Executive Director. Taylor Jones joined Bikes for the World in 2014 as Operations Manager and Business Development Officer. In February 2016 Taylor’s role expanded to encompass oversight and management of Bikes for the World’s international and domestic programs and partnerships. Taylor became Chief Operations Officer in September 2017 and Executive Director in January 2018.
Taylor came to Bikes for the World from previous positions with Alta Bicycle Share/Motivate International where he served as Operations Manager at CoGo Bike Share (Columbus, OH) and in several capacities at Capital Bikeshare (Washington, DC). With a long history of working in the bicycle industry, Taylor has also taken the lead in building new relationships regionally and nationally leading to the expanded collection of bicycles, spare parts and accessories, and cash donations. Outside of Bikes for the World, Taylor dedicates lots of sweat equity to promoting DCCX, the largest internationally-sanctioned cyclocross race in the Mid-Atlantic, volunteering with the regional USA Cycling local association (MABRA), racing cyclocross and mountain bikes with Crosshairs Cycling, and continuing the never-ending quest for the least stressful bike commute in the DC region.
Taylor has a B.S. in Political Science from Appalachian State University and an M.A. in International Affairs from American University.
Operations Manager, Jonathan Carney joined Bikes for the World in July 2018. Jonathan brings a wealth of local nonprofit, bike industry and event organization experience to Bikes for the World. He previously served as an arborist with Casey Trees working with a myriad of volunteer and student groups. He looks forward to using that volunteer experience at Bikes for the World both in the warehouse and in the community at collections. Most recently Jonathan worked as a senior mechanic at The Bike Rack where he ran the service department at the Brookland location in Washington, DC. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys going really fast on any type of bike--especially at cyclocross or mountain bike races--and can be found at most local races around the Mid-Atlantic throughout the year.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a B.S. in Environmental Science.
Outreach Coordinator, Yvette Hess joined Bikes for the World in March 2010 as part-time Office Manager and later joined us full time as the Outreach Coordinator. Before leaving a career in television she took a vacation to the Philippines where she visited our newest bike project created to keep students enrolled in school. After meeting our bike beneficiaries, visiting their schools, and riding with them through their communities, she came back energized to expand our program to affect more lives through bikes. She has also visited our programs in Costa Rica and Barbados.
Yvette believes in the power of volunteering and enjoys introducing what she hopes will become a lifelong activity to our youngest volunteers. She has volunteered herself at Children's National Medical Center, the Pan Mass Challenge in Provincetown, and cross country for the Race Across America. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Salisbury University. On Tuesday nights you might find her again behind a camera at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage where she's volunteered as a Kennedy Center Friend since 2016.
Executive Director Emeritus and board member, Keith Oberg has led Bikes for the World since its founding. Prior to that, he served as Vice-President and Washington DC Area Coordinator of Pedals for Progress, following a career in international development culminating in 13 years with the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), an independent U.S. Government agency providing grant support to private grassroots development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1999, Keith took a leave of absence from the IAF to work with Pedals for Progress and ultimately Bikes for the World, to put into practice some of the insights he gained as a funder, to test the potential of used American bicycles to serve as a catalyst and resource for domestic community volunteer work and community-led development overseas. Keith’s interests in cycling range from the local to the global. A long-time bicycle commuter dating to his early years in Washington DC as a non-car-owning graduate student, he is a former board member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and co-founder and past secretary and executive board member of Phoenix Bikes, a youth bike program in Arlington VA. Between 1986 and 1998, Keith served as a member (and chairman, 1992-97) of the board of directors of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, an advocate for environmentally and economically sustainable transportation policies worldwide. Keith holds an M.A. in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in Political Science and History from Middlebury College. He currently lives in Arlington VA with his wife, Jessica Mott; they have two grown children, Kathryn and Alexander.
Board Chair and board member, Karen Hendrixson joined the Bikes for the World board in April 2012. She is an independent international development consultant specializing in Africa and is the author, co-author, or editor of over 40 reports and publications on a variety of technical subjects. She has lived in Ghana and Liberia, and has worked or traveled in another eleven African countries. She served six years on the board of The Langley School in McLean VA, where she chaired the Governance Committee and served four years as Vice-Chair/Treasurer, and currently chairs the Social Action Committee and sits on the board of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church VA. Karen holds a PhD and MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, has studied international relations at the London School of Economics, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, graduate from Brandeis University. She lives in Arlington VA with her husband and has three grown children.
Board member, John Burg joined the Bikes for the World board in April 2012 and is an avid, life-long cyclist. Specializing in international development and public sector financial management in post-conflict and fragile states, he is currently a Policy, Planning, and Learning Fellow with USAID's Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs. Most recently Mr. Burg spent over five years in the Office of the Director of US Foreign Assistance in the State Department. Before that he spent over four years in the U.S Treasury's Office of Technical Assistance. Mr. Burg has worked in South Central Asia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. His background in the bicycle industry and cycling community is both local and international, non-profit and for-profit. Among other positions held, specific to bicycle-related work, he has been Program Officer for West Africa and Consultant for the Mobility Haiti Initiative with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy; Program Manager of Handlebar Helpers, a youth earn-a-bike program in Scottsdale AZ; and bike mechanic with seven bicycle retailers across Arizona, Vermont, DC, and Maryland. Mr. Burg also served the Obama Administration as a volunteer member of the White House's Design Toolkit working group. He has attended the Rhode Island School of Design's Institute for Design and Public Policy, the LUMA Institute's program for Human Centered Design for Strategic Innovation, holds a BA in Islamic Civilization from Arizona State University and an MA in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training. He lives with his wife Heather, in Takoma Park Maryland, with their two whippets Jasper and Pablo.
