Interim Executive Director
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You might already know Alex from the many years he spent at the helm of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, serving as Executive Director from 2004 to 2015. At the Bicycle Coalition Alex grew the organization from a staff of two to more than 20. Following his work at the Bicycle Coaliton of Greater Philadelphia, Alex made a national impact, working as Executive Director for the League of American Bicyclists. After a long history of partnering with NBW, Alex officially joined the NBW staff in July 2018.
Michelle "Meesh" Ritondo
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Meesh, hailing from Philadelphia, hopes to make a bigger impact in her hometown where she fell in love with cycling. Meesh was introduced to NBW in 2005 as a bike commuter when she attended and eventually volunteered at Wednesday night Bike Church. Over the past 15 years Meesh has worked and volunteered in non-profits all over the country commited to music, education, community building, and animal welfare. Her experience ranges from event production and organization, to outreach and teaching/mentoring at-risk youth. She holds a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design from Philadelphia University and is a believer in the ethical treatment animals. When she's not writing grants or planning the next big party at NBW, you can catch Meesh in a kit going fast, hitting a corners apex like nobody's business, or nerding out while training for her next road race with Mathletes Racing.
Director of Youth Programs
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Mechanics Program Coordinator
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Shaina has been many things including, but not limited to; a bike messenger, a mechanic, program director at a non-profit bicycle co-operative, and a social media influencer of great renown. All of this led them from Richmond, VA. to Neighborhood Bike Works, where they teach Earn-A-Bike Classes, Summer Camp, and our Open Shop Drop-In Clinic. As a Former Youth™ interested in Bicycles, Shaina is passionate about making bikes accessible, and making learning spaces inclusive. In their free time you can find them thinking about social justice, making memes, and, unsurprisingly riding their bikes.
Youth Apprentice Manager
Alexander "Alex" Harris is a graduate, long time volunteer, and patron of Neighborhood Bike Works. Alex joined the NBW staff in summer 2018, teaching campers how to refurbish their bikes. Alex also teaches NBW's High School Earn-A-Bike class, manages NBW's apprenticeship program, and works in our retail shop as a mechanic. He began his tenure in our Earn-a-Bike program in 1997 at a tender 8 years old. Alex has a passion for building, customizing, repairing, and riding bikes. Aside from his passion for educating youth, he is a music lover, DJ, and Producer.
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Amy oversees NBW's administrative systems. She spends quality time with NBW's beloved database, maintains the NBW website, and manages all on-site accounting. Quickbooks is her jam. When not drafting finance reports at NBW, you can find her cooking, running, or biking (duh).
Amy has long believed that bikes deserve a respected place in the US economy, with practical uses that extend far beyond recreational riding, or even commuting. In 2012, Amy used a bike trailer to move all of her worldly possessions into her home.
Mechanic & Adult Programs Instructor
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Eugene came to NBW as a Bike Church Facilitator for NBW's Women and Trans Nights in Spring 2014. This was a natural fit as they are driven to improve access to transportation resources (like bikes), with a passion for helping women, gender-nonconforming, and trans* folks increase their mechanic skills and grow their comfort working and riding bikes. Eugene teaches NBW's Adult Bike Repair Class and staffs Mel's Community Bike Shop. In addition, they manage NBW's inventory and site maintenance.
Operations & Bike Donations Coordinator
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Florence joined our staff in summer 2015, offering her mechanics skills to the team at NBW's former retail location in North Philly. After a breif hiatus, she rejoining the NBW team in West Philly. Florence coordinates bike drives and keeps Mel's Community Shop and Bike Church well-staffed. Florence has worked in bike collectives and as a professional bike mechanic for several years. She is excited to take on the challenge of recovering every unwanted bike in Philadelphia for NBW programs!
Jessamine Haven Bristow
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Jessamine is a lifelong cyclist, hiker, and environmentalist. She learned the bicycle mechanic trade as a teenager, pitching in at bike co-ops in Minneapolis, and has always thrived in open shops. Jessamine was a frequent Bike Church volunteer for two years before formally joining our staff. Over the last decade, she has wrenched for several retail bike shops, pedicab companies, delivery services, moped and motorcycle shops. When not fixing bicycles, she can can generally be found riding out wheelies, machining and welding custom bike parts, or on yet another solo cross-country bike tour.