Interests: Learning about bike policy, how other boards function, gathering more experience and setting up a community for more opportunities.
Favorite Album: Juicy Biggie Small
Favorite Thing to do on a bike: Take youth on bike ride in east county
The first thing you look for when coming into the shop: All the different types of bikes
Fiona Yau Luu
UFCW Local 555, Biketown
Board member since May 2018
Fiona is currently the Government and Community Affairs Coordinator at UFCW Local 555, the union representing primarily grocery store workers, and a part-time Bike Technician at Biketown. She has a background in electoral politics, community organizing, and government. She served on the board for Oregon Walks for the last 3 years in a number of roles including Board President. She helped to enroll thousands of union members and the general public through the Affordable Care Act, and nationally coordinated the civic engagement holiday, National Voter Registration Day. She lives in North Portland with her partner and their cow cat, Avi.
Favorite Album: Blonde by Frank Ocean
Favorite Thing to do on a bike: I’m destination motivated so commuting by bike is my fav and I’m a fan of a gravel alley or unimproved road detour
Favorite thing to do when not working or on a bike: Taking a neighborhood walk. I’m always surprised by the things I notice at walking speed vs biking speed
Favorite Movie: Bend it Like Beckham
The first thing you look for when coming into the shop: Parts mostly. I’m usually coming to the shop for something specific that I need like a cassette/chainring/pedals etc.
The bike are you most likely to ride to the shop: 2018 Surly Straggler
David Kurushima, Secretary
Board member since May 2018
David Kurushima has been involved with the Community Cycling Center as a volunteer, staff member and now board member since 2006. He moved to Portland in 2008 specifically to work for the Community Cycling Center as a mechanic, and over the years has had a hand in nearly every aspect of the organization. David has always been most excited about the Community Cycling Center’s ability to lower the most basic barriers to active transportation and recreation by creating welcoming spaces and communities where people can access affordable equipment, services and knowledge.
David has a B.A. in History and Art History from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Branding from the School of Visual Arts.
Favorite Book(s) You’ve Recently Read: The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Favorite Album: Dead Kennedys – Bedtime for Democracy. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
Favorite Thing to do on a bike: Mountain Biking
Favorite thing to do when not working or on a bike: Surf, play ultimate
Favorite Movie: Babel (2006)
Favorite Place to Eat on Alberta St:
Don Panchos, Halo Thai, Bollywood Theater
The first thing you look for when coming into the shop: At the moment it’s a 29er hardtail
Board member since 2019
Sara is a consultant in the community and economic development sectors with a specialization in tax credit financing. She is a third-generation Oregonian and is passionate about supporting the Community Cycling Center in its work to broaden access to bicycling. She believes mobility is a critical component of both individual freedom and human connection. She lives in NE Portland with her husband and two young daughters and enjoys family bike rides around the city.
Favorite Book(s) You’ve Recently Read: All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr); Telegraph Avenue (Michael Chabon); The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)
Favorite Album: Interventions and Lullabies (The Format); Clandestino (Manu Chao)
Favorite Thing to do on a bike: Ride to a Thorns game
Favorite thing to do when not working or on a bike: Play in the sprinklers with my kids (weather-permitting) or put on a podcast and go for a long run.
Favorite Movie: I much prefer television series to any movie – current favorites include The Good Place and Call the Midwife
Favorite Place to Eat on Alberta St: Bole Ethiopian Food
Board member since March 2018
Johnny Burrell is an Oregon native and Finance Director at Nike, where he has worked since 1999. He started volunteering at the CCC for the Holiday Bike Drive and has been on the Finance Committee since 2019. He has been active in the cycling community since 2008 and can frequently be seen riding to/from work between NE and Beaverton. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Oregon in Computers and Information Systems. Johnny lives with his wife and two kids in the Alberta neighborhood near the CCC bike shop. For fun, he enjoys volunteering, camping, fishing and mountain biking with his friends and kids.
Favorite Album: Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Favorite Thing to do on a bike: Mountain bike or just get around town or ride to work or go get food or meet a friend…
Favorite thing to do when not working or on a bike: Anything exercise related, running, biking, swimming or relaxing and playing cards
Favorite Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Favorite Place to Eat on Alberta St: Bollywood Theater (the paneer Kati Roll, more specifically)
The first thing you look for when coming into the shop: Cool old parts that may work for something I don’t know I need yet.