Board member, Hellen Gelband develops global health policy alongside researchers and policy makers from low- and middle-income countries, including those in which Bikes for the World's partners work. She is also a DC-area bicycle commuter. Currently with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy, Hellen has worked previously for Resources for the Future, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. She holds degrees from Pomona College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Hellen has been on the Bikes for the World Advisory committee since 2005 and a board member since Bikes for the World's incorporation in 2011.
Board Member, Peter Harrold joined the Board in early 2018, having been a supporter of Bikes for the World since discovering the organization when he wanted to find a good use for a surplus bike. He was an economist and later Country Director at the World Bank for many years, having lived and worked for them in China, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Eastern Europe. In these countries he saw the power of bikes to transform lives by enhancing access to markets and services. Like others, he was a bike commuter (when in Washington) and in semi-retirement he enjoys the increased time for biking, both in this area and in his beloved France. He is a part-time adjunct professor at GWU in International Development Studies, and devotes significant time to theatrical activities on and off stage.
Board member, Caroline is the import-export program manager for the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau where she works with importers, distributors, and customs brokers to ensure compliance with U.S. law. Previously, Caroline was a federal enforcement attorney for over a decade in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Enforcement. She has also served as general counsel to an environmental nonprofit, and worked as a litigation associate in private practice.
Board Member. Barry Holt joined the Bikes for the World board in April 2018, after volunteering at the warehouse, at collection sites and loading trailers for several years. He brings a wide range of technical, management and public policy leadership experience across private, public and nonprofit sectors, specializing in operational improvement, organizational maturity, good governance and ethical practices. He performed technology and economic policy analysis for the Congressional Budget Office and the Office of Technology Assessment; helped build Virginia’s university/industry innovation infrastructure while at the Center for Innovative Technology; managed large energy efficiency projects with Xenergy and Con Edison Solution; and played key leadership roles in NANA Development Corporation subsidiaries, with activities from remote Arctic Alaska villages to Puerto Rico. He has served on the Board of Temple Rodef Shalom since 1998 in roles of ranging from Committee Chair to President and Trustee, and on the Board of 1 st Stage Tysons since 2012. He earned a B.S and M.S in Physics from Tufts University and an M.S. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, where he loved to cycle in the Berkeley-Oakland hills.
Board member, Joe Leitmann has been a volunteer, financial supporter and bike donor with BFW for several years. Joining the Board in April 2018, he brings experience and skills in project and program development and management, resource mobilization, international development networks, urban transport, and corporate social responsibility. Joe is currently Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank, heading teams on Resilient Recovery and Urban Resilience at the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. Previously, he spent four years managing the $400 million Haiti Reconstruction Fund which supports post-earthquake recovery in partnership with the Government and the international community. Joe also developed and managed the $650 million Multi Donor Fund to help rebuild after the tsunami in Indonesia. Joe has over 30 years of development experience with the World Bank in disaster risk management, climate change, natural resource management, urban development, forestry, and clean energy. He has worked in over 40 countries and held long-term assignments in Turkey, Brazil, Indonesia, Haiti, and the South Pacific (the latter as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer). Joe holds a PhD in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley and a Master’s from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the author of a textbook on urban environmental management (SUSTAINING CITIES), co-author of the World Bank’s INVESTING IN URBAN RESILIENCE and numerous articles. And he enjoys biking to work as well as recreational rides with WABA and the Sierra Club.
Board member, Thomas McCarthy has been a Financial Advisor for over 26 years, is an Executive Financial Advisor with Raymond James Financial Services. Previously he was Associate Director of National Youth Work Alliance which established and assisted programs for at-risk youth across the country. His long-term and extensive volunteer work includes Board membership on several non-profit organizations. He is a founding member of the Coordinating Committee of the Cyprus Friendship Program and served in a similar capacity for the Children’s Friendship Project for Northern Ireland for over 15 years. He has been a collection manager for Bikes for the World (and before that Pedals for Progress) every year since 1995.
Board member, Rich Robinson began volunteering for Bikes for the World in 2007, shortly after retirement. Over the years he has helped load many containers for shipment overseas, supported numerous collections, and participated in an array of other activities in support of the organization. With his wife Sue, he led the organization's initial strategic planning effort in 2012 and subsequently joined the Board in 2013. An avid cyclist, Rich commuted to work year-round for more than 30 years. He and Sue also have extensive experience in long-distance bicycle touring throughout the United States, Europe and other places around the World. An attorney, Rich worked for the Department of Veterans' Affairs for his entire legal career, specializing in health law, and legislative affairs. He led the group of attorneys responsible for providing legal advice to the Department's extensive health care system. In retirement, Rich studied Spanish for several years, he ushers at four DC area theater companies, and he has undertaken an array of home construction projects, all in addition to his efforts for Bikes for the World. Rich and Sue have lived in Arlington, Virginia since 1977, have three adult daughters, and three grandchildren.
Treasurer and board member, George Tyler is a life-long biker and long-time supporter of Bikes for the World. An economist, George worked on Capitol Hill with Senators Hubert Humphrey and Lloyd Bentsen, and as Senior Economist on the Joint Economic Committee before being appointed by President Clinton as a Treasury deputy assistant secretary. George later served as Counselor at the World Bank where his international expertise supported export promotion. In 1999, George helped establish and later served as a member of the audit committee of the Geneva-based Drugs for Neglected Diseases, a non-governmental organization which develops medicines for diseases of the developing world. He has also been active in the private sector and is the author of What Went Wrong (2013) and Billionaire Democracy (2018), books examining why wages rise steadily in Europe but not in the US and how European nations prevent domination of politics by an American-style donor class.