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SF Bicycle Coalition promotes Brian Wiedenmeier to executive director

Published June 20, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — After a national search, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's has chosen Brian Wiedenmeier as the organization's next executive director. Wiedenmeier has been the group's development director for the past two years.

As development director, Wiedenmeier has presided over a 24 percent expansion of the Coalition's budget, which now totals $2.4 million. 

"Brian's professional accomplishments and experience really stood out throughout this hiring process," said Brianne O'Leary Gagnon, president of the SF Bicycle Coalition's Board. "He's committed to people biking and the city of San Francisco, and those passions -- along with Brian's track record of success -- are going to be a huge benefit to people who bike here."

Wiedenmeier said, "It's really important to me not only that we continue improving biking in San Francisco, but that we do so in every single neighborhood of our city. If you live in the Tenderloin, the Bayview or the Excelsior, I want you to know that the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is here to help improve your streets to meet your hopes and needs."

Wiedenmeier is taking the reins from interim executive director Margaret McCarthy, who will resume her prior role as program director through July, also working to support the organization through the upcoming transition. Afterwards, she plans to wrap up nearly four years on the SF Bicycle Coalition's staff and hopes to enjoy some travel.

"The organization is so lucky to have Brian stepping up as the next executive director," McCarthy said. "At a time when the popularity of biking is soaring in our city, the future has never been so bright for the members of the SF Bicycle Coalition."

The SF Bicycle Coalition was founded in 1971. It has a membership of over 10,000 people.

Topics associated with this article: Advocacy/Non-profits, People

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