Austin Austin | Operations Director
Austin is a California native who has been working on bikes in Minneapolis since 2009. Austin is a creative and writer, and was a 2018 Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship recipient from Quality Bike Products. Austin’s graduate work at San Francisco State University and Berkeley in Women Studies
focused on issues of race and environmental justice in underground hip hop culture in Los Angeles. Austin formerly worked as a volunteer for Cycles for Change (Sibley Bike Depot). Austin has returned to C4C to collectively advocate with coworkers goals to increase the visibility of non-binary people of color cyclists in Minneapolis.
Tina Cho | Executive Director
Tina (she/her/hers) is a queer Korean-American who has called Minneapolis home since 2004, when a rowing scholarship brought her to the University of Minnesota. With a background in Kinesiology & Coaching Pedagogy, she has spent (nearly) her entire working career in the nonprofit sector. From starting Minnesota’s first youth-only rowing organization to creating community programs at Nice Ride MN, Tina believes that real change starts locally, with our own communities and neighbors. With her charming wit and humorous grin, Tina works tirelessly to create equity and access in our community, one bike at a time. During the summers, the best place to find Tina outside the office is probably on a bike or in a hammock by the lakes, alongside her partner Anna Min, a renowned local photographer.
Cory Gabrielle | Fabrications
Cory (they/them) first moved from Seattle (where they grew up) to Minneapolis in 2014 and have continued to be amazed by seasons, consistent elevation, and the joys of biking year-round in the Midwest. Outside of working at Cycles for Change, they’re a fabrication welder with Bikefixation and co-manage a community metal shop in Seward. When they’re not building things, you can find them cooking or reading, surrounded by their brood of cats and scheming about the future.
Karl Hedlund | Administrative Coordinator
Karl (he/him/his) has been an avid year-round cyclist centered in South Minneapolis his entire life. His budding career in active transportation has included biking, mapping, and documenting every paved mile of Minnesota state bike trail. The back of his helmet can be seen throughout Google Street View. Prior to directing professional pursuits towards cycling, Karl crafted an education from the University of Minnesota with a premium on facilitating cross-sector and cross-cultural projects. He can most likely be spotted around local farmers markets.
Low Kling | Program Director
Low (they/them/theirs) has been biking in Minneapolis for ten years. They like to get groceries, go on slower-paced rides, and camp using their bicycle. They live with two cats and a human in South Minneapolis, enjoy all four seasons, and are probably thinking about snacks right now.
Gunther Melander | Administrative Coordinator
Gunther (he/him/his) hails from Wisconsin and has been riding his bike as a commuter for three years. He moved to Minneapolis in 2018 to organize young people to stop climate change, and still does that work on the side. When not working, Gunther can be found practicing martial arts, drinking coffee, or eating copious amounts of ice cream with friends.
Alex Modic | Retail Mechanic
Alex (he/him/his) grew up in Virginia and has spent the last 5 years biking the streets of Minneapolis. He is an Education major at Metro State with a focus on American history. When not fixing bikes, he works as a paraprofessional for a K-6 special needs elementary charter school. He loves baking for friends, watching bad movie with his boyfriend and running with a his dog Leia.
Tom Parker | Operations Coordinator
Tom (they/them/theirs) is new to the Minneapolis area and comes from a bicycle outreach and education background in the city of Milwaukee. They have been riding bikes for transportation since they were a wee lad and continue to do so sans drivers license to this day. When they are not riding around, they are hanging out with their dog Jimmy, escaping on outdoor adventures or spending time with friends. They hope to continue to utilize cycling as a form of active transportation and to help others to do so. They value the accessibility, joyfulness, and endorphins of riding bikes!
Stephanie Schultz | Marketing & Communications Director
Jae Hyun Shim | Administrative Manager
Jae Hyun (they/them, she/her) was adopted from Korea transnationally/ transracially to Minnesota as a baby and has spent many years working in community-based nonprofits locally and international aid abroad. They currently organize around environmental justice, food sovereignty, and police abolition. To create joy and pleasure, they ride their bike and are part of a synchronized swim team, the Subversive Sirens. Along with other QTBIPOC pals, they also help co-create spaces where we not only see ourselves represented, but where we are centered.
William Supanhnapom | Operations Coordinator – Used Bikes
Will (he/him/his, they/them/theirs) is from South Minneapolis and grew up in the city. His family is originally from Laos, where he still has a lot family. Throughout most of high school and some of middle school, Will was usually late to the bus in the morning–riding his bike was the easiest solution that allowed him to be independent. These days, Will is more punctual, but his bike still keeps him independent. Will likes fixed gear/track bicycles most of all for their simplicity, but also likes lugged steel frames for their aesthetics and craft work. In his free time, Will likes to watch documentaries, visit museums, sketch, and ride his bike.
Norman Whitfield | Retail Associate
Norman (he/him/his, they/them/theirs) was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, and has been in love with bicycles since he first learned how to ride at age six. He has a thing for cruisers, but an absolute obsession with Aero-styled T.T. bikes. He enjoys studying, designing, and building one-of-kind custom art bikes.