Diane Velez (LCI) - Program Specialist - A lifelong resident of the City of Baldwin Park, Diane Velez is a graduate of UCLA and San Diego State University (Master of Public Health). Diane is passionate about improving community health in the San Gabriel Valley, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity. She is also part of ActiveSGV's Women-on-Wheels (WoW) program, which aims to empower more girls and women to ride bicycles as a means of healthy recreation and transportation. Diane is happy to be back in the San Gabriel Valley and hopes to help make her community a more sustainable and healthy place to live and thrive.
David Diaz (LCI) - Executive Director - Dedicated public servant and advocate with project management, coalition building experience who has successfully worked with youth, schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and cities to advance environmental justice, equity and public health. David is also a Metro San Gabriel Valley Service Council Member, Metro Sustainability Council Member, and an El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees Member. He holds a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Management and Policy from Claremont Graduate University and is happily married to Anais Medina Diaz in the City of El Monte.
Danielle Zamora (LCI) - Program Specialist - A resident of the North Whittier/Avocado Heights area, Danielle is an alumna of the University of La Verne with a double major in Studio Art and Psychology. In 2017, she completed her Master’s in Community Psychology at Marymount California University where she conducted a research study exploring the unique challenges and motivations for cycling perceived by women bicyclists in the SGV. Danielle began volunteering with ActiveSGV in 2016 collecting active transportation data and working with the Women on Wheels team. She is passionate about empowering girls and women to bike and reap the environmental, financial, and health benefits that bicycling brings. Along with biking, Danielle enjoys hiking, traveling, baking vegan goodies (which you can sometimes purchase during a monthly Bike Train), writing song lyrics, and singing with her band Rubbish House Goons. She also is a member of ActiveSGV's Climate Ride Team; you can support her by donating here!
Jose Jimenez (LCI) - Education Director - Jose Jimenez has been involved in the cycling industry for ten years as a manager of several bike shops, and currently the SGV Bicycle Education Center (BEC). After seeing the positive impact cycling has made on people that walk through his shop’s doors every day, Jose has used his cycling knowledge to reach out to many local bicycle coalitions, businesses, community members, and city officials in an effort to further promote cycling. Jose believes cycling is more than just a sport, but also a method of environmentally-friendly transportation, and a healthy activity that can bring friends, families and entire communities closer together. A Pasadena resident, he can often be found mountain biking in the San Gabriel Mountains or road biking throughout the San Gabriel Valley.
Carly Curiel (LCI) - Community Engagement Specialist - Born and raised in South San Gabriel (SGV represent!), Carly Curiel grew up biking the Rio Hondo Bike Path and picnicking at Legg Lake with her family. For her 16th birthday, she got a metallic yellow beach cruiser that she still rides to this day, despite being a bit far from the beach. Carly pursued her passion for the outdoors and community building as a Recreation, Parks, and Tourism major at San Francisco State University. After graduating, she worked for the SF Recreation and Parks as an Outreach and Communications Coordinator, but eventually moved back to her roots in South San Gabriel with the hopes of using her knowledge and experience to make the SGV a more sustainable place to live. When not working at ActiveSGV, Carly teaches yoga at People’s Yoga East LA, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Anna Bing Arnold Children’s Center, Miraculous Medal Elementary School, and Yosemite Rec Center in Eagle Rock. She is the creator of Full Moon Yoga, a donation-based, outdoor yoga experience that meets in the backyard of different homes throughout L.A. every full moon. She enjoys travelling, eating at hole-in-the-walls, hiking the Hacienda Hills Trail (best kept secret; don’t tell anybody), live music, and playing with her nieces and nephews. She has a cat named Ja’mie (pronounced juh-may) and a dog named Joey.
Wesley Reutimann (LCI) - Special Programs Director - Pasadena resident Wesley Reutimann is an SGV native and graduate of Williams College (MA) and the University of Basel (Switzerland). Wesley co-founded ActiveSGV in 2010, and has fostered the group's gradual transition from an all-volunteer community coalition to a fully-staffed organization since then. Professionally Wesley has over a decade of experience in the non-profit, public health, and education sectors, with a specific focus on the built environment, sustainability, and healthy communities. In his increasingly limited free time he can be found volunteering as a Board Member of the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association and Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.
Amy J. Wong (LCI) - Program Specialist - Amy J. Wong is passionate about advancing environmental justice, particularly for low-income communities of color in the San Gabriel Valley. She has over four years of experience working on environmental and public health initiatives in the region and is a co-founder of the Women on Wheels program. Previously she advocated for policies to further protect the San Gabriel Mountains and implemented public health initiatives in her hometown of El Monte, working closely with diverse stakeholders. Amy currently serves on the City of El Monte Planning Commission. She received her Bachelor's in Biology with a personalized minor in Environmental Health from UC Berkeley.
