Board of Directors

Chris Hwang President |
Chris is the Evaluation & Technology Administrator at First 5 Alameda County, which funds and supports organizations serving families with children 0-5 years old. Her professional work spans more than 20+ years in public health. WOBO gives Chris opportunities to advocate for change to make Oakland a healthier place to live. Chris served as the Chair of the City of Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee from 2011 to 2014 and  now serves as a Commissioner on the Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. Responsibilities: Chris is actively involved in the Lake Merritt BART Station Area planning process, Oakland Urban Paths and Oaklavía.

Dave Campbell — Vice Chair, Campaigns |
Dave Campbell coordinates the advocacy and policy work of Bike East Bay, which represents people who ride in 33 jurisdictions in the East Bay and Dave directs Bike East Bay’s local advocacy work in each city. Dave also leads Bike East Bay’s efforts to establish local working groups in each city and works extensively with county and regional planning agencies to secure funding for bike projects and to improve policies that affect each city in the East Bay. Dave joined Bike East Bay back in 1996 as a volunteer while practicing patent and trademark law in San Francisco and still acts as a legal advisor to Bike East Bay. Dave rides a beat up old Diamondback mountain bike and wishes he spent more time on weekends riding his bike, but tennis, his other passion, keeps him on court.

Lola Dvorak – Secretary |
Lola moved to Oakland in 2013 and has loved getting to know this vibrant city through neighborhood walks. She’s proud her daughter will grow up here and she looks forward to making it an even better place to live, work and play. Her nonprofit work  reflects her passion for public communication, environmental protection and member advocacy. Over the last decade, Lola has volunteered with several bike and neighborhood groups in San Francisco and is thrilled to work with WOBO on the sunny side of the Bay.

Rebecca Pollon – Treasurer |
Rebecca is an award-winning landscape designer who has been practicing since 2005. She has worked with companies ranging from boutique firms to the largest landscape contractor in America, and holds her masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her specialty is improving quality of life by creating environments that promote interaction between users and their surroundings, as well as improving access to nature in urban areas. She currently runs her own design and consulting practice.

Liza Baskir  |
Liza Baskir is an Environmental Plannner with Insignia Environmental specializing in CEQA and the environmental review process.  Prior to her work as an Environmental Planner, she was a New Sector AmeriCorps RISE Fellow serving as the project manager for SPUR in Oakland.  Before SPUR, she worked as a Canvass Director and Campus Organizer for CALPIRG and Environment California. She is most interested in understanding how best to implement public policy through the environmental review process and engagement of key community groups.

Meryl Klein  |
Meryl first discovered bicycling as transportation while studying in the Netherlands and since then has always found a way to get involved in improving bicycle and pedestrian experiences in various towns throughout the United States. When not biking or urban exploring in Oakland, you will find Meryl volunteering with local animal rescue groups and probably showing off photos of current foster dogs or cats available for adoption. As a newer Oakland resident, Meryl is excited to get more involved in the local advocacy community and to make the city a safer and more enjoyable place to walk and bike with WOBO.

Ella Wise  |
Ella is a City Planner at Dyett & Bhatia, Urban and Regional Planners where she collects community input, analyzes data, and drafts policy to guide the development of cities throughout California. Previously, she advocated for sustainable land use and transportation policies at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She is interested in working for racially and socially just transportation policies and investments, reclaiming our public spaces (streets) from cars, and cultivating a healthier democracy through local activism.

Do you think you have the chops to join one of the most exciting and rewarding nonprofit Boards in Oakland?  For folks out there who want a great experience working hands-on with transportation leaders and visionaries, who are looking to listen, learn and collaborate with neighbors to bring great streets to Oakland, who can commit to at least a 2-year term to lead WOBO into its next phase of growth, learn more about this terrific leadership opportunity and sign on!