October 17, 2017
 
Bikes Not Bombs Names Elijah Evans as Its Executive Director

Elijah Evans
March 7, 2017 — Bikes Not Bombs, a nonprofit based in Boston's Jamaica Plan neighborhood that utilizes used bicycles to advocate for social change, today announced that it has named Elijah Evans as its executive director.

Evans succeeds Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, who served in the post for nearly five years, stepped down in December after achieving her goal to create a shared vision for the organization, as well as building its capacity and infrastructure to support that vision.

Allie Hunter McDade, board chair of Bikes Not Bombs (BNB), said, “Elijah knows Bikes Not Bombs in and out and as someone with a lifelong commitment to social justice, he will be a strong steward of BNB’s guiding principles. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Elijah take on this role and we are confident that he has the passion, vision, and leadership skills to bring BNB to new levels of success and growth.”

Evans will start on March 27.

Evans previously served as director of youth programs at BNB, having worked his way up from a trainer and coordinator of several programs. He most recently served as vice chair of the BNB board of directors.

He returns to lead the organization after becoming a teacher through Teach for America (TFA) and spending three years in the classroom and managing operations at TFA’s new teacher institute. Most recently he worked as a history teacher at Brookline High School.

“It is with great excitement that I step into the executive director role at Bikes Not Bombs,” said Evans, and avid cyclist and bike mechanic. “I am passionate about empowering people socially and economically, and this role presents an opportunity to apply my skills and experience as a leader in program development, management, and community building to an organization that values being courageous and bold in the face of injustice.”

Evans earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American history and Spanish linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, a master's degree from Boston University's School of Education, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Founded in 1984, BNB each year reclaims thousands of bicycles and creates local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, sustainable transportation, and mobilizes youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation. Each year it collects about 6,000 bicycles, as well as used parts, most of which are shipped abroad. To date, BNB has shipped more than 50,000 bicycles to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ghana, Uganda, and Kenya.

BNB held its first Bike-a-Thon in 1998, raising $7,000. Last year, it held its 29th Bike-a-Thon, which attracted 730 riders to raise $193,000. It currently has an annual operating budget of $1.47 million.

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