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 Cali Organizers

zahra alabanza (Lead Co-Organizer) 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
(Lead Co-Organizer)

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.

Adonia Lugo (Lead Co-Organizer) Adonia Lugo, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist based in Los Angeles. She builds social networks and creates resources that expand multiracial dialogue and action toward sustainable mobility. Her book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture & Resistance will be out from Microcosm Publishing in 2018.

Adonia Lugo
(Lead Co-Organizer)

Adonia Lugo, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist based in Los Angeles. She builds social networks and creates resources that expand multiracial dialogue and action toward sustainable mobility. Her book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture & Resistance will be out from Microcosm Publishing in 2018.

Adé Neff (Leimert Park Liaison) Adé is a social entrepreneur and the founder and chief instructor of the Capoeira Angola Center of Los Angeles. He is a recipient of the L.A. Treasures Award, has been a guest lecturer and instructor at UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, Santa Monica College, California State University, Northridge, and Antioch University, from which he graduated with a Masters in Urban Sustainability. Adé’s most recent endeavor is Ride On! Bike Co-Op, a member-owned bike repair collective in Leimert Park, the first of it's kind in South-West Los Angeles.

Adé Neff
(Leimert Park Liaison)

Adé is a social entrepreneur and the founder and chief instructor of the Capoeira Angola Center of Los Angeles. He is a recipient of the L.A. Treasures Award, has been a guest lecturer and instructor at UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, Santa Monica College, California State University, Northridge, and Antioch University, from which he graduated with a Masters in Urban Sustainability. Adé’s most recent endeavor is Ride On! Bike Co-Op, a member-owned bike repair collective in Leimert Park, the first of it's kind in South-West Los Angeles.

Rachel Horn (Local Coordinator) Rachel Horn has a passion for pushing limits, guided by the principle to not shit where she sleeps. born and raised in Los Angeles, she has never owned a car and almost always arrives sweaty. she enjoys water coloring, climbing fruit trees, and dining at Chinese Restaurants with a "B" health code rating. she has ridden her bicycle more than 12,500 miles self-supported for sustainable cycles, a collective of traveling menstrual cyclists. #ciclatuciclo

Rachel Horn
(Local Coordinator)

Rachel Horn has a passion for pushing limits, guided by the principle to not shit where she sleeps. born and raised in Los Angeles, she has never owned a car and almost always arrives sweaty. she enjoys water coloring, climbing fruit trees, and dining at Chinese Restaurants with a "B" health code rating. she has ridden her bicycle more than 12,500 miles self-supported for sustainable cycles, a collective of traveling menstrual cyclists. #ciclatuciclo

Carolyn Szczepanski (Communications Coordinator) 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
(Communications Coordinator)

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 Cali Speakers

Erick Huerta Erick Huerta is an undocumented immigrant with a temporary work permit via Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In the last 10 years, Erick was a digital organizer for the immigrant youth movement most commonly known as the "Dreamer" movement, he has chronicled his personal experiences as an undocumented immigrant on his personal blog, and has been blogging and documenting changes in the Boyle Heights community. Erick works in the digital communications field for a living and is a transportation and mobility advocate for marginalized communities with the organization Multicultural Communities for Mobility.

Erick Huerta

Erick Huerta is an undocumented immigrant with a temporary work permit via Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In the last 10 years, Erick was a digital organizer for the immigrant youth movement most commonly known as the "Dreamer" movement, he has chronicled his personal experiences as an undocumented immigrant on his personal blog, and has been blogging and documenting changes in the Boyle Heights community. Erick works in the digital communications field for a living and is a transportation and mobility advocate for marginalized communities with the organization Multicultural Communities for Mobility.

Alia Phelps Alia Phelps was born and raised in Oakland, California. She started with Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) as a member of Riders for Transit Justice and over time moved up in the organization and became the organizer for 5 years. During that time, the group was able to stop multiple fare increases, won a family-friendly stroller policy, kept bus lines going that were going to be cut, and much more! As a lifelong resident of Oakland, Alia has seen her community change so much and with the expedited rate of gentrification, she is determined to stay and continue to fight with and for Oakland.

