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Vanessa Marquez

Communications & Marketing Specialist

Vanessa loves pursuing creative ways of self-expression and finding ways to connect with joy and her inner child. In that search for childlike joy, Vanessa finally learned how to ride a bike in 2020, and she loves it!

 

As a communications and marketing strategist, her passion lies in merging movement, psychology, and the power of community to help people and companies leverage their authenticity by sharing powerful stories and living their values. She’s excited to bring her hospitality, event, and social media magic to Bike New York, and her motto is “Choose Happiness – It is never too late to try anything that brings a smile to our faces!”

 

I like working for Bike New York because:

I like to feel aligned with the places and teams I work with, and Bike New York’s mission puts a smile on my face and makes me feel like I am part of making the world better, greener, and bolder.
Ask me about:

Self-development, yoga, Harry Potter, and learning to ride a bike as an adult.

Dream vacation:

Germany, hands down! I’ve never been and would love to practice the two years of German I took in college. Also, Hawaii will always have a place in my heart, so going back wouldn’t hurt.
Favorite bike and post-ride treat:

I just got my first bike, a Jamis Citizen 2, and my favorite post-bike treat is on the other side of the Hudson in Jersey City: Cheese Coxinhas (Brazilian Croquettes) from Smorgasburg and Coffee from Clutch Moto.

Devon DeLucia

Director, Events

Devon joined Bike New York as the Director of Events in 2019, but her love of events goes way back to her college years when she was involved with UDance, a philanthropic dance marathon at the University of Delaware. Since then, Devon has been a leader in creating turnkey experiences for non-profits, big brands, and athletic organizations. Prior to her current role, Devon worked for an experiential sports marketing agency where she spearheaded large-scale events for partners such as American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, Ben & Jerry’s, and the U.S. Golf Association.

 

Hometown:

Long Island, NY

Favorite New York restaurant:

Taverna Kyclades in Astoria, Queens

I like working for Bike New York because:

Creating events that take thousands of people to new places on their bikes — like the FDR Drive and the Verrazzano Bridge!

Ask me about:

My family’s famous recipe for rice balls.

 

Chantal Hardy

Education Operations Manager

Chantal is a native New Yorker and a League Cycling Instructor with a passion for promoting the bicycle as a vehicle for independence and sustainability. She is committed to promoting equity, building community, and empowering individuals through her position as Education Operations Manager and her work with the Gear Femmes program.

 

After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in Environmental Studies, Chantal spent a number of years in Boston, where she earned her Master’s in Teaching in Art Education at Tufts University and fell in love with cycling. She began her work with Bike New York as a volunteer, and has since held several roles, from working with youth at Recycle-A-Bicycle to Volunteer and Event Production Manager.

 

Hometown:

New York, NY

Favorite New York restaurant:

Foxface in the East Village! It’s not so much a restaurant as a takeout window featuring creative, unusual, and delicious sandwiches.

I like working for Bike New York because:

I believe deeply in Bike New York’s mission of making biking accessible to all New Yorkers through education and advocacy. I’m especially committed to closing the “fender gap” in cycling through my work with Gear Femmes.  Biking is for everybody and every body!
Ask me about:
Artmaking, buttonquails, and what not to wear when biking in cold weather (hint: cotton is the enemy).

Favorite street to ride on:

I love biking around Randall’s Island. It’s such an oasis! In my more adrenaline-fueled moments I get a thrill riding down Broadway through Times Square, especially at night with all the marquees lit up.

 

Aldo Barahona

Associate Director, Events

Aldo’s history with Bike New Year goes back to 2016, when he first joined the team as a freelancer to help produce the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. He has over 10 years of experience as an event professional, with a passion for event production. As an event consultant, Aldo has helped produce events for nonprofits, live performances, award ceremonies, multi-day sales meetings, and more.

 

Hometown:

Bayside, NY

Favorite New York restaurant:

Peruvian cuisine is my favorite. It would have to be between Pio Pio and Jora restaurant in Long Island City.

I like working for Bike New York because:

I like being part of a company that promotes better quality of life through cycling and is helping the city transition to a more sustainable future through our educational programs and annual events.

Bike I wish for:

I’m happy with my Trek Emonda road bike. My favorite streets to ride on are Vernon Blvd and Kent Ave. I enjoy the route and the view of the NYC skyline.

