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. He joined the United States Army in 2007 during high school in the split option training program until 2015 when he was Honorably Discharged. He's currently working on finishing his bachelor's degree in Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and a specialized minor in Mobility Justice at Azusa Pacific University (APU). While studying at APU, Andrew served as the President of the campus Asian Pacific American Student Organization for two years. During his tenure at the campus organization, he represented both his organization and ActiveSGV as a panelist at the Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity on environmental stewardship. Andrew was recently certified as a California Naturalist and continues to photograph interesting insects and animals for inclusion on the iNaturalist app.
Adriana Pinedo - Community Engagement Specialist; Adriana Pinedo is a Pomona native and lifelong community organizer. As a child, she first worked alongside her father to help families gain access to clean drinking water and public transportation in Jalisco, Mexico, sparking a passion for addressing quality of life issues and empowering residents to make the world a more livable, sustainable place. Through various leadership roles, she has dedicated her work to serving her community by advocating for safer, healthier, more inclusive policies that reflect the changing landscape and needs of its diverse residents. She is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona where she received her bachelors in Business Administration. As the Community Engagement Specialist, Adriana continues her work in the San Gabriel Valley by exploring innovative ways to improve quality of life for the most vulnerable populations.
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.
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!
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.
Diane Velez (LCI) - Program Specialist - Diane began volunteering with the ActiveSGV in 2016 before joining as a staff member where she led the East Los Angeles Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program from 2017-2019. Diane currently manages the Active Streets El Monte Campaign, is part of the 626 Golden Streets core team and is a member of Women-on-Wheels (WoW), which aims to empower more girls and women to engage in health and wellness practices. Additionally, she serves on the Metro San Gabriel Valley Service Council and holds a Master of Public Health. Diane is passionate about improving community health and sustainability in the San Gabriel Valley, with a strong commitment to social justice and equity.
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.
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.
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.
Marlene Buenrostro - Outreach Associate - Marlene Buenrostro has been riding her bicycle since her early twenties to improve her health and commute to school. She studied at East Los Angeles College before transferring to California State University, Northridge where she completed a BA in History. For the past seven years Marlene has worked doing community engagement and outreach to help increase community participation and input on issues around education, and most recently street safety for cyclists and pedestrians. In Spring 2019 Marlene served as a project ambassador for Vision Zero outreach street team. In her spare time Marlene stays active by riding her bike, hiking, practicing yoga, and walking at local parks. Marlene hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning to learn how to plan sustainable cities with safe and accessible transit options.
Wesley Reutimann (LCI) - Special Programs - 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, serving as Executive Director from 2016-2018. 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 with the Pasadena Environmental Advocates (PEAS) and the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition.
Yasser Martinez (LCI) – Education Coordinator - Before joining ActiveSGV, Yasser Martinez has worked in the bicycle industry for many years. In addition to his work in the industry, he is also an avid life-long cyclist and mountain biker. His passion for traveling on two wheels started when he was a child and has continued throughout his life. He can attest to the positive impact that cycling has had on his life and is committed to sharing this with his community. Yasser also believes that cycling is an important component in the efforts to reduce pollution and improve the quality of life in our communities. In the last few years Yasser has added bike-packing to his activities and toured both on and off-road. His goal is to one day ride across the Americas and conclude his ride at the tip of South America.