At End of 2014, LA County Bike Coalition Head Jen Klausner To Step Down

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L.A. County Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Jennifer Klausner announced today that she is leaving the LACBC as of year end. This 2011 photo shows Klausner (center at podium) celebrating the passage of the city of Los Angeles’ 2010 Bicycle Plan. Klausner is flanked by (left to right) LADOT AGM Amir Sedadi, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Controller Wendy Greuel, and City Councilmember Tom Labonge. Photo via LACBC

Via an email to L.A. County Bicycle Coalition membership this morning, Executive Director Jen Klausner announced that she is leaving her position as of the end of 2014. The organization is at the start of a search process to find her replacement.

Below is an excerpt of her resignation announcement:

Now, with great pride in the good work of LACBC, its extraordinary staff and Board, growing network of local chapters throughout the County, and you, our membership, without whom we could do none of this, I announce that I will be stepping down from my role as Executive Director at the end of 2014. I will continue to support the organization from a different perspective, as I will be looking to get some dirt under my wheels, while attending to other responsibilities and projects.

Our Board President and a dedicated committee have already started to search for a talented new Executive Director to lead LACBC on to new challenges. We will post a job description on our website soon. If you have questions about the search process, or possible candidates to recommend, please email our Search Committee at EDSearch@la-bike.org.

I will leave this position to a successor with complete confidence that Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is in a stronger position than ever before, and is poised to grow its influence over the bike-ability and quality of life in our County and its 88 cities. Just as our local bicycling community has grown exponentially, and the growing national movement for livable streets has connected us to an alleged “all-powerful bike lobby,” our staff has also grown in the time I have been here, to a cohesive dozen, each of whom approaches their work with an uncommon level of dedication and expertise. I have the utmost faith in this team and in the future of bicycling in Los Angeles County. Get to know our exceptional staff here and also meet our distinguished Board of Directors.

With all that said, I’m not going anywhere just yet; I’ll be here for the rest of the year, and hope to connect with many of you and see you at our numerous upcoming events. As members, I encourage you in particular to please support and attend our inaugural Firefly Ball on October 30th. We will be honoring a few special people who make our work possible, and celebrating the many achievements of our amazing diverse and visionary bicycle community. It will be a night to remember, and I hope to see you there and at future LACBC events.

This marks the second high-profile California bicycle advocacy organization head to depart in 2014. Last month, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition head Leah Shahum announced her departure. Let’s hope BikeSD’s Sam Ollinger isn’t planning any copycat moves!

  • Matt Ruscigno RD MPH

    Jen is a huge part of why cycling in LA has come so far. She completely turned around the LACBC. Sad to see her go, but I know she’ll continue to be a great advocate in whatever else she does.

  • Jennifer took over LACBC at a crucial moment in LACBC’s history and guided the organization to where it is today. A hearty congratulations and I know she’ll do great wherever her next steps take her.

  • Erik Knutzen

    Jen will be missed. She did an amazing job bringing back the LACBC.

  • ubrayj02

    The LACBC had a HUGE turn around under Jen’s leadership, for the better.

    I hope she continues to find success in her next gig.

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