Internal Committee Chair
Cycling has provided John the opportunity for exploration since he was young. He can remember the freedom he felt while riding on two wheels that could take him anywhere, a feeling that continues to motivate him today. John is an aspiring adventure cyclist with a focus on self-contained tours. He’s rode Pittsburgh to D.C, and Kalamazoo to Sault St. Marie. John continues his rides year round commuting to work. (more…)
Murtaza has spent most of his adult life biking for travel as a way of minimizing his impact on the environment. He joined Back Alley Bikes in 2015 as a volunteer and spent the next two years asking dozens if not hundreds of questions to former Back Alley Bikes staff in order to develop and refine his repair skills. Back Alley Bikes trained him as he prepared for Bike the Line, a 2-month-long community canvassing expedition done entirely on bike, and BAB supported the trip in crucial ways when emergencies came up. He thus pretty much owes it to the organization to help it thrive at this time of transition. 😉
Adrienne has served on the board since 2017. She is also a board member for the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation.
I’ve been into long distance cycling since I was 12. I discovered BAB in 2013, fell in love with the mission, and took my first bike repair class so I could volunteer with Youth Earn a Bike. Over the years I’ve volunteered off and on with Earn a Bike and other programming and have gone through the Wrench Learn & Give series. I wanted to volunteer more, but my mechanic abilities weren’t sticking. In 2016 when I found out the organization needed some help with bookkeeping I was thrilled! Not about the books, but the opportunity to contribute through my background as an accountant. I’m very excited to be a part of the BAB Board and to help this organization continue to pursue its mission!
External Committee Chair
Sarms Jabra has a lot of love for a lot of things. Near the top of that list is a love for cycling and youth empowerment. As such, he could not be more excited to be part of Back Alley Bikes, first as a volunteer and now by serving on the board. His background is diverse: licensed attorney, professional print maker, former teacher, and current member of the City of Detroit’s Finance Department. After a short stint in Chicago, he had the opportunity to come back to Detroit as Challenge Detroit Fellow and would not want to be anywhere else.
Greg Iszler is an executive at The Mars Agency and a cycling and Detroit enthusiast. A veteran of numerous cycling events across Michigan, including The Baroudeur and the Tour de Troit, Greg has made it his personal mission to encourage more people to get into biking. Experiencing first-hand the freeing and therapeutic power of cycling, he is a passionate advocate for beginners and lapsed riders alike. Crossing paths with and getting involved in Back Alley Bikes felt like a true calling for him. Greg has eagerly jumped in to help the organization map out and realize its full potential as well as to continue to help refurbish bikes and support biking opportunities for the broader Detroit community.
Todd Scott is the Executive Director of the Detroit Greenways Coalition. The Coalition is a non-profit organization with a vision for a strong, healthy, vibrant City of Detroit and surrounding region where a seamless network of greenways, green spaces, blue ways and complete streets is an integral part of people’s active lifestyle including day-to-day transportation and recreation.
Scott began working with the Coalition in 2008 as Detroit Greenways Coordinator for the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA). He has led advocacy efforts and helped encourage much greater support for trails and biking in Detroit. Scott is also a board member of the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative and co-chairs the Active Living sub-committee of the Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative.
Prior to working in Detroit, Scott did trail planning for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and was executive director for the Michigan Mountain Biking Association. In his spare time he enjoys exploring Detroit on bike and ultra-running.