Alia Phelps

Alia Phelps was born and raised in Oakland, California. She started with Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) as a member of Riders for Transit Justice and over time moved up in the organization and became the organizer for 5 years. During that time, the group was able to stop multiple fare increases, won a family-friendly stroller policy, kept bus lines going that were going to be cut, and much more! As a lifelong resident of Oakland, Alia has seen her community change so much and with the expedited rate of gentrification, she is determined to stay and continue to fight with and for Oakland.

Kishi Hundley Community leader Kishi Renee Hundley is from the East Side of South Central Los Angeles, California and she embraces her neighborhood's heritage. Working to support victims of domestic violence and HIV and Aids counseling, Kishi’s daily affirmation is to "Live, Love and Laugh”, and she wants to share that with others throughout her community and throughout her life. She is a member of T.R.U.S.T. South LA.

Kishi Hundley

Community leader Kishi Renee Hundley is from the East Side of South Central Los Angeles, California and she embraces her neighborhood's heritage. Working to support victims of domestic violence and HIV and Aids counseling, Kishi’s daily affirmation is to "Live, Love and Laugh”, and she wants to share that with others throughout her community and throughout her life. She is a member of T.R.U.S.T. South LA.

Chelsea VonChaz Chelsea VonChaz is a stylist turned non-profit CEO who founded her organization, #HappyPeriod, in 2015. #HappyPeriod provides menstrual products to individuals who have low-income and/or may be experiencing homelessness. After witnessing a homeless woman free-bleeding in Hollywood, CA, Chelsea felt compelled to create a socially-conscious organization that ensures no one goes without menstrual care. Now, she helps to fight the sigma surrounding menstruation. Under Chelsea's guidance, #HappyPeriod has been praised for its philanthropic efforts by sites like Elite Daily, Broadly, and Huffington Post to name a few.

Chelsea VonChaz

Chelsea VonChaz is a stylist turned non-profit CEO who founded her organization, #HappyPeriod, in 2015. #HappyPeriod provides menstrual products to individuals who have low-income and/or may be experiencing homelessness. After witnessing a homeless woman free-bleeding in Hollywood, CA, Chelsea felt compelled to create a socially-conscious organization that ensures no one goes without menstrual care. Now, she helps to fight the sigma surrounding menstruation. Under Chelsea's guidance, #HappyPeriod has been praised for its philanthropic efforts by sites like Elite Daily, Broadly, and Huffington Post to name a few.

Allison Mannos Allison Mannos is the Director of the RePower LA campaign at LAANE. She previously worked for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, where she co-founded and managed the award winning City of Lights Program, that organized Latina/o, low-income cyclists (now Multicultural Communities for Mobility). She graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a B.A. in Asian-American Studies and Urban Planning and also was a co-founding member of CicLAvia. An LA native, Allison is a proud hapa queer woman, reads fiction, takes transit, and is a vegetarian foodie.

Allison Mannos

Allison Mannos is the Director of the RePower LA campaign at LAANE. She previously worked for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, where she co-founded and managed the award winning City of Lights Program, that organized Latina/o, low-income cyclists (now Multicultural Communities for Mobility). She graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a B.A. in Asian-American Studies and Urban Planning and also was a co-founding member of CicLAvia. An LA native, Allison is a proud hapa queer woman, reads fiction, takes transit, and is a vegetarian foodie.

Angela Mooney D’Arcy Angela Mooney D'Arcy (Acjachemen/Juañeno) has been working with Native Nations, Indigenous people, grassroots and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to protect Indigenous sacred lands, waters, and cultures for over fifteen years. She is the Executive Director and Founder of Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, a Los Angeles-based community organization dedicated to building the capacity of Tribes and Indigenous people on cultural, social, and environmental justice issues.

Angela Mooney D’Arcy

Angela Mooney D'Arcy (Acjachemen/Juañeno) has been working with Native Nations, Indigenous people, grassroots and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies to protect Indigenous sacred lands, waters, and cultures for over fifteen years. She is the Executive Director and Founder of Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, a Los Angeles-based community organization dedicated to building the capacity of Tribes and Indigenous people on cultural, social, and environmental justice issues.

mark! Lopez

mark! Lopez comes from a family with a long history of activism. He was raised in the Madres del Este de Los Angeles Santa Isabel (Mothers of East LA Santa Isabel – MELASI), an organization co-founded by his grandparents, Juana Beatriz Gutierrez and Ricardo Gutierrez. This set his trajectory as a community activist. After serving as Lead Organizer for East Yard Communities and Co-Director with EYCEJ Co-Founder Angelo Logan, mark! is now the Executive Director. He organizes in the area wwhere he was born, raised and continues to live.

