Statement of Qualifications Lisa Portelli

Statement of Qualifications Lisa Portelli

League of American Bicyclists

Statement of Qualifications – Lisa Portelli

August 2016

  1. Demonstrated Commitment to League Mission
  2. Founder and Member of Bike Walk Central Florida Board, a 501(c)(3) formed in 2010, to promote walkable and bike able communities through raising public awareness and advocating for safe, active transportation, and recreation by:
  • Educating walkers, cyclists, motorists and transit riders about Florida’s road laws, their rights, responsibilities, and courteous behaviors;
  • Supporting transportation corridor planning and design using Complete Streets principles;
  • Encouraging the development and maintenance of trails throughout Florida;
  • Promoting a built environment that supports physical, environmental and economic health, provides for safe transportation choices, and encourages interaction among citizens of all ages, incomes and abilities.
  • Served on regions metropolitan planning organization Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee from 2014-2016 when it was merged into the Citizens Advisory Commission.
  • Led the effort to bring Bike/Walk Central Florida and Healthy Central Florida together with the cities of, Winter Park, Maitland, so they could to become designated as a Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists and utilize the process for ongoing strategic planning.
  • MetroPlan Orlando, in partnership with the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) and the University of Central Florida, conducted the first transportation Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the region.
  • Shepherded process to bring regions first cycle track to fruition.
  • Developed WPHF role as leader in furthering the passage of complete streets policies in CF and formed the regions first complete streets implementation committee.
  • Served as a member of the Central Florida Transportation Task Force, Metroplan BPAC and Metroplan Complete Streets Task Force.
  • Worked with BWCF Board to successfully advocate for safer streets and better community design.
  • Serving on the Leadership team for the Coast to Coast Connector, Florida’s effort to establish a multi-use trail from ocean to gulf and brought WPHF and Space Coast Health Foundation into the effort as important seed funders.
  • Successfully advocated for numerous small changes at the local level to enhance safety including signs, signal timings, complete streets policies (passed in Winter Park and Maitland) and wayfinding/bicycle connectivity plans.
  1. Service experience as a leader in a non-profit or business organization

Current Board Service:

2014 – Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Board Chairman

2013 – MetroPlan Orlando – Complete Streets Task Force and Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee

2013 – Bike/Walk Central Florida, Founder and Board member

Past Board Service

2014 - 2106 Metroplan Orlando Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

2011-2015Winter Park Chamber of Commerce

2009 -2015Vice Chair, United Way Financial Stability Cabinet

2010-2011 All into Health, Orange County Health Department

2006-13 Central Florida Regional Healthcare Information Organization

2007-2014 Co-Founder and Chairman, Health News Florida

2005-2011 Chairman, Winter Park High School Foundation

2004-5 Dental Care Access Foundation

2004-5 Winter Park YMCA

1998-00 Founding Chairman of the Board, Healing the Children of Florida, Inc

2001 Governor’s Commission on Homelessness

1993-95 Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation

1990-91 Chairman, District VII Coalition on the Homeless

1991-92 Treasurer, Florida Coalition for the Homeless

  1. Membership and participation in League activities and programs
  • Member LAB since 2014
  • Attended Bike Summit in 2015
  • Led community process to receive Bicycle Friendly Designation for the Cities of Winter Park and Maitland, Florida
  1. Professional‐level skills in a field of use to the Board and League

I have been employed by not for profit organizations since 1987. In addition, I am currently an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Central Florida in the College of Health and Public Affairs teaching in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (Planning Healthy Communities) and Not for Profit programs (Volunteer Management).


•Program Director – Winter Park Health Foundation 2002 - Present

•Director – Workforce and Welfare Services –1997-2002

•Executive Director, I.M Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Jacksonville, 1995-1997

•Vice President for Housing, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida 1992- 1995

•Executive Director, Shared Housing for Single Parents, Inc.

•1986 – 1988 Program Coordinator, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Orlando, FL

5. Personal and professional character

In community advocacy, I believe we have to think long term to build and maintain relationships; particularly amongst those we are seeking to change. While I am willing to confront organizations and people to advocate for the needs of cyclists and pedestrians, I prefer to use methods whereby we work together toward a solution. I have worked hard to build and maintain respect in my local community and would like to use my knowledge to advocate on the national level.

On a personal note, I am an avid cyclist, riding 200 miles per week on either my tri/road bike or trail bike and I have been a bike commuter for 3 years. I recently completed a 19-day bicycle trip from Maine to Florida and I am a 3-time Ironman finisher.

  1. An ability and willingness to bring resources to the League

I have been a fund-raiser for 25 years and currently oversees the Foundation’s Community Health funding focus area. My grant portfolio includes initiatives that promote policy change, strengthen the built environment and encourage programs in areas that promote behavior change.

  1. Willing to sign a statement of support for the League’s Code of Ethics