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Cascade hires former Washington Bus leader as new Advocacy Director

Photo from Cascade
Photo from Cascade

Cascade Bicycle Club has picked Thomas Goldstein to lead advocacy efforts, the organization announced Thursday.

Formerly the leader of get-out-the-vote organization Washington Bus, Goldstein is also a longtime bike supporter in Seattle (see, for example, this Seattle Times op-ed from one year ago). He has also served on the board at Bike Works.

Goldstein will replace Evan Manvel, who was let go recently after about a year on the job.

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From Cascade:

We are excited to welcome Thomas Goldstein, formerly of the Washington Bus, as Cascade’s new Advocacy Director.

A seasoned public-sector leader, political strategist and educator, Goldstein joins Cascade with a wealth of experience and a strong determination for an even brighter future.

“I’m thrilled that Thomas is bringing his advocacy and industry experience to Cascade Bicycle Club. We have big goals for the next five years in the Puget Sound Region and Thomas is going to be a key part of our success,” said Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club. 

As the Executive Director of the Washington Bus, Goldstein led the agency from its start-up phase to youth-vote sector dominance, creating compelling civic education and leadership opportunities for young Washingtonians and innovation across the state.

Prior to leading the Washington Bus, Goldstein founded and led The Service Boards and held various leadership positions in Seattle, including co-chair of the $4.8 million Casa Latina Capital Campaign, member of the Pike Place Market PDA Council, Seattle School Levy campaign Committee and the Seattle Public Library Executive Search Committee.

Goldstein has also served on the boards of directors for the Vera Project, Bike Works and the Bus Federation, and continues to be a strategic advisor to various foundations and leading philanthropists.

No stranger to bicycling, Goldstein is a founding member of Bike Works, an active Cascade event rider and a regular bike commuter.

“I was sold on Cascade’s mission when I rode my first STP twenty years ago,” said Goldstein. “Today, Cascade is uniquely positioned to ensure that we deliver on the promise of the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. We will work with Puget Sound leaders to create an integrated, appealing and safe bike boulevards, paths, neighborhood greenways and trails.”

Goldstein will begin Monday, Nov. 4.

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2 responses to “Cascade hires former Washington Bus leader as new Advocacy Director”

  1. Donna S.

    Wow! Excellent choice!

  2. This is great news. Thomas is the stuff. Also, he’s really funny.
    I am excited to see what happens next!

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