Bud Colligan is Co-Chair of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, whose mission is to create a thriving region which works for all residents. Bud has been active in bringing educational and career opportunities to underserved youth in Watsonville and Salinas through Digital NEST; capital to women and minority entrepreneurs through Opportunity Fund; and spearheaded the formation of the Monterey Bay Housing Trust to build more affordable housing. Bud was on the original Macintosh team at Apple, CEO of Macromedia, a multimedia software company, and now invests in startups in the Monterey Bay region. Bud is also engaged with a number of nonprofits in the arts, education, environment, healthcare, and public policy.
“I’m committed to a sustainable, safe and healthy Santa Cruz County, and Greenway gives us the best chance to create that community.”
Nancy Connelly, a Connecticut native has called Santa Cruz home for over two decades. With degrees in economics and public policy, Nancy has worked in tech, the non-profit sector and agriculture. Drawn to supporting local non-profits and passionate about preserving public land and the environment, she volunteers regularly and serves on the board of Save Our Shores. Growing up, the three options were bike, bus or walk to school/work, so she’s a big fan of the “bike to work/school” mindset for kids and adults of all ages. An avid mountain biker and urban hiker, she can also often be found running errands with her eager Australian Shepherd trotting alongside.
“A healthy community is only possible through healthy habits. I firmly believe that by changing the way we view ‘transportation’ and freeing ourselves from a car culture is the key to achieving a more sustainable, safe and healthy County. Greenway offers Santa Cruz the opportunity to promote, encourage and create such habits and thus community.”
Manu Koenig is a political entrepreneur and an avid cyclist. He has bike-commuted in all weather and terrain including the hills of San Francisco, the cold of Berlin and the heat of Las Vegas. In 2011 he founded Civinomics, a polling and community engagement startup. The company has developed software solutions and managed community engagement campaigns for local government agencies throughout the Bay Area. Manu has also participated in political engagement campaigns including Hilary Clinton’s caucus campaign in Nevada, state ballot initiatives, and renewable energy programs. Manu has worked in operations and product management for technology startups in healthcare and online advertising. After graduating from Stanford University in 2007 he interned with Deutsche Bahn (the German train system). He lives in Live Oak.
“Public policy must plan for the future, not cling to the past. What the highway has done for cars, the Greenway will do for bikes and other light electric vehicles.”
Will Mayall has lived in Santa Cruz County for over 40 years. His career in the tech industry started at Plantronics in Santa Cruz. He worked at Apple in its early days and was on the founding team of five tech companies. Now he provides consulting services to individuals and small businesses. With his wife, Will raised two daughters and now enjoys helping look after two grandkids. Will thinks carefully about his impact on Earth and tries to minimize his use of fossil fuels. When he’s not in the ocean, he’s hiking, biking, and walking. Will can’t believe how lucky he is to live in Santa Cruz.
“We live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Together, let’s transform the stunning strip of unused land that runs from one end of Santa Cruz County to the other into a place for people. A place where generations to come can enjoy the outdoors, talk to their neighbors, shop, dine, and get to destinations in the healthiest and safest way possible.”
William Menchine (also known as Will and Billy) has lived in Santa Cruz since 1973. A lifelong cyclist, Will has been an advocate for Safe Routes to Schools, the Arana Gulch project, served as an advisor to Project Bike Trip and has been active with SCCRTC’s Bicycle Committee since 2002. As the original mechanic, manager and an early partner in the Bicycle Trip, Will helped to establish the shop’s reputation for excellence. He worked for 20 years in product design and development at Raytek/Fluke and held management positions in Engineering and Marketing. He now does property management, volunteer work and tries to stay competitive as an age group athlete.
“My vision is for Santa Cruz County to become a place where everyday bicycle use is a substantial part of our transportation mix and an integral part of our community’s lifestyle.”
Silvia Morales is the Outreach Coordinator for Pacific Collegiate School, one of the top public schools in the state, and is committed to keeping diversity, equity, and inclusion central to the school’s mission.
