The Bikes Not Bombs board of directors is pleased to announce that Elijah Evans has been selected through a joint board and staff process as the organization’s new executive director.
Evans started at Bikes Not Bombs at age 14 as an Earn-A-Bike participant, then going on to become the coordinator and then director of Youth Programs, and most recently serving as the vice chair of the board of directors. Evans returns to lead the organization after becoming a teacher through Teach for America and spending three years in the classroom and managing operations at TFA’s new teacher institute.
“It is with great excitement that I step into the executive director role at Bikes Not Bombs,” Evans said. “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 studied African American history and Spanish linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, has a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, and is a musician, bike mechanic and avid cyclist. He will begin his tenure as executive director on March 27.
Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. The organization reclaims thousands of bicycles each year and creates local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs and sustainable transportation. Bikes Not Bombs programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation.