Keith Oberg Retires

Bikes for the World Announces Retirement of Founder Keith Oberg

January 15, 2018

Keith SaisRockville MD –Bikes for the World, the nation’s largest bicycle reuse charity, today announced the retirement of founder and Executive Director Keith Oberg. Last summer, Mr. Oberg advised the Board of Directors, that after 13 years leading the organization, it has a strong team in place, a stable home, and he is confident that it can successfully continue to grow and advance the mission to change lives around the globe, one bike at a time. He further stated that, "with my wife Jessica’s retirement, the timing is opportune, and together we look forward to engaging in new opportunities, both civic and recreational. I have been privileged over two decades to have worked with hundreds of volunteers and institutional partners to establish, define, and build Bikes for the World. I am extraordinarily proud of what we have accomplished together."

Board Chairman Karen Hendrixson commented,"the Board is grateful to Keith for his leadership in founding and building Bikes for the World into the strong and vibrant organization it is today. We look forward to his continued service on a part-time basis for a transition period and as a Member of the Board of Directors." She also announced that the Board has appointed Taylor Jones as the new Executive Director. Jones has been serving as the Chief Operating Officer since September of last year. Previously, Jones had managed in the bike industry and served as Bikes for the World’s Operations Program Manager. In conclusion, Hendrixson said,"the Board looks forward to continuing the outstanding progress of the past year, which saw the non-profit take on a first-time commercial warehouse lease, mobilize a record number of donors, volunteers, and set a new annual bike donation mark. The Board and I have no doubt about the strength of Bikes for the World’s business model, social impact, and financial base, and that we will carry this momentum forward under Mr. Jones'leadership."

A celebration of Mr. Oberg’s tenure will take place at the Bikes for the World warehouse-office on Saturday, March 3.

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