Board Candidate: Jon Gould
I am a passionate bicyclist and, if elected to the Cascade Bicycle Club Board of Directors, I would bring that passion and respect for all riders to my service on the board.
From my first paid job as a paper boy to my current commute, bicycling has had a special place in my life. I enjoy recreational rides with friends, touring, and the serenity of an early morning commute. Riding brings me joy, exploration, and connections to people and places. I am most passionate about the integration of bicycling into daily life. I value how bicycling improves our community, from increasing use of public spaces, to the many recreational, health, and environmental benefits.
I am inspired to serve because I value the Club’s commitment to improving the community through cyclingmore people riding, more safely, and more often are goals I look forward to furthering. Cycling needs to be a safe recreational activity for all riders. I am committed to helping advance the social change that is in progress, and badly needed, so that bicycling is a mainstream transportation option, with the necessary resources and public support.
My lobbying, advocacy, and organizational development skills will be assets to the Club. In my 14 years at the Children’s Alliance, I have led successful policy change campaigns that have improved the lives of children. I know how public policy gets formed and changed. I bring strong relationships with elected officials, community leaders, and existing and potential allies to the mission of the Clubincluding youth organizations as well as racially and economically diverse communities.
The board can best contribute to the success of the organization by representing the Club’s membership, providing strategic direction, and strong oversight and support to the Executive Director. I enjoy working with others and would bring a commitment to the issues, active listening, non-profit board experience, and reliability.
When Chuck Ayers asked me to run for the board, I began a series of conversations with staff and members to ensure that the Club and me are a good fit. Over the past few months, I have become increasingly excited about contributing to the Club’s mission by serving on the board.
I would be grateful for your vote.
Please feel free to contact me at 206.683.2674 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to chat about my candidacy.
See http://childrensalliance.org/about-us/staff/jon-gould for a more detailed biography.