Board of Directors

Nevo Magnezi

Nevo Magnezi

Nevo Magnezi is a hardware engineer who has been living in San Diego and in the Hillcrest neighborhood since 2019. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, where outside of academics, he re-learned how to bike along the Anacostia River Trail System. He received a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego in 2021. He rides on the 4th and 5th Ave protected bike lanes everyday on his Surly Cross-Check or the Tern GSD e-cargo bike which he shares with his partner. Nevo wants to work towards a region where everyone has safe, affordable, sustainable, healthy, and pleasant methods of getting around, which means more dedicated micromobility infrastructure! Nevo joined the board of BikeSD in 2020. Twitter: @NevoMagnezi

oscar tavera

Oscar Tavera

Oscar Tavera is a mechanical engineer at Solar Turbines located on Harbor Drive. Relocating from Orlando to San Diego changed his perspective on how biking was not just a hobby but could be the solution to climate change and a healthier lifestyle. He has made the choice to live in the Mission Hills/Hillcrest area and uses his bike for most of his daily trips. He has been active in supporting local affordable housing projects, improving biking infrastructure, and growing the walkability of the city. He balances his casual bike riding with triathlon training, trail running, and neighborhood walks with his miniature pig. Oscar joined the board of BikeSD in 2020.

Matt Schalles

Matt Schalles holds a Ph.D. from UCSD, and studies auditory perception in humans and dolphins. Raised in the midwest, Matt discovered a bicycle lifestyle in California was a huge relief from suburban car culture. Whether advocating for safe multi-use roads, throwing carbon neutral bicycle music festivals, or hauling insane cargo loads, Matt uses bikes to address environmental and economic disparity in our community - all while showing that sustainability can be fun. Matt joined the board of BikeSD in 2020.

Leah Schaperow

Leah Schaperow is a ceramic artist of Milk Oolong Studio in Liberty Station. She replaced her car with an electric bike when she relocated to San Diego from the Washington DC area. Leah in involved in BikeSD to promote comfort and safety for ebikes/ bikes/ skates/scooters/micromobility devices. Leah joined the board of BikeSD in 2020. Instagram: @milkoolongstudio

Kyle Heiskala

Kyle Heiskala

Kyle Heiskala is a political and media strategist who has executed advocacy and political campaigns at both the local level in Southern California and across the globe. He has worked on bicycle advocacy in San Diego for the past 7 years and got his start through improving bicycle infrastructure at the UC San Diego campus and also serving on the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee in 2014. He uses a systems based approach to find solutions to our greatest political and environmental challenges. When Kyle isn’t working, he can be found tending a garden or planning his next bike ride. Kyle has been served as BikeSD's executive director in 2020-2021 and is currently the board president. Twitter: @KyleHeiskala

Keala Rusher

Keala Rusher

Keala is an educator who is committed to community, justice, and sustainability. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California and her Master of Education at National University. Apart from biking, her interests include surfing, rock climbing, and checking out more books than she can read at once from the public library. She is passionate about biking and bike advocacy as a space where transportation justice, climate justice, community, and fun meet. Keala joined the board of BikeSD in 2022. Twitter: @keala_r

Caiti Borruso

Caiti Borruso

Caiti Borruso is a writer and photographer from central New Jersey. She holds a BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute and an MFA in Photography and Writing from Ithaca College. She landed in San Diego in 2020 after eight years in New York and cares deeply about advocating for public transit, greater density, and safe streets for everyone (big fan of crosswalks and pedestrian infrastructure as well as safe cycling infrastructure!). Caiti joined the board of BikeSD in 2022.

Ariana Criste

Ariana  Criste is a University Heights resident. Originally from Sacramento, she moved to San Diego to attend UCSD where she graduated with a BA in Political Science and Minor in International Migration Studies.

She is passionate about mobilizing people to take action against the climate crisis and works as the Communications Manager at Climate Action Campaign. Ariana is an alumnus of the San Diego Leadership Alliance Institute, 2019 cohort. She joined the board in 2020 and is ready to fight to realize the vision of a world-class bike city in San Diego. Twitter: @aricriste

Anar Salayev

Anar is a car-enthusiast turned active transportation advocate. He seeks a holistic understanding of the built environment. He believes that human-centric urban design will go a long way in combating climate change, encouraging sustainable practices, and improving health outcomes – both mental and physical. 

Most of Anar’s time is spent thinking about mobility - striving to balance theory and practice. As a product manager at Veyo, he focuses on getting patients to and from their appointments in a timely manner. As the Advocacy Co-Lead at BikeSD, he works with a team of volunteers to push forward all ages and abilities bike infrastructure across the city of San Diego. Finally, as correspondent and Advocacy working group lead at Pedestrian Space, he writes articles on pedestrian-centric infrastructure and leads discussions on worldwide advocacy efforts.

In his spare time, Anar enjoys spending time with his partner, friends, and pets, playing board games, reading, working out, and learning Krav Maga.

Staff

Elizabeth Mayer

Elizabeth Mayer

WNY native and Golden Hill resident, Elizabeth Mayer's interest in cycling advocacy started after losing a battle with a pothole. The experience inspired Mayer into learning how to make San Diego a safer city to cycle around.

Mayer has spent her professional career in public and marketing communications and will apply those skills to supporting BikeSD achieve its mission.

Mayer graduated from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) with a degree in Sport Media and joined BikeSD in 2020.

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