About Us

The 88bikes Foundation endows bicycles to girls throughout the world, especially the heroic survivors of human trafficking.

Founders

Dan Austin

Dan Austin (Dan (at) 88bikes.org) is a writer and filmmaker living in Seattle, WA. Dan is best known for his 1999 documentary, True Fans, and for the book True Fans that chronicled his bike journey across America with his brother, Jared and his best friend Clint. A musical version of True Fans is currently in development in New York. A popular speaker on college campuses and at events, Dan is the award-winning director of seven documentaries and author of three books (including “The Road Trip Pilgrims Guide”); conversant in four languages, Dan has explored old paths and new throughout the world. His ‘universal joy principle’ was the inspiration for 88bikes, and provides the thematic thread for his forthcoming 88bikes documentary. Dan is the inspiration, voice and leader of 88bikes, directing the project and working closely with our partners and bike sponsors to make 88bikes a huge success.

Nick Arauz

Nick Arauz is a designer and social media entrepreneur with a broad range of accomplishments. He grew up on a heavy dose of creativity and technology, alternating summers between art schools, construction jobs, robotics camps and technology jobs. His career accomplishments include creating high-end retail experiences, developing technology and youth brands, developing technology for mobile networks, and working on social action programs. Nick is the co-founder of Xipto, a mobile advertising company, and also consults on strategy and marketing for well-known brands through Agency by Others. Nick brought 88bikes to life online, and has been responsible for the social fund raising and micro-philanthropy strategy that has been an integral part of 88bike’s success. He lives in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, with his twin boys.

Dr. Jared Austin

Dr. Jared Austin is a pediatric hospitalist and assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. He completed medical school at the University of Utah, and a pediatric residency and chief residency at the University of Minnesota, where he also graduated from the pediatric global health track. He spent two years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he fulfilled dual roles as a pediatric hospitalist at Mayo Eugenia Litta Children's Hospital, and a clinician in the Pediatric Diagnostic and Referral Clinic. His academic interests include hospital medicine, medical education and global health. Jared plays a critical role in leading 88bikes ground operations for each project, working with the local leaders for logistics and accounting. He has also been the connector and the expert on local history and culture for all 88bikes destinations.

Director of Community Engagement

Pauline Nee

Pauline Nee visited our first Endowment in August, 2009 at the Palm Tree Orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she repaired bikes and trained the kids to set up an “88bikeshop”. Pauline lives in New York, where she is the founder of Aerogram Group, a digital strategy firm. She is the Communications Chair for the Urban Land Institute Women's Leadership Initiative, which promotes responsible and sustainable land use. She is also a Social Innovation Fellow at StartingBloc. Pauline coordinates all of 88bikes’ communication and social media efforts.

Director of Seamless Possibilities

Kim Ngo

Kim Ngo, a costume designer for theatre, television, film and a member of the Costume Designers Guild, has designed costumes for a wide range of projects which include children’s puppet theatre, period theatrical productions, independent films, and television. Most recently she designed Somebody Up There Likes Me, (Special Jury Prize Award, Festival del film Locarno 2012) and Arcadia starring Academy Award Nominee John Hawkes (Crystal Bear Award, Berlinale 2012). In addition to her film work, Kim is the founder of Paper Chairs, a dynamic theater company based in Austin, Texas. Kim traveled with Dan in March 2013 to Cambodia and led 33 formerly-trafficked girls through a 5-day workshop where each girl made a beautiful dress for herself. The workshop culminated with a fun soirée replete with music, dancing, strands of lights hung from the vine-covered tree—even a photobooth! The girls had a blast dressing up in their new dresses and celebrating their accomplishments. The project was such a success Kim graciously accepted our invitation to become Director of Seamless Possibilities, a new program launching week-long dress-making workshops with formerly-trafficked women and girls throughout the world.