Confirming a rumor first published by the Portland Mecury on Wednesday, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance has announced that Advocacy Manager Michelle Poyourow is leaving the organization.
In a blog post published today, the BTA wrote:
“BTA Advocacy Manager Michelle Poyourow confirmed she is leaving her position with the organization in mid-February. Since 2006 Michelle has worked in several positions at the BTA, and has led the advocacy department for the past two years. She has made a major contribution to bicycle advocacy and to the BTA with a long list of accomplishments, and we will certainly miss her commitment, insight, and ability to analyze and articulate difficult issues.
We welcome Gerik Kransky as our new lead advocate and Build It campaign manager. Gerik comes to the BTA with over ten years campaign experience in environmental, health and transportation Michelle and Gerik will work in partnership until mid-February to ensure a smooth transition and continued momentum of BTA advocacy efforts.”
In a comment below, Poyourow writes, “I am indeed resigning on my own terms, for my own reasons, at my own pace.”
I’ll have more thoughts/analysis/coverage/reactions on Monday.