making measurable progress in meeting these goals on diversity, inclusion and equity, the Executive Director will annually present an update on the action plan to the board, identifying successes, barriers and recommended next steps.

2018 Annual Meeting and Officer Elections

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association Board of Directors held its 2018 Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 8th at the Josephine Butler Parks Center in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC. Executive Director Greg Billing and Board President Paul d’Eustachio presented the state of the organization and answered questions from members in attendance. Members voted in a slate of six new and returning Board Directors to serve the organization for the 2018-2020 term. The following individuals were voted in by the membership as Directors:

Peter Gray, returning
Paul d’Eustachio, returning
Matt Liddle, returning
Elizabeth Lyttleton, returning
Martin Moulton, returning
Randall Myers, returning
Jim Titus, returning
Chioma Ohalete, new*

*Technical note, Chioma Ohalete was elected to complete the second year of an open two-year term. In 2019, Chioma will be recommended to serve a full two-year term.

A special welcome to our newest Director Dr. Chioma Ohalete, DO. Chioma got involved with WABA through our adult education program in which she is an active instructor.  During the day, Chioma is Family Medicine Physician at the Walker-Jones Health Center.  A full bio for Chioma and all Board Directors can be found on the WABA website here.

In accordance with the WABA  Bylaws, the Board held its officers election on Monday. March 19, 2018. By a unanimous vote, the Board elected the following officers for the 2018-2019 term:

Joanne Neukirchen, President
Martin Moulton, Vice President
Paul d’Eustachio, Treasurer
Jessica Hough, Secretary

The WABA Board of Director is comprised of 13 Directors who serve two-year terms with half of the board elected annually. Elections are held at the Annual Meeting scheduled in the first quarter of a new year.

Serve WABA on the Board of Directors

The WABA Board in 2016

WABA’s Board of Directors is looking for people with a passion to help make the Washington area a safer and more welcoming environment for people using bikes. To this end, the WABA Board Nominating Committee is searching for director candidates with strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans.

WABA continues to enjoy a growing base of loyal members and a diversifying funding base. As we did last year, we have a particular interest in candidates who can help us further expand our partnerships with a broader pool of private organizations and individuals who share and will support WABA’s goal of making the Washington area the most bicycle friendly in the world. The ability to connect WABA to the broader Washington area network of donors with missions that overlap with WABA’s is a plus. We are also looking for a candidate who can help us ensure that our financial monitoring and oversight mechanisms are robust and efficient.

WABA continues to look for board members and partners who can help us ensure that our mission and programming serves the needs of bicyclists in low-income, underserved or local immigrant communities.  The WABA board’s commitment to diversity is real, and weight will be given to candidates that broaden the board’s views and experience.

WABA board members are volunteers who serve two year terms and are expected to participate in regularly scheduled board meetings (6-7 per year), serve on board committees as needed, provide counsel to WABA staff in their areas of expertise, and make WABA a significant part of their individual philanthropy.

WABA’s board also has a number of committees focused on areas that include advocacy, administration and finance, development, programming, and membership. Board membership is not required for membership on these committees, and some candidates may find service on these committees may be better suited to their time and interests. If you think that you might be interested in appointed (i.e., non-board member) service on these committees, please email mark@waba.org.

Candidates who are interested in exploring whether their skills and interests align with WABA’s are invited to make an initial expression of interest in board membership by filling out the form here.  If you have previously filled out an expression of interest, and remain interested, please email me at mark@waba.org.  While the search for director candidates is an ongoing one, the board expects to present a slate of candidates at the February 28th annual members’ meeting.

Mark Blacknell is the President of the WABA Board of Directors.

Join the WABA Board of Directors!

As part of its commitment to ensuring that WABA is able carry out its new 2020 Strategic Plan, WABA’s board of directors is once again looking for people with a passion to help make the Washington area a safer and more welcoming environment for people using bikes. To this end, WABA’s Board Nominating Committee is searching for director candidates with strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans.

WABA continues to enjoy a growing base of loyal members and a diversifying funding base. Still, we have a particular interest in candidates who can help us further expand our partnerships with a broader pool of private organizations and individuals who share and will support WABA’s goal of making the Washington area the most bicycle friendly in the world. Direct experience with membership development, institutional giving, and major gifts a plus.

We are also looking for a candidate to assist our existing Treasurer in ensuring that our financial monitoring and oversight mechanisms are robust and efficient.

WABA continues to look for board members and partners who can help us ensure that our mission and programming serves the needs of bicyclists in low-income, underserved or local immigrant communities.

WABA board members are volunteers who serve two year terms and are expected to participate in regularly scheduled board meetings (6-7 per year), serve on board committees as needed, provide counsel to WABA staff in their areas of expertise, and make WABA a significant part of their individual philanthropy.

WABA’s board also has a number of committees focused on areas such as advocacy, administration/finance, development, programming, and membership. Board membership is not required for membership on these committees, and some candidates may find service on these committees may be better suited to their time and interests. If you think that you might be interested in appointed (i.e., non-board member) service on these committees, please email mark@waba.org.

Candidates who are interested in exploring whether their skills and interests align with WABA’s are invited to make an initial expression of interest in board membership by filling out the form here.  If you have previously filled out an expression of interest, and remain interested, please email me at mark@waba.org.  While the search for director candidates is an ongoing one, the board expects to present a slate of candidates at the February 25 annual meeting.

Mark Blacknell is the President of the WABA Board of Directors.

WABA Seeks Board Member Nominations

WABA is always looking for people with a passion to help make the Washington area a safer and more welcoming environment for people using bikes.  To this end, WABA’s Board Nominating Committee is now searching for director candidates with strong leadership skills and experience in helping non-profit organizations execute strategy and development plans.

WABA enjoys a solid foundation of loyal members and a dedicated funding base.  However, we have a particular interest in candidates who can help us further expand our partnerships with a broader pool of private organizations and individuals who share and will support WABA’s goal of making the Washington area the most bicycle friendly in the world. Direct experience with membership development, institutional giving, and major gifts a plus.

WABA board members are volunteers who serve two year terms and are expected to participate in regularly scheduled board meetings, provide counsel to WABA staff in their areas of expertise, and make WABA a significant part of their individual philanthropy.

Candidates who are interested in exploring whether their skills and interests align with WABA’s are invited to make an initial expression of interest by filling out the form here.  If you have previously filled out an expression of interest, and remain interested, please email me at mark@waba.org.  While the search for director candidates is an ongoing one, the board expects to present a slate of candidates at the February 20 annual meeting.