Andrew Fung Yip (LCI) - Program Specialist - Andrew Yip is a native of the San Gabriel Valley who served as one of three primary assistant instructors for ActiveSGV's execution of Need to Know courses in 2013. He was a volunteer for ActiveSGV from 2012-2014 before being hired as a Program Coordinator. His love for the bicycle follows him wherever he goes whether it’s trying out the bike shares in New York, riding a Dutch 3-speed in Amsterdam, or riding rush hour with the hundreds of Chinese bicyclists in Beijing. Andrew also works as the San Gabriel Mountains Forever outreach liaison for ActiveSGV to encourage participation in conservation efforts of our local natural resources in Southern California. He served in the the United States Army Reserves for eight years before honorably discharged in 2015. Aside from bicycling, Andrew enjoys travelling, hiking, and managing his garage/bicycle museum.
Edward Duong (LCI) - Community Engagement Specialist - A native to the San Gabriel Valley, Edward Duong graduated from Cal State University of Long Beach with a bachelors degree in Communication Studies and minor in Religious Studies. While there, Edward got involved with a mixture of academic and extracurricular organizations on campus. He was the President of the Student Communication Association, an organization dedicated to helping students find jobs and internships with a degree in Communications. Edward participated with the CSULB Cycling and Triathlon team, competing at various schools and even had the opportunity to take part in the USA National Triathlon Championships at Arizona State University. After College, Edward decided to take his experience and efforts back into the SGV to try to improve his communities’ quality of life through more active transportation campaigns. As the Outreach Coordinator for Bike San Gabriel Valley, he hopes to spread his love for anything cycling and bring in new members and volunteers. On his free time, Edward enjoys meal prepping, riding the river trails and jump roping.
Francisco Ojeda - Outreach Associate - Francisco is a San Gabriel resident who is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona where he received a Bachelors of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. Francisco is passionate about active transportation and studied bicycle infrastructure and transportation in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He has been involved and worked with several organizations transferring vacant lots into public spaces, improving city streetscapes, and implementing active transportation practices. His passions include traveling, attending music festivals/concerts, road trips, and biking in DownTown Los Angeles. Although he introduces himself formally as Francisco all his friends and family members best know him as Paco. Currently one of his biggest goals in life is to bike the pan-americana trail beginning in Los Angeles and ending in Argentina.
Monica Curiel (LCI) - Monica Curiel grew up in Pomona biking and hiking with her dad before moving to the East Bay to complete her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in Conservation and Resource Studies with a minor in Geography. Always dedicated to the intersection of human and environmental health, she worked in sustainable agriculture in Brazil, toxics and mercury contamination in Baton Rouge, sustainable ecotourism in Senegal, environmental education in the San Bernardino Mountains, and green space and community gardens in Los Angeles. Working in the San Gabriel Valley brings Monica back home. Along with being outdoors, she also loves languages and recently completed studies in Interpretation and Translation at Cal State LA and American Sign Language at Mt. San Antonio College.
Ernest Lee (LCI) - Although an El Monte native, Ernest grew up all over the San Gabriel Valley. From going on century rides in the Foothills to riding up and down the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River trails, Ernest has been around bikes most of his life. He has also been involved in the bike industry since 2012, and currently serves the community as the Education Coordinator for the SGV Bicycle Education Center (BEC), providing free Basic Bicycle Maintenance Courses and one-on-one support. When he’s not at the BEC, Ernest can often be found working as a bicycle mechanic at REI Arcadia.
Kevin Yuen (LCI) - Kevin is a resident of Monterey Park. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education Theory. He grew interested in cycling after living in Santa Barbara for college and commuting via bike there. After college, he started mountain biking with the encouragement of former roommates and got involved with ActiveSGV volunteering at the Bike Education Center and at bike trains as well as helping out on the bike skills course. He is currently attending Cal State LA studying for an MS in Counseling.
Efren Moreno (LCI) - Alhambra resident and former City Council Member Efren Moreno is an avid cyclist. In addition to helping found ActiveSGV, Efren has served on the boards of a number of different LA-area bicycle groups, including Multicultural Communities for Mobility (MCM), the LA County Bicycle Coalition, and CICLE.
Gabriel Olvera - Education Associate - Baldwin Park resident and our youngest member on staff. He started off as a volunteer at the Bicycle Education Center and was honored as a super volunteer at our annual awards event. He currently works as a part time mechanic at the BEC.
Gabe - Sasquatch, Mayor of the San Gabriel Mountains - Gabe comes from a family of Sasquatches that live in the San Gabriel Mountains. Gabe frequently travels down to the San Gabriel Valley for food, music, and events like 626 Golden Streets. Gabe is a 6'9", vegan, loves french fries and bikes.