COAST Officers and Board of Directors
Eva Inbar, President
Eva was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. She came to this country in 1973 to attend the University of California Irvine, earning her Ph.D. there. After a brief academic career, she settled in Santa Barbara with her husband, Michael, to raise a family that eventually grew to four children. She became active in the Safe Routes to School movement when she found that her children were not safe biking or walking to their local school. Eva has been a proponent of bicycle and pedestrian safety ever since and has been serving on the COAST board since 2005. You will often see Eva riding her bike around town.
Mark Bradley, Vice President
Mark is a consultant in the area of transportation demand and policy analysis, working for 12 years in the UK and the Netherlands, and for the last 18 years in California. He recently became a Director at Resource Systems Group (RSG). He is an internationally known expert in the field of travel demand modeling for long-range planning, and is involved in regional, State and Federal projects to study road pricing, demand for transit services, and the effects of urban design on travel behavior and health. Mark moved from the Bay Area to Santa Barbara in 2002, and joined the COAST Board in 2004. He also serves on the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee.
Sally Tannenbaum, Secretary
Sally Cahill Tannenbaum moved to Santa Barbara in 2011 after retiring as a Communication Professor at California State University, Fresno. She and her husband Peter met in graduate school at UCSB and vowed to return to Santa Barbara when they retired from teaching. Long an advocate of alternative transportation, Sally was an active board member of Tree Fresno, Rails to Trails, and Fresno Beautiful. She is an avid biker and walker and cherishes promoting and exploring our beautiful coastal community.
Greg Janée, Treasurer
Greg is a software engineer who works at UCSB. He is a longtime advocate for bicyclists and pedestrians and was the Safe Routes to School champion at his children’s school, Mountain View. Greg lives in Goleta with his wife, Pilar, and two young daughters.
Kate Burgner Ph.D., Director
Kate is a transplant to Santa Barbara, originally from San Diego. She came to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB for her undergraduate degree, and stayed in Santa Barbara to complete her master, and PhD in the Department of Gegraphy. Kate’s graduate research was focused in transportation and everyday travel behavior of individuals. Following the completion of her degree, she started her own consulting business, Data Perspectives Consulting. She also teaches courses in Geography as an Adjunct Faculty member of Santa Barbara City College.
Larry Bickford, Director
Larry is a local optometrist and an Santa Barbara resident of 39 years. He grew up in Long Island where walking and biking to school was the norm. The train station was an easy bike ride away and offered transportation anytime anywhere you wanted. Every street had sidewalks. When his daughter, Julia, attended Peabody Elementary School, Larry became involved in Safe routes to School. Now that Julia is in college, he is continuing his activities on the COAST board. He believes nobody should ever get hurt riding a bike or crossing the street.
Doris Phinney, Director
Doris has spent her life in Santa Barbara and Goleta, attending Harding elementary school, La Cumbre Junior High, Santa Barbara High School and receiving an AA degree from Santa Barbara City College and a BA from UCSB, majoring in Political Science. “Because I experience the rewards of bicycling, I want to share my enthusiasm and encourage others to bicycle more. Volunteering with COAST has given me a chance to work with children, teaching them to ride safely. I love their eagerness. We must continue to provide opportunities for women and children to learn how to ride safely in our community. When cyclists are confident in their ability to ride on local streets then they will ride more!”
COAST Advisory Board
Matt Dobberteen, Alternative Transportation Manager, County of Santa Barbara
Matt was born in Boston and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. Educated at UCSB, a student leader on public policy and resource management, Matt was elected to the board of IV Rec & Parks right out of school. He then joined the County of Santa Barbara Planning Department, working on many long-range community planning projects. He was named County Redevelopment officer and was in charge of projects in Old Town Goleta, Orcutt, and Isla Vista. In his current position in the County Public Works Transportation Planning division, Matt works on conventional and sustainable transportation projects of every kind.
Kent Epperson, Director, Traffic Solutions. Kent holds a Master Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver, and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Metropolitan State College. Kent now works as the Director of SBCAG Traffic Solutions, where he has been since 2002. Traffic Solutions is the Santa Barbara Countywide Ride share organization, with a mission of reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality by encouraging people to bike, walk, carpool, telecommute and take rail and transit. Traffic Solutions is an important partner for COAST working on programs such as Walk and Roll, CycleMAYnia, the Green Shorts Film Festival, and most recently Santa Barbara Open Streets. Kent also serves as a Board Advisor for SB Bike.
Brian Fahnestock, Business Executive; MTD and CEC Board member
Brian is vice president with a local software company, he also sits on the boards of MTD and CEC. A few years ago, Brian moved from his suburban home in Goleta to Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Next time you are downtown, you might just run into Brian.
