The 88bikes Foundation endows bicycles to girls throughout the world, especially the heroic survivors of human trafficking.
Dan Austin (Dan (at) 88bikes.org) is a writer and filmmaker living in Seattle, WA. Dan is best known for his 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 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 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.
Community Engagement Consultant
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 Emeritus of Seamless Possibilities
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.
Director of Seamless Possibilities
Katharine Andrews is an independent apparel designer and skilled maker of hand-built clothing. She produces a line of classically tailored, elegant and functional wool bicycle clothing out of her small Seattle studio. This line, Telaio, has earned the recognition of fine garment makers, designers, and cyclists alike and is sold in Seattle and Tokyo. Katharine wants her clients to feel good in their clothes and hopes to inspire autonomy and happiness through bicycling. She has led two Seamless Workshops in Cambodia so far and has been honored to support Cambodian girls in the spirit of creation and the joy of celebration.
Social Media Consultant
Emily Zhen is an aspiring social entrepreneur and sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School studying business, biology, and health policy. She is a 2014 Coca-Cola Scholar. Passionate about female empowerment, social impact, and bike riding herself, Emily currently runs a non-profit healthcare volunteering organization at her school called StudentsCare and is deeply involved in social impact clubs at Penn. She hopes to make a meaningful contribution to 88Bikes as a social media consultant.
88 Bikes Board
Carrie Regan/Board Chair (Knoxville, TN)
Carrie Regan is a life-long lover of bikes who's witnessed their transformative power in the developing world while living and working in Africa.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa in the mid-1990's, Carrie's trusty Trek mountain bike was her most important possession, transporting her on countless health education and vaccination trips, to markets, and to development projects throughout her region. In the process she experienced firsthand how critical bike transportation was for people in her region, the vast majority of whom lacked access to motorized transportation yet lived far from schools, dependable health care, and the everyday goods Americans take for granted. Be it four kids riding a single bike over a dozen miles to school each day (one sitting on the handle bars, one peddling, and two balanced on the rack!), a father pedaling 50 KM into town to buy critical medicine for his sick infant son, or a farmer biking to the distant fields that nourished his family and provided them with a small income, the multiple ways bikes could improve an individual's quality of life was clear. It's no surprise then that when Dan Austin first mentioned the concept of 88 Bikes to Carrie years ago, she was among the first donors. She's been a member of the board since 2014.
In her professional life, Carrie is Director of Programming at Scripps Networks Interactive, where she develops and oversees content for the television networks HGTV and DIY. Previously, Carrie spent 14 years at National Geographic Television (NGT) in Washington, DC in both development and production roles. Her production credits include the Emmy-nominated Search for the Afghan Girl, in which she was part of the three-person crew that tracked down the subject of the famous 1985 National Geographic Magazine cover.
In addition to serving in the US Peace Corps, Carrie was also an SCA volunteer park ranger in Carlsbad Caverns National Park and is an active alumna of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. She's a graduate of Boston University's College of Communication and a native of Massachusetts who still roots for the Red Sox from Knoxville, TN, where she lives with her husband, stepson and a Corgi named Katie.
Dr. Jared Austin (Portland, OR)
Dan Austin (Seattle)