Members: Meet your Cascade Board of Directors candidates

At Cascade, we have a tremendous opportunity to encourage people to bicycle, reduce the size of our collective carbon footprint and improve the health and well-being of our families, friends and neighbors — in short, to create communities that bicycle.

If Cascade is to continue being a leader in this transformation, the club needs strong leaders — leaders with vision and drive — to serve on its board. Our Board of Directors is expanding from 12 to 14 members, and over the last several months, the club’s Nominations Committee, chaired by board Vice President Don Volta, has been busy searching for such leaders.

The committee was delighted to present a four-member slate of candidates to the club’s Board of Directors and to have the full slate approved. These four candidates will be running for two open board positions. If elected, the new board members will serve a three-year term.

The Board of Directors represents the voice of the members and is responsible to the membership. Its role is to ensure that Club resources are being used to the greatest benefit for all members as well as the larger cycling community.

The four candidates are: Click on the candidate’s name to read their full candidate statement. Maggie Anderson

"I truly believe that we can create a better community through bicycling and have seen that happen through Cascade’s youth programs and education work. I bring a fresh perspective, passion for community engagement, steadfast skills in campaign management, and a wide-angle lens on issues communities face when it comes to access to safe environments for cycling.  I would be excited to work alongside the board and staff to continue to build club membership and expand reach to new communities and demographics."

  Brent Hadley 

"I am excited and humbled to offer my time and energy to support the members of CBC and to provide a voice of the riding members on the board."  If elected, Hadley is committed to continuing the growth of the club’s influence and activities to enhance cycling in the broader Puget Sound Region, improve cycling safety, increase support for our riding programs and ride leaders, enhance communication with our members, grow and strengthen interaction with other bicycle clubs, and provide opportunities to educate the broad public.  

Steinar Hjelle

"I would like to serve on the Cascade Bicycle Club board of directors to help promote biking advocacy, influence decision makers to help make Seattle a more bike-friendly city, and move the club forward in its mission to create a better community through bicycling. My skills and experience in strategic planning, budgeting, organizational advocacy and new member recruiting would make me an effective Cascade Bicycle Club board member. With more than 15 years of serving in executive leadership positions in Fortune 100 companies, I will be an effective and active board member and I would help ensure that we stay true to our mission."  

Joe Platzner

"Like many people, I owe Cascade Bicycle Club.  They helped re-kindle my passion for cycling, and they work to make cycling safer and more enjoyable for everyone.  I want cycling to be a mainstream activity for many.  I want to see it funded as an essential mode of transportation... I'd like to see Washington State as a model for a bicycle-friendly place to live.  Cascade is an influential organization, and I'd like to help leverage this influence... I have some relevant skills, and I have the time to commit to put in the effort required to make a difference.  I can bring my leadership experience in strategic planning, network planning, marketing, and program management to the table... I'd like to give back a little since I owe them for getting me back on the bike. "  

You’ll have an opportunity to meet the candidates in person at the upcoming Board Candidate Forum or the Annual Membership Meeting.   - The Board Candidate Forum will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Magnuson Park Building 30, 6310 NE 74th St. - Our Annual Membership Meeting will follow on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle.   Meet the candidates online If you are unable to make the in-person candidate meetings, you can still meet the candidates on the Cascade forums. Reading the forums is open to anyone, but if you want to post, you must first join the forums.