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.


Summer14 100Mary 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.


Bruce_BikeHTX_bio_photo2 Willard Bruce Communications Manager  email-icon2grey voicemail: 518-256-6064

Will joined BikeHouston in October 2014 as the Communications Manager. His central idea is that design can be used to inform, educate, and unify people, which can then lead to the physical design of built bicycle infrastructure.

Will got into bicycling through freestyle BMX at a young age in a small town in Upstate New York. Now he lives a car-free and commutes via bicycle on a single speed. He ran his own business and contributed to the start-up of Cranx Bike Park in Syracuse, NY, while attending college. He lived in Barcelona, Spain for four months and studied the bike share and bicycle route network during his final collegiate year. After graduation, he interned at Pittsburgh City Planning, in the Bicycle Pedestrian Office. He contributed to the installation of Pittsburgh’s first protected bike lanes and attended the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference in September 2014, where he attended a NACTO Bikeway Training and Design Charrette.

Will has a combined 5 years in the bicycle industry, from working at Cranx Bike Park and Pro Bikes in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated with a 5-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the State University of NY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in May of 2014.

Board of Directors

Regina Garcia Board Chair email-icon2grey
Kathryn Baumeister  email-icon2grey
Neil Bremner  email-icon2grey
Tom McCasland  email-icon2grey
Marissa Marquez email-icon2grey
Falon Mihalic email-icon2grey
Aaron Regberg  email-icon2grey


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 Spear     Tecky Surawijaya     Peter Wang     Matt Wurth     Fred Zapalac 

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