I am delighted to announce that Caron Whitaker has accepted a position as Vice President of Government Relations, starting on December 1.
Caron has a tremendous track record of effective legislative work on Capitol Hill and at the state level, most recently as campaign manager for the America Bikes coalition. In that role, Caron has developed tremendous contacts and a huge amount of respect on Capitol Hill, as well as a great relationship with state and local bicycle advocacy leaders. Caron will continue the League’s critical role representing as the voice of cyclists in Washington DC, with an extra emphasis on connecting the Federal legislation to our members, affiliates and partner groups at the state and local level.
The new transportation bill passed in June of this year really demands a greater focus on state and local campaigns to invest in bicycling, thus Caron will be working closely with the Advocacy Advance team to boost our work in that area.
Andy Clarke was appointed to the position of Executive Director in April of 2004 after successfully leading efforts to create, interpret and implement the various transportation programs that are available to improve conditions for bicycling and walking as the League’s State and Local Advocacy Director. Before joining the League in February 2003, Clarke was on contract to provide technical assistance to the highly regarded Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center on site at the Federal Highway Administration. He is on the Board of Directors for America Bikes, and a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals.