Photo by Brian Addison.
The search for the next leader of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) is officially over—and we’re happy to report that it is not an older white male attempting to imperialize all things two-wheeled.
After a vote last night amongst its Board of Directors, the new executive director of the LACBC will be advocate Tamika Butler.
“As a part of the Executive Director Search Committee, I have to say the recruitment process was lengthy but thorough, and yielded the LACBC a great Executive Director,” said Long Beach local and LACBC Boardmember Caryn Howard. “Tamika is a great fit, and I look forward to working with her as she leads the organization to continued growth and success.”
Noting her impressive resume—a wealth of advocacy experience—Butler intends on prioritizing communities in the oft-ignored southeast portion of the county. Given her work in social justice by way of the organization Young Invincibles, her intentions are not only welcomed but needed, a sentiment also echoed by another Long Beach local and LACBC Boardmember, April Economides.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Economides said. “On top of bringing exceptionally meaningful and well-rounded experience, it’s ideal she comes from outside the bike advocacy world, because bicycling is too often seen as a cult instead of a healthy, affordable transportation option for a variety of people. Tamika also brings much-needed diversity in a number of respects and knows that diversifying the LACBC’s reach and membership is absolutely essential to the organization’s ability to serve the county well. On a personal note, having been an outspoken advocate on the board for increased diversity, this is a really nice way to end my two-year tenure.”
On a personal note, we’re thrilled to see where Ms. Butler takes the organization but we also have to ask: when is Long Beach going to get its own LACBC chapter?