Leadership

BikeHouston Staff

Michael Payne Executive Director  email-icon2grey voicemail: 832-819-BIKE (2453)

mpayne-headshotMichael has served as Executive Director of BikeHouston since January 2014. He joins the organization with the goal of taking BikeHouston from being a volunteer organization with limited resources to a professionally staffed, self-sustaining bicycle advocacy organization. Before joining BikeHouston Michael spent 16 years working on sustainable development issues. This was primarily leading large scale wind energy development efforts in Europe, the US and Asia for large energy companies. During this time he gratefully spent 9 years living in the Netherlands, where he enjoyed life cycling under very civilized terms. His vision for Houston is also shaped by time living in Paris, London, Panama and Santiago, Chile, where he experienced Ciclovia in the late 90s. Michael holds has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. Prior to grad school Michael lived in Atlanta where he was on the board of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and built up a software service company. Michael also has a BA in International Studies from Emory University.

 

Mary Blitzer           Manager of Community and Government Relations email-icon2grey voicemail: 608-695-0915

Mary joined BikeHouston as the Manager of Community and Government Relations in November 2014. Her background is in planning, policy, and community outreach. Her goals in this position are to see the membership base increase and for BikeHouston to be a part of creating meaningful improvements for all Houston bicyclists. Prior to joining BikeHouston, Mary worked for the National Park Service managing an outdoor education partnership program that brought over 13,000 people into their urban national park annually. She has lived in South Florida, Madison and Minneapolis (the #1 U.S. city for cycling according to Bicycling Magazine) and she hopes to bring Houston’s cycling ranking way up.

Mary holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a BS in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin.  She also serves on an advisory board for the National Parks Conservation Association and volunteers at the Houston Arboretum.

She enjoys all types of cycling and currently is working on her mountain bike skills on the trails at Memorial Park.

Board of Directors

Regina Garcia Board Chair  email-icon2grey
Kathryn Baumeister  email-icon2grey
Neil Bremner  email-icon2grey
Nicole Caldwell  email-icon2grey
Geoff Carleton  email-icon2grey
Tom McCasland  email-icon2grey
Marissa Marquez email-icon2grey
Falon Mihalic email-icon2grey
James Neff  email-icon2grey
Aaron Regberg  email-icon2grey

Advisors

Jeff Bailey Joel Bloom John Blum Tom Compson Brian Crimmins David Dick Rodney Ellis, State Senator, District 13 Doug House Tom Gall Bryan Gillespie Ed Gonzalez, Houston City Council Member, Vice Mayor Pro-tem Chris Holmes Mark LeBlanc Chris Lockwood Dan Lundeen Jim Mackey Clark Martinson Dan Morgan John Preston Alison Reeves Margaret Shelton Gail Spann Paul SoRelle Ruth SoRelle Woody Speer Tecky Surawijaya Peter Wang Matt Wurth Fred Zaplac bold indicates past board member