Michael has been developing and leading cause-based coalitions and member organizations since 2008 – first in environmental advocacy, then in the natural products industry, and now in outdoor advocacy as the Executive Director of California Mountain Biking Coalition. His approach is built on a foundation of progress through partnership, shared resource development, and collective action.
Michael has been living in the Bay Area since 2008. Prior to that, he spent eight years in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. He is an avid mountain biker, skier, hiker, and backpacker.
The Board of Directors of the California Mountain Biking Coalition serves a two-year term, elected by the current sitting board of directors.
Steve’s love of the outdoors began in the 1970s riding and exploring the backcountry trails of his native Australia on horseback, dirt bikes, and modified cruiser bicycles. He re-discovered mountain biking after moving to California in the early 1980s and has been riding trails ever since.
In the late 1980s, Steve served as assistant director for the Olive View Challenge. The event included the first mountain bike race on Forest Service land in the nation. It was sanctioned by NORBA. In 1993, Steve was among the first members of the fledgling Over the Bars Mountain Bike Club where he continues to help organize rides and events for the active Los Angeles-based mountain bike club.
After more than 20 years of riding trails, he saw the trail conditions deteriorating through lack of maintenance. He began doing volunteer work with CORBA’s trail crew in the early 2000s, and before long was leading crews himself. He began working on trail master plans and other public planning efforts as a volunteer with CORBA in the mid-2000s. He joined the CORBA board in 2009, and soon took the VP position. In 2014 he became CORBA’s board president.
As CORBA president, he’s led major trail reconstruction efforts in the wake of the Station Fire, Lake Fire, Sand Fire, and Woolsey Fire. CORBA continues to do regular trail maintenance days in the Santa Monica Mountains, Conejo Valley, and Angeles National Forest. Additionally, he’s led legislative and educational efforts and championed the construction of new trails and at least two bike parks.
Currently the president of CORBA, he also serves as secretary of the California Trail Users Coalition, a multi-use trail advocacy group with a focus on OHV issues in California; as Co-Chair of the Altadena Crest Trail Restoration Group with LA County; and a steering committee member and Trails Committee chair for the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Community Collaborative group.
in 2012 he co-authored Where to Bike, Los Angeles Mountain Biking, an extensive guidebook to mountain biking opportunities in the greater Los Angeles area. Early on, he saw the need for a statewide group and immediately got involved in forming CAMTB.
Jake Bayless is a life-long resident of Sonoma County. In addition to being the co-founding President of CAMTB, he was co-founder of REMBA, the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance, and participated in the organizational merger with the Sonoma County Trails Council in 2021, becoming a co-founder of the newly merged 501c3 organization; The Redwood Trails Alliance, RTA, which now serves three counties of Sonoma, Lake and Napa. As CAMTB has grown in size and influence, Jake has focused his volunteer efforts entirely on CAMTB.
Jake fell in love with his wife on a moonlight mountain bike ride on Mount Saint Helena; they have two active sons participating in NorCal NICA league races. Their whole family loves to ride bikes in places like Annadel, Salt Point State Park, Montana de Oro, and Jackson Demo Forest. Jake’s regular job is programmer/analyst for the City of Santa Rosa, and he’s always looking for a better map.
Why CAMTB? Because we’ve all seen that trail development and expansion isn’t happening in proportion to the growth of mountain biking and outdoor activities generally in California. Jake, and the other co-founders of CAMTB found that locally it was nearly impossible to get all the various “bike groups” on the same page to actively influence park and open space decisions. Jake believes that California has a lot of catching up to do; it has now been 40 years since the invention of the term “Mountain Bike”—in California. It’s time to get together to ensure that everyone in California has a chance to enjoy all the trails and healthy lifestyles in our beautiful state on a bike. CAMTB is how we’ll do it. You’re always welcome to reach out and say hello.
Susie Murphy started riding mountain bikes in the early 1990s in order to follow her husband who had taken up riding with their young daughter in a backpack. She wanted to keep an eye on them, but they soon discovered a family pastime that took them on many adventures. Some of their best times were camping at the Sea Otter Classic, traveling to races down in Baja, going to 24-hour races, and many other adventures with awesome friends.
