Bikes Not Bombs announces new director

The board of directors at Bikes Not Bombs (BNB) have selected Elijah Evans to serve as the organization’s new executive director, according to a press release. BNB is a Jamaica Plain nonprofit.

Evans will start his new position on March 27.

Evans has been involved with BNB since he was 14 years old as an Earn-A-Bike participant. He went on to become the coordinator and then director of youth programs, and most recently served as vice chair of the board of directors.

“Elijah knows Bikes Not Bombs in and out and as someone with a lifelong commitment to social justice, he will be a strong steward of BNB’s guiding principles,” said Allie Hunter McDade, board chair, according to the press release. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Elijah take on this role and we are confident that he has the passion, vision, and leadership skills to bring BNB to new levels of success and growth.”

Evans worked as a teacher through Teach for America and spent three years in the classroom and managing operations at TFA’s new teacher institute. He studied African-American history and Spanish linguistics at the University of Massachusetts and has a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

“It is with great excitement that I step into the executive director role at Bikes Not Bombs,” Evans said, according to the press release. “I am passionate about empowering people socially and economically, and this role presents an opportunity to apply my skills and experience as a leader in program development, management, and community building to an organization that values being courageous and bold in the face of injustice.”

There will be a public welcome party will be hosted by BNB board member Amy Wilson and her husband David August from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 5 at their home at 5 Alveston St. in Jamaica Plain.

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