Directors and Officers
Ron Durgin (Executive Director)
Ron co-founded Sustainable Streets in 2009, he served as the President and Board Chairman for 4 years and currently serves as the Executive Director. Since its inception, Ron has guided the organization to promote sustainable active transportation throughout the Los Angeles region. The organization is well known for its bike education programs designed for adults. His responsibilities include operations, fundraising, grant writing, outreach, program development, and fiscal management.
For his day job, Ron manages the Nation’s largest commuter bicycle facility, the Santa Monica Bike Center. He is responsible for business development, financial management, daily operations and the delivery of products, programs and services that encourage locals and visitors alike to bicycle in Santa Monica.
Prior to Sustainable Streets and the Santa Monica Bike Center, Ron spent over 20 years working in both nonprofit and for profit sectors honing his skills in fundraising, sales, product development, personnel management, business development, and business operations. His past employment includes Fujifilm USA, Greenpeace USA, and Greenopia, Inc.
Ron holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden. He is a League of American Bicyclists certified League Cycling Instructor (LCI)(2007) and LCI Seminar Coach (2013). He is a member of the League of American Bicyclists, California Bike Coalition, Transportation Alternatives, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Planners.
Rachel Horn (Administrative Manager)
Rachel Horn, B.A. Environmental Earth Sciences was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has never owned a car and always arrives sweaty. She has ridden more than 12,500 miles across the United States and Mexico sparking discussions about active transportation and menstrual health. She enjoys water coloring, dining at Chinese Restaurants with a "B" health code rating, and pushing limits. She volunteers at The Bikerowave weekly and is always scheming about the next bicycle direct action. LCI #4423
Donald Strauss (President)
Donald Strauss, PhD, M.F.A. is the founding chair of the Urban Sustainability Master of Arts program at Antioch University Los Angeles. The program launched in October 2010 with the intention of training practitioners and activists committed to working at the urban intersections of global environmental change and social, economic, and environmental justice.
In 2004, Donald entered the Environmental Studies Doctoral Program at Antioch University New England, where he focused on narratives of individuals and groups in urban communities and their relationships to the natural, social and political ecosystems with which they interact. His most recent research is an examination the phenomenon of urban alternative bike culture in Los Angeles as an emergent property of an urban ecosystem. His recent dissertation, titled Ridazz, Wrenches, & Wonks: A Revolution on Two Wheels Rolls Into Los Angeles, is an examination of the spontaneous emergence of a bike culture that has played an unlikely role in the transformation of regional transportation policy and the cultural life of Los Angeles, California.
Since January of 2007, Donald has served as a Climate Change Presenter with The Climate Reality Project, founded by The Honorable Albert Gore. He has given over 50 presentations titled Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions, based on the material included in the Academy Award winning documentary film An Inconvenient Truth. With the ongoing assistance of the staff at The Climate Project, Donald has continuously updated the presentation so that in its current form it reflects the most current state of scientific knowledge and social discourse pertaining to global environmental change.
Prior to assuming his role of Chair of the Urban Sustainability Program, Donald was a member of the Core Faculty in the Antioch University Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program where he directed the Creative Writing Major Area of Concentration. He has been teaching at Antioch University Los Angeles since 1998.
William McCarthy, Ph.D. (Secretary)
Dr. McCarthy is an Adjunct Professor of Health Policy & Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, UCLA Department of Psychology. He has over 25 years experience in the public health sector, including developing and implementing state and national campaigns encouraging a tobacco free lifestyle, a physically active lifestyle and one featuring minimally processed fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Dr. McCarthy has considerable nonprofit experience as a former board member and officer of the American Cancer Society.
Mr. McCarthy provides board governance guidance and contributes his knowledge and experience to the organization in developing effective communication strategies about the health benefits associated with active transportation and in developing intervention strategies to encourage greater population adoption of active transportation.
Jeremy Grant (CFO)
Dynamic and detailed driven architectural designer and drafter with over 18 years of experience conceptualizing and materializing building & planning solutions that improve client profits, branding, and customer experience. Creativity, leadership, quality, hard work ethic, time efficiency, and practical experience are the building blocks of my success.
Specialties: Hospitality, resort, retail, commercial, mixed use, education, lifestyle, daycare, residential, master planning, branding, marketing, quality standard development, client focus, green building, emergent technology, programming, etc.
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