Susie has volunteered in the cycling community for many years with over 25 years with various groups. She currently serves on the San Diego County Parks Advisory Committee and the Otay Valley River Park Citizens Advisory Committee
She is inspired by the dedicated volunteers of SDMBA and other partner organizations and loves connecting with fellow advocates locally, statewide, and nationally. Susie gets to ride new trails and dream of even more as SDMBA works as a team to get things done to make mountain biking and trails better for everyone.
John lives in Orange County and has been mountain biking for over 15 years. He and his wife, Margie, are passionate about mountain biking and hiking and enjoy exploring new trails around the state and country. He is excited to see the increase in people enjoying the outdoors as well as the diversity of trail use. He is honored to be a board member advocating for trails in our great State.
John is inspired by the dedicated volunteers of his home trail advocacy organization Orange County Mountain Bike Association and is looking forward to expanding his network and engagement with fellow advocates locally and statewide.
We are all in this together, so let’s go out and enjoy the great outdoors and be kind to one another while sharing the trails!
Vernon Huffman learned how to ride a mountain bike while getting his undergraduate degree in Parks Management at Cal State University Chico. The rocky terrain above Chico provided a steep learning curve that Vernon still relies on today to ride the steep chunky style he prefers.
After several years as a seasonal NPS Ranger, Vernon settled in Marin County to raise a family and now works as a Research Nursery Manager at Dominican University. Vernon’s advocacy started in 1995 when he joined his local mountain bike club, the BTC, out of a frustration of ‘No Bike’ signs on the Mount Tamalpais trails most fun to ride. Vernon’s talents were soon tapped as he became a crew leader for the build-out of the trails at Camp Tamarancho.
Vernon was then asked to take over as President of Access4Bikes and under his leadership, the Access4Bikes Foundation was formed, where he now serves as Executive Director. Vernon has worked tirelessly to help bring Marin’s access issues into modern times. There are many victories to celebrate under Vernon’s leadership at A4B but much work still to be done. As Vernon refocuses his advocacy on CAMTB, he hopes his 25 years of mentoring have created new capable advocates to continue the good fight.
Matthew serves on the board of the SF Urban Riders.
Matthew Blain grew up riding bikes in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley and has been interested in bicycle and trail issues in the decades and cities since then.
In 2008 he moved to San Francisco and became more involved both in Mountain Biking and bike advocacy, becoming chair of the local MTB group SF Urban Riders in 2015. In addition, he is part of the SF Crosstown Trail Coalition and the Bay Area Ridge Trail SF Trail Advisory Group.
Matthew joined the CAMTB board in 2019 and became Treasurer in 2020.
Lauren Haughey began her passion for the outdoors as a young person, through a combination of influencing factors – backpacking trips with her father, and volunteering with an environmental and political activist mother. The result of those early years led to a love of the outdoors and an ongoing urge to advocate for the care and access to open space. The transition to a love of mountain biking and advocacy was a natural shift when she met her husband and had her own family, while their kids were young – when she and her husband introduced their kids to mountain biking.
Lauren is the CFO of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), a national nonprofit that provides governance and programming to promote the development of youth adventure and interscholastic mountain bike leagues throughout the country. She was instrumental in helping to launch the nonprofit in 2009. Lauren has served on a number of local advocacy boards including the Bicycle Trails Council East Bay and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. She continues to coach with the local Oakland Composite Youth MTB team, volunteers as an election worker for Alameda County, and is an active participant and volunteer in local park cleanup and trail maintenance activities.
Lauren currently lives in Oakland, CA, along with her husband, and has two college-aged kids.
Rob Pettersen is a lifelong mountain biker, digger, and outdoor recreation enthusiast based in Los Angeles. He grew up riding bikes, skateboarding, and exploring the outdoors along the SF Bay Area Coastside. Rob is a founding board member of the Lowelifes Respectable Citizens’ Club and has been an active trail builder with Lowelifes and other non-profit crews for fifteen years.
Rob’s advocacy priorities include bike-optimized trails and bike parks, climate action, trail access for urban and disadvantaged communities, and increased funding for our public lands, especially the USDA-Forest Service.