Carrying Out Our Mission Every Day
The Bike & Build office structure is unique. Founded in trust, honesty, and communication, the office dynamic parallels the culture codes we foster in our leadership teams. Our team perpetuates the Bike & Build mission by using an approach to empower young adults giving staff the leeway to be creative and guidance to impact success.
From engaging with Alumni through our City Captains program to connecting with interested riders to join our community to building partnerships to help us grow, Lauren works to broaden our community and sustain our stakeholder’s connection with the organization. As the point person for outreach and communications, Lauren aims to tell Bike & Build's mission and vision in purposeful and intentional ways. Lauren manages our social media presence, keeps our community “in-the-know” with our newsletters, and champions our recruitment events and engagement opportunities.
Lauren is passionate about the power of experiential education to influence positive change for the better of all, enjoys reading in her local park, and hiking for her pup, Ora.
Erik jumped on as staff in the spring of 2017 after riding on NC2SD’15 and leading C2C’16, CD’17, and DW’17. As a Program Director he helps bring the trips to life by orchestrating the details that put riders' rubber on the road. Like a maestro he conducts a variety of moving parts from selling vintage jerseys to managing the van and trailer fleet to overseeing route logistics and participant management.
Outside of Bike & Build Erik's really, really into bikes and bike touring; he'll nerd out for hours over wheel size and bike geometry. He also makes pots at the Clay Studio here in Philly, and chances are you'll find him tinkering with a bike or throwing some mugs if he's not in the office.
Favorite B&B memory?
“I found a pile of hundreds of mismatched roller skates in the basement of a 1930s-era auditorium in Nebraska, then immediately plugged in some speakers to glide to ‘Into the Groove’ by Madonna. My team spent hours skating the evening away.”
After leading NUS'17, Casey joined Bike & Build HQ right as our 2018 teams hit the road in May. Casey spent two years with AmeriCorps NCCC, several years with Habitat for Humanity, and has background in nonprofit management. Casey originally joined Bike & Build as a Program Director but made the switch over to operations and development in 2019. She handles everything from the budget and finances to fundraising campaigns and corporate sponsorships.
Favorite B&B memory?
"Waking up before the sun to ride Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park. We kept leapfrogging a woman doing a solo cross country tour while we rode up, shared laughs and Oreos, then enjoyed the phenomenal views, swimming holes and ice cream on the way down."
Board of Directors
The Bike & Build Board of Directors meets remotely once per month, with an in-person retreat each April and October. The Board supports the work through mission-based leadership and strategic governance.
Interested in Joining Our Board?
Board members provide insight, oversight, and leadership to Bike & Build’s small staff, while collaboratively working on projects to further our mission.
Bike & Build brings on new board members in cohorts each April and October, in line with our annual in person retreats. At this time, we are looking for individuals with the following background or experience, but would love to hear from you even if your skills don’t fall within this list:
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives (implementation, in service based programs, within small nonprofit organizations, facilitation, education)
- Fundraising & Special Events
- Finances & Accounting
- Affordable Housing
If you are interested in joining our Board, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].
We embrace and encourage our employees’, riders’, and board members’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and other characteristics such as personality and personal interests that make our employees, teams, and organization unique.