As my departure from WABA approaches, I wanted to take a moment to inform members, supporters, and friends about our organization’s transition plan. Even before I publicly announced that I would be stepping down from WABA several months ago, board and staff began planning for a smooth leadership transition that would ensure there would be no gap in our services to our members or the community, and no drop in our capacity to represent bicycling and bicyclists throughout the region.
To lead the organization’s operations through this transition period, I am pleased to announce that Nelle Pierson will serve as WABA’s Interim Executive Director starting July 1st, and has agreed to serve in that role until a new Executive Director is selected and confirmed by the board.
The board and staff have the utmost confidence in Nelle’s ability to guide the organization. I know that many of you are already familiar with Nelle’s work. She has served WABA in several capacities over the years, starting as a volunteer, then joining the staff as WABA’s events coordinator, and now leading our outreach efforts–including oversight of the DC Bike Ambassador and Arlington PAL Ambassador programs, the Women & Bicycles program, East of the Anacostia outreach program, Bike Commuter Seminars program, and Suburban Outreach program.
These programs will all continue without disruption, and I am grateful to the staff and volunteers who have agreed to step up their efforts and ensure that they continue to succeed, allowing Nelle to focus her attention more broadly.
Again, I thank you all for your support over the years, and I ask you to support Nelle similarly as she leads WABA through this period of transition.