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Mark Thomas Named League Board Director and Treasurer
Ralph Monti, the League’s Board Chair, today announced the appointment of Mark Thomas as a League Board Director. Thomas, from Kirkland, Washington, will become the League Treasurer, a position previously held by Ken Podziba. Thomas will fill the recently vacated board seat of Rob Gusky who resigned from the board due to increased professional obligations. Thomas’s term will run to March 2020.
“We wish Rob well and we will be miss his contributions,” Monti said. “Rob created the National Bike Challenge, which is now a key program in the League Bicycle Friendly America portfolio. At the same time, we’re thrilled to have Mark join our board. Mark’s passion for bicycling and his long experience as a CFO makes him a perfect fit to take the reins of the League Treasurer.”
“I must also acknowledge,” Monti added, “the great work of Ken Podziba, the board’s out-going Treasurer. Ken played a key role in guiding the League through a difficult period, and we’re thankful for Ken’s dedicated work. I look forward to continue to work with Ken in his role as League Vice-Chair.
Thomas has been a passionate cyclist for many years. As an avid randonneur (long-distance cyclist), He spends more than 900 hours a year on the seat of his bicycle exploring the roads of America and the world. Perhaps a result, Mark feels passionately about the need for bicycle-friendly roads, communities, and leadership in America.
Mark received a degree in Physics from Harvard College and a law degree from the University of Virginia. He has a diverse professional background, having worked as a high school science teacher, lawyer, and finance executive. Along with his wife Chris, Mark owned a successful bicycle shop in Redmond, WA for 11 years. Mark has served as president of the Seattle International Randonneurs and as president of Randonneurs USA. He has also been a board member and treasurer of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. Mark grew up on the east coast but has made his home in the Seattle area since 1995.