Board Candidate: Steinar Hjelle
Shortly after moving to Seattle from Connecticut in January, I fell in love with the beauty, culture and bike-friendliness of the Pacific Northwest. All my life I have enjoyed outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing and biking both recreationally and competitively. I spend as much time as I can riding my mountain, cyclocross and road bikes in organized events, for regular exercise rides and to commute to work. My riding experience includes everything from short intense rides to 300+ mile endurance races. One of my top priorities after moving to Seattle was to find a bike club. After some research, I found Cascade Bicycle Club to be a great match with my passion for team rides, local events and biking advocacy. I have enjoyed Cascade's regular rides and I participated in Chilly Hilly and STP.
I would like to serve on the Cascade Bicycle Club board of directors to help promote biking advocacy, influence decision makers to help make Seattle a more bike-friendly city, and move the club forward in its mission to create a better community through bicycling. At Group Health, I work as the Chief Learning Officer responsible for organizational and individual development. My skills and experience in strategic planning, budgeting, organizational advocacy and new member recruiting would make me an effective Cascade Bicycle Club board member. With more than 15 years of serving in executive leadership positions in Fortune 100 companies, I will be an effective and active board member and I would help ensure that we stay true to our mission.
My company, Group Health, has been a partner of Cascade's since 2003, providing support in funding, in-kind support for bicycling basics, and supporting programs such as the Major Taylor, Commute Challenge and Bike to Work breakfast.
Cascade Bicycle Club does so much good work on behalf of so many people that I would be honored if you would vote for me to serve on your board of directors. If you elect me as your new board member, you will get a strong club and cycling advocate, active fundraiser, and an active participant in your rides and events.