What’s next?

by Joanne Neukirchen, President, WABA Board of Directors 

This is a follow up to Greg’s announcement of his departure from WABA.

First, I hope you’ll join me in thanking Greg for his 11 years at WABA. Biking has changed a lot during that time, and WABA has too. If we weren’t in a pandemic, I’d be inviting you all to sunburnt rooftop happy hour in Adams Morgan to share stories and hopes for the future. Instead, we’re putting together a short, socially distant ride and gathering in a park. Details to follow soon. 

So what’s next? The Board is delighted to appoint Kristin Frontiera as Interim Executive Director. Kristin has led WABA’s development team for the past four years. We have the deepest confidence in Kristin’s ability to shepherd WABA’s mission, vision and values through our Executive search and hiring process. Kristin will take on this role on June 1.

We expect this search to take some time, likely 5-6 months. The Board is committed to a hiring process that reflects WABA’s values, with a particular emphasis on justice. WABA’s work contains an inherent duality: riding a bike is a joyful, freeing experience, but the transportation system we exist in is unjust and deadly. We can’t fight those injustices if we’re perpetuating them as we hire a new leader. Our intent is to conduct a broad, nationwide search for a new Executive Director who can help WABA build a just and sustainable region where biking, walking and transit are the best ways to get around.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at this email address (joanne.neukirchen@test.waba.org). Nick Johnson is leading the Board’s Executive Search Committee. You can also reach out to  him at nick.johnson@test.waba.org with questions about the search and hiring process.

Thank you for all of your support, Joanne Neukirchen
President, Board of Directors