Board of Directors

Leah Schaperow

Vice President

Leah Schaperow is a ceramic artist of Milk Oolong Pottery in Liberty Station. She replaced her car with an electric bike when she relocated to San Diego from the Washington DC area. Leah in involved in BikeSD to promote comfort and safety for ebikes/ bikes/ skates/scooters/micromobility devices. Leah joined the board of BikeSD in 2020. Instagram: @milkoolongpottery

Alex Hernandez on her Bicycle

Alex Hernandez


Alex Hernandez is a staff attorney practicing disability law with a local non-profit. She has lived in San Diego since 2017. Alex received a B.A. in Political Science and Legal Studies from UC Santa Cruz before relocating to San Diego for law school. She holds a J.D. from California Western School of Law.

Alex went car-lite in November of 2021 after purchasing an e-bike. She discovered BikeSD during the summer of 2022 and began advocating for safe bike and micromobility infrastructure in San Diego. Alex joined the board of BikeSD in 2022.

Kyle Heiskala

Kyle Heiskala


Kyle Heiskala is a political and media strategist who has executed advocacy and political campaigns at both the local level in Southern California and across the globe. He has worked on bicycle advocacy in San Diego for the past 7 years and got his start through improving bicycle infrastructure at the UC San Diego campus and also serving on the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee in 2014. He uses a systems based approach to find solutions to our greatest political and environmental challenges. When Kyle isn’t working, he can be found tending a garden or planning his next bike ride. Twitter: @KyleHeiskala

Nevo Magnezi

Nevo Magnezi


Nevo Magnezi is a hardware engineer who has been living in San Diego and in the Hillcrest neighborhood since 2019. He received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, where outside of academics, he re-learned how to bike along the Anacostia River Trail System. He received a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego in 2021. He rides on the 4th and 5th Ave protected bike lanes everyday on his Surly Cross-Check or the Tern GSD e-cargo bike which he shares with his partner. Nevo wants to work towards a region where everyone has safe, affordable, sustainable, healthy, and pleasant methods of getting around, which means more dedicated micromobility infrastructure! Nevo joined the board of BikeSD in 2020. Twitter: @NevoMagnezi

Monica de la Cruz

Monica de la Cruz (she/her/hers)  is a San Diego county native and current resident of the Golden Hill neighborhood. While she grew up biking for fun with family, her advocacy for safer streets began after she gave up her car in 2017 and began biking throughout the city of San Diego as her primary means of transport. Monica serves as Chair of the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee and volunteers with Families for Safe Streets San Diego. Monica holds a B.A. in Literature and Cultural Studies from University of California San Diego. She is a communications professional at GRID Alternatives, where she supports the marketing, education and outreach for the state's Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing Program. She joined the board of BikeSD in 2023.

Oliver Asis

Oliver loves and is passionate about all things transportation, infrastructure, and the built environment. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys riding his bike around San Diego county and surrounding areas. You will find that he will always have a camera with him when he bikes. Oliver works full time for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in the Engineering Hydraulics Branch, where he reviews, analyzes, and designs drainage elements and systems for State and local projects in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Oliver studied Structural Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.  And additionally he is also an award winning Professional photographer with over 10 years of experience.

Kevin So

Kevin Eugene So is a project manager and designer who recently relocated to San Diego from Albany, CA. With experience working in architecture firms, tech startups, and nonprofits, Kevin curiously seeks holistic & creative strategies for improving the built environment. Kevin enjoys commuting & exploring new places via bike and tinkering on his next bike project. He is passionate about alternative mobility and its impact towards wellbeing, safety, and climate. Kevin joined the board of BikeSD in 2024.

Brittany White

Brittany is passionate about working with communities to shape a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable future. Currently, she works for a non-profit, supporting under-represented communities with planning and urban design projects that include active and multi-modal transportation, affordable housing, groundwater resource management and economic development. Brittany moved to San Diego in 2022 and initially worked for the County of San Diego. She still maintains those connections, staying plugged into the projects and politics of infrastructure development in the region. Prior to moving to San Diego, Brittany attended graduate school at University of California, Davis, where her daily vehicle for all her commuting was her bicycle. She worked as a graduate student researcher studying the equity impacts of congestion pricing and other methods to encourage mode shift away from single-occupancy vehicles. After finishing school, Brittany worked as an active transportation planner on projects throughout Northern California, from highly urbanized areas in the Bay Area to rural communities. She has a deep understanding of the ways in which bicycle infrastructure, programs, and policies come together and she is a fierce advocate for communities that are fun, safe, and joyful for people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life. Brittany believes San Diego has so much to offer to residents and visitors, and she envisions a future where the City’s bike network matches the City’s world class amenities and beautiful destinations, so popular that it is the envy of even the most bike friendly cities. 


Anar Salayev

Executive Director

Anar Salayev is a car-enthusiast turned active transportation advocate. He seeks a holistic understanding of the built environment. He believes that human-centric urban design will go a long way in combating climate change, encouraging sustainable practices, and improving health outcomes – both mental and physical.

Most of Anar’s time is spent thinking about mobility - striving to balance theory and practice. As a product manager at MTM, he focuses on getting patients to and from their appointments in a timely manner. As the Executive Director/Advocacy Co-Lead at BikeSD, he works with a team of volunteers to push forward all ages and abilities bike infrastructure across the city of San Diego. Finally, as correspondent and Advocacy working group lead at Pedestrian Space, he writes articles on pedestrian-centric infrastructure and leads discussions on worldwide advocacy efforts.

In his spare time, Anar enjoys spending time with his partner, friends, and pets, playing board games, reading, working out, and learning Krav Maga.

Keala Rusher

Keala Rusher

Outreach Manager

Keala Rusher is an educator who is committed to community, justice, and sustainability. She received her undergraduate degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California and her Master of Education at National University. Apart from biking, her interests include surfing, rock climbing, and checking out more books than she can read at once from the public library. She is passionate about biking and bike advocacy as a space where transportation justice, climate justice, community, and fun meet. Keala joined the board of BikeSD in 2022. Twitter: @keala_r