Board Candidate: Nick Brown
I am a life-long cyclist who joined Cascade Bicycle Club to both participate in and support a club whose mission I really believe in. My own cycling spans racing, touring, and commuting and I realize the benefit of the Club’s hard work every time I saddle up. The Club’s comprehensive approach to pursuing its mission motivates me to volunteer to run for a seat on the Board of Directors.
I would bring a lot of energy to the board and to the Club’s programs. I want to get involved in the Club’s advocacy efforts. I live in Kirkland, and with the Club’s help, we were the first city to pass a Complete Streets ordinance. I want to work on identifying the next communities where the Complete Streets model will succeed as it’s a crucial step for making our commutes safer and riding more fun. I also want to build great partnerships with other cycling clubs so we can leverage the work they’re doing. Our advocacy efforts are effective, but we cannot be everywhere at once. We can accomplish a lot through mentoring and supporting the efforts of other groups.
The Club’s education programs are a tremendous asset, and I would like to find ways of expanding our catalogue of classes either through partnering with other organizations, or tapping into our tremendous volunteer network. Growing the membership is important, and we need to keep exploring new ways to attract and keep members. I’m well-connected with Seattle’s racing community, and I want to understand how we can bring more of these motivated, active cyclists into the Club to lead rides and volunteer at many of our events they already attend.
Professionally, I’m a business consultant with a background in change management, communication strategy, and operations. I bring a lot of practical experience in helping groups work smoothly together and creating work plans everyone can agree on. My past local clients include Cascade Bicycle Club supporters Microsoft and Starbucks. I have volunteered for the Club in the past, doing maintenance on the fleet of bikes we use for kids classes, and I am always excited by the passion of the people that make the Club work.
The Cascade Bicycle Club does so much good work on behalf of so many people that I would be honored if you would vote for me to serve on the Board of Directors. If having a well-run club that works hard to make cycling safe and accessible to more people is important to you, please vote for me.