 

Hank Baker

General Manager, Recycle-A-Bicycle

Born and raised in New York City, Hank’s primary mode of transportation around the city has been a bicycle since well before he could drive a car. He has worked in the bike industry and in bike share and fleet management on both the East and West Coast, and still manages to ride a bike every chance he gets, whether for fun or transportation.

 

Hometown:

New York City, NY

Favorite New York restaurant:

Papaya King

I like working for Bike New York because:

I love to promote cycling throughout NYC

Dream vacation:

Milford Track, New Zealand

Ask me about:

Proper bike fit

Last good book read:

Cooked by Michael Pollan

Something people are surprised to learn about me:

I’m left-handed, but can do most things right-handed

Bike I wish for:

My first touring bike. It was a custom build, and no bike since then has fit me better. Sadly it went to bike heaven after many thousands of miles.

Suzette Abreu

Customer Service Assistant

Suzette moved to New York from the Dominican Republic in the early 2000’s. Upon graduating from Prep for Prep’s leadership and educational program in 2012, she attended an independent boarding school in Massachusetts. Soon after she received her Bachelors of Science from Cornell University in 2020. 

 

She values biking as an accessible mode of transportation and wishes to continue supporting her community through her work at Bike New York.

Hometown:

Santiago, Dominican Republic

Favorite New York restaurant:

Gyu Kaku

Dream vacation destination:

Japan

Last good book read:

All About Love by Bell Hooks

Nicknames:

Suzy

Favorite post-ride treat:

Ice cream!

Alex Minier

Shop Manager, Recycle-A-Bicycle

Alex moved to New York for a Master’s in Music from NYU. While attending school, he began teaching with Bike New York as an after-school instructor. His journey with Bike New York has led him through the Education and Outreach programs all the way to Recycle-A-Bicycle. There, he enjoys teaching a more mechanically-inclined curriculum and bringing new life to old bikes, and still plays music from time to time.

 

Hometown:

Omaha, NE

I like working for Bike New York because:

I believe bike education and advocacy are an indispensable part of making our way to a greener, more sustainable future. That, and watching someone learn to ride a bike for the first time is an incredible joy.

Dream vacation destination:

New Zealand

Last good book read:

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
While I was on tour with a band in Germany I played on a record for the Yogi of Yogi Tea. It turns out he’s a real person and not a made-up corporate mascot, and he’s super nice.

Ask me about:

Blaseball. It’s bizarre. Everyone should get on board.

Favorite post-ride treat:

A burrito and a margarita

Shannon Jordy

Director, Communications & Marketing

Shannon is an urban planner and storyteller with a nearly 20-year career in strategic communications, government policy, learning and evaluation, and advocacy and a deep interest in transportation, housing, public space, sustainability, and issues of equity.

 

Before earning her master’s degree in urban planning, the core of Shannon’s professional experience was in content strategy and copywriting, with specialties in PR, digital marketing, branding, and messaging, particularly around complex urban issues. Prior to joining Bike New York, she worked for philanthropic collaborative Living Cities, overseeing its knowledge and impact efforts.

 

Hometown:

Houston, TX

Favorite New York restaurant:

Ras Plant Based in Crown Heights. Stellar vegan Ethiopian food with a great vibe in my neighborhood!

Why I like working for Bike New York:

Bike New York’s events are so joyful and inclusive; they’re a fantastic cross-section of the New York area. And as far as our bike education programming goes, I love that we’re providing adults and kids with the freedom and independence that comes with learning how to bike — confidently and safely.

Dream vacation destination:

Japan

Something people would be surprised to learn about me:

I’m very into science and space, I wanted to be an astrophysicist when I was a kid, and I went to Space Camp in junior high.

Ask me about:

Alfred Beach’s Pneumatic Railway, the first subway in New York City.

 

Rich Conroy

Director, Education

Rich has been the Director of Education since starting at Bike New York in 2004. He has a masters and doctorate from University of Notre Dame, and his bike industry experience includes working for Metro Bicycles and teaching middle school kids for Recycle-A-Bicycle. In addition to being a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), he’s an LCI coach for the League of American Bicyclists. He has a brilliant, wonderful teenage daughter and three cats who are nice, but not so brilliant.

 

Hometown:

Lincoln, Nebraska

I like working for Bike New York because:

The people here are really fun to work with, and we have great programs that make an immediate difference in peoples’ lives.

