The core leadership team for The Untokening is comprised of advocates from diverse social and racial backgrounds who work in professional and personal capacities to advance equity in mobility  and community development. We are supported in this endeavor by Advisory Committees for specific projects and convenings, including advocates from diverse backgrounds working at a grassroots level across the country. Our project is fiscally sponsored by the Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis, MN, which has been working at the intersection of health and culture to “unleash the power of citizens to heal themselves and to build community.”

Untokening Core Organizers

  zahra alabanza   zahra is a mother, organizer, creative and adventure. A project starting, wandering, overlover and outdoor junkie. Currently, she utilizes outdoor adventure, biking, growing food, yoga(ing), and curating space to bring people together. These community organizing efforts are used to enhance physical and mental wellness, economic vitality and environmental stewardship among Black Folks. She sees biking as a tool for communal and individual transformation as well as a means of building and rebuilding whole communities that are abundantly safe, confident, well(thy) and self determining.

zahra alabanza

zahra is a mother, organizer, creative and adventure. A project starting, wandering, overlover and outdoor junkie. Currently, she utilizes outdoor adventure, biking, growing food, yoga(ing), and curating space to bring people together. These community organizing efforts are used to enhance physical and mental wellness, economic vitality and environmental stewardship among Black Folks. She sees biking as a tool for communal and individual transformation as well as a means of building and rebuilding whole communities that are abundantly safe, confident, well(thy) and self determining.

  Naomi Doerner   Naomi Doerner is an urban planner and mobility equity strategist based in Seattle. She recently joined the City of Seattle as the first-ever Transportation Equity Program Manager. She provides internal policy leadership and builds community partnerships to expand the accessibility of safe, reliable and affordable mobility options for all.

Naomi Doerner

Naomi Doerner is an urban planner and mobility equity strategist based in Seattle. She recently joined the City of Seattle as the first-ever Transportation Equity Program Manager. She provides internal policy leadership and builds community partnerships to expand the accessibility of safe, reliable and affordable mobility options for all.

  Adonia Lugo   Cultural anthropologist Dr. Adonia E. Lugo started learning about “human infrastructure” (the need for diverse social networks to promote sustainable cultural transformation) through studying bicycle advocacy. Today, she builds human infrastructure as a core organizer of The Untokening. Adonia teaches in the  Urban Sustainability MA  program at Antioch University Los Angeles, supports  People for Mobility Justice  as an advisory board co-chair, and co-produces The Untokening's Transformative Talks series through  Pueblo . Her book,   Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance  , was published this year.

Adonia Lugo

Cultural anthropologist Dr. Adonia E. Lugo started learning about “human infrastructure” (the need for diverse social networks to promote sustainable cultural transformation) through studying bicycle advocacy. Today, she builds human infrastructure as a core organizer of The Untokening. Adonia teaches in the Urban Sustainability MA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, supports People for Mobility Justice as an advisory board co-chair, and co-produces The Untokening's Transformative Talks series through Pueblo. Her book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance, was published this year.

  Anthony Taylor   Anthony Taylor is a founding member of the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota, a nonprofit social/recreational club that promotes safe and fun cycling geared towards the African-American communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He is the Adventures Director at the Loppet Foundation, where he leads the growth and development of efforts to provide opportunities and create passion for year-round outdoor activities and adventures in the Minneapolis area, especially among inner-city youth. Anthony also serves on the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission, the League of American Bicyclists Equity Advisory Board, and the National Brotherhood of Cyclists.

Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor is a founding member of the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota, a nonprofit social/recreational club that promotes safe and fun cycling geared towards the African-American communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. He is the Adventures Director at the Loppet Foundation, where he leads the growth and development of efforts to provide opportunities and create passion for year-round outdoor activities and adventures in the Minneapolis area, especially among inner-city youth. Anthony also serves on the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission, the League of American Bicyclists Equity Advisory Board, and the National Brotherhood of Cyclists.

