Devora Barrera, Director
Devora learned to ride a bike when she was 21 years old. Learning to ride a bike gave her a new life: she got rid of her car and became an urban cyclist in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she was born. During law school, she worked with an association formed by private and public university students to advocate for cyclists and sustainable transportation. She later worked with the municipality of Guadalajara to prioritize non-motorized mobility for the city.
In 2015 she did an 11-month bike trip from Mexico City to Argentina, and in 2017 she started playing bike polo, a mixed-gender sport with a strong presence of WTF-NB* people. New to Anchorage, she is excited to work hard to make Anchorage a safe and bikeable city. She believes this will improve Anchorage residents’ lives and wellbeing.
*Women, Trans, Femme, Non-Binary
Board of Directors
The Bike Anchorage board is made up of community leaders working to ensure Anchorage roads are safe and convenient for all users.
Chelsea Ward-Waller, President
Chelsea moved to Anchorage in the summer of 2013 after living in the bike-friendly communities of Missoula, Montana and Middlebury, Vermont. In 2012 she experienced the best and the worst of bike-ability in the United States when she biked across the country as part of the Ride America for Safe Routes team. During the ride, the team simultaneously promoted and advocated for more people-friendly roads.
Chelsea works at Denali Daniels and Associates, Inc., a small consulting firm, and she rides year-round as a bike commuter, for fun, and for exercise. Chelsea believes strongly that improving bike safety in Anchorage will have a positive effect on the entire community.
Steve Schell, Vice President
Adam Baldwin, Treasurer
Adam began his biking days in Salt Lake City when he was 6 on a yellow Huffy BMX his mom bought him from Grand Central. He's been riding and crashing bikes ever since in the communities he has called home from Redmond WA, to Skagway AK and Chicago IL.
In 2008, Adam moved to Anchorage and began his museum career. In the 10 years at the Anchorage Museum, he has worked as Visitor Services Manager, Enterprise Director and now as the Director of Community Partnerships and Outreach. His involvement with Bike Anchorage began 5 years ago organizing a museum team for Bike to Work Day and then organizing Bike Tours as a museum program during the summers.
Adam only bikes in warmer months (he prefers skate skiing to winter bikes) and is an ardent convert to bike clips. He joined our Board in March of 2018.
Olivia believes in the simple joy that comes from hopping on a bike. She enjoys biking as both a mode of transportation and as a sport, and she especially enjoys long road rides. Olivia is interested in sustainable urban development, pedestrian and cyclist improvements, and generally, in removing the stigma of needing spandex to be able to bike -- she is inspired to be a part of the conversation that makes biking an easier way to get around Anchorage with its Alaskan community that's already in touch with nature and being outside. Olivia's experiences bike commuting in the Lower 48 inform her thoughts about biking in Anchorage.
Anna was born in Budapest, Hungary. Thanks to her parents' active lifestyle, she and her sisters learned to bike at a very early age and did bike tours across Europe every summer and day trips at home to the fried fish street vendor just outside the capital. After a couple of years of necessary rebellion against biking in a headwind in the "mountains" of northern Hungary, she finally realized at the age of 14 that biking is her second favorite activity after skiing.
Growing up in Budapest in the 90s and 2000s, she saw the early days of bicycle advocacy and then later the city's efforts to create inclusive streets that serve the needs of cyclists as well as drivers and pedestrians. Though Budapest is much bigger than Anchorage, there are definitely ideas from her hometown that Anna hopes to bring to the table of Bike Anchorage, in addition to using her education as a public administration student to help create a biker-friendly Anchorage.
Suzanna first learned to ride bikes on the dirt roads of Knik, Alaska and has never looked back. She’s been an Anchorage resident for over a decade and has always had a bike close by -- whether bike commuting, riding with friends, participating very non-competitively in road races or seeing the most beautiful parts of the city on mountain bike trails.
Suzanna sees bikes as a tool for empowerment, both for individuals and the community. As a result, she is passionate about making sure biking is accessible to everyone.
When she’s not on her bike, she’s probably out running with her dog, Rosie, reading, or cooking something delicious.