Untokening Cali Facilitators

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.

James Rojas For the past 25 years James Rojas have been observing, researching, and documenting the ways in which Latinos are transforming the suburban environment to fit their needs. He has become one of the few nationally recognized experts on this topic and has written and lectured extensively on how culture and immigration are transforming the American front yard and landscape. With Place It!, James has developed an innovative community visioning and outreach method that uses storytelling, objects, art-production and play to help heal underserved communities.

James Rojas

For the past 25 years James Rojas have been observing, researching, and documenting the ways in which Latinos are transforming the suburban environment to fit their needs. He has become one of the few nationally recognized experts on this topic and has written and lectured extensively on how culture and immigration are transforming the American front yard and landscape. With Place It!, James has developed an innovative community visioning and outreach method that uses storytelling, objects, art-production and play to help heal underserved communities.

Monique Castro Monique Castro (Navajo/Mexican) is a Mental Health Counselor/Therapist, Consultant, Trainer, Educator, and Social Justice Advocate. She was born and raised in North East Los Angeles by her paternal grandparents in the community of Lincoln Heights. Monique has dedicated her career to serving her Native community, primarily through her work and partnerships with various Native organizations, tribal communities, and higher education institutions.

Monique Castro

Monique Castro (Navajo/Mexican) is a Mental Health Counselor/Therapist, Consultant, Trainer, Educator, and Social Justice Advocate. She was born and raised in North East Los Angeles by her paternal grandparents in the community of Lincoln Heights. Monique has dedicated her career to serving her Native community, primarily through her work and partnerships with various Native organizations, tribal communities, and higher education institutions.

Vera Lugo Vera Frances Lugo is a vocal artist from San Juan Capistrano, California. Active in many ensembles throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, she is currently working as a professional chorister and sometimes session singer. She performs as an alto in the social justice-oriented Tonality, in the elite professional core of Los Angeles-based choir Nova Vocal Ensemble, and in Seraphim Vocal Ensemble, an early music group. In her spare time, Vera can be found singing harmonies with The Beatles and playing a dinky toy piano.

Vera Lugo

Vera Frances Lugo is a vocal artist from San Juan Capistrano, California. Active in many ensembles throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, she is currently working as a professional chorister and sometimes session singer. She performs as an alto in the social justice-oriented Tonality, in the elite professional core of Los Angeles-based choir Nova Vocal Ensemble, and in Seraphim Vocal Ensemble, an early music group. In her spare time, Vera can be found singing harmonies with The Beatles and playing a dinky toy piano.

Río Río has roots in L.A. and Central America. Over the last 15 years *they (*Río’s gender pronoun) have focused on being a bike educator and advocate within communities that are Black Indigenous People of Color who identify as Youth, Queer, Trans*, Intersex, or Women.  Río also co-founded LA Rooted Youth Organizers Training, which uses the L.A. city landscape as the learning grounds all primarily accessed by bikes.  

Río

Río has roots in L.A. and Central America. Over the last 15 years *they (*Río’s gender pronoun) have focused on being a bike educator and advocate within communities that are Black Indigenous People of Color who identify as Youth, Queer, Trans*, Intersex, or Women.  Río also co-founded LA Rooted Youth Organizers Training, which uses the L.A. city landscape as the learning grounds all primarily accessed by bikes.

 

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.

Olatunji Oboi Reed serves as the President & CEO of the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement in Chicago, Illinois. An active cyclist for over ten years, Oboi rides at the intersection of community, culture, and health. Oboi was awarded the 2015 White House Transportation Champion of Change award by The White House and the United States Department of Transportation. Oboi served as a Community Representative Member of the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of Streetsblog Chicago.

Yolanda Davis-Overstreet has made it her life’s mission to play a role in outreaching and educating others. In 2011, she used her skill sets of communications and design to create the brand name RIDE IN LIVING COLOR as a first-time filmmaker on a mission to tell the stories of African Americans on bicycles. For her MA in Urban Sustainability at Antioch University Los Angeles, Yolanda is now researching and engaging in local and state conversations on street safety within communities of color. She is also getting trained as a yoga breathing instructor.