    Rene Rivera   René Rivera is a leader and bridge-builder, working and learning in all the spaces in-between race, gender, and other perceived binaries, as a trans, queer, mixed-race maverick bike dork. He has led bicycle advocacy groups for the last 8 years as acting executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in 2010 and as executive director of Bike East Bay since then. He is also a long-time meditator and serves as board member and diversity chair at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Rene Rivera

René Rivera is a leader and bridge-builder, working and learning in all the spaces in-between race, gender, and other perceived binaries, as a trans, queer, mixed-race maverick bike dork. He has led bicycle advocacy groups for the last 8 years as acting executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition in 2010 and as executive director of Bike East Bay since then. He is also a long-time meditator and serves as board member and diversity chair at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.


  Carolyn Szczepanski   Carolyn is the Director of Research and Communications for the Minnesota Housing Partnership, an affordable housing advocacy organization based in St. Paul, MN. She organizes with Grease Rag, a cycling community for femme/trans/women in the Twin Cities, serves on the board of the Twin Cities Media Alliance and the core team of Showing Up for Racial Justice MN.

Carolyn Szczepanski

Carolyn is the Director of Research and Communications for the Minnesota Housing Partnership, an affordable housing advocacy organization based in St. Paul, MN. She organizes with Grease Rag, a cycling community for femme/trans/women in the Twin Cities, serves on the board of the Twin Cities Media Alliance and the core team of Showing Up for Racial Justice MN.

Untokening Detroit Organizers, Speakers & Facilitators

  Dessa Cosma   Dessa Cosma is the founding director of Detroit Disability Power, which organizes people with disabilities around issues that impact our lives, while dismantling ableism in the institutions & social justice movements that we are a part of. Dessa has been fortunate to spend her career working on behalf of racial, gender, economic and disability justice.

Dessa Cosma

Dessa Cosma is the founding director of Detroit Disability Power, which organizes people with disabilities around issues that impact our lives, while dismantling ableism in the institutions & social justice movements that we are a part of. Dessa has been fortunate to spend her career working on behalf of racial, gender, economic and disability justice.

  Sarah McCullough   Sarah Rebolloso McCullough, PhD is the Associate Director of the Feminist Research Institute and co-founder of  Bicicultures . She is passionate about bringing the insights of feminism to bear on new research fields, and inciting transformative research motivated by community needs. She is currently working on a book on privilege and pleasure in the origins and growth of mountain biking and a white paper on the importance of sociocultural research for active transportation.

Sarah McCullough

Sarah Rebolloso McCullough, PhD is the Associate Director of the Feminist Research Institute and co-founder of Bicicultures. She is passionate about bringing the insights of feminism to bear on new research fields, and inciting transformative research motivated by community needs. She is currently working on a book on privilege and pleasure in the origins and growth of mountain biking and a white paper on the importance of sociocultural research for active transportation.

  Río Oxas  | Pronouns: they/them/their  Río was born x raised in Echo Park with Central American roots. Río is  People for Mobility Justice's  Policy & Programs Organizer. As a Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) family we seed critical consciousness around Mobility Justice in all the communities we work to ensure that everyone can move in public spaces with love and dignity. Since 2002 Río has worked across California and the nation on issues of mobility justice, transportation equity, food justice, healing justice, land liberation, resisting displacement and more. Río has a self-acclaimed doctorates in bicycles- from safety, mechanics, art, bike touring, and more. They see Bikes as Medicine and prioritize this type of work alongside other BIPOC who are Queer Trans* and Intersex. | FB: People for Mobility Justice | IG:@PeopleforMobilityJustice | Twitter: PeopleforMJ

Río Oxas | Pronouns: they/them/their

Río was born x raised in Echo Park with Central American roots. Río is People for Mobility Justice's Policy & Programs Organizer. As a Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) family we seed critical consciousness around Mobility Justice in all the communities we work to ensure that everyone can move in public spaces with love and dignity. Since 2002 Río has worked across California and the nation on issues of mobility justice, transportation equity, food justice, healing justice, land liberation, resisting displacement and more. Río has a self-acclaimed doctorates in bicycles- from safety, mechanics, art, bike touring, and more. They see Bikes as Medicine and prioritize this type of work alongside other BIPOC who are Queer Trans* and Intersex. | FB: People for Mobility Justice | IG:@PeopleforMobilityJustice | Twitter: PeopleforMJ

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