Ed France, Executive Director, SB Bike Coalition
Ed loves bicycling, engaging with people, living in Santa Barbara, and is thankful to serve in a vocation that brings these all together. A community member for over 10 years, Ed previously worked for the City of Santa Barbara. He was very fortunate to meet a band of creative social entrepreneurs who started up Bici Centro, our community bike repair shop and education center. Ed started as a volunteer, then part-time staff member for Bici Centro, and served as both advisor and board member of the Bike Coalition. In his free time, Ed takes out-of-the-way routes on his bike commute, mountain bikes, and enjoys ocean sports. Send Ed an E-Mail if you would like to go on a ride and talk bike stuff.
Grant House, former Santa Barbara City Council Member and business owner
Steve Maas, Manager of Strategic Planning & Compliance, MTD
Alex Pujo, Architect, P&A (805) 962-3578
Alex was one of the co-founders of COAST in 2001 and president from 2001-4 and 2010-2012. He served on the City of Santa Barbara Architectural Board of Review (ABR) and Historic Landmarks Commission, and County committees overseeing the aesthetics of roads, bridges and trails. Alex is a local architect and an advocate of traditional urban planning and historic preservation.
Helene Schneider, Mayor, City of Santa Barbara
Rich Untermann, Professor Emeritus of Urban Design
Rich is Professor Emeritus of Urban Design at the University of Washington. He holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Rich’s work focuses on recycling 1960’s-style auto-oriented communities to meet the needs of scarce resources and concerns of global warming. The goal is simple: get millions of people walking – even just an extra half-mile a day. With years of ‘center city’ experience, Rich has focused the last 25 years helping suburban communities increase density, mix land uses, redesign streets and integrate transit to convert their neighborhoods, downtowns and malls into environmentally friendly pedestrian oriented places.
Erisy Watt, Project Director/Administrator
Erisy graduated from UCSB in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies. Although from Nashville, the rich natural landscape of the California coast continually reaffirms Erisy’s enthusiasm to actively take part in its protection. In 2014, Erisy spent 4 months in Southeast Asia documenting the health of the coral reef ecosystem and studying marine conservation before traveling to New Zealand to work on organic farms. Erisy loves being outdoors, whether that be biking, trail running, or watching a sunset with her guitar…she is always advocating time spent outside in nature! Erisy is passionate about giving back to her community through making sustainable and safe transportation accessible to everyone!
Kim Stanley-Zimmerman, Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Kim graduated from UCSB with a degree in environmental studies, and worked in the environmental field in Santa Barbara after graduating. Kim is happy to be working for COAST as Safe Routes to School Coordinator. Health and the environment are two issues she is passionate about in her own life, and is something she “loves espousing…I mean talking to kids about!” She’s a family gal, living near downtown and loves to walk and ride when not rushing around to the area schools!
Nancy Eckert, Safe Routes to School Educator & Assistant Coordinator
Nancy was born and raised in Santa Barbara and graduated from Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo with a multiple subject teaching credential. Nancy has taught and worked in program development in a variety of areas including Waste and Recycling Education, Physical Education, English as a Second Language, and Elementary classroom teaching. Currently she teaches for the Safe Routes to School program which is a perfect fit given her passion for cycling and background in education. She also runs a girls softball program for area youth.
Barry Remis, Safe Routes to School Instructor
Barry came to S.B. in 2006 from Connecticut, where he studied Elementary Education at Southern CT State University. He spent 15+ years in direct marketing and IT business analysis before “switching coasts” for a career and lifestyle change. Barry enjoys running, biking, fitness, local music and volunteering for organizations like the SBBIKE, SBIFF, the Arlington Theater, KCRW, Organic Soup Kitchen and Los Padres ForestWatch. Barry helps execute the annual SB Open Streets celebration, and coaches young riders on the Riviera Youth Bike Team. He also facilitates improvements to the COAST website and manages our online Events Calendar.
Jody Nelson, Safe Routes to School Instructor
A Santa Barbara native, Jody has 25+ years of teaching experience in the areas of physical education and film production. She has designed and led film production classes for youth and has produced three award-winning short films about children and sports. Her purpose has been to provide guidance, direction, and vision regarding sports and wellness. With a Bachelor of Science degree from UMASS, Amherst and an Associate of Arts Degree in Film Production from Santa Barbara City College, Jody is a credentialed teacher who has presented national and college-level workshops on health and fitness, and worked with professional sports media. Jody’s passions include running, swimming and triathlon.
