About Advocacy Advance

Advocacy Advance is a dynamic partnership of the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists to boost local and state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy efforts. With support from SRAM, Advocacy Advance provides targeted trainings, reports, grants and assistance to equip advocates with the specific tools they need to increase biking and walking in their communities.

Since 2009, the Advocacy Advance Team has created critical reports and provided direct assistance to advocates who used that information to take action. Advocacy Advance has also awarded $1.5 million in direct grants and scholarships to build the movement and jumpstart new campaigns across the nation.

In 2014, Advocacy Advance will continue with renewed focus and ambitious goals to:

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Advocacy Advance Staff

Darren Flusche
Policy Director
darren at advocacyadvance dot org

Darren Flusche is the Policy Director for the League of American Bicyclists. Before joining the League in April 2009, he worked for six years in New York City on a number of urban policy areas including transportation, education, philanthropy and the arts. Darren has earned a B.A. in history from Syracuse University and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in public policy analysis from New York University. Darren commutes to work by bicycle daily.


Brighid O'Keane
Advocacy Director

brighid at advocacyadvance dot org

Brighid O’Keane is the Deputy / Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Biking & Walking. Before joining the Alliance in February 2011, she opened a food cooperative market as the Executive Director of the Berkeley Student Food Collective. An environmental policy graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, she has worked in Colorado, California, Alaska, and Thailand on community organizing, organizational development and facilitation.


Ken McLeod
Legal Specialist

ken at advocacyadvance dot org

Ken McLeod is the Legal Specialist for the League of American Bicyclists. Ken joined the League in 2012 after graduating from William & Mary School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Virginia. During law school he worked for a private law firm in Cambodia and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Prior to that, Ken worked at a law firm in Orange County and a legal services provider in Seattle. He graduated from Pomona College in 2007 with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He began using his bike regularly after college and has been car-free since February.


Christy Kwan
Outreach Coordinator

christy at advocacyadvance dot org

Christy Kwan is the Advocacy Advance Outreach Coordinator with the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In her role, Christy focuses on walking and forging connections with the public health community. Christy has past experience in working with diverse stakeholders to increase healthy food access in underserved communities and promoted sustainability and environmental conservation near military bases. She studied sociology and gender studies at the University of California San Diego, and earned her Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an avid walker and currently learning how to ride a bike in the city.


Advocacy Advance Interns

Justin John
Funding Research Intern (Summer 2013)

Justin will be entering his first year at George Mason University in pursuit of M.A. in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics. Born in New York City, Justin’s first love was the city's transportation system because he could ride the bus, take the subway, or hop on the ferry to go anywhere. Justin’s responsibilities as an intern was researching what federal transit and health funding sources will fund bicycle and pedestrian programs and projects, as well as researching how to pay for the maintenance of such bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Justin graduated this past spring from Temple University with a B.S. in Community and Regional Planning.



Lucy Wang
Communications Intern (Summer 2013)

Lucy Wang is a landscape architecture graduate from the University of Maryland. After recently completing a half-year trip across North America on mass transit to explore topics such as landscape architecture and urban design, Lucy has decided to focus her skills on advocating and engaging the public on green, transit-friendly initiatives. Lucy also has a great love and appreciation for the growing bicycling movement and is an aspiring writer.



Darryl Turner
Research and Tracking Intern (Spring 2013)

As the research and tracking intern, Darryl Turner tracked how federal money is being utilized in states and examining the flexibilities federal law provides to states under MAP-21.  Darryl is currently a School of Public Policy student at the University of Maryland and holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Northwestern University.


Advocacy Advance Guest Presenters

Peter Lagerwey
Peter Lagerwey is the Regional Office Director for Toole Design Group in the Northwest. Peter has over 26 years managing high profile pedestrian and bicycle projects and programs with the City of Seattle and as a private consultant. Peter is a nationally known expert having worked on non-motorized projects and made presentations in over 200 states, counties and cities. He was the project manager for developing and implementing the widely acclaimed Seattle Bicycle Master Plan; and co-author of the FHWA manual and training course on “How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP). Peter has taught the PSAP course along with the FHWA’s designing for Pedestrian Safety (DPS) course in eleven states.


RJ Eldridge

RJ Eldridge is the Director of Planning for Toole Design Group. RJ is an urban planner with over ten years of experience in land use planning, development regulations, demand forecasting and public facilitation. He is an extremely thorough project manager with experience managing large, multi-disciplined teams. He has a demonstrated ability to craft innovative and practical solutions for growth management issues ranging from urban infill to suburban stabilization to rural preservation. RJ's diverse experience includes authoring form-based codes for cities and towns of varying sizes, corridor and small-area planning projects, and infrastructure financing studies. RJ understands development issues not only as a professional planner, but also as an elected official in his hometown of Cheverly, Maryland, where he is a Town Councilmember and until recently, Planning Board Vice Chair.


Advocacy Advance Advisors

Bike/Ped-Friendly MPO Working Group

Grant Review Committee Members

Workshop Curriculum Advisory Team


For more information, contact us at info@advocacyadvance.org

A Partnership of:
Alliance for Biking & WalkingLeague of American Bicyclists

Supported by:
EveryBody Walk Collaborative


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