Monday, March 8, 2010

WABA Director to accept postion with NACTO

Eric Gilliland, WABA Executive Director, announced his resignation today, effective April 2, 2010. Eric has done a great job since he was hired by WABA back in 1999. In Fairfax he helped us set up the first Bike to Work Day event in the county, in Reston in 2002, attending some of our first meetings. He worked with FABB from the beginning, helping us get started and providing some seed money for promotional materials. His leadership and dedication will be missed.
Eric Gilliland initially joined the Washington Area Bicyclist Association as a program assistant in the fall of 1999 after brief forays as a Capitol Hill intern and bicycle messenger. Hired part time to assist with a ride called Bike DC, Eric quickly made his mark on bicycling in the Washington region through his involvement on other events such as Bike to Work Day in addition to numerous advocacy and fundraising initiatives. Eric was eventually hired as executive director by the WABA board of directors January of 2004.
He's accepted the position of executive director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). NACTO recently initiated Cities for Cycling which will "catalog, promote and implement the world's best bicycle transportation practices in American municipalities."

The WABA Board of Directors has begun the search for a new executive director.

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Wow -- Eric will be dearly missed, but fortunately WABA is a resilient organization.

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