Board Candidate: Candy Castellanos
Cycling, whether for transportation, recreation or sport is one of the most visceral and tactile ways to experience the crossroads of the urban and natural environments. The role that cycling can play in improving the health, sustainability, accessibility and vitality of a community is unmatched by any other modality: cycling brings a community together.
The vision and mission of the Cascade Bicycle Club is, at heart, an exercise in community building. I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve the club as an experienced and passionate advocate.
I am a cycling enthusiast and a long-time environmental policy advocate in the Washington community. As a volunteer I have served on boards for the past thirteen years: ten years for the Snohomish chapter of the Washington Conservation Voters board (five as chair), three years on the WCV state board as part of the executive cabinet, and the past two years as a Snohomish Trustee for the Cascade Land Conservancy.
As a professional, I have spent the last 14 years as a project and program manager for many local non-profit organizations, including the National Audubon Society, the NW Burn Foundation and the Little Red School House. I have also contracted as a consultant, development specialist, event planner and strategic planning facilitator.
In 2009 I joined the CleanScapes’ team as a Waste Diversion Project Manager, and focus my work on teaching sustainability and zero waste strategies to neighborhood, commercial and school communities. Internally, I serve as the Sustainability Committee Chair and have partnered with the HR staff to promote trip reduction and bicycle commuting.
I have a particular interest in safe bicycle commuting, but have experience and interest in many issues including outreach, education, public speaking, events, fundraising, collateral development, business writing and community relations.
It would be an honor to serve as a board member for the Cascade Bicycle Club.