waba@waba.org
Phone: 202.518.0524
Fax: 202.518.0936

Washington Area
Bicyclist Association
2599 Ontario Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20009

WABA Staff

Shane Farthing

Executive Director

Shane Farthing is the Executive Director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and uses that position to combine and pursue interests in community outreach, transportation, sustainability, and urbanism. During his tenure at WABA, the organization has launched major outreach initiatives to expand mobility and affordable transportation east of the Anacostia River, address the gender gap in regional bicycling, and pursue next-generation protected bicycling infrastructure to make bicycling a mainstream transportation option for all.  During the same period WABA has also taught over 6,000 people how to ride a bike, or how to ride a bike more safely, and hosted over 45,000 people on bikes at our various biking events and activities.

Prior to his work at WABA, Shane served as head of the Office of Green Economy and as Land Use and Development Coordinator at the District Department of the Environment.  Shane is a LEED-accredited professional and possesses graduate degrees in law and public policy from George Washington University, where he has also been a lecturer in public policy.

Greg Billing

Advocacy Coordinator

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Greg coordinates major infrastructure and trail advocacy. Greg began at WABA in 2010 as an event assistant working on the busy event schedule including planning the 2010 & 2011 Bike to Work Day events. In 2012, Greg transitioned to his current position in advocacy. Before WABA, Greg has worked in marketing positions with Cornell Outdoor Education and Finger Lakes ReUse in upstate New York and as an wilderness instructor with Outward Bound in Minnesota, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. When he's not advocating for local bicyclists, you can find him cruising the streets on his fixie, juggling something, or outside hiking or mountain biking.  

Greg holds a bachelor of science degree in communication from Cornell University with concentrations in technology and sustainability.

 

Gina Arlotto

Planning and Organizational Development

Gina joined WABA in January of 2010 and in January of 2012 began working on building partnerships and organizational development for WABA.  In this capacity she’ll be meeting with individuals and organizations to heighten their awareness of active living amenities and the benefits on our physical and emotional health and well-being; advocating for smart urban planning policies; and creating vibrant urban spaces where people can live and thrive.  She’s a lifelong DC area resident, and since 1994 has lived on Capitol Hill with her husband, George and three kids, 15-year-old Andrew, 12-year-old MaryGrace, and 9-year-old Maisie. Rounding out the family is their dog named Metro and a reformed alley cat, Taxi.  The Arlottos spend their summer vacations in Bar Harbor, Maine biking the carriage roads and hiking the mountains of Acadia National Park. Gina also enjoys biking the National Mall and knitting sweaters, socks, and hats in her spare time.

Gina has bachelor of arts degrees in history and English from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College as well as a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.

 

Daniel Hoagland

Education Coordinator

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Daniel came to WABA in 2010 from Boston, MA where he worked for the City of Boston's Boston Bikes Program and later ran the CitySmart social marketing program across the river in Cambridge. He took over WABA's D.C. Bike Ambassador program in March 2010 and ran it for two years—recruiting volunteers and making appearances at local events, teaching bike commuting seminars and spreading the two-wheeled gospel. In May 2012, Daniel was tapped to take over as Education Coordinator, where he teaches bike education in public schools by day and teaches adult bike classes by night. In between, he brainstorms new ways to teach people that biking can be convenient, comfortable, commonplace, and cool. When not biking, Daniel can be found feverishly writing his first novel.

 

Nelle Pierson

Outreach Coordinator

After graduating from Colorado State University, Nelle left behind the purple mountains majesty to immerse herself in the District of Columbia's urban splendor. Once in D.C., she interned with the House Appropriations Committee, and was then fortunate to get a glimpse of D.C. bicycle planning as an intern for the DDOT's Bike and Pedestrian Program. In April of 2011, Nelle joined the WABA staff to coordinate fundraisers, bike valets, group rides, and elements of the East of the River Initiative. When Nelle is not on her steel steed or behind a desk, she can be found honing her mechanic skills at the Bike House, stretching on her yoga mat, crocheting, hiking, urban exploring, or playing in the park.

 

Megan McCarty

DC Bicycle Ambassador Program Coordinator

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, and joined WABA as the D.C. Bike Ambassador program coordinator in July 2012. As a fairly new DC resident, Megan spends a lot of time exploring the city on two-wheels.  Her background is in transportation and has always had a passion for bicycle and pedestrian planning. She fell in love with commuting by bicycle and decided to switch gears and work full-time in bike advocacy. When Megan’s not cruising around town on her bicycle, she is creating a new recipe, reading a random book, day-dreaming about her next surf trip, or training for her next triathlon.

Alex Baca

Communications Coordinator

Alex came to WABA in December 2012, after working as Washington City Paper’s assistant editor. A longtime follower of bike policy and planning issues, she now produces the majority of WABA's content about those same topics. Alex holds bachelor of arts degrees in American studies and English from University of Maryland, College Park and is pursuing a certificate in GIS through Penn State University.

Michelle Cleveland

Event Coordinator

Michelle will tell you the first friends she made after moving to Washington, D.C. were bicyclists. This welcoming community of fellow bikers led Michelle to join WABA in January 2013 because of her desire to help bring the DC-area's bike community together and promote the enjoyment and ease of riding one's bike around the city. As Events Coordinator, she maps out bike rides and plans fun events that celebrate biking and support WABA's mission. After graduating from the University of Maryland in College Park where she studied sociology, Michelle worked as a grant writer for Council for a Strong America, a children's advocacy non-profit in D.C. In her free time, she plays polo with the rowdy D.C. Bike Polo league, plants trees as a citizen planter, and gets lost in the wilderness on hiking and rock climbing trips.

Garrett Hennigan

Trail Ranger Coordinator

Though Garrett grew up in the midst of the bicycle’s resurgence in the District, it took the wide streets and midwestern charm of St. Louis to make bicycling his favorite way around town. Since returning to D.C. in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, spreading the joys of of two wheels has become his calling. Garrett joined WABA in June of 2013 to launch the Trail Ranger program to bring more people to D.C.’s trails, and with pruners and bike tools in tow, he is helping make D.C.’s trails better for everyone. While off trail, Garrett pursues his passions for rock climbing, urban history, and getting lost in new places.  If you see him on trail, wave back!

 

 



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Lolly Walsh

Membership Coordinator

Lolly joined WABA as the Membership Coordinator right before Bike to Work Day 2013. She is motivated by the desire to make cities and towns healthier, happier, and more livable for each person through the simplicity of the bicycle. Inspired by Bogota's Ciclovia and similar movements around the world, she initiated and helped plan the first Car-free Day in Washington, DC in 2007. She has written for Momentum Magazine, American City, and about bicycles, public space, and cities on her blog, Reimagine an Urban Paradise. After eight years of living and loving in DC, she moved to the beautiful city of Pittsburgh and managed the Membership, Outreach, and Volunteer programs for Bike Pittsburgh. She then had the opportunity to spend some time in San Francisco  managing 150 volunteers a month for Sunday Streets, the vibrant and wildly popular Open Streets program. Lolly is very enthusiastic about calling DC home once again and is thrilled to be working with WABA. She rides her gorgeous bicycle very slowly, and loves eating habaneros, dancing, laughing loudly, walking slowly, yoga, reading, writing, and daydreaming about fanciful urban amenities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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