The bike are you most likely to ride to the shop: Breadwinner B road
Board member since 2019
Steven is a Senior Supply Chain Manager at Lam Research. Lam Research has been a supporter of the Community Cycling Center for several years and supports a strong culture of community involvement. Steven has been volunteering at Tuesday night volunteer nights and the Holiday Bike Drive since 2013, usually with his son Luke. Steven earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. After moving his family to Portland from the San Francisco Bay area in 2007, he rekindled his childhood enthusiasm for the bicycle and its benefits.
Favorite Book(s) You’ve Recently Read: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Favorite Album: Tones by Eric Johnson
Favorite Thing to do on a bike: Get muddy on a cyclocross course
Favorite thing to do when not working or on a bike: Listen to music
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Place to Eat on Alberta St: Pa Ella
The first thing you look for when coming into the shop: My favorite saddle in the used saddle bin
Board member since 2021
Born of reptilian DNA and a mysterious ooze, Lale hails from the sewers of a nondescript major metropolitan area. They attended Master Splinter’s Dojo and graduated with high honors in both karate chops and bicycle kicks. Their dexterity and stamina are classified as super-human though Lale’s energy projection has yet to be effectively measured across all known dimensions. Lale possesses a radical ‘tude and is always down to kick some unrighteous butt.
This bio is so spot on that I can not change a word…but I will add that the cycling center was my first job moving to Portland AND my second job after graduating college AND it is also my favourite job thus far.
Favorite Book(s) You’ve Recently Read: The secret lives of church ladies
Favorite Album: right now I am listening to music from Mara Advertencia Lyrika
Favorite Thing to do on a bike: Get to work! Or ride to get a fun snack
Favorite thing to do when not working or on a bike: Eat! I love food! I like thinking about food, shopping for food, making food and eating food.
Favorite Movie: a movie by a french comedian who in the movie is a fairy. The movie might be called The Fairy.
Favorite Place to Eat on Alberta St: Tacos at el nutri taco
The first thing you look for when coming into the shop: See if I see anyone that I know to say Hi…
The bike are you most likely to ride to the shop: Depends on the day, but the bike that gave the most grief to my spouse has been my blue tandem.
Board member since 2020
Gina is the Associate Director at Forth, a nonprofit working to promote clean transportation. Her background is in human resources, finance, organizational development and diversity, equity & inclusion. She’s passionate about breaking down barriers and putting the community’s needs first so she’s excited to support all that the Community Cycling Center is doing. Gina hails from a tiny town in East TX and has a Bachelor’s in Business from Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. She’s new to the cycling world but is finding her groove in the saddle. You can catch her in SE Portland exploring the outdoors with her partner and dog, Chico.
Favorite Book(s) You’ve Recently Read: Mindful of Race
Favorite Album: Anything Kali Uchis; The Jungle is the Only Way out by Mereba
Favorite Thing to do on a bike: A peaceful AM ride
Favorite thing to do when not working or on a bike: Hiking, dancing (I like salsa!), gardening
Favorite Movie: Inception
Favorite Place to Eat on Alberta St: Bollywood Theater
Board member since 2018
A 30-something queer HR Professional working in Portland, Oregon, G grew up in sunny California working in their dad’s barber shop. They learned a lot about work ethic and a fair amount about human behavior. This also means that G never leaves streaks when cleaning mirrors and can spot a good fade from 100ft out.
Their career has been typical of many in the HR field, with experience in organizations of different sizes, different industries, and differing core values. G is passionate about improving the employee experience and connecting humans to resources that spark resilience and positive outcomes.
Favorite Book(s) You’ve Recently Read: Inventing Latinos by Laura E. Gomez
Favorite Album: CTRL by SZA
Favorite Thing to do on a bike: Late night summer time rides through Portland neighborhoods
Favorite thing to do when not working or on a bike: Cook, hike, or any outdoor fitness
Favorite Movie: The Birdcage
Favorite Place to Eat on Alberta St: The Bye and Bye
What’s the first thing you look for when coming into the shop: I like to check out the bikes for sale
What bike are you most likely to ride to the shop: Bianchi Volpe D2