STAFF AND BOARD
Executive Director Rebecca Serna has a Master’s degree from Georgia State's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in Urban Policy in Planning and Nonprofit Management. Serna was a bike/ped intern with the Georgia DOT and draws on her experience as a Fulbright in Bogotá, Colombia, where she studied participatory planning practices and innovative public transportation projects. Awards include the 2020 Advocate of the Year from the League of American Bicyclists, 2015 Woman of the Year from the Women in Transportation Seminar, 2013 Advocate of the Year from the Alliance for Biking and Walking, and the 2013 Longleaf Award from the Georgia Conservancy. Serna lives in Southeast Atlanta with her husband and three sons and loves to read, dance, and grow food. She looks forward to the day when biking for transportation is unremarkable and everyone can move safely, easily, and sustainably throughout the city.
Senior Director of Strategy and Growth Haydée Santana is inspired by the power of active transportation to connect us with our city, its communities, and with each other.
Haydée began working with our volunteers in the Spring of 2015 through our Bike Valet program and later through Atlanta Streets Alive. She has dedicated her leadership and organizational development expertise to helping community-minded organizations thrive and also draws from an extensive background in strategic marketing and communication.
Haydée enjoys hiking with family and friends, running around her Grant Park neighborhood, and exploring the city's treasures on foot, by bike, and via transit.
Senior Advocacy & Engagement Manager Sagirah Jones has a passion for serving others and creating positive change. She is especially committed to strengthening communities by connecting them to resources that can propel them towards their collective goals.
Sagirah joined Propel ATL as the Community Engagement Coordinator for Atlanta Streets Alive. She built on that experience and her background in developing community-based organizations to now manage engagement programs that are innovative in the way they connect people, interests, and action. She champions children being able to safely bicycle through the city and is an avid proponent of active transportation, equitable transit-oriented development, and democratic streets.
She is an active board member of both her NPU and neighborhood association and serves on the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals' national task force on equity, diversity, and inclusion. When she does not have a book in her hands, Sagirah enjoys outdoor adventures and exploring the city via active transportation with her family.
Senior Development Manager Rachel Stanley is a native Atlantan and an experienced nonprofit development professional, previously serving at organizations including the Latin American Association, the Southern Center for Human Rights, and the Center for Civic Innovation. She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and a Bachelor's degree in International Studies from Elon University.
Stanley volunteers her time with many community organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals and her Neighborhood Planning Unit. She was a 2017 30 Under 30 Awardee with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta, a 2017-2018 Georgia Women's Policy Institute member through the YWCA, a 2019 High Potential Diverse Leader through the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, and a 2019 Black-Jewish Project Understanding participant with the American Jewish Committee.
She lives in Southwest Atlanta and can be found discovering new trails with her dogs, visiting farmers' markets, and supporting local bookstores.
Senior Operations Manager Margaret Mullins is motivated by the energy, opportunity, and spontaneity that moving freely through a truly public urban space can provide. A South Georgia native who moved to Atlanta to complete undergraduate studies at Georgia Tech, her affinity for active transportation grew out of a diverse range of mobility modes experienced in Atlanta and beyond.
An active bike commuter, Margaret was first connected with Propel ATL through the internship program in 2019 before joining the staff full-time in 2021. She recently completed a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Her academic interests lie in researching the interaction between sustainability, access, and equity in transportation. She cherishes any opportunity to experience Atlanta or a new city by bike, foot, or transit.
Engagement Coordinator Jeremiah Jones is passionate about reclaiming cities for residents in a way that centers voices on the margins in determining the future of their neighborhoods. Equity and justice-centered practices are at the core of his work. It is his belief that communities are built best by listening, partnering, and liberating the capacities of its residents.
He desires to improve communities by altering policy and infrastructure to create better outcomes for people across the socioeconomic spectrum. One of his interests is studying the economic impacts of an interconnected city due to multi-modal transportation.Jeremiah has a background in urban studies and a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Community Development. His experience in various settings, from federal to nonprofit to ministry in urban cities, has developed him into a well-rounded professional.
You can often find him at a park near you, experiencing the outdoors, or sporting events with family and friends.
Program Coordinator Karli Blalock is a community-focused Atlantan with an enthusiasm for spreading the joy of riding bikes. Born and raised in the metro area, she moved to Atlanta in 2016 and fell in love with navigating the city on a bike through group rides and commuting. Through that process, she learned cycling and living in community were hugely beneficial for her overall mental health.
She is skilled at organizing events and initiatives that serve to connect people to key resources within their communities. As an ardent supporter of local businesses, she enjoys attending art markets and sharing coffee with friends on café patios. She earned a B.A. in English from Arizona State University and loves reading a good book while using public transportation.
Stephanie Hudson, Chair. Management Consultant
Naoya Wada, Vice-Chair. Managing Partner at Never Without
Wesley Brown, Director, Planning & Capital Projects at Central Atlanta Progress
Jonathan DiGioia, Project Manager at AECOM
Patton Dycus, Senior Attorney at Environmental Integrity Project
Michael Green, Managing Partner at Sophy Capital
Andrew Hixson, Vice President at National Cooperative Bank; Councilmember at City of Norcross
Amy Phuong, Vice President of Government Relations at the Atlanta Hawks
Shayna Pollock, Managing Director, Transportation at Central Atlanta Progress
Dr. Jamila Porter, Chief of Staff at the de Beaumont Foundation
Allison Powell, Volunteer advocate for alternative transportation and safer streets in Atlanta
Joseph Scalia, Senior Director at Red Hat
Lauren Schuman, Vice President of Product Growth at MURAL
Jason Tatum, Director of Product at CallRail
Eric Wilson, National Education Leader at CBRE
Carden Wyckoff, Senior Pardot Support Engineer at Salesforce; Disability advocate
Brent Brewer, Our West End neighborhood newsletter
Alison Cross, Entrepreneur
Brian Gist, Senior Attorney at Southern Environmental Law Center
Eunice Glover, President/CEOL at Center for Enhancing Organizational Learning and Development
Atiba Mbiwan, Executive Director at The Zeist Foundation Inc.
John Saxton, Mobility Planning Assistant Director, City of Atlanta
Cynthia Searcy, Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Strategy, Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Henry Slack, Co-founder with Dennis Hoffarth, bike commuter for 40 years, mechanical engineer
Kari Watkins, Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology
Gerald Weber, Owner at Law Offices of Gerald Weber