Nicknames:

Dr. Mosholu, Professor Hipwader

Ask me about:

American History, World War II, 20th Century global history

Personal motto:

Never send plastic to do a job that requires metal.

Something people are surprised to learn about me:

I was studying to be a Catholic priest at one time.

Favorite post-ride treat:

Any very cold beer.

 

Jamie De Four

Director, Human Resources

Jamie moved to Brooklyn from the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1990. In 2005, she graduated from Baruch College with a bachelor’s degree in Music Management. She also worked for an independent record label while earning her degree, in addition to a stint in publishing with Nielsen Company. She began her non-profit career at the Armory Foundation in 2005 and joined Bike New York in October 2010.

 

Hometown:
Brooklyn, but born in Trinidad and Tobago

Favorite New York restaurant:

I’m a foodie! I can’t just pick one. If I must choose, I will go with Sugarcane Restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Any dish that involves callaloo is amazing!

Nicknames:

Mimi, Jam, Jem Jem

Ask me about:

Caribbean culture, shoes (mostly heels), manicures, pedicures and food

Dream vacation destination:

Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
Something people are surprised to learn about me:
I’m obsessed with Lionel Richie; I saw him live for the first time this past June. I think I was the youngest person in the crowd.
If I could have any bike in the world, it’d be:
A Brompton Folding Bike. It can fit in my closet next to the shoes.

Jon Orcutt

Director, Advocacy

Jon Orcutt has 30 years of experience shaping sustainable transportation policies. Before joining Bike New York in 2019, he was the Communications and Advocacy Director at TransitCenter, a foundation setting a national agenda for rebuilding mass transit in American cities.

Jon was Director of Policy at the NYC Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2014. He oversaw development of a new strategic plan for NYCDOT and was a leader of the team that initiated major street design innovations on New York City streets. Jon managed creation of the Citi Bike bike share system and coordinated development of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero traffic safety policy.

Jon has also worked as a consultant to governments, organizations and companies on city transportation strategies, traffic safety, bike share systems, and bicycle transportation policies.  Earlier in his career, he served as Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

 

Hometown:
Initially Boulder, CO, but mainly Lexington, MA
Favorite New York restaurant and what to order:
Adelina’s in Greenpoint – go for any of the pasta mains and one of the red cask wines.
I like working for Bike New York because:
It makes eminent sense for someone who has made a career of making NYC bike-friendly.
Hobbies:
I’m not at all well-rounded! Bike racing. Though also hiking, canoeing, backcountry skiing far from cities.
Ask me about:
NYC politics, fixing bikes, riding bikes, transportation developments in other cities.
Personal motto:
Ask forgiveness, not permission.
Something people are surprised to learn about me:
I have no educational background in planning or transportation.

Favorite street to ride on in New York and why:
The Pulaski Bridge bike path, i.e. the first NYC bridge lane fully repurposed and protected from car traffic.

Ralph Jean

Director, Recycle-A-Bicycle and Membership Program

Ralph’s cycling journey began as a 10 year old in a cul-de-sac in the suburbs of Atlanta.  He attended high school in the Bronx and studied English at Syracuse University before coming to Bike New York as a Summer Camp Youth Instructor in 2015. Ralph’s favorite bike quote is: “Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Hometown:
Atlanta, Georgia

Favorite New York restaurant:
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana – original tomato pie with mozzarella

Hobbies:
Cycling, basketball, and video games

Nickname:
TJ

Personal motto:
“Repetitio est mater studiorum” (Repetition is the mother of learning)

Dream vacation destination:
Bora Bora
Favorite post-ride treat:
Anything chocolate

Anne Shaw

Associate Director, Customer Service

Hometown:
Ottawa, Canada

I like working for Bike New York because:
I love the idea of teaching people how to ride (biking is one of the best feelings in the world, and for a kid it’s like having wings and wheels, all at the same time). Plus, I love the energy of the Tour; it’s better than espresso.

Hobbies:
Reading, cooking, gardening, finding new places to get lost and then back again.

Personal motto:
If you must hurt someone else in order to win, you have won nothing.

Last good book read:
The Martian.

Something people are surprised to learn about me:
I have synesthesia (I can see and feel music, hear flavors, etc.).

Favorite street to ride on in New York and why:
Shore Parkway Greenway Trail (not really a street), because it goes almost all the way to Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island