APBP Board of Directors Candidate Statement

Evan Manvel
Land Use and Transportation Planner
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development

Please briefly describe your current position and how your work relates to the bicycle/pedestrian field:  

I am a land use/transportation planner in the State of Oregon's land use planning department, the Department of Land Conservation and Development.

I lead education and outreach efforts of the Transportation and Growth Management program, which helps communities use land use and transportation tools to provide transportation choices, including walking and biking.

Evan Manvel headshot.

As I work across the state, my work with communities covers everything from vibrant downtowns to diverse housing mixes, thoughtful infill to reshaping streets, Vision Zero to slowing speeding traffic. Often, the most powerful tool in our transportation toolbox is land use. While the plans communities adopt are helpful, I also work with them to implement those plans. I wrote a comprehensive guide listing over 40 sources of local, state, federal and private funding for building walking and biking improvements. 

I also work with communities that face public opposition to their plans. I published an article about our how our psychology often blocks efforts to create change, “Lizard Brains on Planning.” Those who attended the recent APBP conference may have heard my lightning talk “Lizard Brains on Bikes.” 

My next larger project is writing communication and strategy guides to help communities overcome opposition to increasing housing choices, addressing speeding traffic, and cutting excessive parking requirements.

Why do you want to be a Board member? What do you hope to gain over the term of your Board membership? 

I hope to help APBP’s influence grow. As a board member, I hope to expand our membership, budget, staffing and capacity. I have a long history helping nonprofit organizations grow, from nearly doubling the budget of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in two years to being the volunteer of the year for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

I also aim to assist APBP and its members with communications and messaging, so we can get more walking and biking improvements built across the country. I have worked extensively with the public, and the media, appearing in scores of news stories and leveraging power into results.

I hope to use my experience and knowledge from over 25 years of experience in politics, campaigning, and advocacy help APBP be as strong as it can be.

I hope to learn skills and knowledge from you all, the leading experts on walking and biking in the U.S. and Canada, and be inspired by our collective power. 

Please describe your goals for APBP and how your leadership on the Board will benefit the association. 

Much of this was covered in the previous question. My goals include improved messaging and external communications (with the public and media), a larger membership, and larger influence.

Before coming to a public agency, I spent most of my professional career building nonprofit organizations, as everything from a Research Director to lobbyist to an Executive Director. I bring organizational management skills and to the table, to complement my understanding of walking and biking. 

Past volunteer/leadership positions with APBP: 

I serve on the policy committee and led the update of the Vision Zero policy statement.

I was a speaker at the recent APBP conference in Portland, giving a lightning talk, "Lizard Brains on Bikes.

Past volunteer/leadership positions with other organizations: 

Board President, Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Board Member, Oregon Walks
Executive Director, Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Chapter Leader, Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Research and Education Director, 1000 Friends of Oregon
Legislative Affairs Director, Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Principal, Manvel Communications and Strategy
Director of Policy, Planning and Government Affairs, Cascade Bicycle Club
Interim Executive Director, Solar Oregon
Executive Director, Corvallis Environmental Center