BTA Hires Advocacy Campaign Manager

Dear Friends,

My name is Gerik Kransky and today I joined BTA staff as Advocacy Campaign Manager. I am thrilled to work to create more livable and healthy communities through cycling and I hope to meet many of you, BTA blog readers, in the coming days and weeks.

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As an advocate and organizer over the last ten years I have focused on winning environmental, public health, and livability campaigns in the legislature and at the ballot box. At 1000 Friends of Oregon I worked to keep urban sprawl out of our family farms and forests. At SOLV I engaged thousands of volunteers as they kept Oregon’s beaches clean.

As a volunteer and current Executive Committee member at the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club I have fought to keep large scale industrial polluters from dumping toxic chemicals into our rivers and to move Oregon beyond coal fired power. With The Bus Project, I am volunteering to help put together a fantastic conference for people-powered politics, Rebooting Democracy.

In my role at the BTA I will be working with many of you to promote bicycle planning, funding, and safety throughout the Portland Metro region. I am a life-long cyclist, first in the mountains and now as a daily commuter, but I have a lot to learn from you about the challenges we face and priorities we share.

For now I am focused on the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 and an important rally this Thursday. Going forward, please drop me a line at 503-226-0676 x11 or and let me know what’s important to you and how you think we can help.


Comments (5)

  1. Meeky Blizzard Permalink  | Feb 02, 2010 02:31pm

    Congratulations, Gerik! Your new position is a good fit all around. I’m delighted with your new career path and hope that means we’ll see more of each other!


  2. Rob Zako Permalink  | Feb 10, 2010 11:09am

    Yeah, ditto what Meeky said! (Hi, Meeky.)

    Warm regards,

  3. Kristin Dahl Permalink  | Feb 10, 2010 06:35pm

    Gerik, I don’t believe we’ve met yet – I look forward to working with you! It looks like we’ll get a chance to catch up at the National Bike Summit. Cheers! Kristin

  4. Ted Buehler Permalink  | Feb 12, 2010 03:52pm

    Welcome Gerik, it will be an exciting year of bicycle advocacy in Portland.

    And Kudo’s to to your predecessor, Michelle Poyourow, for four successful years of pushing for bicycle needs in Portland. She leaves big shoes to fill, but this is the time and place to fill them and lead Portland into its next round of “doing the impossible.”

    Ted Buehler

  5. Dianna Weston Permalink  | Mar 24, 2010 03:37pm

    I was wondering where you’d ended up and I congratulate you! Seems like a perfect fit.