Ana Rico, Eastside Walks Community Organizer
Ana was raised in the Eastside, and is currently our Eastside Walks Organizer, a vital component to the success of our Eastside Walks project. A devoted mother of three, Ana walks with her kids to school every day. She experiences first hand the traffic dangers of walking around the Eastside.
A Brief History
The Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST) promotes convenient transportation alternatives for everyone including the one-third of the population who, by choice or necessity, does not drive. We survey community members about their transportation needs and communicate with government officials and planners to ensure the needs are addressed in the transportation funding process. Our outreach is diverse. We represent farm workers in North County; children in our local schools and commuters desperate for alternatives to driving and traffic congestion. COAST began in 1993 as a group of volunteers active in alternative transportation issues. Our group was interested in practical alternatives to the widening of Highway 101 being considered at that time. In the process, we helped redefine the project area as a “corridor” including all modes of transportation along and across the 101 rather than within the narrow strip of mainline freeway. COAST was influential in developing the City of Santa Barbara’s updated Circulation Element that is recognized as a turning point in local transportation policies. We have been engaged in many transportation related projects including the South Coast Transit Plan, Highway 101 Design Guidelines, North County Unmet Transit Needs, Highway 101 Operational Improvements, 101 in Motion, Safe Routes to School (SR2S) and South Coast Commuter Rail. COAST incorporated in 2001 as a 501(c)3 organization to continue a broad range of educational activities and we continue today to advocate for healthy and environmentally beneficial transportation alternatives.
Here are some of our signature achievements since our incorporation in 2002:
- COAST challenged the long-standing practice of diverting funds that were designated for North County transit to road maintenance. As a result, a new bus line now serves families in Santa Maria, Vandenberg Village, Lompoc and a vanpool program has been created to take farm workers safely to work in the fields around Santa Maria.
- CoastalRailNow, a project of COAST, spearheads the effort to bring commuter rail to the South Coast. This could take thousands of vehicle trips off our crowded freeway and local streets!
- COAST coordinates the regional Safe Routes to School program, encouraging South Coast children to walk or bike to school, and educating them to do it safely. This improves their fitness and social skills while taking car trips off the road. We also offer low-cost bike safety helmet distributions and fittings at all area elementary schools.
- Under a grant from the Green Park Foundation, COAST worked with Montecito Union School and the County to build a footpath on San Ysidro Road providing students with a safer way to get to school and play.
- COAST formed and led the Coalition for a Fair Measure D, later Measure A, the County-wide sales tax increase dedicated to transportation. This resulted in a dramatically improved expenditure plan with dedicated funding for rail, bus service, walking, biking and Safe Routes to School projects. Measure A, passed by voters in 2008, has been a game changer and will set the course for county transportation improvements for the next thirty years.
- COAST led the organization of SB Open Streets, our very first of its kind annual celebration in Santa Barbara, where a 2.2 mile stretch of beachside roadways are closed to motorized traffic and opened up for people of all ages & backgrounds to ‘play in the streets’ by walking, biking, blading, skating, and using our streets as a public park! Local businesses, restaurants, artists and performers add to the excitement of this free event that brings our community together and our streets alive!
- COAST conducted a two-year study to collect feedback and suggestions for infrastructural pedestrian improvements for our Safe Routes for Seniors project, where we met with senior-aged and mobility-challenged pedestrians to compile a report, matrix and interactive map of concern areas in Goleta and nearby unincorporated Santa Barbara County. Our findings highlighted attention areas such as insufficient lighting, uneven, cracked or incomplete sidewalks, ‘unsafe’ intersection crosswalks, impeded wheelchair access, faded paint and obstructed signage. Results of our study were delivered to Goleta and the County for use as a resource for identifying future pedestrian capital improvements. Already, changes have been made for the better!
Read our Transportation Platform here.
Our Current Major Sponsors
Gas Company of Southern California
What are people saying about COAST?
“What I think makes a difference to decision-makers is the extent of community involvement and passion and determination –ongoing determination– not giving up when it comes to controversial issues. And certainly our transportation planning has been controversial at times and in recent years certainly so. This kind of consistent, well-informed, persistent exposure on the part of just plain citizens has made all the difference and I can’t overemphasize the importance for local decision-making of an informed and active public. To me that is what COAST represents.” — Naomi Schwartz
“Cottage Health System values COAST’s efforts for the health and safety of our community’s children. Encouraging walking and biking to school from an early age creates healthy habits that last a lifetime. Thank you to COAST for promoting physical activity in our community.” — Dana Goba, Cottage Health System
“On behalf of our 546 students and families, I would like to personally thank you for your time and dedication to making our community a safer place.”
— Casie Kilgore, Principal of Franklin School, regarding our Eastside Walks project.