Her training as a public interest lawyer and passion for civil rights and environmental justice led her to serve as regional director for League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in the early 2000’s. It also drives her involvement with Santa Cruz County Community Coalition to Overcome Racism (SCCCCOR) where she provides training and support to local government agencies, non profit organizations, and educational institutions.
Silvia loves the Central Coast because it provided her father the dignity of work, her family the opportunity to immigrate to the US, and — more importantly — it continues to provide her family the ability to take refuge in its beauty.
Silvia is happily married, raising three amazing teenagers, and resides in Corralitos.
“No one deserves to live with injustice, deprived of purpose or disconnected from nature.”
Dr. Rob Quinn moved from Toronto to Santa Cruz 22 years ago, trading his daily subway ride for the ocean. He loves the community and has raised three children here. Rob’s community involvement includes coaching (youth soccer for 15 years and lacrosse at Aptos High) and he has served on several community boards (including Hospice of Santa Cruz, Cabrillo Stroke Center, and Central Coast Alliance for Health). Rob’s specialty is Rehabilitation Medicine, and as the Medical Director of Rehabilitation at Dominican for 20+ years, he has focused on bringing state-of-the-art rehabilitation services to our disabled community. He is currently the president of the Santa Cruz Medical Group.
“While I enjoy traveling and practicing medicine, I’m happiest enjoying the outdoors in Santa Cruz with my family. I’m eager to bring a great transportation “parkway” to our community, making safe active transportation accessible to all.”
William Ow is the fourth of five generations of the Ow family in Santa Cruz, where he lives with his wife and two children. He has worked the last two decades with Ow Family Properties, with the most notable project being the Wrigley Building, housing 40 companies employing over 400 people. William is passionate about Santa Cruz having smart growth and a higher quality of life through sustainability via work, education, transportation and recreation. He is Vice President of the Cabrillo Foundation, Advisor to Second Harvest Food Bank, and served four years on the Pacific Collegiate School board of directors. William has a keen interest in all forms of transportation and sees the huge potential for Santa Cruz to have an active transportation corridor that would safely support commuters and provide the infrastructure for a healthy and vibrant lifestyle for Santa Cruz County residents.
“Greenway will be pivotal for Santa Cruz County--a functional, innovative, healthy, beautiful and most importantly safe way for the greater Santa Cruz community to travel. The Greenway plan will be the quickest and most efficient way to bring all parties together and make it possible.”
Miles Reiter is a fourth-generation Santa Cruz County berry farmer. He has been the Chairman of the Board of Driscoll’s for 30 years and was CEO for 15 of those years. Miles discovered the beauty of the rail corridor over the years as his family farmed areas near the tracks in Capitola, Rio Del Mar, San Andreas and the Pajaro Valley. Miles has served as a board member and Chairman of the Santa Cruz County Community Foundation, of St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School, and of California Strawberry Advisory Board and as an advisor to the Santa Cruz County Land Trust. Miles and his wife, Rosanne, have raised four children in Santa Cruz County, all of whom love this area dearly.
“Having experienced a serious and successful active transportation system, surrounding Driscoll’s European head office in The Netherlands, I know building Greenway as the backbone of a protected bicycle and pedestrian network is our best chance to significantly reduce our devastating traffic congestion while encouraging a safer, healthier future for our community.”
Robert Stephens is manager of the Elkhorn Ranch in Moss Landing, CA, where he raises cattle, horses and native plants. He received bachelor degrees in Psychology and Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He worked in childcare, founding Kids Campus Connection, and the computer industry for years. He has served on the board of many local and statewide non-profits mainly in the area of conservation. Currently he serves on the Santa Cruz County Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land’s Northern Rockies Advisory Board. He lives in Aptos California with his partner Debra Jones.
“I often use my bike for transportation and I hope to transform Santa Cruz into one of the best cities in the nation for active transportation.”